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Kurt's Kangaroo Court

Sen. Kurt Schaefer was appointed chair of the Missouri Senate's Interim Committee on the "Sanctity of Life" last fall, and thus in charge of "investigating" now-debunked accusations made by extremist groups against Planned Parenthood.

Today the Missouri Senate voted to approve Schaefer's subpoenas and expects Mary Kogut, CEO of the St. Louis Region's Planned Parenthood (PPSLR), to appear before them with subpoenaed documents on April 25th.

Committee Hearing on SJR 39

4,000+ Missourians Voice Opposition to SJR 39

Missourians from all corners of the state rallied at the Capitol this morning.

PROMO, Missouri's leading LGBT advocacy group, and the ACLU of Missouri brought together an impressive group of clergy, business owners, community leaders, and activists from across the state to speak out against SJR 39.

Senate GOP Leaders Abruptly Halt Filibuster

The longest filibuster in Missouri history was ended this morning by an unceremonious parliamentary procedure

Around 7am in the Senate, democrats who had been filibustering for over 39 hours straight were cut off by a PQ motion (you can read more about a PQ here). In short, the motion is a break from usual decorum, and almost never used. In fact, there was bipartisan condemnation of the move.

Our State Constitution Is No Place for Discrimination

Last week, State Senator Gary Romine (R-Farmington) wrote about SJR 39, a "religious freedom" bill that along with SB 916 has been quickly passed through the legislative process and now sits on the Senate calendar to be brought up for debate at any time.

#TBT: Rowden Condemns Paycheck Deception Attacks as "Purely Political"

Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) voted "Yes" on HB 1891 today, which is strange considering he previously condemned a similar bill as "purely political."

HB 1891—also know as Paycheck Deception—was sent to Governor Nixon's desk today. This bill, per its proponents, is just another way to get to the ultimate goal of making Missouri a so-called "Right to Work" state. Paycheck Deception bills, like HB 1891, make it more complicated for public employees to choose how they want to spend their own pay.

Jeff City Ethics Still Abysmal

If last week in Jefferson City taught us anything, it's that little has changed

A legislator resigning in disgrace? Check. An ethics reform bill stripped of its teeth to be more lobbyist-friendly? Check.

Discriminatory Bill To Have Hearing

Sen. Schaefer's goals for 2016 include increasing discrimination in MO

A report was released on January 26, 2016 stating that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cost the city of Indianapolis up to 60 million dollars and up to 12 conventions. This bill, which failed in Indiana last year, was not only bad for business but was also harmful to ALL Indiana residents.

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