Rallying with one of the largest crowds of the year, Gov. Nixon urged activists to implore reluctant lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage.
On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on gay marriage, nearly 100 gay rights supporters rallied at Missouri’s Capitol.
St. Louis resident Kelly O’Connell says her son died because whomever was with him was too afraid to call police when her son overdosed.
The Democrats’ bill is not expected to pass. But Republican Rep. Jay Barnes plans to introduce his own Medicaid proposal.
The leader of a Missouri House committee says she’ll reschedule a 6:45 a.m. hearing after opponents of the measure complained.
The GOP won control of the Senate a dozen years ago and now holds veto-proof majorities in both chambers.
More than 19,000 people from 23 countries visited the old Missouri State Penitentiary in 2012, generating about $275,000 in revenue.
The 14-member panel was created under a 2011 state law. Members included legislators, advocates, law enforcement and officials from school districts.
Republican legislative leaders are preparing for the 2013 session, in which they will hold veto-proof majorities in both House and Senate.
The governor needs to persuade only a little over a third of legislators to vote with him when they return to the Capitol on Sept. 12.