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Missouri Republicans aren’t done trying to restrict trans health care

Last week saw significant developments in two deeply divisive areas of Missouri law. What will lawmakers do with legislation limiting transgender rights and health care this year, and will voters enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution?

Last week in Jefferson City, lawmakers debated several bills that would limit gender-affirming health care, or restrict restrooms and locker rooms that transgender and non-binary people can use. The Missouri Independent’s Annelise Hanshaw spoke with KCUR's Brian Ellison about the legislation and the response.

There are several ongoing efforts to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution through a statewide vote. Brian also spoke with the Independent's Anna Spoerre about a big step forward that process took last week.

Correction: This interview incorrectly lists the requirements for collecting signatures for the abortion rights ballot measure. Advocates must collect signatures in six of Missouri's eight congressional districts.

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Corrected: January 22, 2024 at 7:55 AM CST
The audio version of this story incorrectly states that coalitions must collect signatures in five of Missouri's eight congressional districts. The coalitions must collect signatures in six of the state's congressional districts.
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