8 Takeaways From A Fruitful, But Frustrating, Missouri Legislative Session

8 Takeaways From A Fruitful, But Frustrating, Missouri Legislative Session

Daniel Shular / Special to St. Louis Public Radio Members of the Missouri House work on the last day of the 2021 legislative session on Friday. One common trait of Missouri legislative politics is that leaders from both parties tend to overpromise heading into a legislative session. But the 2021 Missouri General Assembly yielded significant legislation that will reverberate throughout the state for years to come. Republicans finished some priorities that hung in legislative limbo for years. And even the deeply outnumbered Democrats played key roles in influencing the process. “I can say pretty definitively that the success and the record of accomplishments we can point to as a leadership team and a Republican caucus is really unmatched,” said Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia. Yet the success of the past five months that Rowden touts also featured a last day of session that was personified by frustration and the failure to approve some key bills. That includes one must-pass piece of legislation — a tax on medical providers that helps pay for Medicaid — that will guarantee a special session. It’s also prompted questions about the leadership in legislative chambers that could linger into 2022. Here are eight key takeaways from the legislative session and the impending special sessions that are likely before the year is over. Daniel Shular Missouri lawmakers toss paper into the air to commemorate the end of the 2021 legislative session. Persistence paid off Arguably the most significant aspect of the session was how […]

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