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General Assembly Overrides Veto on Concealed Carry Bill

General Assembly Overrides Veto on Concealed Carry Bill

After a contentious debate that lasted several hours in the General Assembly, lawmakers votedWednesday to override the Governor’s veto of SB 656, a bill that loosens gun laws in Missouri. The vote, mainly along party lines, was 24-6 in the Senate and 112-41 in the House. Under the bill, individuals will no longer be required to […]

General Assembly Overrides Governor Nixon on Photo ID Bill

General Assembly Overrides Governor Nixon on Photo ID Bill

This week, the Missouri General Assembly voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 1631, a bill that requires voters to show a photo ID in order to vote. HB 1631 will only take effect, however, if Missouri voters approve a ballot measure in the November election amending the Missouri Constitution to permit the state […]

Hearing on Lethal Drug Supplier

Hearing on Lethal Drug Supplier

This week, the State of Missouri was granted a new hearing before an appeals court to determine if the supplier of lethal injection drugs used for death penalty executions should be kept anonymous. The State requested the hearing after a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month said that the identity […]

Remember to Register for the 2016 Annual Assembly!

Remember to Register for the 2016 Annual Assembly!

Have you registered for this year’s Annual Assembly yet? Registration is now open! Join us for this FREE event as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Saturday, October 8 at the Missouri State Capitol. The Keynote Speaker is the newly-installed Bishop of Springfield/Cape Girardeau, Bishop Edward Rice. Bishop Rice believes in using prayer and a pastoral approach to […]

Bishops Statement Opposing SB 656 Gets Attention in Media

Bishops Statement Opposing SB 656 Gets Attention in Media

In August, the Catholic Bishops of Missouri issued a statement opposing SB 656.  Their statement, while recognizing the right to self-defense, noted that SB 656 was a “move in the wrong direction.” It encouraged citizens not to “fall prey to the notion that we are somehow safer as individuals and as a society if everyone is […]

Virtue: An Essential Feature of Democracy; Part 3 in a Series

Virtue: An Essential Feature of Democracy; Part 3 in a Series

St. Thomas Aquinas drew on the writings of Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.) in developing ideas about how political communities should promote the common good. In Aristotle’s time Athens was a democracy but not in the sense that we know it today. Only about 15% of the population was allowed citizenship and slavery was part of this […]

Study Finds Religion Contributes $1.2 Trillion to the U.S. Economy

Study Finds Religion Contributes $1.2 Trillion to the U.S. Economy

A recent study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research in Religion found that religion and religious people contribute as much as $1.2 Trillion to the U.S. Economy. At times, it may seem that we live in an age where many want to push religion out of public life and curtail the influence of religious […]

Americans See a Significant Pay Raise in 2015

Americans See a Significant Pay Raise in 2015

After years of stagnant wages, U.S households saw significant economic gains in 2015. In itsannual report on income and poverty released this week, the U.S. Census Bureau found that median U.S. household’s income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to an inflation-adjusted level of $56,516. While the median income is still below the median income of $57,423 of […]

Governor Nixon Focuses on Upcoming Veto Session

Governor Nixon Focuses on Upcoming Veto Session

Next week on Sept. 14, lawmakers will return to the Capitol for the annual veto session. In preparation for this event, Governor Nixon held a press conference this week to draw attention to the reasons he had vetoed various bills. Nixon noted that much of the media attention has been focused on two vetoed bills-HB 1631 that […]