July 26, 2022
In this week's Missouri Policy Spotlight, Dr. Jill Barnas discusses Missouri’s newly established Correctional Center Nursery Program. Read our blog post to learn more about the research highlights from her related Science Note.
>> Dr. Barnas is wrapping up her second year as a MOST Policy Fellow this week. Join us in wishing her all the best as she heads to Washington D.C. to work with the National Institute of Justice as a AAAS STPF Fellow this fall. 
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We've made some changes to our Science Notes to make it easier for everyone to find the information they're looking for! All prior Science Notes will remain accessible on our website, but you can expect to see all of our new Notes published in this updated format.

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Fate of Missouri marijuana initiative petition unclear as signature count continues

Another initiative petition that would have established ranked-choice voting has already fallen short of signatures needed to appear on the ballot. Whether Missouri voters will get a chance to legalize recreational marijuana in November is still in question. The latest incomplete tabulations from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office, show the Legal Missouri 2022 initiative is short the necessary signatures in four of the six Congressional districts.

Science Note: Cannabis Legalization

Grain Belt Express promises to follow eminent domain law, agriculture groups skeptical

After a strongly worded demand from all of the Missouri agriculture community, the Grain Belt Express has agreed to follow the eminent domain law passed this past session as it builds its Tiger Connector line through Audrain, Callaway, and Monroe Counties. The Farm Bureau called out Invenergy, the owner of the Grain Belt Express transmission line project, for trying to skirt the new eminent domain laws laid out in House Bill 2005.

Science Note: Eminent Domain 

If you want to be a substitute teacher in Missouri, the state just made it even easier

The state made changes to both the certification requirements and the limits for retired teachers.
Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation this summer that both lowered the certification requirements and waived a limit on the number of hours retired teachers can substitute while still receiving their pensions.

Science NoteTeacher Certification & Permits 

Applications for our Executive Policy Fellowship continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization, and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities. Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate.

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