03/14/22 - Missouri Mondays - MO Legislature may be on break but WE WILL KEEP UP THE FIGHT!
THE FIGHT against MO GOP extreme attacks on abortion, making initiative petitions harder, guns in churches and on public transportation!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays and another busy week of important events and actions! Thanks for staying informed and using your voice to make a difference!
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE ON BREAK BUT KEEP PUSHING BACK WITH THESE ACTIONS!
STOP MO GOP EXTREME ATTACKS ON ABORTION! CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHTS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON HB 2810!
Call your representative and members of the Special Committee on Government Oversight (see members below) and tell them to vote NO on Rep. Seitz radical House Bill HB 2810.
This bill would make performing an abortion before 10 weeks of pregnancy a class A felony in Missouri — punishable by anywhere from ten years to life in prison.
This bill makes no exception for ectopic pregnancies which occur when the egg is implanted outside the uterus, are not viable pregnancies and can be life-threatening to the mother.
Rep. Jered Taylor 573-751-3833
Rep. J. Eggleston 573-751-4285
Rep. Dottie Bailey 573-751-0562
Rep. Scott Cupps 573-751-1488
Rep. Dirk Deaton 573-751-9801
Rep. David Evans 573-751-1455
Rep. Bill Falkner 573-751-9755
Rep. Hannah Kelly 573-751-2205
Rep. Tony Lovasco 573-751-1484
The bill received national attention this week in an article in NBC’s online Today.
“Democratic state Representative Keri Ingle, who was present at the hearing, said there was "some confusion on what ectopic pregnancies are" by her Republican colleague.”
Ectopic pregnancies are 100% non-viable, and if allowed or forced to continue would result in organ rupture, severe internal bleeding, possible infertility and even death. They are the leading cause of death for pregnant people in the first trimester. –A Missouri bill could make it illegal to treat ectopic pregnancies–
FIND YOUR STATE REP using the Legislator Lookup here:
TELL YOUR STATE ELECTEDS TO SAY NO TO ALL ATTACKS ON INITIATIVE PETITIONS! The initiative petition process has been in place for 115 years and the MO GOP must stop trying to silence the people’s voice by making the initiative petition process harder.
Two bills have already passed the House and are now in the Senate:
House Joint Resolution (HJR) 91 Modifies the initiative petition process for amendments to the constitution. Summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0091P.pdf
Under House Joint Resolution HJR 91, once signatures were submitted on an initiative proposing a constitutional amendment, the legislature would have the opportunity to modify the proposed constitutional language. If the initiative sponsor accepted the changes, voters could ratify the measure with a simple majority of votes cast. If the sponsor opted to go with the original version, a two-thirds majority of votes cast would be needed.
HJR 91 also would more than double the number of signatures required to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot from roughly 172,000 currently to about 350,000. If the Senate also approves the measure, it would go on the Nov. 8th statewide ballot and require support from just a simple majority for ratification.
House Joint Resolution (HJR 79) Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums. Summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0079P.pdf
Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would
require an amendment to the state Constitution to achieve a two thirds supermajority vote for passage.
Specifies that the Constitutional phrase "legal
voter" is defined as an individual who is a citizen of the United
States, a resident of Missouri, and who is properly registered to
The resolution also requires petition signatures to place a measure
on the ballot as a Constitutional amendment to be collected in each Congressional district using a percentage requirement of 10%. Laws may be placed on the ballot using a percentage requirement of 5%.
FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE using the Legislator Lookup here:
HJR 91 in the news: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/another-effort-to-restrict-missouri-s-initiative-petition-process-advances/article_357bb4ff-07f7-5414-87cd-ceea75a5e77e.html St. Louis Post-Dispatch Feb 25 2022
HJR 79 Letter to the Editor: https://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/readers/2022/03/06/letters-march-6/6978465001/ Springfield News Leader March 6 2022
TELL YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL HB 1462! SAY NO TO GUNS IN CHURCHES AND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!
People with a permit to carry a concealed weapon could bring their guns into churches and other houses of worship under legislation the MO House approved March 9th. The bill also would create a statutory right for concealed-carry permit holders to bring their weapons on public transportation.
House Bill 1462 if passed would:
Repeal an existing law that prohibits carrying a concealed weapon into a place of worship without permission.
Other provisions of the bill would lower the minimum age for obtaining a concealed-carry permit from age 19 to age 18
Make it a crime to engage in celebratory gunfire. This provision is NOT worth the risk of allowing guns in churches and on public transportation and lowering the age of concealed-carry permits.
Find your state senator using the Legislator Lookup here:
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL (HB) 2118!
HOUSE BILL (HB) 2118 is Republican Rep. Jered Taylor’s attempt to revive SB 666 known as the “Make Murder Legal” bill. SB 666 died in the MO senate, and HB 2118 needs to die in the house!
Under House Bill HB 2118, a person who used physical or deadly force would be presumed to have acted in self-defense and be “immune from criminal prosecution or civil action.” Not only could that person not be prosecuted, the bill would prohibit suspects from being arrested, detained or charged with a crime unless authorities can prove “by clear and convincing evidence” that the suspect didn’t act in self-defense. Law enforcement organizations uniformly opposed the measure, which seeks to create a presumption in state law that whenever one person kills another, the killer acted in self-defense.
Find your representative using the Legislator Lookup here:
Read about the MO senate’s version of HB 2118, a stand your ground law dubbed “Make Murder Legal Act” SB 666: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/prosecutor-slams-missouri-bill-as-make-murder-legal-act/ar-AATnqFg MSN Feb 1 2022
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!
Check the 2022 Missouri Election Calendar for important election dates and deadlines for registering to vote HERE: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/2022cal
Check your voter registration HERE: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Find your local election authority HERE: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority
Once you find your local election authority CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC VOTING AND ELECTION INFORMATION!
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 next MOVPC meeting
MONDAY MARCH 14 at 10 AM
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
Help protect the right to vote in Missouri with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition! The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) is a nonpartisan statewide network working to protect the right to vote in Missouri, promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting.
SAVE THE DATE!
HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS
MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR MO HOUSE NEW COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS
MONDAY MARCH 28, 2022
REGISTER HERE FOR LINK TO MEETING: https://bit.ly/3H0jZHo
State legislatures are where the action is! For example state legislatures make decisions and laws regarding elections, state budgets, education funding, public health / access to health care, worker's rights, equal rights for all, and more. The Missouri House Redistricting Commission has created maps that have several more competitive districts so join Heartland Alliance for Progress for an opportunity to meet the candidates who might be able to pick up seats and those who are already in office in these competitive districts.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG WOMEN SET TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR!
The Women Legislators of Missouri are sponsoring scholarships for young women set to graduate from high school this year. The scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics, and community service. Candidates must fill out an application & are required to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?” The application can be found here: http://bit.ly/molegwomen
The submission deadline is Thursday, March 24, 2022. We encourage seniors from all across the state to apply for the college scholarship. Please share!
MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Find Women’s History Month events and resources commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history here: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
PBS Independent Lens WHM recommended documentaries about important and fascinating women here: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/celebrate-womens-history-month-with-these-docs/
Library of Congress - American Women: A Guide to Women’s History Resources at the LOC here: https://guides.loc.gov/american-women
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
Find more upcoming actions and events here:
CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
HOW TO HELP
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. You can give a one-time or recurring donation here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross right now. The groups are supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. You can make a one-time donation or a monthly contribution here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian miliary invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
“People are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine — not to stay, but to lend their support” https://www.npr.org/2022/03/05/1084739721/airbnb-ukraine-direct-aid~~NPR March 5 2022
“How to help Ukraine amid Russian attacks” ABC News Feb 28 2022 https://abcnews.go.com/International/ukraine-amid-russian-attacks/story?id=83156472
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
Kansas City Metropolitan Area COVID Metrics at a Glance Mar 4 - Mar 12
Source: The Kansas City Beacon – https://thebeacon.media/stories/2022/03/04/kansas-city-beacon-covid-data-dashboard/
Case rate per 100K residents last 7 days - 3/12/22
Two Week Change: Down -83.38%
Average ICU occupancy - 3/4/22
Two Week Change: Down -0.92%
New COVID hospitalizations - 3/4/2022
Two Week Change: Down -30.76%
New deaths last 7 days - 3/12/22
Two Week Change: Down -76.00%
COVID INFORMATION RESOURCES
The Kansas City Beacon COVID Data Dashboard – A new dashboard for Covid data in the Kansas City Metro area has been developed by The Kansas City Beacon. The Beacon reports that they “decided to release our own data compilation after reporters found that certain critical metrics used to assess the omicron and delta surges were not readily available elsewhere for the Kansas City area.” You can check the Kansas City Beacon’s COVID Data dashboard here: https://thebeacon.media/stories/2022/03/04/kansas-city-beacon-covid-data-dashboard/
Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring https://missouriindependent.com/briefs/free-at-home-covid-tests-to-be-handed-out-to-medicare-beneficiaries-this-spring/
Free rapid at-home tests may be ordered (started on Jan. 19) at COVIDtests.gov. A second set of tests may now be ordered.
The state of Missouri is also providing free at-home PCR tests. Order your test kit here: https://picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=MOPROMO
FIND COVID-19 Vaccines in Missouri here: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/find
MORE COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun Mar 13 The New York Times
66% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (77% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)
55% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (65% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
1,127,503 confirmed cases and 15,634 confirmed deaths and a 7-Day testing positivity rate of 3.7% –data 3/03/22 through 3/10/2022 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
1,419,783 total reported cases and 19,545 deaths as of Sun March 13 The New York Times
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