It was a busy and somewhat fraught week in Kansas as the Republicans dug in their heels, passing SB 22 by 24-16, on a motion to concur with changes made by the House. This meant that a $500 million corporate tax giveaway bill, representing an unsustainable return to the failed tax policies of Sam Brownback, is headed to Gov. Laura Kelly. She is expected to veto the legislation.
Here’s what you can do: Contact your state legislators (Senate and House) and tell them what you think about the bill and how they voted. They need to know you are paying attention!
At the time the Senate was cutting taxes, it was passing a bill to add more money to schools to comply with a Supreme Court order to adequately fund education. The bill, approved on a 32-8 vote, had broad support from Republicans and Democrats; it now moves to the House.
Here’s what you can do: Again, it's important your House member knows how you feel about education funding and ending the lawsuit. Reach out this week.
All 40 members of the Kansas Senate unanimously voted for legislation to help targets of domestic violence to avoid homelessness. The coalition was led by JoCo Democrat, Senator Dinah Sykes, who said, "Safe housing is an important step toward leaving an unsafe situation. The least we can do is make sure these victims are not discriminated against in housing when they do try and escape danger and abuse.”
Here's what you can do: A comparable version of the bill was introduced during February in the House but hasn’t been scheduled for a committee hearing. Let your Representative know that this kind of bi-partisan legislative work is the norm you expect from them while they're in Topeka working on your behalf!
And in Missouri -
Missouri House Bill 258 would lift restrictions on a conceal carry law that prohibits weapons in private businesses and public institutions such as universities or polling places. Businesses currently must give customers permission to carry concealed weapons. Under the proposed measure, weapons would automatically be allowed in businesses unless owners chose to ban them, meaning they could show up in churches, bars and day cares.
Here’s what you can do: Contact your state representative to say “no” on this guns everywhere bill. You can also read more about Missouri Moms Demand Action’s efforts to pass House Bill 960 and how you can help keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders here.
New week, same undermining of voters. Conservatives are AGAIN attempting to undermine the will of 62.3 percent of Missouri voters by attacking Raise Up Missouri. Missourians voted for a raise for all minimum wage workers, but legislators are attempting to take that away from servers, delivery drivers, other tipped workers and now, with House Bill 763, private school employees.
Over unanimous Democratic opposition, the Missouri House of Representatives granted preliminary approval on March 13 to exempt private schools from the voter-approved minimum wage increases, including the new $8.60 minimum wage that went into effect in January. The bill requires a second vote to advance to the Senate.
What you can do: Learn more on all of these attacks on Proposition B at saveourraise.org, and add your voice to the call to protect our raise by asking your MO representative to vote NO on HB 763 and your MO senator to vote NO on SB 10, another attack on the minimum-wage increase.
The past seven days have been a particularly heavy and difficult news week.