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Democrats Will Push Gun Violence, Medicaid Issues During Special Legislative Session

State Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, requests to be recognized during the final day of the 2017 Missouri General Assembly session.
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State Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, requests to be recognized during the final day of the 2017 Missouri General Assembly session.

Legislators are headed back to Jefferson City on Monday to fix a car sales tax technicality raised by a Missouri Supreme Court decision in June, but Democrats will be working to put more items on the agenda. 

The recent spike in gun violence, particularly in St. Louis and Kansas City, needs immediate attention, said state Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield. As the minority party’s leader, she said Democrats plan to bring up the issue on the floor as well as try to file stricter gun control legislation. 

“Every day we’re seeing more and more people die in Missouri, and the conversation has to start. We can’t just wait because it’s too hard,” she said. “Missourian's lives are more important than something just being too hard.”

Gov. Mike Parson said dealing with gun control will not happen during the special session. He said the topic is too complicated to get anything accomplished in the limited time available. 

Despite her party filing bills, Quade said she is not hopeful they will see any action. 

“It’s up to the speaker what he refers,” she said. “I imagine only (the car sales tax) bill will be referred.” 

Several Democrats say they would also like to address why more than 100,000 people have been kicked off Medicaid. They’ve criticized Parson’s call for what many consider a minor issue. 

“This is a Supreme Court decision that we have every obligation to fix,” Parson said at a recent press conference about a different issue. “It’s just part of what you’re supposed to do as a legislator; it’s part of what I’m supposed to do as a governor whether you like the issues or not.”

Lawmakers will be in town for most of the week, with the special session running concurrently with the annual veto session. The special session is expected to cost around $16,000. 

Lawmakers are not expected to override any of Parson’s vetoes.


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Jaclyn Driscoll is the Jefferson City statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. She joined the politics team in 2019 after spending two years at the Springfield, Illinois NPR affiliate. Jaclyn covered a variety of issues at the statehouse for all of Illinois' public radio stations, but focused primarily on public health and agriculture related policy. Before joining public radio, Jaclyn reported for a couple television stations in Illinois and Iowa as a general assignment reporter.