2022-2023 Platforms

NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING

Current legislation referenced (HB 1665) would allow all properly registered Missourians to vote by absentee-mail-in-ballot without listing an excuse. We would like to add onto this legislation and replace the notary requirement with a signature comparison process.

STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS

This legislation would create an “Office of the Student Loan Ombudsman” within the Department of Higher Education. The office will educate student loan borrowers on their rights and handle their complaints. It also creates a rigorous application process for student loan servicers and allows for them to be investigated.

ACCESS TO ORAL CONTRACEPTION

This bill allows pharmacists to continue to dispense self-administered oral hormone contraceptives to a patient who is 18 years old or without requiring the patient to renew their prescription each year. 

STEM FUNDING

Any Missouri STEM company hiring a Missouri graduate or student for an internship or full-time position becomes eligible to have up to $10,000 of its yearly tax liabilities reallocated from the general revenue fund to a STEM fund. Money in the STEM fund will be used for scholarships and experimental programs for Missouri students. 

CONSENT TRAINING / EDUCATION

We are working to create legislation that would require all students at public or private colleges or universities in Missouri to complete a refutable consent education program through their host institution or once per semester. The legislation would also add the definition of consent to Missouri statute.  

HAZING TRAINING / EDUCATION

We are working to create legislation that would require all students at public or private colleges or universities in Missouri to complete a refutable hazing education program through their host institution or once per semester.

ELIMINATING THE STATE TEXTBOOK TAX

We are working to create legislation to eliminate the state tax on textbooks. Textbooks are taxable in Missouri except when sold by elementary and secondary schools or by bookstores at postsecondary institutions. Students often use online retailers such as Amazon to rent textbooks and miss out on the tax exemption.