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03/25/24 Missouri Mondays - Lawmakers return - Only 8 weeks to go! TAKE ACTION for citizen petitions, “Clean Slate” voting rights, restore Presidential Primaries!

Join Moms Demand Action-MO Advocacy Day Wed Mar 27 at the Capitol!  Make your plan to VOTE in the April 2 Election!



Welcome to Missouri Mondays! 


Lawmakers return from spring break with only 8 more weeks to go in the legislative session. Find critical CALLS TO ACTION below to protect citizens initiative petitions, restore voting rights under the “Clean Slate” bill, and reinstate the Presidential Primary in 2028. 


On WED MARCH 27 join Moms Demand Action-MO volunteers and supporters from across the state at the Capitol for the in person 2024 Advocacy Day! There will be trainings, speakers, and visits with lawmakers. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/MO_March27_AD_RSVP


Make sure you have a plan to VOTE in the April 2 election!  No excuse in person absentee (Early) voting is already underway. Find more details and many voter resources below!


Join the Missourians for Constitutional Freedom effort to help restore abortion and reproductive rights in Missouri!  There’s a VERY SHORT window for signature gathering so the time is NOW to get involved! Find events online here: https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/ and more information below. 


THANK YOU for staying informed, taking action, and helping to spread the word by sharing this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email bit.ly/3pF99Uw.  



ACTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE



TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE 


Join the MOVPC weekly online meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

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


Your help is needed to protect voting rights and ensure ALL Missourians are able to make their voices heard!  MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri! Register for Monday calls here!


MOVPC 2024 Missouri Legislative Tracker

See a breakdown of elections related bills on MOVPC's Voting Rights Legislative Tracker here:  bit.ly/movotingbills


DONATE TO MOVPC

Help the non-partisan Missouri Voter Protection Coalition lead the fight against attacks on our freedom to vote in the statehouse, in the courthouse, in the media, in the streets and at the polls on Election Day. Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/movpc



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TELL YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE CHANGES TO THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS IN HOUSE BILL HCS HB 1749 



HOUSE BILL HCS HB 1749 sets up hurdles for the initiative petition (IP) process through multiple administrative actions.  Passed in the House and is now in the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing MONDAY MARCH 25 AT 2 PM in the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee.  The Senate requires in person witness testimony, online testimony is not allowed.


HOUSE BILL HCS HB 1749 proposed changes:


  • Require 30 day residency requirement for signature gatherers increases the costs of initiative petition efforts and complicates the process, unreasonably restricting the talent pool of signature gatherers


  • Add restrictions on residency that excludes recently transferred military to participate in the signature gathering process as well as students and others who move to Missouri and want to contribute immediately 


  • Prohibit signature gatherers from receiving pay per signature is mean-spirited and serves no purpose  


HCS HB 1749 bill summary as Perfected in the House - https://documents.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills241/sumpdf/HB1749P.pdf


TESTIFY IN PERSON OR TELL YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE CHANGES TO THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS IN HOUSE BILL HCS HB 1749  BEFORE MONDAY MARCH 25 AT 2 PM


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


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SUBMIT TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE BILLS HB 1525 AND HB 2895 TO REINSTATE THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY IN MISSOURI



Public Hearing on HB 1525 and HB 2895

Tuesday, March 26

12:00 PM

Hearing Room 6

Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City


Before Tuesday March 26 at noon, submit witness testimony on HB 1525 and HB 2895 HERE: https://witness.house.mo.gov/Default.aspx?noticeid=8722


HB 1525 and HB 2895 benefits:


  • A presidential primary encourages participation, especially relative to the time-consuming caucus system which is not readily accessible for students, parents, shift workers and the disabled. 


  •  A presidential primary is verifiable, auditable, and enhances representation for all voters.


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SUBMIT TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE BILL HB 2108 “CLEAN SLATE” BILL TO AUTOMATE THE EXPUNGEMENT PROCESS!  


House Bill HB 2108 “Clean Slate”

General Laws Committee Public Hearing

Hearing Room 7

Tuesday, March 26

2:00 PM

MO State Capitol 

Jefferson City


Testify in person or submit testimony online BEFORE 2PM TUESDAY MARCH 26 HERE: https://witness.house.mo.gov/Default.aspx?noticeid=8719



A bill to automate the expungement process for eligible individuals will be up for public hearing in the MO House General Laws Committee on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:00 PM


  • Today, over 1.9 million Missourians from all walks of life face barriers to jobs, education, housing and other basic necessities because they have an arrest or conviction on their record. 


  • These challenges impact every part of a person's life. When our loved ones, friends, neighbors and community members are barred from fully participating in society and our economy, we all lose out.



  • Positively affect employment and housing options for Missouri families


  • Make Missouri communities safer by reducing recidivism


  • Expand our economy by opening the workforce to Missourians who are able and eager to work.


Find more information about the benefits of “Clean Slate” here: https://www.mocleanslate.org


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Moms Demand Action MO-Statewide-In-Person Advocacy Day 2024

Wednesday, March 27

9:30am

Missouri Capitol

201 W Capitol Ave

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Join Moms Demand Action-MO for in-person Advocacy Day 2024 at the Missouri Capitol! There will be trainings, speakers, and visits with lawmakers. RSVP today!!


TAKE ACTION TO HELP END GUN VIOLENCE WITH EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY AND MOMS DEMAND ACTION MO


Every day, more than 110 people in America are killed with guns. We’re counting on people like you to take actions that will help us pass common-sense laws and implement policies that will save lives. 


  • Join Moms Demand Action volunteers in Missouri who are working to make our communities safer by texting READY to 644-33. 


  • Action is the counterweight to apathy. We can reclaim our safety and save lives by taking action to end gun violence. Find actions you can take now to help end gun violence: https://www.everytown.org/actions/




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IMPORTANT MISSOURI VOTER DATES AND RESOURCES!


APRIL 2, 2024 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION 


Election Day: April 2, 2024

Polls Open: 6:00 a.m.

Polls Close: 7:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register: March 6, 2024

In Person Absentee Voting Begins: February 20, 2024

Military & Overseas Portal opens: February 13, 2024

Applications mailed to permanently disabled: February 16, 2024

No Excuse In Person Absentee (Early) Voting is underway as of Tuesday March 19  


Note: You may not have an April 2 election in your area. Check your local election authority website for detailed voting information.  



Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners

Serving voters in Kansas City within Jackson County

4407 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64130

Phone: (816) 842-4820


Jackson County Election Board

Serving Eastern Jackson County voters–All of Jackson County outside the city limits of Kansas City

215 N. Liberty

Independence, Missouri 64051

Phone: (816) 325-4600


Find state of Missouri voting and elections information on the Secretary of State’s website here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri


ATTENTION: IF YOU WANT TO VOTE ABSENTEE IN PERSON OR VOTE A REGULAR BALLOT ON ELECTION DAY YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID, LIKE A MO DRIVERS LICENSE, STATE ID, MILITARY ID, OR PASSPORT, THAT IS CURRENT OR EXPIRED AFTER NOVEMBER 8TH 2022. 


ELECTION PROTECTION 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)


The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 300 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote. 


To report a problem or for general elections/voting questions call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)


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JOIN THE EFFORT TO PUT ABORTION RIGHTS ON THE BALLOT!


Missourians for Constitutional Freedom is a statewide coalition of organizations and concerned citizens from across the state working to establish the right for all Missourians to make decisions about our own reproductive health care – including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care – without interference from out-of-touch politicians. 

We are coming together to end Missouri’s cruel total ban on abortion and give the power to make personal health care decisions back to where it belongs – to the people.

WE HAVE A VERY SHORT WINDOW!! We are required to collect 172,000 valid signatures by May 5th, 2024, to ensure Missourians get to vote on ending our cruel abortion ban at the ballot. Your SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL to make this initiative a reality.




Upcoming MCF Events in the Kansas City Area


Raytown Southwood UCC Drive-Thru 

Missourians for Constitutional Freedom 

Signature Gathering Event

Wednesday, March 27

4PM - 7PM


Want to sign the petition and take action to end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban and put reproductive rights, including access to abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care, back into the hands of Missouri families and their doctors, not extremist politicians?


We're bringing people together all across Missouri to gather signatures and want you to join us at Raytown Southwood United Church of Christ! Sign up now to attend this drive thru signature gathering event and make sure you sign the petition!


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Missourians for Constitutional Freedom

Signature Gathering Training - Kansas City area

Wednesday, March 27

6PM - 7:30PM


Want to take action to end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban and put reproductive rights, including access to abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care, back into the hands of Missouri families and their doctors, not extremist politicians?


Join Missourians for Constitutional Freedom and sign up for a training to come learn more about the initiative petition process, how we're utilizing it to build the Missouri we all deserve, and give you the tools to become an expert signature petition gatherer.


We're bringing people together all across Missouri to gather signatures and want you to join us! Sign up now and be a part of a historic campaign for all Missourians!


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MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing! Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing



 

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