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Bishops Issue Open Letter to State Officials Regarding Death Penalty

Bishops Issue Open Letter to State Officials Regarding Death Penalty

This week, voicing their grave concern, the Catholic Bishops issued an open letter to Governor Nixon, Attorney General Koster, Justices of the Supreme Court, and members of the General Assembly regarding the accelerated rate of executions in Missouri over the last 15 months. The bishops note that in submitting clemency applications for the condemned they […]

Welfare Reform Approved With Some of MCC's Recommendations

Welfare Reform Approved With Some of MCC’s Recommendations

The Missouri General Assembly has approved a major overhaul of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to create a more customized welfare system to help recipients move out of poverty. The legislation includes a number of the reforms advocated by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) but not all of them. Senate Bill 24 […]

Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Advances

Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Advances

This week, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health committee heard HB 190, sponsored by Representative Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), which would require any clinic performing more than five abortions a month to be inspected by the Department of Health and Senior Services on an annual basis. The MCC testified in support of the bill.  The […]

Missouri Senate Approves Punitive Juvenile Sentencing Bill

Missouri Senate Approves Punitive Juvenile Sentencing Bill

This week the Missouri Senate gave first round approval to SB 200, which would require juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to be sentenced to either life without parole or 35 years or 50 years, depending on their age at the time of the crime. Sponsored by Senator Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), SB 200 aims to address […]

Why Inspections Matter

Why Inspections Matter

Legislation is moving through the Missouri General Assembly that would require the Missouri Department of Health to conduct an annual inspection of Missouri abortion clinics. Sponsored by Representative Kathryn Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), HB 190 passed the House by a vote of 119-35 and is now pending in the Senate. Through a Sunshine Request, the Missouri […]

Senate Committee Approves Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Bill

Senate Committee Approves Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Bill

The Senate Progress and Development Committee voted Do Pass on SB 237, sponsored by Senator Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis), which would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based upon a person’s “sexual orientation and gender identity.” The committee voted 3-1 to pass the bill out of committee. The MCC offered testimony in opposition […]

Funding Cuts in Social Programs Adopted by Missouri Senate

Funding Cuts in Social Programs Adopted by Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate worked until almost 4 a.m. on Wednesday to pass their version of the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2016. Much of the debate centered on a proposal to trim funding from the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Social Services. These departments […]

Medicaid and Managed Care

Medicaid and Managed Care

 The most contentious debate among Senators over the proposed budget was on whether to move approximately 200,000 Medicaid recipients out of fee-for-service arrangements with doctors and other health care providers into managed care contracts. Ultimately, the Senate agreed to the new arrangement but not before a debate that lasted for hours. Managed care is the […]

Andre Cole Faces Execution on April 14, Contact Governor Nixon Today!

Andre Cole Faces Execution on April 14, Contact Governor Nixon Today!

Top The case of Andre Cole showcases the many flaws within the death penalty system. Cole’s case is hardly the “worst of the worst” for which the death penalty is intended.  Andre and Terri Cole had previously divorced, but had considered reconciling. However, they were at odds in August 1998.  Despite Andre working two jobs […]


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