Media Advisory: Press Conference to Be Held Regarding Missouri’s HIV Criminalization Statutes

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – State Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls and State Representatives Holly Rehder and Tracy McCreery, along with Lynne Meyerkord, Executive Director of AIDS Project of the Ozarks; Cale Mitchell, Executive Director of Spectrum Healthcare; David Dandridge, Administrative Assistant at Williams & Associates; and Chloe Owens, Justice Organizer at Empower Missouri & Missouri HIV Justice Coalition will meet with members of the media to discuss their efforts to modernize the state’s laws dealing with the prosecution of HIV transmission. The Press conference will occur Wednesday, December 11th at 2pm in the House Lounge in the State Capitol Building.

Reps. Rehder and McCreery filed similar legislation during the 2019 legislative session (HBs 167 & 166). While the bills had some technical differences in the language, both legislators see this as a bipartisan issue and an important public health issue that must be addressed. 

McCreery and Rehder will file new versions of the legislation when bill pre-filing officially begins in the House on Monday, Dec. 2. They are happy to have support in the Senate from Sen. Kiki Curls.

WHO: State Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, State Reps. Holly Rehder and Tracy McCreery, Lynne Meyerkord, Cale Mitchell, David Dandridge, and Chloe Owens
WHAT: Press conference to discuss legislation to update Missouri’s HIV laws
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 2 p.m.
WHERE: House Lounge, State Capitol


Empower Missouri ( is a statewide not-for-profit advocating for the well-being of Missourians through civic leadership, education, and research. Founded as the Missouri Conference on Charities and Corrections in 1901, Empower Missouri has operated under four names in its 118-year history, but always with a focus on access to basic human needs and basic fairness.

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