A Missouri Revised Statute outlaws the American tradition of anonymous political speech. On March 18, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a First Amendment challenge to the statute on behalf of a Ferguson resident.
The ACLU client, a Ferguson businessman, wants to distribute a flyer that compares and contrasts two candidates running for city council. He fears retribution if the materials contain his name and address, as required by Missouri Revised Statute Section 130.031.8.
In the wake of the release of the Department of Justice’s scathing report on its investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, racial justice advocates converged in Jefferson City today to support the Fair and Impartial Policing Act, SB 559. The primary sponsor of SB 559 is Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, and co-sponsors include Senators S. Kiki Curls (D-9) and Jamilah Nasheed (D-5).
SB 559 has been read twice on the Senate floor and is waiting to be referred to committee.