Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.
The bill was filed in response to President Obama’s recent mandate that church-run institutions provide coverage for birth control – that mandate has since been amended to require insurers to provide coverage if a religious employer refuses to do so. Bishop John Gaydos, representing Missouri’s Catholic bishops, spoke in favor of the bill.
Debate brewing in Missouri Capitol over birth control
A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing for today on legislation allowing employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for birth control, abortions or sterilization procedures, if doing so would go against the employer's religious beliefs.
Sponsoring Sen. John Lamping, a St. Louis County Republican, says health insurance is a benefit and that employers should decide how it is structured.
City Voters Overwhelmingly Agree to Keep Earnings Tax
Now that voters in both of Missouri's large cities have renewed their earnings taxes, leaders of both St. Louis and Kansas City say now is the time for a hard look at how they operate. Kansas City voted Tuesday to keep its 1 percent earnings tax by a 3-to-1 margin. The gap was bigger in St. Louis, where nearly 90 percent of voters favored the 1 percent tax.
The bill is sponsored by GOP House Member David Sater, who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years. He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the so-called "morning after" pill, but would guarantee their right NOT to if the owners so choose.