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No MCC Weekly Update Next Week

No MCC Weekly Update Next Week

Legislators are on Spring Break next week, so there will be no MCC Weekly Update. This week’s edition is a bit longer than usual for this reason-we want to make sure you have all the news you need going into the break. The next MCC Weekly Update will be on March 31. Keep up with […]

Missouri House Eliminates Renters Credit for Elderly and Disabled

Missouri House Eliminates Renters Credit for Elderly and Disabled

This week, the Missouri House passed legislation (HCB 3) that would repeal a tax credit renters can claim if they are seniors or disabled. The credit on property tax, popularly known as the “circuit breaker,” has been in place since 1972, when it was passed by Missouri voters.  It has always included both property owners […]

MCC Urges Passage of Prescription Drug Registry

MCC Urges Passage of Prescription Drug Registry

This week the Missouri Catholic Conference sent a floor letter to all members of the Missouri House of Representatives, urging the passage of HCS HB 90 and 28, a bill that would establish a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). The bill is pending for debate in the House. In supporting the legislation, the MCC said, “The […]

Where's My Bill?

Where’s My Bill?

As the legislature moves into Spring Break next week, you may want to check the status of the bills the MCC is tracking. Visit mocatholic.org to view the latest bill progress reports.

CBO Projections on American Health Care Act

CBO Projections on American Health Care Act

This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) offered projections on the effects of overhauling the Affordable Care Act, should Congress pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). According to the CBO, “Enacting the AHCA in the form recently passed by two Congressional committees would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade, but […]

Great Plains Wildfire Relief

Great Plains Wildfire Relief

In early March, wildfires raced through the states of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, burning over a million acres of land, and killing thousands of cattle and other livestock animals. Several people died attempting to save livestock. The fires are now fully contained, but the disaster is not yet over for all those who lost family, homes, […]

Federal Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Pro-life Regulations May Proceed

Federal Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Pro-life Regulations May Proceed

In a ruling late last week, Federal District Court Judge Howard Sachs in Kansas City ruled that Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit challenging Missouri laws requiring doctors who perform abortions to have clinical privileges at a nearby hospital, and laws requiring abortion clinics to be regulated as ambulatory surgical centers can proceed. The lawsuit was brought after […]

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument on Religious Liberty Case from Missouri

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument on Religious Liberty Case from Missouri

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has set oral argument for April 19, 2017, in the case ofTrinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley, a case pitting a Columbia, Missouri Lutheran Church school against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The case explores the scope and reach of Missouri’s Blaine Amendment, a constitutional provision which […]

Christian Leaders Call for Preservation of International Aid Funding Upon Release of Trump Budget

Christian Leaders Call for Preservation of International Aid Funding Upon Release of Trump Budget

In an open letter to leaders of Congress, ministers, bishops, and Christian artists have asked legislators to preserve funding for international and domestic programs that impact the “least among us.” The request comes after President Donald Trump released his proposed budget recommending significant cuts to many international aid programs, as well as to other programs […]