Missouri Legislature

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

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.

Background

Dr. David Barbe
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Six months ago, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties only had one insurance participant in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Today, 24 counties have no provider at all. As insurers across the country have dropped out of the exchanges established under the ACA, or Obamacare, it’s underscored the need to stabilize the market.

More insurance companies bring patient options and potentially reduced costs. Getting them into the market requires the right incentive.  

Missouri lawmakers routinely have denied requests to make their emails available through open records requests. Now, a conservative nonprofit group is challenging the policy with a lawsuit that, should it succeed, will give the public more insight into how legislators make decisions.

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