This week, the House Rules-Administrative Oversight passed HB 316, sponsored by Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville), which states that Missouri cannot prohibit a person from participating in the sale of alcohol or selling lottery tickets solely on the basis of a felony conviction. This bill will open up job opportunities at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants for ex-offenders. The MCC supports the bill because it would give ex-offenders a fresh start, and the opportunity to showcase their skills of dependability, trustworthiness, and good work habits. It would also help prevent recidivism. The bill now goes to the House for further debate and consideration. Last year, this bill passed the House chamber and was scheduled for debate in the Senate when COVID-19 hit and upended the session.
February 22, 2021 - 8:32am