SEPT. 14th VETO SESSION: MORE GUNS & VOTER SUPPRESSION

Can you tell it’s presidential election season?  

More guns? Check.

Voter suppression?  Check.

Medicaid Expansion?  Funding for bad roads?  Money for schools?  Uh, Nope.

16 days to go before Missouri’s annual Veto Session ~~~ allowing the legislature to override any Governor-vetoed bills.  109 votes in the House and 23 votes in the Senate are necessary to override a Governor’s veto.

IF ALLOWED BY THE SPEAKER, I WILL BE DEBATING LOUDLY & FERVENTLY TO UPHOLD THESE VETOES.

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MORE GUNS — SB656

SB656 is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS:

Includes the”Stand Your Ground” defense (aka “shoot to kill”) and Permitless Conceal & Carry, doing away with requirements for obtaining a permit or mandatory training to carry a gun concealed.

 

For the first time in memory, Missouri law enforcement publicly opposes a gun lobby bill:

* Missouri Police Chiefs Association (over 600 members)

* Missouri Fraternal Order of Police (6400 law enforcement officers)

ALSO OPPOSED: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

The Missouri Catholic Conference signed a letter by all Catholic bishops statewide also opposing SB656:   “We encourage Missouri citizens of good will, however, not to fall prey to the notion that we are somehow safer as individuals and as a society if everyone is always and everywhere armed.”

Missouri FOP: “We feel, that the enactment of SB 656, specifically the allowance of giving anyone not currently prohibited from possessing a firearms, the ability to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, will cost not only citizen lives but will also be extremely dangerous to law enforcement officers.”

Governor Nixon’s full Veto Letter HERE.

SB656 passed the House by 113-36: Four Democrats Ira Anders (Independence), Ben Harris (Hillsboro), and Rory Rowland (Independence) voted yes with the GOP as well as Stephen Webber (Columbia) who has now stated he will change his vote to uphold the Governor’s veto.

SB656 passed the Senate strictly by party line: 24 GOP voting yes and 8 DEM voting no. We need 5 Representatives OR 2 Senators to change their votes – to RESPECT Law Enforcement instead of the NRA.

BOTH CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR ARE SUPPORTING SB656, INCLUDING EVERY GOP CANDIDATE FOR STATEWIDE & LEGISLATIVE OFFICE.  Even though law enforcement throughout the state is saying Missourians and their own lives are at risk.

I can’t be clearer. Missouri will have MORE gun violence deaths if SB656 becomes law.  FACT: More people, including children, are sure to die.

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VOTER SUPPRESSION  — HB1631

The GOP majority in Missouri has tried for 10 years to require state issued-voter ID requirements. However this summer, federal courts are blocking similiar proposals in Texas, Wisconsin and North Dakota.  Why?  Judges are declaring Voter ID “suppresses the vote.”

Voter ID proposals have been strictly a partisan issue throughout the country – and a longtime priority for the GOP leadership in the Missouri Capitol. HB1631 passed by a partyline vote in May:  the House 112-38 and the Senate 24-8.

THIS IS A TWO PARTER:

1) HB1631 spells out how mandating a state issued Voter ID would work.

2) Amendment 6 on the Nov. 8th ballot would change our Constitution to make it legal.

On the historic March on Washington 53 years ago on August 28th – “Voting rights under attack in Missouri

—St. Louis American joint op-ed by Missouri NAACP President, Rod Chapel, Jr. and Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis:

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has stated his support for the Voter bill HERE.

WARNING:  If Amendment 6 passes in November and becomes part of our Constitution, the Voter ID rules can be altered/changed/made harsher by the legislature at ANY TIME.

If you care about Voter’s Rights, particularly for the elderly, disabled, transgender, low income & minority communities –including out of state students — who all have done nothing wrong & may lose their right to vote–then join me & VOTE NO on AMENDMENT #6.  

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