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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.

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Unintended Pregnancy and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

In contrast to oral contraceptives or sterilization, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are a form of birth control that prevent pregnancy for long durations after application (months to years), but whose use can be discontinued at any point without affecting fertility.

Unpaid Leave for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors

No protections currently exist for domestic and sexual assault survivors regarding leave from employment for essential services related to the abuse.

Vouchers for Feminine Hygiene Products and Diapers

Feminine hygiene products and diapers (both infant and adult incontinence) are considered luxury items, not necessities, and are not exempted from sales tax.

Water Infrastructure

Senate Bill 44, the Missouri Water and Infrastructure Act, creates a process for filing a water and sewer infrastructure rate adjustment (WSIRA) to recover revenue outside of the normal ratemaking process.

Work and Community Engagement Requirements for MO HealthNet

In 2018, states were permitted to seek federal approval to use work requirements as a condition
for Medicaid coverage.

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