Feb 282014
Medicaid Legislation - Waiting for Movement

Many bills have been filed calling for either Medicaid reform or Medicaid expansion. Few combine both reform and expansion. At this point in the session, no legislation has emerged as the primary vehicle for working on Medicaid. The MCC will keep you posted. Pray that legislators will be able to work through their differences and […]

 February 28, 2014  Posted by at 3:00 pm 2014 Annual Assembly 2 Responses »
Feb 282014
Children's Education Initiative (CEI) - The Beat Goes On

This week the MCC received CEI signatures from the following parishes: St. Sabina, Florissant; St. Vincent de Paul, Cape Girardeau; St Ann, Excelsior Springs; St. William, Gainesville; St. Francis Xavier, Sikeston; Immaculate Conception, Richmond Heights; and St. Patrick in St. Joseph. Thanks to all of these parishes for their hard work. Parishes and Schools: Keep […]

Feb 282014
Senate Committee Hears Legislation to Reform Criminal Procedures

Preventing the wrongful conviction of innocent individuals-that’s the purpose behind SB 732 heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.  Sponsored by Senator Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis) the bill would expand the taping of police interrogations, require police departments to develop standards for eyewitness identifications, and set guidelines for the collection and preservation of biological […]

 February 28, 2014  Posted by at 2:58 pm 2014 Annual Assembly No Responses »
Feb 282014
Hearing Held on Bill to Provide Oversight to Executions

Much controversy has arisen lately about the secrecy behind Missouri’s execution protocol.  This week the House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1737, sponsored by Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), that would give lawmakers oversight on execution procedures. The bill would require the Department of Corrections to submit a formal outline of an execution procedure to a legislative […]

 February 28, 2014  Posted by at 2:53 pm 2014 Annual Assembly, Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 212014
Pharmacy Supplying Execution Drug Won't Sell to Missouri

This week an Oklahoma pharmacy agreed not to provide Missouri with the compounded pentobarbital needed for executions and acknowledged that it had not already provided the drug for the next execution scheduled for Michael Taylor on Feb. 26.  Missouri officials stand firm that they still plan to carry out the execution next week. The question […]

 February 21, 2014  Posted by at 1:33 pm 2014 Annual Assembly, Death Penalty, News 2 Responses »
Feb 212014
Senate Begins Debate on 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill

On Wednesday this week, the Missouri Senate took up SB 519 for debate on the floor for the first time.  Sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Casville), SB 519 which would increase the waiting period for having an abortion from 24-hours to 72-hours and is expected to face significant opposition from abortion supporters. In 1992 the […]

 February 21, 2014  Posted by at 1:32 pm 2014 Annual Assembly, Abortion, News 3 Responses »
Feb 212014
MRL Lobby Day- Don't Miss It!

Missouri Right to Life is holding a “Show Me Life” Pro-Life Action Day at the Missouri State Capitol on Tuesday, March 11. Come to Jefferson City to encourage your legislators to pass pro-life legislation. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. at the Selinger Center, next to St. Peters Church, and registration after 10 a.m. is being […]

Feb 212014
Media Attention for CEI

This week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article on the progress of the Children’s Education Initiative (CEI) campaign. The reporter, Elisa Crouch, offers a reasonably fair presentation of the proposal, including noting that CEI would provide 50% of its benefits to public schools. Despite the generous help offered to public schools through CEI, the […]

Feb 212014
Parishes Keep Sending CEI Signatures

This week we received signatures from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in Florissant, Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Immaculate Conception in Augusta, and from the tiny but committed parish of St. Margaret of Antioch in Osage Bend, which had 81% of their households responding. Parishes and schools: keep sending your […]

Feb 212014
Medicaid Reform Bill Filed

State Representative Noel Torpey (R-Independence) has filed legislation, HB 1901, that proposes to reform Missouri’s Medicaid program. Passage of the bill would allow Missouri to take advantage of the 100% federal match now available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and thereby extend health coverage to thousands of currently uninsured Missourians. According to one estimate […]

 February 21, 2014  Posted by at 1:24 pm 2014 Annual Assembly, Missouri General Assembly, News No Responses »