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Jefferson City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Jaclyn:

Missouri Senate Approves Statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The legislation previously passed the Senate last year, which has been the major hurdle in the past, but was derailed when the coronavirus disrupted the session. It now heads to the House. → Read More

Missouri House Passes State Budget Without Funding For Medicaid Expansion

The money is in Parson's budget, but other Republicans argue voters didn't understand what they were approving. → Read More

Missouri Lawmakers Return From Legislative Spring Break, Busy Eight Weeks Ahead

After an active first few months of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers are returning Monday to Jefferson City after a weeklong spring break with several priorities on the agenda of the Republican supermajority. → Read More

Missouri Legislature Advances Online Sales And Gas Taxes

Missouri lawmakers left town for the legislative spring break on Thursday after advancing legislation to increase the state’s gas tax and passing two versions of an internet sales tax. → Read More

Legislation To Provide Free Tampons To Missouri Inmates Held Up In Committee

Those championing the proposal still think they’ll be able to get it passed before the end of session in May. → Read More

Missouri House Approves Unemployment Overpayment Forgiveness Plan

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that aims to waive repayment of about 80% of the unemployment money the state said it overpaid people last year. → Read More

Missouri Governor Releases All Budget Funds Previously Withheld At Height Of Pandemic

In total, nearly 150 areas across the state’s government agencies saw a reduction in their budgets, but with Monday's announcement all funding is restored. → Read More

Missouri House OKs State-Sponsored Scholarships For Private School, Excludes Rural Areas

The legislation creates what is called the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Account and falls in line with the Republican effort of so-called school choice. → Read More

Missouri House Approves Legislation Requiring Photo Identification To Vote

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a portion of a photo ID law in January 2020, but the bill's sponsor said he crafted this legislation in direct response to that ruling. → Read More

COVID-19 Liability Protection Clears Missouri Senate, Won’t Take Effect Until August

There were not enough votes to tack on an emergency clause that would have allowed the legislation to go into effect immediately. → Read More

Missouri Governor Says Head Of St. Louis Pandemic Task Force Is Lying To Cause Fear

Dr. Alex Garza said earlier this week that the region is receiving less than half of the vaccine allotment it should be based on population. → Read More

Missouri Governor Activates National Guard To Assist In Coronavirus Vaccine Efforts

There will be nine National Guard teams deployed throughout the state, one for each of Missouri’s Highway Patrol regions, and each team can vaccinate up to 2,500 people per day depending on supply. → Read More

Missouri Sends National Guard Troops To D.C. For Inauguration, Increases Security At State Capitol

State legislators learned the Capitol has no formal alert system for riots, or for health- or weather-related emergencies. → Read More

Missouri Rep. Dogan wants recreational cannabis program, no caps on dispensaries

Missouri Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, prefiled a measure to amend the state constitution to legalize recreational cannabis. → Read More

Missourians May Have More Opportunity To Participate In 2021 Legislative Session

After a quick holiday break, Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City for the beginning of the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday. → Read More

Missouri Republican Wants Recreational Cannabis Program, No Caps On Dispensaries

In addition to allowing adults 21 and older to use the drug, Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, said his proposal would be an important step toward criminal justice reform. → Read More

Missouri Governor Releases Names of 24 Inmates Pardoned

In addition to two dozen pardoned, Parson also commuted the sentences of four individuals. → Read More

Report Says St. Louis County Police Has Racial Divide, Needs To Improve Community Engagement

The report was publicly released to the county with the council agenda for Tuesday and may be further discussed then. → Read More

Additional Hospital Staff To Begin Working Monday in Missouri

This comes after the state recently announced a 12-week contract with health care consultant Vizient, as staffing at hospitals continues to be a struggle due to an influx of coronavirus cases. → Read More

Missouri Senate Approves $1.3 Billion Budget Bill, Governor Expected To Sign

The legislation, which passed the House last month, now heads to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. → Read More