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MCC Mourns Death of State Auditor Tom Schweich

MCC Mourns Death of State Auditor Tom Schweich

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) joins with all Missourians in mourning the death of State Auditor Tom Schweich. Our prayers go out to his family. May God grant them consolation and courage in this time of grieving. Tom Schweich was an unusually able and conscientious public servant, a man of great integrity. As state auditor […]

Missouri House Approves Annual Abortion Clinic Inspections

Missouri House Approves Annual Abortion Clinic Inspections

This week by a vote of 119-35, the Missouri House approved HB 190, sponsored by State Representative and former nurse Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), which would require the Missouri Department of Health to conduct annual inspections of all clinics in Missouri that perform abortions. Current law allows the Department of Health to inspect these facilities, […]

A+ Scholarship Bill Heard in Committee

A+ Scholarship Bill Heard in Committee

This week, the House Committee on Higher Education considered legislation that would expand the A+ college scholarship program to include graduates of private high schools, including Catholic schools. The MCC testified in support of HB 451, which is sponsored by State Representative Keith English (Independent – St. Louis).  Opposition came from a representative of Missouri’s […]

Welfare Reform Given Final Approval by Missouri Senate

Welfare Reform Given Final Approval by Missouri Senate

Legislation to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program received final approval by the Missouri Senate this week. The MCC supported SB 24 after senators adopted a number of key amendments, including a requirement that applicants be given a face-to-face orientation on the program. TANF provides assistance to parents or caretakers of children […]

Senate Committee Hears Legislation on Sentencing Juveniles

Senate Committee Hears Legislation on Sentencing Juveniles

How do you sentence offenders younger than 18 who commit first-degree murder?  That was the question this week as the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee considered two proposals dealing with juvenile offenders. The committee heard public testimony on SB 280, sponsored by Senator Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis), which would set up a […]

Execution Set for Man with Significant Brain Injury - Contact Governor Nixon for Clemency

Execution Set for Man with Significant Brain Injury – Contact Governor Nixon for Clemency

Missouri plans to execute Cecil Clayton on March 17.  Clayton, a 75-year-old man, lost a significant portion of his brain over 40 years ago due to an industrial accident. A projectile shot from a working saw shattered the frontal lobe of his brain, which controls judgment, intellectual functions, and emotional adjustment.  Immediately after the accident […]

The Wondrous Book of Kells

The Wondrous Book of Kells

As we enter the month of March and approach the feast of St. Patrick, it is a good time to marvel at the contributions made to our Catholic faith, and to civilization itself, by the Irish Church. Nowhere is this contribution more striking than in the wondrously illiminated Book of Kells. This ancient Irish manuscript, […]

House and Senate Committees Hear Human Trafficking Bills

House and Senate Committees Hear Human Trafficking Bills

This week, the House Committee on Civil and Criminal Proceedings heard testimony on HB 152, sponsored by Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), which would criminalize the act of advertising for sale in the sex industry victims of human trafficking. U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner came to the hearing to testify in support of the legislation.  She sponsored […]

Bill to Raise Medicaid Asset Limits Heard in Committee

Bill to Raise Medicaid Asset Limits Heard in Committee

This week the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Health heard a bill that would raise the asset limits for the permanent and totally disabled individuals enrolled in MO HealthNet (Medicaid).  Sponsored by Senator Tom Dempsey (R-St. Peters), SB 322 would raise the asset levels from the current $1,000 for individuals to no greater than […]


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