Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Missouri Chamber calls on governor to deal with ‘opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits’

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants Gov. Mike Parson to call a special session to put an end to “opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits”. In a press release, the Chamber says coronavirus liability is an emerging problem in Missouri involving those who believe they might have contracted the virus at a business and wants to […]

Absentee Voting

Missouri Legislature gives final approval to absentee ballot legislation; photo ID requirement stripped out

Absentee ballot legislation that expands voting by mail through the rest of 2020 is on its way to Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s desk, after receiving final approval from the House in Jefferson City on Friday evening. The final House vote was 121-24 and came with about 30 minutes to spare before the mandatory 6 p.m. […]

Food Stamps or SNAP

Audio: SNAP and Food Stamps are now an option for grocery shopping online

The Missouri Department of Social Services says SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits households can use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy food online from Amazon and Walmart, and other retailers might be added.     To get started with online purchasing, Food Stamp/SNAP participants can connect directly with the online store. A […]

Audio: Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program legislation heading to a conference committee

Legislation that would create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is now heading to a Missouri House-Senate conference committee. While both chambers have approved PDMP, they’ve approved different versions. Scott City GOP State Representative Holly Rehder delivered a passionate floor speech on Monday, urging colleagues not to judge people “unless you’ve walked a mile in […]

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Missouri House approves $34.9 billion budget, following heated debate on Medicaid expansion

The Missouri House voted Wednesday afternoon to give final approval to a $34.9 billion state operating budget. GOP leaders say it’s a budget that’s about $146 million less than the current budget. Most House members wore masks during the debate, which got heated during a discussion about Medicaid expansion. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there were just three […]

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Missouri House to vote on final approval of state operating budget

The Missouri House is expected to give final approval to a proposed $34.9 billion state operating budget Wednesday in Jefferson City. The House will gavel-in Wednesday morning at 10, and House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith, R-Carthage, tells Missourinet they’ll take up the budget at that time. He notes the Legislature must approve a balanced budget by […]

Medicaid

Audio: Supplemental budget passed by Missouri lawmakers expands Medicaid and funding for child care

One of the Missouri House Budget Committee’s senior members says the six-point-two billion dollar supplemental budget approved by the Legislature on Wednesday expands Medicaid to those impacted by the coronavirus and are below the poverty level. Versailles GOP State Representative David Wood chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on social services.     The budget contains funding […]

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: There Is No Second Amendment Right to Carry Firearms Outside the Home

Governor Parson suspends late penalties for concealed carry license renewals

Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order suspending late penalties for concealed carry license renewals. During Thursday’s Capitol press conference, Parson says the order waives the requirement that sheriffs enforce the penalties. “These people should not be penalized for staying home like they’ve been asked to,” says Parson. “This executive order not only promotes […]

Election 2020

Today is the deadline to file for office

This is the deadline day to file for county, district, or statewide offices subject to the August 4th primary election in Missouri. Candidates for a county-wide position file at their respective county clerk’s office. Candidates for all seats in the Missouri House of Representative, half of the State Senator, all Congressional districts, and the statewide […]

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Missouri Supreme Court upholds decision by court of appeals on Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District’s 2019 decision reaffirming a PSC decision that approved a certificate of need and necessity for the Grain Belt Express Project (GBX). This Supreme Court action ends a long effort by project opponents to overturn the PSC decision on the Grain Belt Express. This […]

Missouri House

Audio: Missouri House set to vote on $30 billion state budget on Wednesday

The full Missouri House is set to vote tomorrow (Wednesday) on a proposed 30-billion dollar state operating budget, which includes about 13-million dollars in federal funding for coronavirus response. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith voted for a bipartisan amendment in committee, to accept that federal funding.     That money would be used for […]