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02/20/23 Missouri Mondays - Tell state electeds YES to expanded postpartum care!

... and NO changes to initiative petitions! NO bans on race education! NO public school open enrollment! NO to GOP overreach!




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TELL YOUR STATE REP TO PASS EXPANDED POSTPARTUM MEDICAID COVERAGE


“The House Emerging Issues Committee heard from state representatives and witnesses testifying in favor of four identical bills that would extend the 60-day coverage for pregnant and postpartum women up to a year after birth. No one opposed the bills.


A bipartisan issue, Rep. Dave Griffith, R-Sedalia, Rep. Bishop Davidson, R-Republic, Rep. Melanie Stinnett, R-Springfield and Rep. LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis, each sponsored what they described as pro-life legislation.”


“The bills would provide MO HealthNet, which is Missouri Medicaid, coverage for pregnant and postpartum women who qualify, which would include full Medicaid benefits for the duration of the pregnancy and for one year following the end of the pregnancy.


The federally funded coverage would continue until the federal authorization for such coverage is in effect.


If passed, the legislation would take effect as soon as Gov. Mike Parson signs the bills.” Missouri Independent Feb 16


Tell your State Rep to support expanding postpartum care!


Find your state representative using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


Read more here:


 

PROTECT THE CITIZEN’S INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!


Changing the constitution through the current initiative petition process is EXTREMELY difficult but the Republican majority in Jefferson City wants to make it harder if not impossible. They know a majority of Missourians reject their extreme agendas and government overreach so they are desperate to take away your ability to ever again bring change to Missouri law through the citizen’s IP process.


TELL STATE ELECTEDS NO CHANGES TO THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!

The GOP seeks to undermine the will of Missourians by making it harder if not impossible to place a measure on the ballot through the initiative petition process and pass it statewide.


There are so many bills we created a separate file with more details HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rj23osMSO26K-fffbQszGRFPQv4S_-tZVNm8eA4QJpU/edit?usp=sharing


Also find more bill information in MOVPC Legislative Tracker HERE: bit.ly/movotingbills


Find your senator and representative using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


 

TELL STATE REPS TO REJECT SENATE BILL SB 4 RESTRICTIONS ON RACE AND DIVERSITY EDUCATION, SO-CALLED PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY


Senate Bill SB 4, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig (R – Manchester) passed the Senate and is now in the House. While some changes were made, there are still serious concerns about the effect the bill might have on teaching, professional development, and curriculum. SB 4 seeks to specify certain types of curriculums and content that would be prohibited in classrooms, which could impact classroom teaching currently being offered in some Missouri districts and there is fear that the measures contained in SB 4 could have a chilling effect on the teaching profession moving forward.



Find your state representative using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


SB 4 in the news

“Missouri Senate conservatives stray from party on sweeping education bill”


“The Missouri Senate passed a sweeping education bill to the House on Tuesday that would create transparency requirements for school districts and ban them from teaching some diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum.


The bill also seeks to add a patriotism course for teachers, open transportation funding to intradistrict transfer programs and increase funding for districts with impoverished and homeless students.


The current legislation is the result of a bipartisan compromise a few conservative senators said weakened the bill. Republican Sens. Mike Moon and Jill Carter broke with their party to vote against the bill Tuesday alongside the Senate’s 10 Democrats.


Sen. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon, voted for the bill despite raising concerns during Tuesday’s debate. He thought the bill’s provisions on the patriotism course should be tightened to give better guidance to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which could write the course’s curriculum.


He also wondered why language requiring school districts to provide parents curriculum documents didn’t include other taxpayers.”



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TELL YOUR STATE REP TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL HB 253 PUBLIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT ACT



Under HB 253


  • A student leaving their district of residence means those state resources leave as well, and the students who remain have fewer resources available for their educational experience.


  • Convenience may be the most likely factor in a parent’s decision to send a student to another district. As a result, resources that would have come to the student’s district of residence are sent to the neighboring district and the students that remain in your high performing district are left with less.


  • If parents are allowed to send their students to another district in which they do not pay property taxes, school districts should expect less community support and involvement.


  • Open enrollment will lead to school consolidation. Many associate school consolidation with smaller schools. However, school consolidation is not limited to just small, rural districts. Urban/suburban districts that are also financially fragile will have significant difficulties with the passage of this bill and it may result in their consolidation as well.


  • If students leave a district it will very likely be spread across multiple age groups and grade levels, meaning a district will not always be able to eliminate staff. This means that a district will instead be forced to look at cutting programs meaning the students that remain in the district could see fewer opportunities in their resident district. (e.g., loss of programs such as choir, band, scholar/debate teams, FFA, DECA, and athletic programs).


Find your state representative using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default



 


CHECK OUT OUR MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing!


 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS


TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Join the MOVPC meeting MONDAY FEB 13 at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Our work to protect the vote requires our continued attention! So we hope you'll join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss next steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!


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UPCOMING APRIL 4 PRIMARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION IMPORTANT DATES


MARCH 8 Last Day to Register to Vote

FEBRUARY 21 In Person Absentee Voting Begins

MARCH 21 No Excuse In Person Absentee (Early) Voting Opens


For more information about registering to vote, checking your voter status, requesting an absentee ballot, and more visit:



League of Women Voters Vote411 - https://www.vote411.org/


Vote 411 Personalized ballot and candidate information - https://www.vote411.org/ballot


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Democratic Legislative Network Monday Night Call

Every Monday night at 7pm


Want to stay up to date on what's happening in Jefferson City and how YOU can help secure Democratic victories for Missouri? Sign up below to join the Democratic Legislative Network and be a part of our Monday night messaging calls.


Sign up here: Bit.ly/MissouriDLN


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Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus (GKCWPC)

A Month Will Never Be Enough - A discussion on Race with Dr. Janice Ellis

Thursday Feb. 23 at 7pm


Race and racism are uncomfortable topics for many of us. Too often, suppression, denial, distortion, false accusations, and fear mongering are driving conversations in state legislatures, Congress, and school board meetings across America. But it need not be this way. Join us for a discussion with acclaimed author and community leader, Dr. Janice Ellis.


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Black History Month at Kansas City PBS


Kansas City PBS explores the richness and complexity of the Black experience with regular content throughout the year. During February, we are proud to offer additional programming in observance of Black History Month, paying tribute to Black achievements, culture and strength, while exploring the prejudice and adversity the Black community has faced throughout history.


Tune in all month for special KCPBS content celebrating Black History Month. Additional programming is available online or within Kansas City PBS Passport, an on-demand streaming service available to members, that provides access to exclusive programming online and in the PBS Video app.



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