The legislative session begins on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, and lawmakers have been busy pre-filing bills since December 1. So far, 601 bills and resolutions have been pre-filed in the House and 368 have been pre-filed in the Senate. There are numerous bills that would prohibit businesses, schools, and universities from mandating vaccines as a condition of employment or attendance, among other vaccine-related issues. In addition, there are lots of bills focused on curriculum in public schools; bills both mandating and banning the teaching of certain topics related to American history and race.
The assembly's first order of business will be passing legislation setting new legislative districts following the 2020 census. They also must grapple with how to spend federal dollars provided to the states in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the recently passed infrastructure bill.
The MCC will once again be providing our network with weekly Updates, along with our legislative roundtable podcasts. Stay tuned as the Missouri General Assembly and the rest of the nation looks toward the 2022 midterm elections.