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Spring Conference – May 5, 2018

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LWVMO Spring Conference
May 5, 2018

Good Shepherd Community of Christ
4341 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City

8:30 Registration/Get acquainted
9:30 0pening remarks by Kathleen Boswell, President, LWVMO
9:40 Welcome to Kansas City, Housekeeping, Agenda
9:50 Local League Reports
10:00 Dr. Christopher King, Ret. Brig. General, “Climate Change and National Security”
11:00 Jean Maneke, Attorney, “Sunshine Law”
12:00 Lunch, announce Rachel Farr Fitch Health Care Award Winner
12:45 “Gun Violence: Searching for Solutions,” Grandparents Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, The Brady Campaign (panel)
1:30 Demonstration of fastdemocracy.com, a free bill tracking service, Anatolij Gelimson
2:00 Break
2:15 Breakout Sessions: Fundraising, League Basics for Everyone, Useful Technology
3:00 Wrap up/finish any local League reports
3:30 Adjournment

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight lodging is available on May 4 before the Conference, at a group rate at Drury Hotels, 20300 E. 42rd St. S., Blue Springs, MO. 64015, 800-325-0720 contingent on 10 rooms being reserved. Specify that you want group rate #2337470 for the League of Women Voters. Group rate is $125.46 including tax for two queen beds, deluxe, non-smoking, for up to four in the room. The deadline for the group rate has been extended to April 18. Free hot breakfast and free evening drinks and snacks.

REGISTRATION FORM – RETURN BY APRIL 23, 2018
Registration fee is $25 per person, including lunch. Local Leagues may send a list of their attendees with a check for all attendees listed, or individuals may register. Send checks to LWVMO, 8706 Manchester Road, Suite 104, St. Louis, MO 63144 or click below to pay by credit card or PayPal.

 

Registration Fee

LWVMO Spring Conference on May 5, 2018 Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City

$25.00

Any questions, please contact lwvkcjcp@gmail.com.

Spring Conference Registration Form Due Apr 23 2018

Clean Water

Protect Clean Water

LWV Positions Against HB1973 and SB823

For over fifty years Missouri has protected our water under our own Clean Water Law. Now, under pressure from big agribusiness and the Chamber of Commerce, legislators in Jefferson City are trying to weaken our water protections.

Two pieces of legislation pending in the Missouri Legislature: House Bill 1973 and Senate Bill 823 are designed to reduce the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to regulate water pollution.

Both bills change the language to allow indirect pollution from agricultural operations. Under the proposed bills, if an agricultural or industrial facility threatened our rivers, streams and lakes with rain runoff that flowed through materials spread on its land, the state would not be allowed to act.

This means we would not be able to protect ourselves from potential harm from the misuse of pesticides, fertilizers and other potential pollutants.

Background:

League positions support action that include the Clean Water and Agriculture Positions of the LWVUS. LWVUS Position on Water Resources: Support measures to reduce pollution in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water.

The Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 and the Clean Water Act of 1987 were important milestones in the League’s effort to ensure safe drinking water for all Americans and safeguards against nonpoint pollution.

League positions support action to oppose these two bills that threaten the Missouri 185,000 miles of rivers and 286,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs that are currently protected by the Missouri Clean Water Law and the US EPA. Missouri rivers and other bodies of water are used for drinking and to support local economies through fishing and recreation.

Write, email or call your Missouri Representative and Senators to oppose the legislation.

You can find your state representative and senator at this link:
Legislator Lookup

 

Firearms Legislation

Legislation on Firearms

There are several bills under consideration in the Missouri Legislature related to guns.

One major bill – HB 1936 — THE CARRYING OF CONCEALED FIREARMS – was passed by the House Rules Committee on March 29, 2018. This is the bill summary provided by the State Legislature:

HB 1936 – This bill makes changes to the list of locations an individual can carry a concealed firearm within this state and the list of locations an individual with a concealed carry permit can carry a concealed firearm within the state. This bill also prohibits the state, political subdivisions, and public institutions of higher learning from imposing any policies or contractual requirements that would have the effect of prohibiting employees or students from the carrying of concealed firearms into locations where concealed carry is not otherwise prohibited by law. No changes have been made to the penalties for carrying a concealed firearm in locations prohibited under these sections.

From an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 28, 2018:
If this becomes a law, it would ease current restrictions against carrying concealed firearms into bars, churches, day-care centers and casinos. Those rights would extend to the campuses of public colleges and universities if the institution’s governing board agrees. The bill would remove prohibitions against carrying weapons into amusement parks, possibly including the St. Louis Zoo. Private businesses could still set firearms restrictions on their own premises, but other public facilities like hospitals might not. It removes restrictions against carrying concealed weapons on to buses.

You may want to contact your state representative in regard to this. A list of state representatives is at this link:

https://www.house.mo.gov/MemberRoster.aspx

FYI: The policy statement summary on gun control of LWVUS is:
“Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.”

Here are some other House bills related to guns under consideration.

You can click on the link below to get to state information about the various proposed legislation:
https://www.house.mo.gov/LegislationSP.aspx

HB1256 – Rep. Nick Shroer (R-O’Fallon) – Restricting use of firearm tracking technology

HB1865 – Rep. Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) – Allows guns in cars

HB1936 – Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) – Allows “Guns Everywhere” (churches, day cares, colleges, etc.)

HB1937 – Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) – Prohibits municipalities from regulating open carry of firearms

HB1326 – Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) – Tax deduction for firearm training

HB 1733 – Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) – Repeals Stand Your Ground & Open Carry laws

HB2281 – Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) – Background checks for all gun sales

HB2081 – Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) – Restricting ammunition sales to minors (mirroring federal law).