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Kansas And Missouri Legislature Recaps

Stephen Koranda
Legislative chambers are empty now but both Kansas and Missouri lawmakers were making headlines during the 2021 session.

Kansas lawmakers flexed their veto-override power while Missouri Republicans saw a split in ranks over Medicaid.

Segment 1, beginning at 0:59: Lawmakers in Kansas scored wins when they overrode Gov. Laura Kelly's veto on substantial tax cuts and lowered the age for concealed carry.

But they also failed to pass a ban on transgender athletes from performing in women's public school sports. A rundown on what happened in the Kansas general assembly including how it addressed the medical marijuana issue.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:01: Perhaps the biggest story out of Jefferson City this session is the legislature not providing funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers did approve progressively raising the gas tax by 12.5 cents over the next five years, and took steps that could prevent the federal government from undermining gun laws in Missouri.

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