Missouri Legislature

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

A year ago Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2040 into law, allowing law enforcement officers and certified firefighters to carry and administer naloxone, the opiate overdose antidote.

Naloxone, or Narcan as it’s sometimes called, instantly reverses an overdose. And while the law has been in an effect for over a year, Missouri law enforcement agencies have not begun to use the drug.

(Updated 2 p.m. Mon., July 27)

Missouri’s Republican contest for governor has gotten less crowded — at least for now — as state Sen. Mike Parson has decided to run for the state’s No. 2 post instead. And on Monday, he released a list of supporters, including the state Senate's leadership.

Meanwhile, the GOP’s newest gubernatorial candidate — state Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield — offered some details about his previously acknowledged past in the 1980s when he lived several years as a young gay man.

In an emailed statement to St. Louis Public Radio, Dixon blamed child abuse for what he called “teenage confusion.” He now is married, has three children and is a staunch social conservative who believes in traditional marriage.

Billy Long
Rep. Billy Long

Missouri’s Congressional Delegation says it supports Gov. Jay Nixon’s request for a federal emergency disaster declaration in 70 of the state’s counties.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has requested the federal government to declare a major disaster declaration for more than half of Missouri’s 114 counties, including much of the Ozarks.

The 70 total counties listed suffered prolonged severe storm systems from tornadoes and straight line winds to torrential rain and flooding, which resulted in 10 deaths.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

State Senator Bob Dixon says citizens need a leader who will provide “sensible, conservative solutions to Missouri families.”

Before some 100 supporters Monday morning, Dixon used the front porch of his north Springfield home to formally announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor. He said it’s time to renew Missouri’s spirit, adding there should be more pride in the political process and branches of government than exists today.