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.
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.
David Humphreys, President and CEO of TAMKO Building Products, Inc., is the second largest political donor in Missouri. In recent years, he has pushed his agenda for so-called "right-to-work" and other anti-labor legislation with his political contributions.
Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) admits the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry. However, he wants to make sure these couples are not treated equally here in the Show-Me state by passing a constitutional amendment that would make discrimination a part of our state constitution.
In just one week, the Missouri Senate fast-tracked Onder’s SJR 39 from filing to passing out of committee--next up, the Senate Floor--and that could be as early as next week.
Today, a “Paycheck Deception” bill passed out of the House. And that’s not good.
It’s not good for the thousands of public employees who may have to jump through extra hoops just to choose how they want to spend their own paychecks. This is a bill that not only disrespects everyday heroes like nurses, teachers and caregivers, but also seeks to muffle their voices in Jefferson City.
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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