Time and again at different forums and legislative coffees we hear from our representatives how vital our engagement is to their work. They are challenging us to stay involved, to write in or to call when a piece of legislation is important to us or to inform them of issues that you believe they should know about. Several have made offers to have constituents shadow them around the statehouse for the day to see what their work is really like and to demystify the processes of governing. Let's continue to bring light to the governance process at all levels!
IKC is planning a series of Action Afternoons, starting on the 2nd Sunday in March. These will be fun events that we hope will help you slough off your fear or timidity and ramp up your enthusiasm. We are excited for your participation... to have you share and learn with us. Feet on the ground, shoulder to shoulder, building a more equal and just future.
In Missouri, we had a great turnout at the Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day on Tuesday Feb. 19 in Jefferson City. About 460 people showed up (in spite of the weather!) to show that people across Missouri demand action for gun sense. The sea of red shirts flooding the capitol makes a huge statement - It's so important that our legislators know we have our eyes on them.
What we need to do now: We are going on offense! Write and/or call your representatives (find yours here ) this week as a follow up to Advocacy Day. Tell them that you want them to:
Check out our website or our friends at Indivisible MO for more state level calls to action.
Kansas saw a slew of legislation come through committees in both houses, bad and good. The Senate passed SB32 - Exempting certain non-insurance healthcare benefits from the commissioner's jurisdiction and sent it to the House Committee on Taxation this week for consideration. This bill allows the Kansas Farm Bureau to sell unregulated "pseudo insurance" to members (or anyone paying $50 membership to the KFB) at vastly reduced prices. How? KFB won't take anyone with pre-existing conditions and can drop enrollees who get sick and file claims. It's likely to drive up real insurance costs because those left buying real insurance will be less healthy overall as more people gravitate to low-price garbage plans.
The Senate will hear SB124, which seeks to ban utility companies from charging add-on fees to those citizens who move to clean energy options. Missouri, in contrast, gives tax incentives to people looking
to add solar power their homes.
The House Committee on Elections heard HB2092 which would have allowed voter registration on election day, something Indivisible KC believes deeply would expand participation and better reflect the will of the people. It died in committee.
What you can do: If you haven't already, contact your state electeds and make sure they know what your priorities are for balancing the budget. School funding? Infrastructure? For extra points, let them know what sacrifices you could stomach. None of these choices will be easy.
As always, don't miss Loud Light's Week 6 recap (3:41) for more details from Topeka this week.
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