SB 0043 Repeals racial and gender quotas and preferences by state and local governments
LR Number:S0134.02I Fiscal Note:0134-02
Committee:Financial and Governmental Organization
Last Action:02/01/99 - Hearing Conducted S Financial & Governmental Journal page:
Organization Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 1999
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Current Bill Summary

SB 43 - This act repeals all quotas based on race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin contained in any laws, executive orders, policies and rules. The act affects only preferential treatment for public employment, education and contracting with the state, any political subdivisions, including public universities, and agents.

Preferential measures are allowed if the state has made a finding, supported by a strong basis in evidence that:

(1) The state actor is exacerbating a pattern of prior discrimination within the institution, industry or jurisdiction;

(2) The measure is narrowly tailored to further a compelling governmental interest; and

(3) The preferential measures will sunset after two years.

The act allows preferences necessary to establish or continue eligibility for federal funds. State action pursuant to Article III, Section 37(f) subsection 6 is also exempted. The act grants standing to sue to enforce this section to affected parties, or any Missouri taxpayer.

This act is similar to SB 681 (1998)