Senator Barbara Anne Washington's Legislative Column for Feb. 3, 2023

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

- Week of Feb. 3, 2023

Greetings from the beautiful State Capitol. I am honored to represent the great people of the 9th Senatorial District and provide this weekly update. The pace in the Missouri Senate gained speed this week as numerous bills advanced out of committees and senators began deliberations on legislation that is being “taken up for perfection.” During the perfection process, bills are thoroughly vetted, amendments are offered and the language of the proposal is finalized. These debates can get pretty lively with 34 different voices sharing their opinions and defending the stance of their communities, but these discussions and negotiations are important and necessary to craft solid, beneficial policies.

On Feb. 1, the Senate debated legislation to establish the Parents Bill of Rights Act of 2023, create an education transparency and accountability portal and ban the teaching of critical race theory. As a state senator representing one of Missouri’s four Senate districts where African Americans make up a large part of the population, I felt compelled to speak out in opposition, educate my colleagues about the correlation between systemic racism and poverty and share some of Missouri’s rare historical milestones when Blacks prevailed over oppression. It is imperative for all children to learn the truth about our history, good and bad, and I truly believe these conversations and lessons are necessary if we want everyone in our nation to flourish and experience the creed of equality stated in our Declaration of Independence. Aside from keeping important facts about our country’s history from being taught to our children, I think this legislation is unnecessary because DESE and local school boards already have systems in place for parents to voice their concerns and remain involved in their child’s education.

The Senate passed its first proposal this week and sent it to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 51 authorizes advanced-level physical therapists to evaluate a treat a patient without a physician referral or prescription.

ARPA Dollars Fund Community Projects

American Rescue Plan Act grants have been announced, and I am thrilled to report several projects in our community have been awarded. The Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center and Emergency Shelter for Children received $2.1 million in funding to develop a rigorous training program to certify and credential early childhood educators, and Raytown received $4 million to complete a storm water and sewer improvement project on 59th Street.


Below is a list of the bills I have sponsored in 2023. If you have questions or need additional information or assistance, please reach out.

Senator Washington’s Sponsored Legislation for 2023

Bill Number




Senate Bill 423

Modifies provisions relating to certification of juveniles for trial as adults.

First Read

Senate Bill 424

Creates new provisions on discriminatory practices relating to hair.

First Read

Senate Bill 425

Authorizes a tax credit for the purchase of certain homes.

First Read

Senate Bill 433

Authorizes a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

First Read

Senate Bill 434

Authorizes a tax credit for providing services to homeless persons.

First Read

Senate Bill 435

Creates a Text-to-Donate program for homeless services in certain cities.

First Read

Senate Bill 437

Authorizes a tax credit for providing housing to victims of domestic violence.

First Read

Senate Bill 438

Creates a pilot program for incarcerated mothers to have access to their children.

First Read

Senate Bill 439

Creates the offense of unlawful possession of a handgun.

First Read

Senate Bill 440

Establishes the “Cronkite New Voices Act” to protect the freedom of press in school-sponsored media.

First Read

Senate Bill 441

Creates provisions relating to firearms.

First Read

Senate Bill 442

Modifies provisions relating to concealed firearms.

First Read

Senate Bill 443

Modifies provisions relating to medical marijuana program participants in family court matters.

First Read

Senate Bill 444

Creates provisions relating to reporting requirements of law enforcement agencies.

First Read

Senate Bill 445

Modifies provisions relating to use of force by law enforcement officers.

First Read

Senate Bill 446

Modifies provisions relating to restitution for individuals who are actually innocent.

First Read

Senate Bill 447

Modifies provisions relating to criminal records.

First Read

Senate Bill 531

Modifies provisions relating to expungement.

First Read

Senate Bill 561

Modifies provisions relating to earned discharge from probation.

First Read

Senate Bill 562

Creates new provisions relating to state contracts for minority and women’s business enterprises.

First Read

Senate Bill 563

Creates a DWI diversion program.

First Read

Senate Bill 579

Modifies the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Board.

First Read

Senate Bill 580

Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

First Read

Senate Bill 581

Creates provisions relating to parole eligibility.

First Read

Senate Bill 582

Modifies provisions relating to terms of probation.

First Read

Senate Bill 583

Authorizes a tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles.

First Read

Senate Joint Resolution 36

Places limits on increases of the assessment of certain properties.

First Read

Senate Joint Resolution 40

Exempts those who are 65 and older from paying real and personal property taxes.

First Read

It is an honor representing the great people of Kansas City’s 9th Senatorial District. If you need assistance navigating state government or understanding the legislative process, please contact me by calling 573-751-3158 or emailing My team is here for you!