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2019 New Missouri Law Takes Effect

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.

House Bills 243 and 544 created housing protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking who lease or are tenants in residential rental properties. Victims of stalking, domestic and sexual violence are legally allowed to terminate their leases when documentation of their victimization (or risk of victimization if they remain in the dwelling) is provided to a landlord. The documentation could be a police report, protection order or statement from a service provider. The law also provides victims with protections from eviction or lease termination.

Another provision of HBs 243 and 544 was an error corrected in the 2018 Missouri law that created the criminal offense of “nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images.” This Class D felony is an offense against a person when an offender intentionally distributes a private sexual image with the intent to harass, threaten or coerce another person. 

MCADSV worked alongside our national colleagues and allies in higher education to raise awareness of the negative impact two bills that would dramatically change the Title IX process on Missouri colleges campuses would have on survivors and college administrators.

MCADSV’s New 2019 Missouri Law publication is available for view on our website, and printed copies are being mailed to member organizations. The latest episode of MCADSV’s webcast, MOmentum, features a discussion about the 2019 legislative session, the importance of relationship-building when it comes to implementing new law, and a preview of a 2020 legislative priority.
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