Legislative Update: April 6, 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
Tuesday, April 5, was election day throughout Missouri. Many public school districts across the state had School Board Elections. Please see the Missouri Equity Education Partnership's School Board Candidate Equity Grades here. You may find the latest MO Equity Education Partnership Legislative Update here.
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- Saturday, April 9th, 11:00 AM in St. Louis, Kansas City, North KC & St. Charles
- Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00 AM in Springfield & Columbia
The biggest news of last week sounds similar to last week's headlines - not much is moving in (or out) of the Missouri Senate.
As a reminder, here's an update on key bills we’re watching - and where they are in the legislative process.
- Unemployment Cuts: SB 665 is a bad bill. How to Take Action: Send a message to your senator and share your story - https://www.mojwj.org/action/
- Medicaid Expansion - HJR 117 - a bill to repeal Medicaid Expansion - was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, March 22nd. The committee did not take a vote on the bill. Most notably, ZERO folks testified in favor of the bill. Testimony against this bill was heard from several MO JWJ members & organizational partners.
Take Action: Contact your senator and share your health care story. https://www.mojwj.org/action/
- Public Education: SB869 & HCS HB1552 are two bills aimed at shifting public funds from public schools to unaccountable charter schools. Our position remains - public money must come with public oversight and accountability.
Take Action: Contact your senator: https://www.mojwj.org/action/
- Initiative Petition Defense: Big debates about the state of democracy and how to best represent Missourians run rampant in Jefferson City. We’re in the final six weeks of this (regular) legislative session - and we’re keeping our eyes on any bill that would attack, restrict, and undermine direct democracy & the initiative petition process. Take Action: Email your senator here.
- Unemployment Clawback: Bipartisan bills, including SB 673 and SB 709, have been introduced but not moved for the second straight legislative session. While we support a “clean” bill - we’re keeping an eye on any bill that will mess with unemployment assistance and other essential safety net programs.
- Anti-Protest bills: While we’re still riding high from the wave of newly organized Amazon, Starbucks, and Google workers - we’re reminded how important it is to protect our freedom to protest, come together to unionize, and direct organizing. Bills to restrict these freedoms continue to pop up across the country, including Missouri, but no bills are moving right now.