Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

Updated 2:20 p.m. Aug. 18 with lieutenant governor calling for expulsion — Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson said Friday the state Senate should expel Maria Chappelle-Nadal due to her Facebook comment in which she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

Michele Skalicky

Springfield NAACP Branch President Cheryl Clay says the travel advisory for Missouri is just that—an advisory, not a ban.  During a press conference Tuesday Clay described the advisory as “a warning that Missouri is not a safe place for travel or work for people of color.” 

Michele Skalicky

The Christian County Library will be able to expand and make other improvements after voters Tuesday approved a tax levy question.  Library branches will be added in Nixa, Sparta and Clever, and improvements will be made to the facility in Ozark, including additional meeting rooms and a drive-through.

For five years now, the Missouri legislature has considered legislation to create a prescription drug monitoring database that would allow pharmacists and physicians to look at their patient's prescription history for signs of misuse of narcotics. And for five years, Missouri pharmacists like Erica Hopkins have watched those efforts fail with disappointment.


The race to fill the remaining term of a southwest Missouri senate seat features a longtime state representative against a political newcomer.

Republican State Rep. Sandy Crawford is vying to become senator for District 28, which covers all or parts of eight counties. Crawford is opposed by Democratic Al Skalicky. The special election on Tuesday was called to fill the vacancy left by former GOP Sen. Mike Parson, who was elected lieutenant governor last fall.

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