Missouri House Finishes Business After Senate Adjourns


Last week, the Missouri House took up numerous bills on Friday after the Senate adjourned for the session Thursday afternoon, passing two bills the MCC was tracking.  Those two bills were SB 683, which included language creating the prison nursery program, and SB 710, which extended the sunset date on the MO Rx program.  

The prison nursery program, introduced by Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) as HB 1897, allows the state to set up nurseries in women’s prisons so that the children of pregnant inmates can stay with their mothers after they are delivered. These programs have shown promise in reducing inmate recidivism, relieving infant anxiety, and promoting maternal well-being and a better prison environment. The MO Rx program provides funding for prescriptions for low-income seniors. The program was set to sunset this year, if not extended. State Rep. Mike Stephens (R-Bolivar) and Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) filed bills in the House and Senate to extend the sunset date on this important program.

May 20, 2022 - 2:04pm

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