Thumbs up to the U. S. Supreme Court for ruling that guns can be taken from abusers. The Court voted 6-2 to uphold a federal law that denies guns to those who commit violence against family members.
Thumbs up for a ruling by US District Judge Nannete Laughrey in favor of a Columbia, MO Planned Parenthood clinic after the state tried to revoke its abortion license. The ruling on May 11 stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.
Thumbs up to Google for banning payday loan ads, saying they are "deceptive or harmful financial products" because they "can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users."
Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.
Thumbs down to the MO House for passing "personhood amendment" bill that would recognize a right to life of “unborn children at every stage of development.” The bill needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.
Thumbs up to the MO House for passing a bill to increase women's access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives. The bill moves to the Senate.
Thumbs up to the MO Legislature for increasing funds in the state's 2017 budget for Parents as Teachers, child care subsidies to improve programs serving low-income children, trauma treatment for kids who are victims of abuse and new funds for state diaper banks.
Governor Nixon will respond in the next few days to the loss of $8.3 million in funds for Planned Parenthood. Click here
President Lise Bernstein; Barbara Finch co-chair of Common-Sense Solutions Committee; and Bo Kennedy, pediatric emergency room physician discuss gun violence and children. Watch here
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Click here to let Congress know it's time for real gun control.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has proposed a new rule to curb the excesses of payday and car title loans. Though it has the potential to help those trapped in high interest loans by requiring lenders to establish the ability of the borrower to repay the loan, there are loopholes that must be closed. Click here
An initiative proposing to raise Missouri's cigarette tax to benefit early childhood programs is in jeopardy of not making the November ballot after a judge ruled its financial estimate is insufficient and unfair. Click here.
Thursday, August 11 - 5pm
University City Library, (Room 2), 6701 Delmar Blvd, University City
July 16, 2016 – noon
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park
Focus on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment