What’s Happening Report: March 25, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would talk with you about the Mueller report. As of this writing, I have seen William Barr’s letter about the report. I believe the letter can be spun to support either side of the argument, and people would be well served to take any interpretation of it with a grain of salt.

Because this was spring break week, this will be a shorter than usual note from me. Scroll to the bottom for information on a Veterans Writing Workshop and an Assistive Technology event coming to St. Louis.
Last Week
Last week was a break from news about the Missouri Legislature because we were on Spring Break. We will be returning to our normal schedule on Monday.

You can see the growing list of bills that have been perfected (final version is complete and ready to vote on) and third read (bills we have voted on) on the House webpage under “Legislation”.

While it is interesting to see what we have been doing, a better way to be involved in what is coming up is to track the upcoming hearings (to see what committees are working on) and Calendar (to see what is coming to the floor).

This Week
This is budget week. You can see the proposed budget as HB 1HB 12. We have to submit amendments on Monday, and on Tuesday we will be perfecting the bills. You can listen live to debate.

This will also be a busy week in my committees. In Children and Families, we will be hearing a bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid. Basically, we’re telling people they have to be either healthy enough or far too sick to work to earn healthcare. Never mind the fact that if they work as many hours as required in the bill at a minimum wage job, they will be ineligible for Medicaid unless they have 7 dependents (and no other source of income). We will also be hearing a bill that, in my opinion, may reduce the penalties for infanticide.

And that’s just Tuesday morning.

Thanks for reading,
Sarah