Should those on Medicaid have to work for coverage? Some senators say yes

By Elizabeth Elkin, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Able-bodied Medicaid recipients would have to meet minimum work requirements to keep their benefits under a proposal being debated by state senators.

Changing Missouri's Constitution could be harder under slew of Senate bills

By Yue Yu, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — She stood out day and night. She stood out in cold and heat.
Sherry Golden, a home care worker in St. Louis, fought hard to collect signatures to put minimum wage on the November ballot last year.
Her efforts paid off when Missouri voters approved the proposition by a margin of 62-38 percent. Looking back, Golden said the initiative petition process was already difficult under current law.

Secretary of State would have subpoena power under House bill

By Abigail E. Shaw, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants subpoena power to investigate voter fraud claims.
Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, proposed legislation that would grant the power to Ashcroft’s office, and a House committee debated the bill Wednesday.