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Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel (center) speaks regarding Rep. Bill Lant's attempt to silence his testimony on a discrimination bill Feb. 14, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Beatty, MO NAACP president call for Lant to step down as chair of Litigation Reform Committee

Beatty, MO NAACP president call for Lant to step down as chair of Litigation Reform Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the silencing of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at Monday evening’s Special Committee on Litigation Reform, House Democrats and left-leaning organizations and advocacy groups called for Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, to be removed from his position as chair of the committee. Chapel said Lant should apologize to the members of the state

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Zweifel welcomes leaders to poverty summit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Poverty Summit was held Wednesday at the Capitol Plaza, attracting statewide office holders, educators, and community leaders. The event strove to gather organizations and individuals to learn and address best practices and strategies to help alleviate poverty. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel welcomed the attendees, while USDA State Director of

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NAACP, others voice concerns on photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members from the Missouri NAACP, Empower Missouri, Missouri Faith Voices and other groups spoke at the Capitol Thursday to denounce the measure in the Missouri Senate that would make photo voter ID legal. NAACP Missouri President Rod Chapel and his organization have been among the most vocal opposition to photo voter ID, which

Welfare reform bill could force 30,000 off food stamps

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Empower Missouri, a health and welfare public advocacy group, believes that nearly 30,000 Missourians will lose their on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits on April 1. SB 24, a bill passed via veto override in Sept. 2015 and sponsored by Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, is designed to require those seeking


Courts say Missouri can’t conceal source of lethal injection drug

St. Louis, Mo. — A judge in the Circuit Court of Cole County ruled today that the Missouri Department of Corrections broke state laws when they failed to respond to a Sunshine Law request to disclose the source of Missouri’s lethal injection drugs. Missouri DOC officials moved to conceal the source of Missouri’s execution drug


Groups sue state over lethal injection

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Opponents of lethal injection are suing the state through taxpayer standing for the first time in recent memory and seeking a temporary restraining order against any further lethal injections, Empower Missouri announced today. The case, Bray, et al. v Missouri Department of Corrections, et al, has been filed in Circuit Court


“Strengthening Missouri Families Act” vetoed, legislature plans to override

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The “Strengthening Missouri Families Act,” which seeks to modify provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon today at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. “Children already suffer lifelong consequences from poverty; penalizing them further for their parents’


TANF and SNAP reform on the way to approval by General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican members of the General Assembly gathered today to hold a press conference on SB 24, a bill reforms the welfare programs Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill is known as the Strengthening Missouri Families Act by Senate leaders. Speaker John Diehl (R-Town and Country), Rep.