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Two Events – Tuesday, July 18

Lunch & Learn
Upcoming Ballot Issue Special Election
Proposition 1 – Renewal of Boone County Roads & Bridges Tax
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
12:00 Noon
Columbia Public Library Friends Room (Note the change in location!)

Dan Atwill, Presiding Commissioner, Boone County
Scott Charton, Yes for Good Roads Committee

This is an opportunity to learn about the Boone County Roads & Bridges Tax. The election will be held on Tuesday, August 8.

The two candidates for the 50th State Legislative District — Sara Walsh (R) and Michela Skelton (D) –  have been invited to “meet and greet” attendees (no debate).  We do not yet have confirmation if either or both will attend.

This event is free and open to the public.

How to Run for Office
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Columbia Public Library Friends Room

This workshop is designed to give participants an overview of what it takes to run for elected office.

Our speakers are former elected officials:
Barbara Hoppe is former Columbia City Council person
Karen Miller is a former Boone County Commissioner
Nancy Copenhaver is a former Missouri State Representative

This event is free and open to the public.

If you know anyone who is interested in running for office, please encourage them to attend this workshop!

Boone County’s Mental Health Crisis

Boone County’s Mental Health Crisis and Community Solutions
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)
Columbia Public Library

     Cosponsored by the Boone County Commission, League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County and the Columbia Public Library, this event will feature local experts who will provide information about the various local initiatives addressing the issues related to criminal justice, the homeless and the mentally ill.

   Participants will include:
Rusty Antel – Judicial & Law Enforcement Task Force; Dr. John Cummins – MU Hospital, Chief Resident in Psychiatry; Tim Harlan – Mental Health First Aid & NAMI; Steve Hollis – Columbia/Boone County Health Department; Kelly Wallis – Boone County Community Services Department; Katie Burnham Wilkins – Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital; Rockie Alden & Karla Williams-
Faith Community; Phil Steinhaus – Housing Issues; Mary Epping – Court Responses; Kelli Canada – MU School of Social Work; Cavanaugh Noce; Keith Hoskins & Tom Fuhrman – Jail Responses and Dan Hanneken – Re-entry programming.

  David Lile of KFRU will be the facilitator of the discussion. KFRU will broadcast this program live.

This program is free and open to the public.

Action Alert – Health Care

From the League of Women Voters US

Action Alert: Senate Shapes Healthcare

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.
Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to push us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid. 

Please call our Senators:

Senator Claire McCaskill – (202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721 

Any bill that moves forward must do the following:
  •  Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can’t be used to deny coverage or raise rates.
  • Ensure health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women
  • Provide coverage of preventive care, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps
  • Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services.  


June 13, 2017

Legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – called “The American Health Care Act” – is about to be up for a vote in the Senate.

“The American Health Care Act” was developed in secret and is being rushed to passage. It will rip apart our healthcare and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more.

The “American Health Care Act” is un-American. It will increase costs for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, while slashing assistance for lower-income households in obtaining coverage. It will also threaten the essential care that women need. In fact, the only real winners under this new legislation are the big interests and the wealthiest Americans. Hundreds of billions in tax breaks are included for the wealthy and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Tell our Senators that means that there will be fewer people covered, weaker protections and higher costs for Americans.

Call today!

Senator Claire McCaskill – (202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721

The League remains committed to ensuring that Americans have the coverage and access to care that they need to take care of themselves and their families. We will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public.

Stand with the League today and tell Congress that their plan to “replace” the Affordable Care Act is unacceptable.