Missouri News

MO HB 652 Aims To Expand WIC Vouchers To Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Feb 5, 2021

Fresh produce from farmers markets might become more accessible for women, infants and children in low-income families in Missouri as Rep. Martha Stevens introduced House Bill 652 to expand WIC vouchers to be used in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

In the Feb. 4 morning hearing, representatives from the Rural Community Committee scrutinized how the bill plans to encourage participation.

In similar food insecurity programs, the Missouri Department of Agriculture saw staggered levels of participation from county to county because of administrative costs.

The Missouri House on Thursday approved a measure that subjects state and local police departments to lawsuits if officers enforce federal gun laws.

Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, has sponsored the legislation, which is known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, for years. He said the need to pass it in 2021 is important because of a Congress and president “so openly against our Second Amendment.”

Right around the time he was sworn in as speaker of the Missouri House, Rod Jetton invited a number of former occupants of the office to dinner.

While speaking to former Democratic Speakers Kenneth Rothman and Bob Griffin, Jetton, a Republican, said he expected success since he was serving with GOP Gov. Matt Blunt.

“And they looked at me and said, ‘Um, no it won’t be,’” Jetton said. “You're gonna have a lot of problems with the governor in your own party. It's always bad.”

MO Lawmakers Advocate For Overlooked Populations In Vaccine Distribution

Feb 4, 2021
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Missouri lawmakers are advocating for overlooked populations in Missouri’s vaccine distribution plan.

Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, met with the health and mental health policy committee Wednesday evening to evaluate Missouri’s vaccination plan.

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Last legislative session four different bills were introduced to at least temporarily increase Missouri’s fuel tax in order to fund the Missouri Department of Transportation — which according to the director, has $8 to $10 billion dollars of unfunded needs.

However, none of these bills were passed, and previous attempts to raise the fuel tax were shot down by Missouri voters. 

Now, Senator Dave Schatz is hoping to remodel the tax after one in South Carolina, where the fuel tax is higher, but people can apply for a rebate.