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Senate Committee Advances Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill

Senate Committee Advances Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 770, sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), that would require ambulatory surgical centers performing abortions in Missouri to undergo annual on site inspections by the Missouri Department of Health.   The bill also requires that any inspection and investigation reports derived from these inspections be made available [...]

Senate Removes Ban on Food Stamps for Ex-offenders

Senate Removes Ban on Food Stamps for Ex-offenders

By of vote of 29-4 the Senate passed a bill this week allowing ex-drug offenders to receive food stamps. Sponsored by Senator Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City), SB 680 would allow Missouri to opt out of federal ban that prohibits former drug users from receiving food stamps. The ban was part of the 1996 Welfare Reform [...]

Mass at the Border Highlights Plight of Immigrants

Mass at the Border Highlights Plight of Immigrants

On Tuesday, April 1, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley joined a dozen other bishops in celebrating Mass along the U.S. – Mexico border. The congregation gathered on both sides of the border fence, with those on the Mexican side reaching through the slates to receive communion.  In his homily Cardinal O’Malley reflected on the Good [...]

CEI Deadline is Only 1 Week Away

CEI Deadline is Only 1 Week Away

Missourians for Children’s Education, the campaign committee for the Children’s Education Initiative (CEI), has set April 15 as the deadline for submission of signatures to the MCC and other pro-CEI agencies. Parishes and Catholic schools: send your notarized petition pages and completed circulator registration forms to the Missouri Catholic Conference, P.O. Box 1022, Jefferson City, [...]

Ferguson, A Changed Man, is Executed

Ferguson, A Changed Man, is Executed

This week the State of Missouri executed Jeffrey Ferguson.  By all accounts Ferguson had changed his life in prison.  Hooked on drugs and alcohol at the time he murdered Kelli Hall in 1989, he spent the last two decades in prison as a model inmate.  Ferguson had devoted himself to making the prison a compassionate, [...]

House Increases Funding for Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) Services

House Increases Funding for Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) Services

This week the Missouri House approved the budget bills. Included in HB 2005 are more funds for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program. The funding in the bill allocates $2,083,561 for ATA services and $75,000 for an Alternatives to Abortion public awareness program. In addition to the MCC, a special thanks in this effort goes [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Hobby Lobby Case

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Hobby Lobby Case

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments addressing Hobby Lobby’s legal challenge of the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.  The arguments, which lasted 90 minutes, offered a glimpse into how the court may rule in the case, although how the court will ultimately rule is anyone’s guess. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg asked Hobby [...]

Medicaid Reform Debated

Medicaid Reform Debated

Debate over Medicaid reform surfaced this week in both the Missouri House and Senate. A Missouri House committee this week heard testimony from many supporters of Medicaid reform. But on the Senate floor several senators discounted prospects for passing a Medicaid bill. “It’s not happening,” declared Senator John Lamping (R-Clayton). Heidi Miller, an internal medicine [...]

Medicaid for Aged and Disabled Considered by Senate Committee

Medicaid for Aged and Disabled Considered by Senate Committee

Senate Bill 582, sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), would raise the limit on assets allowed for the aged and disabled to qualify for Medicaid health coverage. At present, an individual’s assets may not exceed $1,000, while a couple’s assets may not exceed $2,000. The bill would raise the asset limit to $5,000 for [...]