Bipartisan Birth Control Access Legislation Pre-Filed Again

Last year, then-Rep. Sheila Solon, a Republican from Blue Springs, introduced HB 1679. Calling it the "ultimate pro-life" bill, Solon's bill would have allowed pharmacists to write three-year prescriptions for oral contraceptive pills after receiving a doctor's prescription. Her bill would have allowed minors who had been prescribed the pill to get follow up prescriptions from a pharmacist. As in other parts of the country, pharmacists would need to undergo additional training to participate.

It's Like Sen. Kraus WANTS to Make Missouri More Like Kansas.

Earlier this week, Sen. Will Kraus doubled down on slashing the corporate income tax. 

From the AP

A Missouri lawmaker says Republican President-elect Donald Trump's promises to slash corporate income taxes could lend momentum to his proposal to eliminate the taxes completely in the state, a move that would make Missouri one of few states without business income taxes.

Politicians Pad Accounts Before Contribution Limits Kick In

Last month voters approved Amendment 2, which places a $2,600 limit on state campaign contributions per person per election.

Yesterday, December 8th, was the last day to donate unlimited sums of money. (Assuming the lawsuit challenging the legality of Amendment 2 fails.)

Since the beginning of the month, the Missouri Ethics Commission has recorded 118 separate contributions over $5000.

Pre-Filing Starts with Attacks on Workers

Yesterday marked the beginning of pre-filing legislation for the 2017 legislative session. Between the House and Senate, elected officials have so far filed 15 pieces of potentially anti-worker legislation.

They included a paycheck deception bill, five bills dismantling the prevailing wage, and two bills to make Missouri a so-called “right to work” state....all designed to weaken unions, silence workers, and lower wages across the board.

UPDATE: Turns out, Greitens Got Almost $700k from Charter School Proponents

After publishing the blog post on Gov.-elect Greiten’s $100,000 in donations from the DeVos family, Progress Missouri learned that he’s taken almost $700,000 from donors with special charter school interests. Randy Turner, a former teacher, newspaper reporter and editor, delved into these connections on his political blog, The Turner Report.

Planned Parenthood to Sue

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced they are partnering with the ACLU and Center for Reproductive Rights to sue the Attorney General, county prosecutors for Boone, Greene, Jackson, and Jasper counties, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The lawsuit aims to correct Missouri’s obscene anti-choice laws, and change our statute to comply with the recent SCOTUS’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision.

October 2016 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for October 2016. Here are your updated rankings of the  Missouri House and Senate. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

How Far Will $100k Get You With Greitens?

The DeVos family's influence reaches far beyond Michigan borders--they recently gave $100,000 in donations to Governor-elect Eric Greitens.

This One's for All the Crazy Uncles

So yes, we all have that “crazy uncle” (or aunt or cousin or in-law) we dread talking to this Thanksgiving. But just like our commitment to continue the fight here in Missouri, these folks won't deter us. Missouri--and our families--are too important and have too much at stake for any of us to sit on the sidelines. Your contribution will help us continue our work to make Missouri better for all of us, even the crazy uncles.

"Transparency Aversion" is Contagious

Unfortunately, it looks like many of our local government officials are taking cues from many in the state senate who have been openly hostile to transparency, and have repeatedly refused to allow us to record public committee hearings.

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