Legislative Update: April 27, 2022
By the Rev. Dr. Teresa Mithen Danieley
Priest Associate, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Louis
and Champions Organizer for Missouri Jobs with Justice
Not much has changed since last week in the MO Legislature. The deadline to pass a state budget is May 6 and that is the primary focus. Please refer to last week's update for more information about bills that may be moving in the House and Senate.
Voting Rights Lobby Day with Missouri Voter Protection Coalition & partners on Tuesday, May 3rd beginning at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. RSVP & more information at https://bit.ly/May3Lobby - see the flyer on MO JWJ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Expanding Voting Rights is key to fulfilling the promise of democracy. From making it easier for returning citizens to access voting ("returning citizens" refers to people who were convicted and have served their time in prison for felonies) to expanding voting hours and vote by mail so that people with physical limitations, work obligations, familial obligations and other needs are able to vote, to allowing multiple forms of valid voting identification, we need to increase voting access in Missouri, not make it hard. Expanding voting rights is something that Christians, and specifically Episcopalians, have been committed to for over a century.