State and Regional News

Treating HIV infections, protecting abuse victims addressed in new legislation

BY GRACE ZOKOVITCH, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri legislators focused on advancing protections on issues from rising HIV infections to taxing stimulus checks Wednesday.
Legislators moved forward on bills relating to access to preventative HIV drugs, extending the pandemic stimulus payments’ taxation exemption and extending protection orders for victims of abuse, alongside many others.

Senate bill would provide more access to substance abuse treatment for inmates

BY WILL MORRIS, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
Senate Bill 212 is a simple bill at face value. It replaces the terms “Department of Corrections and Human Resources” and “board of probation and parole” with “Department of Corrections” and “Division of Probation and Parole” in state legal code.

O'Fallon representative takes aim at frivolous lawsuits

BY WICKER PERLIS, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY – A family goes out to eat and the family members are dissatisfied with their meal. They leave a negative review online and forget about it.
Weeks later, they learn they are being sued by the restaurant for defamation. The lawsuit has no chance of success in court, and the restaurant owner knows that. Instead, they hope the family will apologize and remove the review rather than pay the court costs required to win the case.

State public defender says proposed budget increase not enough to address waitlists

BY MARK OSSOLINSKI, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — A proposal to fund the hiring of additional public defense attorneys in Missouri would be helpful but still insufficient, according to testimony by the director of the Missouri State Public Defender System on Tuesday.