05/18/20 - Missouri Mondays - 2020 Legislative session ends but there’s still a lot of work to do!
The 2020 Missouri Legislative session has adjourned for the year. Thanks to calls and emails from YOU many bills that could have proved harmful to Missourians were DEFEATED!!
Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 32 would require certain MO HealthNet participants to comply with work and community engagement requirements did NOT pass!
Senate Bill SB 600 modifying provisions related to public safety did pass but ALL the risky House gun amendments were DEFEATED! with your help and support of calls to action from the mighty Moms Demand Action - MO! “Nowadays, everyone is looking for a win —and this is a big one,” said Tara Mueller, a Special Education public elementary school teacher and volunteer leader with the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action. “It’s a disgrace that some of our lawmakers thought they could sneak through these extreme and unpopular gun measures during this pandemic. Fortunately, they didn’t get away with it. There is no place for guns in schools, and we’ll keep fighting until lawmakers give up this effort for good.” Everytown For Gun Safety May 15
Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 38 also known as “Dirty Missouri” overturning Clean Missouri and bringing back partisan gerrymandering was passed and will go on the ballot this year. Join the fight to help DEFEAT Dirty Missouri HERE!
Senate Bill (SB) 631 absentee ballot legislation was passed. Here’s a summary from the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition:
“In the final moments of the 2020 session, Missouri lawmakers passed SB 631, which allows Missourians to vote by mail in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, unless you are ill or in a high-risk category for COVID-19, the ballot must be notarized. Under SB 631:
Voters who are ill or who fall into one of the CDC's high risk categories for COVID-19, can cast absentee ballots under 115.277, Missouri's absentee voting law. Ballots cast for these reasons would not require a notary to sign the ballot envelope.
Other registered voters could cast "mail-in" ballots due to COVID-19 without a reason under a newly created section. Those ballots would need to be notarized.
Voting by mail due to COVID-19 would be limited to elections in 2020 and would expire at year's end.”
JOIN Missouri Voter Protection Coalition TODAY Monday May 18 at 10am for a legislative recap and discussion about several big actions for Missouri Voter Advocates in the coming weeks. To receive the link for joining the MOVPC meeting today and to receive their email updates, TEXT “MOVPC” TO 66866.
On Wednesday May 20 at 6pm join the Missouri House Democrats Facebook livestream “End of Session Debrief: SJR 38” for a discussion of the end of the legislative session, and the implications of the corrupt SJR 38, or "Dirty Missouri." Your hosts will be Minority Leader Rep. Crystal Quade, Rep. Peter Meredith, Rep. Kevin Windham, Rep. Rasheen Alridge, Rep. Bland-Manlove, and special guest Richard Von Glahn with Missouri Jobs with Justice! They will be hosting a panel discussion regarding the repercussions of this legislation during the 2020 election, and will be taking live questions from their Facebook page.
As of May 17 there are 10,789 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri and the number is still rising. This is far from over so please stay safe everyone!