Recap of Missouri lawmakers working to meet the deadline

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — This legislative session has had unexpected twists due to the coronavirus.

Lawmakers have tacked on amendments to bills in a desperate attempt to meet the May 15 deadline.

And now some are acknowledging they don’t know all the details, and some will be unconstitutional.

“I think we need to a little bit cautious about what we’re doing when we’re trying to close down information that might be available to the public and to the press,” Rep. Tracy McCreery, D-Olivette, said.

“Don’t get caught having done something that could have been done better and maybe lasted for a long time,” Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, said.

Here’s a few takeaways.

  • A bill to ban vaping products in schools passed.
  • A prescription drug monitoring program failed.

Bill opponents have privacy concerns and say many counties already have their own programs. Missouri will remain the only state without a PDMP.

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