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May End-of-Session Edition: Important sexual assault measures pass in shortened 2020 "Corona-Session"

Significantly fewer bills were passed during the Missouri General Assembly’s six-week-shortened 2020 “corona-session," but an MCADSV priority bill was among those passed. Led by a bipartisan group of women lawmakers, legislators passed an omnibus bill to afford sexual assault victims new legal rights, to enhance the scope and design of a new state tracking system for rape kits, to store unreported rape kits for up to five years in a new centralized depository and create a task force on sexual assault. Several Senate bills did not pass that would have created a new rape crisis center tax credit and increased funding for the existing domestic violence shelter tax credit program. 

The Missouri General Assembly passed the annual state Fiscal Year 2021 budget bills with only one funding reduction in victim services grant programs’ funding. Legislators earmarked $250,000 of state sexual assault services grant funding for one program but agreed to consider replacing the funding when they meet in a special session expected before year’s end. As requested by MCADSV, legislators also combined services funding through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant in one line item, eliminating the previously separate and earmarked funding for new projects.

All bills that lawmakers “truly agreed to and finally passed” next advance to be considered by Gov. Mike Parson. Bills signed by the governor go into effect as Missouri law on August 28, unless a bill specifies an earlier or later effective date.  

Read about these accomplishments and remaining legislative challenges in the May edition of the MCADSV Legislative Update

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