The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year. In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue.
Republican House leaders had pledged an investigation after allegations of a hostile workplace were made against the directors of Missouri's agriculture and labor departments, but that now appears unlikely to happen.
Gov. Jay Nixon continued Wednesday his push to get Boeing to manufacture its new commercial jet, Boeing 777x, in St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Nixon has said a special legislative session to put together a tax incentive package for Boeing could come in “days, not weeks.”
When his post-session tour stopped in Columbia last month, pro-Medicaid expansion protesters confronted House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) about the GOP-controlled legislature's refusal to increase eligibility of the insurance program.
Even though Republican lawmakers turned back Democratic efforts to expand Medicaid this year, House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) has created two committees to look into the issue this summer. The first committee will have House members teaming up with citizens to explore ways to reform the Medicaid system.
That committee will then give their findings to the second committee, which will make recommendations for next year’s legislative session. Jones says the Medicaid system is severely broken, and the more people working on fixing it, the better.