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.
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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)