The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and that can only mean one thing - it's time to get back to work! Join us as we recap of some of our big wins this winter, and find out what our candidates have been up to in the capitol this session.
Knocking it Out of the Park
Our stellar team of canvassers and volunteers made a big impact this election season. Braving sleet and snow, we managed to knock an incredible 26,675 doors! Connecting with constituents is job one for any campaign, and we couldn't be prouder to have heard from so many voices in the St. Louis area. Thank you again to everyone who came out to make this possible - you guys #DoTheWork.
Paula to the People
At the capitol, Representative Paula Brown has been making good on her promise to be the voice that her constituents deserve. Paula has met with organizations from the Alzheimer's Association to the Sierra Club in an effort to bring the real concerns of real people to Jefferson City. What's more, she has worked on some fantastic legislation this session - let's hit the highlights below!
Paula put in the work with Representative Rocky Miller on passing HB 739 this session, which aims to increase the safety of schoolchildren from sexual predation. In addition to provisions to help identify predators before they are hired, 739 requires school boards to undergo additional training in trauma-informed instruction for children in grades 6-12.
Continuing her focus on the safety and education of our kids, Paula sponsored HB 1198, which reduces the maximum suspension time for students from 180 school days to 90. As a former teacher, Paula understands the disastrous consequences that suspending a pupil for a full school year can have on a child's future, and we're proud to see her hard at work to prevent that!
Last, but most certainly not least, Paula has been putting in work for women and girls across the state. As a member of the Women Legislators of Missouri Caucus, Paula helped to raise over $10,000 in scholarships for young women who want to go to college - more than double the goal set by the organization!
In addition, Paula co-sponsored a Concurrent Resolution that should have made its way to the history books a long, long time ago. HCR 12 establishes Missouri's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. First proposed by Alice Paul three years after women won the right to vote, the ERA simply states that equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged on the account of sex. Decades later, in 1972, Congress sent the constitutional amendment to the states for ratification - where it has stayed, unratified, ever since. Thank you for your dedication to justice and equality, Paula. Keep up the good work.
Paula is already hard at work in the fight for re-election - flipping a seat isn't something Republicans take kindly to. To support Paula in her fight to keep the 70th blue, click the link below!
Matt is Making a Difference
Representative Matt Sain has been doing the work this session, consistently engaging with his constituents and fighting for common-sense legislation to improve the lives of every Missourian. From fighting for Net Neutrality with House Bill 625 to working towards more transparent pharmaceutical costs through HB 1031, Matt has been making moves in Jefferson City. Check out some of his other landmark work below!
Matt has been leading the charge for universal voter registration, making it easier than ever for Missourians to make their voices heard in government. In addition to HB 624 which sets out the plan for automatic registration, Matt has also filed an amendment to Missouri's voter fraud laws - HB 929 - which seeks to protect voters from erroneous accusations of fraud. We're big fans of Matt's work, which could mean a big win for enfranchisement across the state!
But that's not all. Matt has been looking to improve transit across the state - literally.
With HB 1148, Matt has proposed the establishment of a committee to assess the possibility of establishing a high-speed rail line, or "Hyperloop," across the I-70 corridor between St. Louis and Kansas City. If constructed, such a line could allow transit from one side of the state to the other in as few as 28 minutes! Way to look to the future, Matt. We'll be watching this one with anticipation.
To stay in the hyperloop with all things Sain, be sure to check out Matt's website here, and sign up for mailing updates to get connected with Matt's weekly Capitol Report.
Being a flipper, Matt is sure to face some stiff competition in the upcoming fight for the 14th. Hit the link below to join in supporting Matt's campaign for re-election!
Celebrate with Us!
Shhhh! Keep this one on the down-low. We are surprising our very first intern, Camille, with an early graduation party! She's off to college in the fall, and we want to give her a great send off. Join us for light refreshments, and listen to what Camille has learned over the course of this campaign cycle.
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