Legislative Science Notes

Several state general assemblies in the Midwest, including Missouri’s, meet from January to May each spring, with bills pre-filed starting in December. While the legislators are actively filing, debating, and voting on legislation, MOST Policy Initiative will be drafting short ‘science notes’ to describe the science behind policy issues.

What is a science note?
Science notes are short (1-3 page) memos that describe scientific principles related to policies or legislation. Each science note features non-biased scientific data and summaries of studies that have been conducted that may relate to proposed legislation.

Legislators and legislative staff are the primary intended audience for the science notes, but they will be made publicly available on the MOST website.

Missouri Science Notes – 2021 Regular Session

Taxes and Finance

Education & Workforce Development

Energy & Environment


Health & Mental Health

Children, Families, and Seniors

Agriculture and Natural Resources


Public Safety

Missouri Science Notes – 2020 Regular Session

HB 1335: Modifies provisions relating to the selling of raw milk or cream

Missouri Science Notes – 2020 Special Session

SB 1: Modifies provisions relating to public safety

Missouri Science Notes – 2020 Joint Committee Hearings

Guest Writers and Editors
While these science notes will predominantly be written by MOST Policy Initiative staff and fellows, we would love outside assistance from experts throughout the state. If you are willing to help write or edit science notes for the Missouri General Assembly and state agencies, please fill out this form with your availability and areas of expertise.