A year after Republicans took control of state government, conservative lawmakers are promoting a wide range of social legislation designed to rein in sex and unshackle the Bible.
From new limits on sex education classes to penalties for living in sin, the proposed laws would remake Missouriâ..s public life in myriad ways. They would sanction prayer in public schools, subsidize religious schools and allow the Bible to be taught in school.
One bill purports to help women make â..the transition from work to home.â. Another wants the legislature to recognize â..a Christian Godâ. as the deity for most Missourians.
Rep. Cynthia Davis, an Oâ..Fallon Republican and sponsor of several bills, said conservatives are tired of an overly permissive society in which high school students are taught how to use condoms.
Other bills would:
- Deny alimony to ex-spouses who live with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Ban all abortions.
- Provide tax credits for contributions that help kids in lousy school districts to attend private schools.
- Propose a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to pray in schools and on other public property.
- Allow pharmacists, insurance companies, doctors and hospitals to deny treatment if the procedure or medication offends their moral values.
- Propose a constitutional amendment to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property.