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On Sunday, March 21, the Missouri Supreme Court issued an Order to the courts in Missouri to announce the following: A suspension of all in-person court proceedings throughout Missouri until April 17, 2020 (this may be extended if circumstances warrant). Judges may use their discretion i... Read More
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For the first time since 1997, the Supreme Court of Missouri will hear a case that could allow for more survivors of sexual abuse to bring negligence claims against religious entities. On Dec. 31, 2019, the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri transferred the case, John Doe 122 v.... Read More
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MCADSV members advocate at the Missouri Capitol on priority legislation. MCADSV member agencies met with legislators every week in February as part of Missouri Capitol Advocacy Days. Discussions focused on MCADSV priority legislation and the impact of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. Members ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Attorney General Schmitt announced at press conferences, in both Columbia and Kansas City, the results of a statewide inventory of all untested sexual assault kits as part of the SAFE Kits Initiative within the Office of the Attorney General. As a result of the inventory, which was an extensive revi... Read More
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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. Hou... Read More
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Because of its location, Missouri is prone to severe weather. The spring floods of this year have affected several counties, and though water levels are beginning to recede, Missouri remains at risk of experiencing damaging floods in coming months. Snowpack melt from northern states and summer thund... Read More
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Convened by MCADSV, MO-SART is a statewide team representing an interconnected network of providers and stakeholders collaborating on a statewide project to develop a comprehensive system of responses and ongoing care for sexual assault survivors in every Missouri community. The SAFE Kit Initiative... Read More
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The passage of House Bill 1246 in the 2018 legislative session charged the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) to create posters displaying the national human trafficking website and hotline. The timeline for the posters was to have them created by January 1, 2019 and on display by March 1, 2... Read More
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Lawmakers need to hear from you. Look up your Missouri state Senator and Representative; share your personal experience and concerns with them. Title IX is a big part of how universities protect students and keep victims in college. House Bill 573 and its companion, Senate Bill 259, propose to impl... Read More
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