Dear Members of the Missouri Community Action Network:
The 2019 state legislative session was a busy one for Missouri CAN. In fact, the First Regular Session of the 100th
Missouri General Assembly that just concluded on May 17 had been on track to be one of the busiest legislative sessions for anti-poverty organizations in recent history. For the first half of the session, our Network and many other advocacy organizations were in the position of opposing multiple bills that could have been detrimental to low-income Missourians. However, the session took a turn about two-thirds of the way through, with legislators focused on revenue and tax issues, in addition to disagreements within the majority party. This dramatically slowed multiple pieces of bad legislation, but it also stalled legislation that would have helped Missourians in poverty.
A snapshot of some of the bills we followed closely this session is listed further below; detailed information was sent to agency Executive Directors/CEOs and Advocacy Points of Contact on a weekly basis throughout session. In addition to the list of bills we followed closely this past session, I have also included the annual legislative report from the association’s lobbyist and legislative analysis from the Missouri Budget Project. If you have any questions after reviewing this information, or cannot find details about a specific bill, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
As Missouri CAN aims to strengthen our advocacy initiatives and grow advocates both within and outside our Network, our recurring theme for 2019 thus far has centered around “Developing Movement Makers.” From our Network Advocacy Day at the state capitol in March to the workshop held in February for CAA staff who are beginning advocates, and from our renewed efforts within the state capitol building to our mobilization on critical regulatory issues at the federal level, we are a Network on the move to make a difference through our advocacy and policy initiatives.
With thanks for all your advocacy during the past legislative session!