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End-of-session edition: May 2019 Legislative Update

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 session: housing rights for victims and the technical fix to the 2018 "revenge porn" law. In the state budget for Fiscal Year 2020, MCADSV was able to secure a federal funding increase while gaining legislators’ support to remove spending earmarks from those victim services grants; state funds for domestic and sexual violence services remained at current appropriations levels.

As much as the passage of priority bills and funding increases are clear markers of legislative success, so also is MCADSV’s 2019 advocacy that halted the passage of harmful legislation. MCADSV was able to forestall the passage of bills that would have: dramatically changed campus Title IX proceedings for sexual assault investigations; weakened protections for victims of domestic violence and their children by establishing a 50/50 custody standard for all child custody cases; and increased work requirements for individuals seeking food and health care through public assistance programs. 

MCADSV continues to receive broad bipartisan support for many legislative issues which is a success to celebrate, but lawmakers did not take action on several priority bills that would have: restricted firearms from domestic violence victims; provided unpaid leave from work for victims of rape, abuse or trafficking; and allowed the one-time issuance of birth certificates without charge to domestic and sexual violence victims.

Bills passed by legislators and signed into law by the Governor will go into effect on August 28, 2019, unless otherwise noted in the legislation. 

Read about these accomplishments and remaining legislative challenges in the May edition of the MCADSV Legislative Update, available on the MCADSV website here.

All editions of the Update can be found throughout the 2019 legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly on MCADSV’s website, Public Policy page under the “Changing Laws” tab.

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