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The 2020 legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly convened Jan. 8. The five-month session will conclude May 15. Gov. Mike Parson delivered his State of the State speech on Jan. 15 and released his proposed state FY2021 budget. House and Senate appropriations committee hearings began the ... Read More
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Big changes are coming to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program that will affect all areas of Missouri. WIC will be moving away from printed paper checks to an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will be making the transition in pilot ph... Read More
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Attorney General Schmitt announced at press conferences, in both Columbia and Kansas City, the results of a statewide inventory of all untested sexual assault kits as part of the SAFE Kits Initiative within the Office of the Attorney General. As a result of the inventory, which was an extensive revi... Read More
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The month of October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We devote the month of October to raising awareness and support for survivors, and the advocates who provide life-changing, life-saving services in their communities. We also want to raise awareness about domestic vi... Read More
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Legislation passed in the 2019 general legislative session and signed by Gov. Parson took effect and became new Missouri law on August 28 (unless otherwise noted). MCADSV’s public policy team oversaw priority legislation successfully pass, and kept harmful legislation from moving forward. Hou... Read More
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Convened by MCADSV, MO-SART is a statewide team representing an interconnected network of providers and stakeholders collaborating on a statewide project to develop a comprehensive system of responses and ongoing care for sexual assault survivors in every Missouri community. The SAFE Kit Initiative... Read More
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The Missouri General Assembly adjourned its 2019 legislative session on May 17 after a last week of Senate filibusters prevented final votes on several bills of interest to MCADSV. Legislators passed a total of 101 bills, including two MCADSV priority bills that passed during the final days of the s... Read More
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Several MCADSV priority bills received broad, bipartisan support and advanced during April. This included legislation to increase housing rights for domestic and sexual violence victims by allowing them to terminate leases—a measure that was passed unanimously by the Missouri Senate and was ad... Read More
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Lawmakers need to hear from you. Look up your Missouri state Senator and Representative; share your personal experience and concerns with them. Title IX is a big part of how universities protect students and keep victims in college. House Bill 573 and its companion, Senate Bill 259, propose to impl... Read More
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Several MCADSV priority bills gained momentum and support during March, and the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget passed the House with no funding reductions in grant programs for domestic and sexual violence services. Two long-sought measures advanced during the month when committees passed bills that ... Read More
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