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05/01/23 Missouri Mondays - Stop MO GOP’s extreme agendas–attacks on initiative petitions...

... silencing our voices! NO to guns on buses & in churches! Stand with MOVPC voting rights advocates in Jefferson City May 2nd!



Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! In these final two weeks of the legislative session we are URGENTLY calling for action to stop the MO GOP’s extreme and unpopular agendas! Fight back against guns on buses and in churches! Tell the GOP we won’t stand for their efforts to silence our voices by making it harder if not impossible to make change through the initiative petition process!

Find everything you need to take action from home and join us TOMORROW in Jefferson City at the Capitol for Missouri Voting Rights Legislative Day. RSVP here: bit.ly/May2lobby.

Help us spread the word to others to get involved and share our link to sign up for Missouri Mondays: https://www.moactionalliance.com/signup.

URGENT!! PROTECT THE CITIZEN’S INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!


TELL STATE REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE NO TO HJR 43!!


Once again last week Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours filibustering HJR 43 but the next morning the GOP supermajority passed it on a party line vote and it is now back in the House.


Caitlyn Adams, Executive Director of Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action denounced HJR 43 as “...a clear and unprecedented move to end majority rule in Missouri.” House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade also spoke out against the measure. “Our caucus is obviously very much against doing anything that is trying to take away the voice of voters, which we believe that going after the initiative petition is exactly that.”

CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO ON HJR43! NO TO CHANGES MAKING HARDER TO PASS INITIATIVE PETITIONS!


Last week Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours AGAIN filibustering HJR 43 but the next morning the GOP supermajority passed it on a party line vote and it is now back in the House.


Under the Senate version of HJR 43


  • Any constitutional amendment proposed by initiative petition would require 57% of the vote or a simple majority statewide and in five of eight congressional districts.

  • Still includes language banning non-citizens from voting which is already illegal

  • Lawmakers could only change a statute passed by initiatives with a 57% majority in each chamber during the first five years after its enactment.

For more than 100 years Missourians have utilized the initiative petition process to expand Medicaid coverage, overturn the right to work law harming unions, and legalize medical and recreational marijuana and now the MO GOP supermajority wants to take away your voice by making it harder if not impossible to pass initiative petitions statewide.


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


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TELL YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE SJR 12 CHANGES TO INITIATIVE PETITIONS!


SJR 12 - Informal Calendar Senate Bills for Perfection 5/1/2023


  • Under current law, an initiative petition proposing a constitutional amendment must already contain a single subject

  • SJR 12 would add confusing language defining the single subject rule potentially making it easier to further restrict the initiative petition process.


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


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TELL YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE SJR 28 CHANGES TO INITIATIVE PETITIONS!


SJR 28 - Formal Calendar S Bills for Perfection 5/1/2023


  • Undermines the will of the people by changing the threshhold for passage of proposed constitutional amendment from a majority of votes cast to requiring approval by both a majority of the votes cast AND a majority of the votes cast in a majority of the state representative districts.

  • Only allows voting by US citizens who are legal residents of Missouri (already the law); citizenship language weakens the protection for our right to vote in our Constitution


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


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Check out MOVPC’s Legislative Tracker with detailed legislation information here: bit.ly/movotingbills

 

TELL STATE SENATORS TO VOTE NO ON HB 282 CARRYING GUNS ON BUSES AND IN CHURCHES!


Despite the particularly horrific week of gun violence in Missouri and across the U.S. the MO GOP supermajority passed HB 282 in the House and it is now in the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee.


  • Allows a concealed carry permit holder to lawfully carry firearms on buses and MANDATES acceptance of concealed carry in churches

  • LOWERS the age requirement from 19 to 18 years of age for concealed carry permits.

Radical gun laws pushed by Republicans over the last 20 years have made Missouri the fourth most lethal state for firearm deaths in the country.


TELL SENATORS TO VOTE NO ON HB 282!



Assistant House Minority Leader Rep. Richard Brown spoke passionately against HB 282. Watch his full speech shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MOLegDems/status/1648332068353372165?s=20

 

TELL REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE YES ON HB 900 HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MIDWIVES AND DOULAS!


House Healthcare Reform Committee

Executive Session Hearing on HB 900

Tuesday, May 2

4:30 PM or upon adjournment (whichever is later)

House Hearing Room 1


Sponsored by Rep. Jamie Johnson (D-Kansas City), HB 900 creates provisions relating to health insurance coverage for services provided by midwives and doulas.


HB 900

  • Would require private insurance companies in the state of Missouri to cover midwife and doula services in their health plans

  • Missouri is 49th in the nation in health outcomes for pregnant people. The bill will work to supply additional resources to improve the health outcomes of pregnant people and alleviate some of Missouri’s issues with maternal mortality.

CONTACT THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:


Rep. Kent Haden 573-751-3649

Rep. Melanie Stinnett 573-751-0136

Rep. Patty Lewis 573-751-2437

Rep. Mitch Boggs 573-751-4077

Rep. Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway 573-751-7735

Rep. Betsy Fogle 573-751-9809

Rep. Jamie Gragg 573-751-2565

Rep. Ben Keathley 573-751-1247

Rep. Chantelle Nickson-Clark 573-751-2135

Rep. Sean Pouche 573-751–6593

Rep. Brian Seitz 573-751-1309

Rep. Lisa Thomas 573-751-1119

Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch 573-751-1169

Rep. Sarah Unsicker 573-751-2883

 


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 weekly meeting MONDAYS 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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MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

MISSOURI VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATIVE DAY

MO STATE CAPITOL ROTUNDA

JEFFERSON CITY, MO

TUESDAY MAY 2ND

9:00AM-1:00PM

RSVP HERE: bit.ly/May2lobby


Missouri voter advocates will be in Jefferson City for Voting Rights Day at the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda! We’ll be there to draw attention to pending voting bills in Missouri - including moving proactive voter access measures as well as continue to call on lawmakers to stop the attacks on the citizen initiative process. Join advocates from across Missouri in a nonpartisan Pro-Democracy Day at the Capitol to hear what's at stake for voting rights in Missouri, get engaged, and thank lawmakers who have stood up for our freedom to vote.


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SUPPORT MISSOURI'S CITIZEN INITIATIVE PROCESS WITH MOVPC AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE COALITION

IP PRESS ACTIONS

KANSAS CITY / ST. LOUIS / SPRINGFIELD / COLUMBIA

11 AM DAY AFTER ANY FINAL VOTE IN LEGISLATURE


Thanks to all of you who have testified, called and written your legislator - and thanks to lawmakers who stood up against HJR 43! To show statewide support for Missouri's Initiative Petition process, the Will of the People Coalition and MOVPC are planning rapid response simultaneous pop up regional press conferences/support actions across the state - St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Jefferson City. These will occur at 11am the day after any final vote in the legislature passing legislation to gut Missouri's IP process.



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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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THE HEARTLAND POD INTERVIEW WITH MISSOURI ACTION ALLIANCE


Marsha Lerenberg from Missouri Action Alliance joins Adam Sommer for a chat about how with just a simple sign up you too can be informed, engaged, and involved with State politics in the heartland.



Find more information about The Heartland POD and how you can support their work lifting up heartland voices: https://heartlandpod.com/the-heartland-pod


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THE HEARTLAND POD

HEARTLAND LIVE WITH JESS PIPER

“HOW DO WE FLIP MO BLUE”


Join The Heartland POD for a live event with Jess Piper to talk about Blue Missouri.

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THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Missouri Action Alliance and this Missouri Mondays email at moactionalliance.com/signup

Follow us on Twitter at @MissouriAction, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOActionAlliance and check out our website at http://www.MOActionAlliance.com

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