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Missouri Legislative Preview | What Missouri Businesses Want

Missouri State Legislature
KCUR 89.3
Missouri State Senator Barbara Washington is "prayerful" that legislators will expand Medicaid after voters approved Amendment 2 in August of 2020 to do just that.

A look ahead at the issues most likely to be facing lawmakers in the Show Me state, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce reveals what it wants the state legislature to focus on this year.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:31: COVID-19 means uncertainty for Missouri’s state budget and for the legislative session itself.

In addition, medical cannabis, pandemic relief and local control of the Kansas City Police Department could all be on the agenda. Lawmakers will return to the state capitol for the 2021 session without a mask mandate in place leaving completion of a full session in doubt.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:43: The Missouri Chamber Of Commerce And Industry prioritizes rebuilding the state's economy in its three-point legislative agenda.

The plan focuses on transportation infrastructure, increasing job opportunities and training as well as protecting employers from COVID-19 related litigation. Chamber President Dan Mehan emphasized the importance of states propelling their own recovery, saying "(Washington) D.C. has demonstrated an absolute ability to do nothing."

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Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.