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.
The KC Star published an article on the Missouri Legislature's current obsession with bathrooms. Four bills relating to who can use what bathroom have been filed this session.... four. They are sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin, Rep. Steve Cookson, Rep. Jeff Pogue, and Sen. Ed Emery.
Today, the State Senate’s Committee on Progress and Development held its first hearing of the year on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) filed the legislation that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
When the Missouri legislature is in session, it’s easy to focus on the negative and give in to cynicism. But before you start shuffling around the house muttering to yourself about the logistics of moving to Canada, let's take a moment and reflect on a few good things that have happened in Jeff City recently. You might even crack a smile.
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