New Discrimination, Overdose Laws Take Effect in Missouri

Aug 28, 2017

New laws passed by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature will take effect today, raising standards for proving workplace or housing discrimination in court. The change has been praised by Republican Governor Eric Greitens and business groups who claim it has been too easy to sue for alleged discrimination.

The Missouri NAACP opposes the law, with state chapter president Rod Chapel saying the organization might sue the state.

Another new law provides legal protections for people with small amounts of drugs seeking medical help for themselves or someone else who is overdosing.

Another will allow summer camps, restaurants and sports arenas to keep emergency allergy medicine on hand in case of severe allergic reactions.