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What to expect from the Kansas and Missouri legislatures

The 2022 legislative sessions have begun in Kansas and Missouri, with issues such as abortion, taxes, education and redistricting at the top of the to-do lists. We'll break down what to expect from state lawmakers on both sides of the border.

The Missouri General Assembly is at work and facing a list of issues to tackle. Redistricting, education, Medicaid expansion and, as always, the state budget are just a few of the topics that lawmakers must handle. Jason Hancock, editor-in-chief of the Missouri Independent, and Sarah Kellogg, Statehouse reporter at St. Louis Public Radio, keep close eyes on the Capitol and preview the five-month legislative session with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up To Date.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, hopes to boost her re-election prospects with tax cuts. That creates a dilemma for Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature. Typically they’re all about cutting taxes, but they’re reluctant to give Kelly a big win. As Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports, that could make for some interesting political theater during the 2022 legislative session starting this week.

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