Special Session Ends. Possibility of Another.

Almost a month ago, the Chamber reported on the Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address “violent crime” had taken yet another turn when the Missouri House of Representatives divided his six proposals into six separate bills. See our previous update for a detailed explanation of said six proposals. Although this process seemingly … Continued


Special Session Takes Special Time

On Monday, July 27th, the Missouri General Assembly gaveled in a Special Session called by Governor Mike Parson to address ‘violent crime.’ Although substantive work did not begin until after the August 4th Primary Election, the state Senate managed to pass the Governor’s reform package as an all-encompassing omnibus bill, Senate Bill 1. Meanwhile, the … Continued


Medicaid Expansion Passed

On Tuesday, August 4th Missouri became the 38th state to vote in favor of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This effort, endorsed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will make all adults in the state ages 19 to 65 whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or below eligible for Medicaid … Continued


Special Sessions & Violent Crime

A couple of weeks ago, Governor Mike Parson announced he would call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to convene on Monday, July 27th, to address ‘violent crime.’ The legislative priorities of this particular special session include six public safety-related issues meant to curb violent crime across Missouri. One proposal by the Governor’s … Continued


YesOn2: The Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Missouri Medicaid expansion

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, during a routine meeting, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse Medicaid expansion in Missouri. The Chamber has previously endorsed Medicaid expansion within its 2014 Legislative Agenda.   The board’s decision came from numerous factors including independent studies. States that have already enacted expansion have projected … Continued


What does the U.S. Census do?

The 2020 Census will be here before we know it. Its results will impact our community in a variety of ways. The census is conducted every ten years. The census is used to get a broader sense of the population in general. This information then is used to calculate the number of seats that each … Continued


Lunch with a Leader: Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe joined the Columbia Chamber of Commerce at The State Historical Society of Missouri for the November installment of our Lunch with a Leader series. Lunch with a Leader is a chance for our community to get face to face with our civic leaders, an opportunity that can be rare with our overhauled … Continued