Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would waive the fees for domestic violence survivors to get a copy of their birth certificates.
Advocates say the bill would save shelters money and help survivors get back on their feet.
In Missouri, it costs $15 for a copy of a birth certificate from a local health department.
Lisa Farmer is executive director of the largest domestic violence shelter in Springfield, Harmony House.
Farmer said Harmony House spends between $4,000 to $6,000 every year on birth certificate fees.