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MO SB12 Aimed At Limiting Local Health Dept. Order Restrictions, Voted Down

Mar 26, 2021

Missouri lawmakers are continuing to explore ways to limit local health department’s orders while trying to find compromise.

After nearly eight hours of debate Wednesday night, legislation to limit local public health departments’ orders was shot down by a bipartisan effort in the state Senate. Senate Bill 12 died on the floor early Thursday morning. 

With the bill officially defeated, state Sen. Dave Schatz, the top Republican in the Senate, remains committed to addressing local health orders.

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The Missouri House of Representatives had a busy morning on Wednesday when they passed five bills. 

House Bill 76 proposed by Jim Murphy would allow for parents who want to give up their babies up to 45 days old, to leave them in climate controlled safe haven boxes to allow for safe and discrete surrendering.

“We found that the embarrassment and how hard it was to give up a child sometimes it was given up to somebody else to surrender, and rather than surrender it in a safe place they ended up in dumpsters, which was tragic.”

Requiring students to wear masks and follow other hygiene measures prevents the spread of most coronavirus cases within classrooms, according to preliminary study results released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and researchers from Washington University and St. Louis University.

The pilot study found just two cases of the virus spreading in-school after conducting contact tracing and follow-up testing for 37 cases across 57 schools. It also found quarantining infected students and staff to be important.

Updated at 6:54 p.m. with additional information and reaction from the St. Louis region

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that nearly 2 million Missourians will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 9, when every adult in the state qualifies.

Parson said the first 900,000 will include homeless people, construction workers and those who work in higher education, all of whom become eligible for the vaccine on March 29.

State officials say they’re expecting the federal government to begin sending more doses starting in April.

Updated at 6 p.m. to include vaccine eligibility expansions in Missouri and Illinois

Missouri has vaccinated 20% of the state’s population and expects a significant jump in the vaccine supply by summer — enough for all adults in the state to obtain a COVID-19 shot.