Tag: Rod Chapel

Tax committee hears from MoDOT, NAACP with near perfect attendance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes returned to their work, with just one month left before the deadline to submit their findings to Governor Eric Greitens. As the committee worked around the legislative session and the following […]

House hearing held on Romine’s discrimination bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Special Committee on Litigation Reform held an extended hearing on Sen. Gary Romine’s SB 43 after testimony ran over the two hours allotted Monday afternoon. The bill is similar in nature to a bill heard earlier in the session by the committee sponsored by […]

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 […]

Tort reform measure could have significant impact on Missouri Human Rights Act

NAACP leader cut off during testimony JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Special Committee on Litigation Reform heard another major tort reform measure Monday, one which would rewrite the Missouri Human Rights Act. The three bills, which will likely be rolled into one piece of legislation, offered by Reps. Kevin Austin, […]

Opponents of Amendment 6 join forces to defeat photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When legislators overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1631, major proponents of the measure heralded its passage as an opportunity for citizens to be assured their votes will be heard at the polls. But throughout the policy’s long lifespan in Jefferson City, photo voter ID […]

‘Medicaid 23’ split verdict sparks anger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A split decision in a trial against clergy and faith leaders who protested for Medicaid expansion in the Senate Gallery in 2014 has left supporters of the group fuming. The “Medicaid 23″ were arrested by Capitol Police for singing hymns and praying in the gallery during debate […]

Attorney General report on racial profiling in traffic stop spawns calls for action

by Tim Curtis and Scott Moyers JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When Attorney General Chris Koster released the annual traffic stop disparity report Wednesday, he included for the first time a call for the legislature to fix a racial bias. The report showed that in 2015, a black Missourians was 1.69 times […]

NAACP rallies opposition to photo voter ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members and allies of the NAACP rallied against photo voter ID laws Tuesday morning in the Capitol rotunda for the group’s legislative lobby day, the day after voter ID was brought up in the Senate for a second time in two weeks. State and local leaders, […]

Former Gov. Holden to join Missouri NAACP executive board

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rod Chapel, the state conference president of the NAACP of Missouri, has added yet another major name to the organization’s executive committee. Former Gov. Bob Holden, who served from 2001 to 2005, will join the board and help steer an organization that has undergone a major restructuring […]