State and Regional News

Democrats outline plans to reform criminal justice system, see GOP support

By Caitlyn Rosen, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Multiple states allow felons to vote once they are released from prison, but not Missouri. A bill introduced by a state House of Representatives Democrat could change that — and it has bipartisan support.

Menus of services, pricing could be required at your health care facility

By Rosemond Crown, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Rarely do people walk into a restaurant and order a meal without consulting a menu of options and corresponding prices. In fact, many restaurants now have their menus available online. A new bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would implement a similar system for patients visiting health care facilities.

Missouri legislation seeks to add fentanyl trafficking to the statutes

BY KELSEY WU AND GAELLE FOURNIER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — There is no law targeting trafficking fentanyl in Missouri. Some lawmakers are trying again to change that.
House Bill 239 proposes that trafficking more than 10 mg of fentanyl would be prosecuted as a felony.

SEMA to host Missouri Earthquake Summit for local, state officials, and public to strengthen preparedness

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the State Emergency Management Agency will host its first-ever Missouri Earthquake Summit in Sikeston to discuss the risks presented by the New Madrid Seismic Zone, earthquake response planning and capabilities, and how to strengthen community preparedness.

Missouri to become a Technology First State for individuals with disabilities

Today, Mark Stringer, director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced that Missouri is becoming a Technology First state.  The DMH Division of Developmental Disabilities is moving forward with an initiative that encourages the understanding and use of technology in lieu of direct support staffing, which improves the quality of life for some individuals needing services.  This initiative increases an individual’s safety and health and promotes independence.