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2020 Missouri Legislative Session Begins

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 week of Jan. 20. Bills supported by MCADSV were among the first bills to be heard in multiple committees. These included: a House bill to eliminate time limits for filing civil suits for childhood sexual abuse; a Senate bill to update the rape kit tracking system and establish a statewide repository of kits; and a House bill to waive the cost of a birth certificate for victims. House and Senate committees held hearings on bills that would establish a presumption of 50/50 child custody, with specific protections for domestic violence victims.

Read about these accomplishments and remaining legislative challenges in the January edition of the MCADSV Legislative Update, and listen to MCADSV's Public Affairs Director and Public Policy Director discuss how to get involved in local, state and federal policy efforts in the January episode of MOmentum.

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