Missouri News

The latest news from every corner of the state, including policy emerging from Missouri's capitol. 

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Families who don’t vaccinate their children in Missouri say they are discriminated against at schools and doctors’ offices, and they want that to change.

On Monday afternoon, Representative Lynn Morris proposed a bill to a House health committee to prohibit what is described as ‘vaccine discrimination’ for children who have received exemptions from vaccinations for medical reasons and religious beliefs.

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With concerns that Missouri won’t generate enough revenue to meet budget demands this fiscal year, one lawmaker expressed her concerns about the shortfall.

According to a report released on Wednesday, taxes up to this same point in March had generated over 4 percent less in revenue than last year.

The state is stuck in a waiting game until April 15, the last day for Missouri citizens to file their taxes.

In a press conference on Thursday, Senator Gina Walsh said she’s not sure how the state will pay for upcoming projects.

Marijuana Decriminalization Up For Debate In MO House

Apr 5, 2019
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Marijuana decriminalization is up for debate in the Missouri House of Representatives.

A bill that was before the House on Thursday would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in an effort to stop what its sponsor is calling a “war on marijuana.”

The bill would reduce the punishment for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana to an infraction. The current law in Missouri makes possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana a Class D felony.

Eastern hellbender salamanders, which have been declining all over the U.S. for decades, are doing so poorly in Missouri that they may receive federal protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed including Missouri’s population of eastern hellbenders on the endangered species list. Since the 1970s, the number of eastern hellbenders in the state has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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Missouri currently prohibits insurance companies from limiting coverage or denying reimbursements to children with autism. A bill passed by the House and making its way through the Senate would extend those protections to kids with developmental or physical disabilities.

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, a representative from the Thompson Foundation for Autism raised concerns that a section of the bill inadvertently gives insurance companies more power than they have now to deny claims.