The Missouri law that compelled the NAACP to suggest African-Americans avoid the state goes into effect today.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed the bill in late June, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a travel advisory on Aug. 2.
Senate Bill 43 changed the requirement to prove wrongful termination by showing that bias was a “motivating factor” standard; previously terminated employees need prove only that it was a factor.
“The Bill legalizes individual discrimination and harassment within the State of Missouri, and ‘would prevent individuals from protecting themselves from discrimination, harassment and retaliation in Missouri,’” the NAACP statement said.
The travel advisory was initially good through Monday, Aug. 28.
Other laws taking effect today:
▪ Patrons at bars and restaurants in Lambert and Kansas City International Airports will be able to leave the drinking establishment with their alcoholic drink. (House Bill 115)
▪ Those carrying small amounts of drugs will have immunity if they are seeking medical help for an overdose. It is related to the 911 Good Samaritan Act. (House Bill 628)
▪ Businesses, summer camps and sports establishments can attain prescriptions for epinephrine for emergency administration. (House Bill 761)