The Missouri Legislature closed its 2015-2016 session this week, and the laws passed, as well as those that failed, are shocking.
The legislature passed:
- “Constitutional Carry” (no permit required to carry a concealed weapon)
- “Stand your Ground” (it’s legal to shoot if your threatened, even if you can run away. This is the law that let George Zimmerman get away with murder in Florida.)
- Cuts to the Foundation Formula (which determines how much public schools receive from the state government)
- A constitutional amendment to tighten Voter ID, which disproportionately harms minority and elderly voters (this will be on the ballot for voters to decide)
The legislature did not pass:
- Meaningful legislation to improve the ethical requirements of legislators
- A prescription drug monitoring program to decrease drug abuse
- Any legislation to bring Missouri into compliance with Real ID
The silver lining is that some other dangerous and strongly debated bills did not pass, including:
- Legislation that would outlaw birth control and all abortion
- Constitutional discrimination against same-sex couples
- Paycheck Protection
With the end of the legislative session, a number of well-respected voices are being lost in the legislature, including that of Jeanne Kirkton. I am running to fill that seat, to be a strong voice for progressive values. With your support, I will fight next year against harmful legislation proposed by the Republican majority. Please help my campaign with a donation of $20 to keep those strong voices heard!