State legislators run to get bills passed before end of session

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, May 15 2018 May 15, 2018 Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:47:00 AM CDT May 15, 2018 in News
By: David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The clock is ticking, and state lawmakers are working to get their bills voted on before the end of the general assembly Friday evening.

"There is a lot of individual members who have priorities that they want to see pushed," said Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia).

With the session coming to a close, the legislative agenda is subject to change. 

"It's the final week of session, so a lot of things move that maybe weren't seen to be moving. Nothing is dead until 6:00 p.m. on Friday," said Kendrick.

One of the bills the legislature will work on is the federal reimbursement allowance for Medicaid. A sanction of that bill would generate more than one billion dollars in revenue for the state.

"It's made it out of the Senate, so that's up for a final House vote once we adopt the conference committee report. So that shouldn't be an issue, that we'll get passed," Kendrick said.

Kendrick added there could also be a transportation bill that would put a measure on the ballot for a gasoline tax increase.

"I suspect that we would amend the bill in the House to make it more favorable for a potential vote, should it go to a vote of the people," he said. "We would likely run out of time as a result of amending it, but it's possible, who knows, maybe the Senate would take it back up and pass it."

Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) also said the general assembly needs to work on the bill that would increase funding for transportation.

"One thing that I've heard all throughout the district is the importance of our roads and the road conditions," she said. "What we would vote on, and it would go to a vote of the people, would be a 10 cents gas tax increase."

Kendrick said in the final days of the 99th General Assembly legislators should create alliances to get the work done in time.

"It's pretty critical at this point, coming down to the final week, to have strong allies, strong support both from state as a large to push the priorities further, but also making sure the alliances are pushing both in the House and the Senate," he said.

Walsh has already starting thinking about bills to bring to the legislature next year.

"One thing I am going to work on next general assembly, that didn't quite make it through this session, would be a fire safety fund bill, working with the Missouri Department of Public Safety," she said.

The 100th General Assembly will start in January 2019 when legislators will have the chance to file again any of the bills that do not get voted on during the current legislative session. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Dozens of MU students gathered to raise money for cancer research Saturday. Mizzou's Relay for Life raised... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:41:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Police arrested three people after a Saturday afternoon robbery led to a car chase, according to a... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:46:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, but some lawmakers are worried about what that could... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:53:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri may have shed its unwanted image as the meth lab capital of the U.S.,... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:21:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is getting a break from winter weather this weekend and many residents are taking advantage of it.... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:21:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
REEDS SPRING, Mo. – Students in the Reeds Spring School District will begin a four-day school week next school... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:11:55 PM CST February 22, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA – Several First Ward neighborhood associations hosted a town hall forum Saturday with city council candidates to discuss housing,... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:07:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
Black LGBTQ youth are less likely to receive mental health... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 3:51:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — In an effort to contain the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government has canceled a number of exams this... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:56:57 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— A Columbia chiropractic office hosted a seminar to educate and empower women Saturday afternoon. The event was part of... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:13:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
MOBERLY - Moberly police officers responded to a domestic assault at 1028 Sinnock Ave., at 2:48 a.m. Friday, February 21,... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 10:45:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - "Honest" and "righteous" are just a couple of words friends used to describe Columbia City Councilman Clyde Ruffin.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 5:55:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Water & Light plans to perform water valve repairs at the intersection of North College Avenue and... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 4:57:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport with American Airlines are proposing a new daily nonstop air service to Charlotte, North Carolina... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 4:49:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $7.3 million to nonprofit's through its Neighborhood Assistance Program this week.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 4:25:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police arrested a Jefferson City man in connection to an armed robbery on Jan. 7 at the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 4:23:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
WARDSVILLE - Blair Oaks wrestling sent seven qualifiers to the state championship this weekend in Columbia. Among them is senior... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 3:55:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced a large gift from alumni Friday to support the university's NextGen Precision Health... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 21 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 3:02:00 PM CST February 21, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
8pm 43°
9pm 42°
10pm 41°
11pm 40°