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“If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?” 

—Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Announcements

The 2018 BWM Legislative Conference will be held March 9 – 10, 2018 at the Best Western Capitol Inn, Jefferson City. Room reservation and registration deadline is February 23. Click here for the registration form.

Equal Rights Amendment

URGENT ACTION NEEDED FOR MISSOURI!

SCR41  – New Resolution to ratify the ERA has been scheduled for Committee Hearing

Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Mike Kehoe, chair, (Mike.Kehoe@senate.mo.gov)

The following is the entire text of the Equal Rights Amendment:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing “equal justice under law” to all citizens. In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. 

For ERA history visit: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/history.htm

 

Go Vote Missouri

POLLING PLACES ARE OPEN FROM 6:00 AM TO 7:00 PM ON ELECTION DAY.

Important: If you are in line at the closing time of 7:00 PM you have the right to cast your vote

[Go to Secretary of State website]

POLLING PLACE LOCATIONS & VOTER INFORMATION

Find out where you are registered to vote and to find out where you vote.

ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF VOTER ID

Effective June 1, 2017, the following forms of identification are acceptable for voting purposes in Missouri:

  • Nonexpired Missouri driver license;
  • Nonexpired or nonexpiring Missouri non-driver license;
  • Nonexpired document which contains the voter’s name and photograph and is issued by the United States or the state of Missouri; or
  • Nonexpired or nonexpiring military ID card which contains a photograph

You may also use these forms of identification and sign a statement provided by the election judge at your polling place:

  • Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
  • Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
  • Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter

If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may still cast a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you return to the polling place and show a valid photo ID or if the signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on your voter registration record.

Legislative Alert

Call, Write, or Email Your U.S. Representative

House Bill 1343 introduced by Stacey Newman. Specifies that a person commits the offense of endangering the welfare of a child if he or she fails to secure a firearm. Read first time 1/3/8 and second time 1/4/8. Bill currently not on a calendar.

House Bill 610 Choices in Education Act of 2017

House Bill 610 (HR 610) makes some large changes. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.

In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Introduced in House (01/23/2017)

Choices in Education Act of 2017

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

source for act summary: congress.gov

Business Women of Missouri Legislative Conference

March 3 – 4, 2017

Baymont Inn,  Jefferson City, MO

Room rate good until February 15, Registration Deadline is February 22

Friday evening: Dinner at 6 p.m. Chicken alfredo (dress is casual)

7:00 p.m. Bob Priddy, author, blogger, statehouse correspondent and Journalism professor. Topic: Term Limits

Saturday: Meeting begins at 9:30

Jessica Shrimpf, Life and Health Manager Consumer Services Section, MO Dept. of Insurance, Financial Management and Professional Registration. Topic: Health Insurance

Kay Metcalf, Columbia, MO, will share her experiences with “Veronica’s Voice.” Topic: Trafficking

Lunch: Mexican buffet.

Kevin Wilson, former Sate Representative from Neosho, MO Topic: You and Your Legislative Representatives

2:30 p.m. Review the Legislative Platform. (In your manual, please read ahead of time)

3:00 pm. Conference ends

www.businesswomenmo.org

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