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With 3 weeks left in session, Dems aim to ‘disrupt’ majority agenda

The dismantling of Amendment 1 and the passage of Title IX reform top the list of things that Missouri House Democrats want to prevent as the 2019 legislative session enters its final three weeks.

“I think our priority is going to be to stop a lot of the bad things that we’re seeing,” said state Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield. “We’ll slow things down as much as we can, cause as much disruption through the rules and protect what the voters have asked us to do.”

The House minority floor leader referenced House Joint Resolution 48 and House Bill 573 in her statements.

House Joint Resolution 48 is part of a bundle of measures that takes aim at one of the controversial components of Amendment 1, which was approved by Missouri voters in 2018.

The resolution would eliminate the requirement that a nonpartisan state demographer draw redistricting maps through the use of mathematical formulas.

House Bill 573 would change the way Title IX claims are handled on Missouri’s college campuses, allowing more legal power and protections to those on the receiving end of a complaint.

The final day of the Missouri legislative session is May 17.

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