Fun fact/rumor that I've heard from a retired politico . . .
Did you know that the rate of gonorrhea detected by Missouri health officials in the sewer water of Jeff City rises by more than 500% during every legislative session???
This stat is hard to confirm but we're just going to assume its correct . . . Like that curious stat about the per capita LGBT population of Joplin.
Anyhoo . . . Here's a peek at this final political countdown . . .
After finishing work on the largest state budget in Missouri history last week, GOP super majorities in the House and Senate hope to begin ticking through election-year priorities before the final gavel falls on the 2022 session at 6 p.m. Friday.
From long-term goals — making it harder to change the constitution through the initiative petition process — to election-year additions to the agenda — blocking transgender students from participating on sports teams that match their gender identity — Republicans have all the votes they need to enact their vision for state government.
If they can get out of their own way.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .
Friday was the deadline under Missouri law for the General Assembly to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year. Legislators met the deadline in a series of bipartisan votes - funding education, health care and social services - totaling more than $49 billion.
Missouri lawmakers have until Friday at 6 p.m. to complete their work before adjourning for the year. // Photo by Tim Bommel/Missouri House Communications Missouri lawmakers enter the final week of the legislative session Monday with a laundry list of unfinished business and long-simmering tensions threatening to derail any hope of progress.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana use and allow ranked-choice voting in Missouri on Sunday both turned signatures they'd gathered to get the measures on ballots. In order to get a proposal on the ballot, campaigns need to collect enough voter signatures from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
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