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Legislative Update: Lawmakers are Trying to Shred our Constitution

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Laws Impacting All of Us are Moving Harmful bills moved forward this week, impacting all Missourians. The House voted out HB 2634, a bill which defunds Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood, and now heads to the governor’s desk where he could potentially sign it into law. If he does, Missourians who rely on Medicaid will…

Legislative Update: Time is Running Out… Which is a Good Thing

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Lawmakers Still Need to Do a Lot Four weeks of legislative session remain and only two bills have been sent to the governor’s desk. As I’ve mentioned in earlier updates, the General Assembly needs to pass SB 748 (Hough R-30) — legislation authorizing the federal reimbursement allowance (FRA) — and the budget all within the…

Legislative Update: Change is Happening and Legislators are Scared

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Disenfranchising Voters is Top Priority Missouri’s General Election occurred last Tuesday and the results were astonishing. Right-wing backed candidates were defeated across the state in school board elections. Within Jefferson County, Springfield, St. Charles, and St. Louis County, voters chose to focus on actual educational issues facing our teachers and students instead of regulating their…

Trans Day of Visibility 2024

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Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to celebrate trans joy throughout all its forms. Across Missouri, local communities and advocacy groups have put together incredible programming available for everyone. Each gathering, in its own way, honors the trans community in their area Participate in TDOV events as a sign of solidarity, support, and…

Legislative Update: Lawmakers are Trying to Legalize Discrimination

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Legal Discrimination on College & University Campuses For almost 30 years, you have fought alongside us to pass the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA). It is a law that would give LGBTQ+ Missourians — our community, our families, our elders, and our future generations — the absolute basic rights to freedom. It would guarantee our right…

Legislative Update: Drag Performers Could Face Felony Charges

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Drag Performances Take the Spotlight Next Week The piece of legislation we are most closely engaging with this session is HB 1518 (Hudson). This bill would allow political, ideological, or religious organizations to be recognized groups and access funds and resources of the university or college. This includes student tuition and activity fees that are…

Legislative Update: GOP Priorities Take Center Stage This Week

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Three Specific Priorities Keep Coming Up Top of mind this legislative session is the emerging consistency of the GOP’s priority issues. We’ve seen the most momentum on the topics of revising the state’s majority rule, defunding clinics who provide abortions, and removing diversity, equity, and inclusion standards, requirements, curriculum, or practices within our state. We…

Legislative Update: Health Care, Higher Ed, and DEI Professionals, We Need You!

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DEI is Under Attack This Week We’re incredibly grateful to the community members and fellow Missourians who joined us last Monday to testify against HB 1518 (Hudson) in the House Special Committee on Government Accountability. The bill claims to prohibit colleges and universities from “discriminating” against student organizations based upon their belief systems. In actuality,…