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New Laws Take Effect As We Prepare for 2019 Legislative Session

Laws from the 2018 legislative session, along with ballot measures from the November election, took effect on January 1, 2019:

  • The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released a poster aimed at combating human trafficking in Missouri. Legislation requiring DPS to deliver the human trafficking awareness message in both English and Spanish in the same poster was the first legislation to pass through the Missouri General Assembly during the 2018 session. The department had until January 1 to create the poster, which is now available to download and order on their website. Beginning March 1, 2019, these awareness posters are required to be displayed in specific establishments including: hotels/motels, airports, train and bus stations, truck stops, hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers, strip clubs, massage parlors.
  • The state minimum wage is $8.60/hour. The Department of Labor (DOL) has a poster available for download that details the current minimum wage private employers must pay, as well as compensation information for tipped employees, overtime, exceptions and employee rights.
  • Clean Missouri, a constitutional amendment passed by voters in November, aims to bring ethics reform to Missouri politics. The amendment requires legislative records to be open to the public, that lawmakers not accept gifts worth more than $5 from lobbyists and wait 2 years before becoming lobbyists, and creates a new process for redistricting.


MCADSV had a successful 2018 legislative session, and now is the time to build on that momentum. It is never too early to mark your calendar and plan for Missouri Capitol Advocacy Days.

The 100th Missouri General Assembly includes a significant turnover of legislators due to term limits. Newly elected legislators will be sworn into office on the first day of the legislative session, which convenes January 9, 2019. It will be important to establish relationships with newly elected individuals, and maintain relationships with returning lawmakers. Every week in February MCADSV staff will be working with representatives from member agencies to coordinate meetings with lawmakers to discuss domestic and sexual violence service needs in their communities.
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