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Representative Yolanda Young's Newsletter

September 10, 2021


Contact me at: 
201 W. Capitol Avenue, Room 102
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-3129
Email: yolanda.young@house.mo.gov


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Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to announce that I was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force. This task force was created by the passage of Senate Bill 569 in 2020. This task force is ran through the Department of Public Safety and has a bipartisan mission to ensure survivors of sexual assault have the resources to heal from their assault. Currently, the task force is working on revising the state's Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights to better meet the needs of survivors and hosting public hearings from stakeholders to learn about issues in our state that need to be addressed. These stakeholders range from those involved with collecting and testing sexual assault exams to rape crisis centers and survivors of sexual assault. Our next meeting is this coming Monday, September 13, and I will update you with more details on our work in my next newsletter. 
Next week I will be back in Jefferson City for the annual General Assembly veto session on September 15. Although the state constitution allows veto session to last up to 10 days, this year’s is expected to be over within a couple hours because few, if any, override attempts are expected.
 
Governor Parson vetoed four of the 48 bills we passed during the 2021 legislative session– rejecting bills that involved measures related to public records, transportation, public officials and taxation. None of his vetoes were particularly controversial, meaning it's likely we won't attempt to override them. The governor also issued 51 line-item budget vetoes, eliminating about $115 million from the $35 billion state operating budget for the 2022 fiscal year. We don't yet know if the legislature will move forward with an override attempt, but to do so requires a two-thirds majorities in the House and the Senate. 
I would like to invite you all to participate in our third and final town hall event of the year! On September 25 at 1pm, Representatives Sharp, Johnson, and me will be joined by Dr. Traci Johnson from Truman Medical Centers to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Johnson is an expert on Black maternal health and has a great deal of experience in the safety and efficacy of vaccines. I hope you can join us in person at Concord Fortress of Hope Church (11050 W. Longview Parkway) or virtually via Zoom for this event! 

When: Sep 25, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Legislative Town Hall

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82888625922?pwd=ajU4a2xzQUE5WjZxK1lsUW5XaVc3Zz09 
Passcode: 569361

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1(312) 626-6799 or +1(301) 715-8592 or +1(929) 205-6099 or +1(253) 215-8782 or +1(346) 248-7799 or +1(669) 900-6833 

Webinar ID: 828 8862 5922
Passcode: 569361
Remember, we are always here to help you with anything you may need. For assistance, call my office at (573) 751-3129 or email me at yolanda.young@house.mo.gov

Yours in Service,

Yolanda Young
Free College Scholarship Fair September 21st
2020 Census Data Released
The Missouri Office of Administration has released the 2020 Census data on their website. The population for District 22 is now 37,335 people– a 1,167 person increase from the last Census is 2010. 

If you are interested in accessing all of the Missouri Census data, visit the Office of Administration's website. 
Unpaid Leave Available for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

The Missouri Department of Labor has released guidance on a new law that recently went into effect that ensures survivors of domestic and sexual violence receive unpaid leave from their jobs.

The law, which applies to businesses with 20 or more employees, allows survivors or family members to take unpaid leave as they seek medical attention for physical for psychological injuries, get help from victim services organizations, seek counseling and obtain legal assistance.

Companies with 50 or more employees must grant up to two work weeks of unpaid leave for these matters per year, while companies with 20-49 employees must grant up to one week of unpaid leave per year.

Employers are required to notify employees about this new law and it’s recommended that this change is added to employee handbooks.

For more information about the program, view the Department of Labor's guide. The deadline for compliance is Oct. 27, 2021.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce Does Their Part to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
The Missouri Chamber is leading the statewide COVID Stops Here campaign which recognizes employers that achieve widespread vaccination among their staff members. Hundreds of Missouri employers are currently participating in this voluntary program. Businesses who participate are awarded with Bronze (70% vaccinated), Silver (80% vaccinated), and Gold (90%-100% vaccinated) medals from the Chamber to recognize the vaccinate rates of their employees. 

For more information on joining the campaign or to learn more about getting vaccinated near you, visit COVID Stops Here
Food Insecure Grant Webinar September 15
The Missouri Department of Agriculture will be hosting an informational webinar about the Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant program. The next webinar will be held on September 15th at 5:00 p.m. To register and RSVP for the event, please contact Rachel Heimericks at Rachel.Heimericks@mda.mo.gov.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Special License Plate 
During the 2021 legislative session, Representative Mark Sharp and Senator Barbara Washington passed a bill that created a special license plate for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum . Anyone who wants to support this Kansas City gem can apply for the license plate by following these steps: 
  1. Make a $10 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    • Donations can be made directly to the museum on their website or by sending the museum a check upon sending in your application. 
    • Be sure to get a receipt for your contribution. 
  2. Complete the 1716 form to apply. You can find the form using this link. 
    • When completing the form, select "other" and fill in that you are applying for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum plate. 
  3. Send your application, along with your $10 museum donation (or the receipt for your donation), and your $15 standard plate application fee to the museum at 1616 E 18th St., KCMO, 64108. 
If you have any questions about applying or need help getting the appropriate form, please call my office at 573-751-3129. 

Thank you for supporting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum!
Governor Parson Pulls LGBTQ+ Exhibit
Governor Parson’s administration is facing sharp criticism after removing an LGBTQ+ exhibit from the Missouri Capitol and offering a false justification for why it did so. Democrats and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups have demanded the exhibit be restored.
 
The exhibit was created by history students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and focuses on the evolution of the LBGTQ+ rights movement in the city. It went up in the Missouri State Museum, which is located on the first floor of the state Capitol, on August 27 and was scheduled to be on display for four months. Instead, the Parson administration pulled it after just four days following complaints by Republican lawmakers.
 
Governor Parson claimed the exhibit had to be removed because it wasn’t approved by the Board of Public Buildings, as required by state law. However, no such law exists, and there are no records of the board having ever previously approving exhibits in the museum, which is overseen by Missouri State Parks Division, a part of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
 
Supporters of the exhibit says that to be consistent, the Parson administration either must restore the LGBTQ+ exhibit or immediately remove all exhibits from the museum since none have been approved by the Board of Public Buildings. Neither the governor nor leaders at DNR or the state parks have publicly attempted to explain the apparent viewpoint-based discrimination.
Judge Blocks Changing Prison
Health Care Vendor
A Cole County circuit judge on September 7 issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from cancelling its contract with its longtime provider of prison health care services while a lawsuit challenging a new contract with a different vendor is adjudicated. Judge Dan Green is scheduled to hear the case November 3.
 
Corizon, a Tennessee-based company, sued the Missouri Office of Administration, which oversees procurement for state agencies, after losing out on a seven-year, $1.4 billion contract to provide medical care to inmates housed with the state Department of Corrections. Corizon has been the department’s medical provider for nearly three decades.
 
The company’s longstanding relationship with the department was set to end this year when the state awarded the new contract to Centurion Health based in Virginia. In its lawsuit, Corizon claims there were improprieties in the bid scoring process that unfairly favored Centurion.
 
The old contract was to expire June 30 but later extended to October 31. Green’s order essentially keeps the old contract in place until he rules, which he said he expects to do no later than Nov. 8. The case is Corizon v. Office of Administration.
Judge Declines to Block
New Gun Nullification Law
A Cole County judge on August 27 declined to grant a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of a new Missouri law purporting to declare federal gun laws unenforceable in the state and punishing local police departments that assist federal authorities in criminal investigations. The measure had been partially in effect since June but took full effect the following day.
 
In his brief order, Circuit Judge Daniel Green didn’t address the merits of the lawsuit challenging House Bill 85, which the Missouri General Assembly enacted earlier this year on straight partisan lines. Instead, Green said the plaintiff’s request for a declaratory judgment that the law is unconstitutional isn’t proper since they have other legal avenues to pursue their claims.
 
St. Louis County and St. Louis city jointly filed the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law in June, and Jackson County subsequently joined the case. The plaintiffs argued the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which prohibits individual states from invalidating federal laws. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs’ position and argued the law has already chilled cooperation between state and federal law enforcement officials in criminal investigations.
 
In addition to purporting to nullify federal gun laws, HB 85 authorizes federal gun offenders to sue Missouri police departments for a minimum $50,000 per occurrence, plus attorney fees, for assisting federal authorities. The bill also subjects any local government agency to similar fines merely for hiring a former federal agent who previously enforced gun laws, regardless of whether that person is hired in a law enforcement capacity. The new law is dubiously referred to as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”
Judge Says Governor Parson Had
Power to Cut Jobless Benefits
A Cole County judge on August 31 upheld Governor Parson’s decision to cut off Missourians from enhanced federal unemployment benefits, saying the governor acted within his legal authority. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of unemployed workers and sought reinstatement of the benefits, which were paid from federal funds, retroactive to when the governor ended them.
 
Congress approved the enhanced benefits last year amid high unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Parson withdrew Missouri from the optional program in June, claiming it would encourage more people to find jobs. In the months since Governor Parson’s decision, its impact on Missouri’s labor market has been negligible. Although the wisdom of the governor’s policy decision might be subject to debate, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said Governor Parson acted within his discretion in making it.
 
“The court will not substitute its judgment for that of Missouri’s duly elected Governor on such an important policy questions, which both Missouri law and the principle of separation of powers confer on Missouri’s Executive Branch,” Judge Beetem wrote.
 
Under the enhanced unemployment benefits, recipients received an extra $300 a week. Congress has not renewed the program, which is set to expire Sept. 6. The case is I.D v. Michael L. Parson.
Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to University of Missouri System Gun Ban
The Missouri Supreme Court on August 31 declined to take Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s appeal of a state appellate court ruling that largely upheld the University of Missouri System’s prohibition against firearms on its four campuses but struck down part of the rule relating to firearms stored in personal vehicles parked on university grounds.
 
The case, originally filed by an MU law professor in 2015 but later taken over by Schmitt’s office, challenged a long-existing UM System rule barring firearms on campus. The lawsuit claimed the rule violates a 2014 state constitutional amendment that revised the gun-rights provision of the Missouri Constitution. However, the Supreme Court subsequently ruled in several unrelated cases that the 2014 amendment created no new or expanded rights and merely restated gun-rights protections as they already had existed.
 
Although a trial judge in 2019 upheld the entirety of university rule, a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District in February ruled that a portion of the rule barring firearms that are stowed out of sight in locked vehicles on campus is pre-empted by a state law that specifically allows state employees keep weapons in their vehicles. The appellate panel agreed with the trial judge that the rest of the rule passed constitutional muster.
 
In his appeal, Attorney General Schmitt, asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the rule in its entirety. The court rejected Schmitt’s request without comment in a brief entry in the court’s minutes. The case is State ex rel. Eric Schmitt v. Mun Choi.
COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery
To encourage people to get vaccinated in Missouri, the Governor announced that the Department of Health and Senior Services will be hosting a vaccine lottery. From now until October, vaccinated Missourians will have the chance to win $10,000 just by proving that you are vaccinated. 

For those 18 years or older, 800 Missourians will be chosen to win $10,000 cash. For those 12 to 17 years of age, 100 people will be chosen to win a $10,000 educated savings account, to be used to pay for school. 

For a chance to win $10,000 visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/win or call (877) 435-8411 to enter. To win, you must be able to prove your Missouri residence and your vaccination status. 
KC Public Libraries Offering
Free COVID-19 Vaccines
As the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with KC CARE Health Center to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning August 3, 2021, anyone in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one for FREE from KC CARE Health Center at the following Library locations:

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Thursdays, Noon - 6 p.m.
North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Ave.


Anyone hoping to get a vaccine can walk in to one of the Library clinic sessions as long as supplies last. No registration is required. Available for ages 12 and older. There is no cost to get the vaccine -- it is completely free.

The full schedule of vaccine clinics at Library locations can be found on the Library’s online calendar.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Truman Medical Center is offering walk-in vaccinations at their two hospital campuses (2211 Charlotte and 7900 Lee’s Summit Road) 7am to 2pm Monday through Friday.  In addition, you can schedule a vaccine at www.trumed.org or by calling 816-404-CARE. 

ALL Missourians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not been vaccinated, I encourage you to visit the COVID-19 map to find a vaccination site near you. The following places are currently offering vaccines in Kansas City: 
State government can be hard to navigate. If you need assistance with a state department or with unemployment, Medicaid, food stamps, or other state benefits call my office at (573) 751-3129. We can also guide you to community resources such as rent and utility assistance, food distribution, and COVID-19 related issues. My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. 
District 22 Staff




Kaylee Bauer
201 W. Capitol Avenue, Room 102
Phone: (573) 751-3129
kaylee.bauer@house.mo.gov 
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