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More Bad News (but some good news) From Jefferson City

Missouri Senate Passes Sen. Arthur's Abuse Protection Bill

(via the Missouri Times)

The Missouri Senate passed legislation Tuesday adding protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking when it comes to living situations.

Championed by state Sen. Lauren Arthur, the Senate unanimously passed SB 60 Tuesday afternoon, a bill making it easier for victims to move out of an abusive home. In particular, Arthur’s bill prohibits victims of domestic or sexual violence or stalking from being denied tenancy, evicted from a home, or found to be in violation of a lease agreement if he or she is a victim or in imminent danger. 

“Victims of domestic violence who have been trapped in dangerous situations by their abuser should not also be trapped in their homes by legal red tape,” Arthur, a Democrat, said in a statement to The Missouri Times following the passage of the bill. “I appreciate the Senate for their bipartisan support, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Missouri House of Representatives to pass this legislation so we can help victims escape abuse, seek safety, and begin the healing process.”

The legislation does have built-in protections for landlords and lays out specific instructions for documentation that can be provided to landlords in order to accommodate victims. It also gives landlords the ability to impose a termination fee for someone who wishes to end a lease early due to a violent or dangerous situation.

Arthur has said she first became aware of the problem when she was a state representative and met with a domestic violence survivor who was able to move out of an abusive home. However, with her name still on the lease and her former partner not paying rent, the woman was hit with additional financial burdens, including an eventual eviction on her record, and struggled to find affordable, quality housing.

“Without this legislation, victims may be reluctant to leave a situation, or if they find the courage to do so, could face legal and financial problems,” Arthur said from the Senate floor last week. “Making it easier for them to relocate will help them heal, keep them safe, and ease at least one burden during this most difficult time.”

 

Missouri House Republicans Ignore the Will of the People Again

Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 92-51 to advance legislation to the Senate that would partially repeal a minimum wage increase Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved last year. Democrats unanimously opposed the bill, while all but a few Republicans supported it.

 
Missouri voters approved the wage hike measure, Proposition B, with 62.3 percent support in November. It will gradually increase the standard statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour over several years, ending in 2023. The first of five annual, incremental increases took effect Jan. 1 to take the minimum wage to its current level of $8.60 hour. The next scheduled increase on Jan. 1, 2020, will set the wage at $9.45 an hour.
 
House Bill 763 would exempt private schools from following Proposition B and allow them to pay the previous statewide minimum wage of $7.85 an hour. Since private schools are required to pay the $8.60-an-hour wage currently in effect, those schools would be able to cut employee wages if HB 763 becomes law.

 

Truman Gala 2019 - Tickets On Sale Now

Mark your calendars for June 1 as Jackson County Democrats, honored guests and supporters from around the region return to Arrowhead Stadium for the biggest paid gathering of Democrats in Missouri. Things are fluid right now but we are happy to announce a major format change.  Instead of the regular awards and keynote speaker event, we will be hosting a panel discussion about the state of the party and how to win in 2020 featuring a number of candidates for President.  Names will be announced in the coming weeks but you can reserve your seat now. Don't miss out on this special event. Purchase tickets HERE or contact Geoff with questions or if you would like to become a sponsor. See you June 1st at Arrowhead!

 

 
 
 

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting, Monday April 22nd, 5:15pm at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania in Westport). Learn how you can help prevent the Missouri Legislature from undoing the will of the people after the 2018 elections.
  • Missouri State Party: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Saturday, April 27 at Lincoln University Scruggs University Center, Jefferson City. Additional details released when received.
  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Thursday May 9th at the Downtown KC Courthouse, 415 E 12th St. KCMO. Meeting begins at 7pm.
  • Greater KC Women's Political Caucus: Trailblazers celebration and reception. Thursday May 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm. Lathrop and Gage reception space (2345 Grand, 22nd Floor). See below for information and link to buy tickets.
 
2020 CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
Thursday, April 25
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
 
Paul and Jack’s
1808 Clay Street 
North Kansas City, MO 64116
 
Please make checks payable to:
Rogers for Missouri
PO Box 12521
North Kansas City, MO 64116
 
 

Trailblazers Celebration: Leading the Charge on Sustainability

 
 
Purchase your ticket before May 1 for an Early Bird price!

This year we are celebrating local women doing innovative work on environmental sustainability. Come mingle with these trailblazers, enjoy heavy apps provided by Zoe's Kitchen and drinks. Our two keynote speakers will discuss environmental efforts happening in the metro area.

Lindsey Constance is a member of the Shawnee City Council and the co-founder of Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, an organization that works to find ways to counter the effects of climate change. A teacher for 16 years, Constance aims to improve the futures of her kids and those she has taught.

Beth Low-Smith is the vice president of policy for KC Healthy Kids, a group that works to foster support for healthy habits, both in our communities and by influencing policy. Formerly a Missouri State Representative, Low-Smith has devoted her career to advocating for increased opportunities for everyone.

Hall of Fame awardees to be announced.

We'll be on the 22nd floor of the Lathrop and Gage building at 2345 Grand Blvd. In the spirit of the event, we encourage guests to carpool, or take the bus or streetcar. Parking in the building parking garage is available, and must be paid for in cash.