Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. He helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.

Missouri medical malpractice damage caps upheld by state Supreme Court

By: - July 23, 2021

Limits on the amount of damages someone can recover in medical malpractice cases for pain and suffering do not violate Missouri’s constitution, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.  In a 5-1 decision, the court determined that the legislature had the authority to enact a 2015 law limiting non-economic damages to $400,000 for personal injury and […]

Kansas lawyer, Missouri medical marijuana companies fill coffers of pro-Parson PAC

By: - July 21, 2021

The political action committee created to support Missouri Gov. Mike Parson raised $56,000 at an April fundraiser organized by individuals and companies that have been awarded lucrative medical marijuana licenses by the state.  The haul from the April 27 event was disclosed last week in the quarterly report filed by the Uniting Missouri PAC.  Parson, […]

After $400K in attorney fees, Missouri governor hires new lawyer in Confide lawsuit

By: - July 19, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has brought on a new private attorney to represent his office in litigation dating back to his predecessor over the use of an app that automatically deletes text messages after they’ve been read.  Scott Pool, a Jefferson City attorney, will take over for the Bryan Cave law firm, which since 2018 […]

Caleb Rowden met with NRCC about potential Missouri Congressional run

By: - July 14, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee about a possible run for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. Rowden, R-Columbia, has been openly mulling joining the already crowded field to replace U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who announced she was running for the U.S. Senate […]

Gov. Parson set to sign bills on school choice, police chokeholds, gas tax hike

By: - July 12, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will hopscotch the state this week signing bills into law ranging from private school scholarships to a gas tax increase to a ban on certain police chokeholds. The flurry of signings mark the final official acts of the 2021 legislative session.  Perhaps the highest profile bill Parson plans to sign this […]

Jay Nixon plans to headline Clay County Democrat event, fueling Senate speculation

By: - July 12, 2021

While Democrats hoping to capture the party’s 2022 U.S. Senate nomination scramble to raise their profile, and the Republican field increasingly looking like a scrum, Jay Nixon is waiting quietly in the wings.  A Democrat who served two terms as governor and four as attorney general, Nixon began fielding calls from national party leaders the […]

Tax relief for Missouri medical marijuana businesses vetoed by Gov. Parson

By: - July 9, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson vetoed legislation Friday that would have lifted a prohibition on licensed medical marijuana companies deducting business expenses on their taxes. In his letter vetoing the measure, Parson didn’t mention the medical marijuana provisions. He said his decision to reject the bill came down to a section lawmakers included that would have provided […]

Missouri AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

By: - July 1, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision blocking a state law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which was approved by state lawmakers in 2019, also criminalizes abortions if they are being sought solely because […]

Rep. Bruce DeGroot

Governor signs bill enacting new oversight over Missouri clean energy loan program

By: - June 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed legislation enacting new consumer protections for a clean energy loan program that has drawn criticism that it disproportionately harms borrowers in predominantly Black neighborhoods. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bruce DeGroot of Ellisville, targets the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or PACE program. Under the bill, the program […]

Judge rejects residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

By: - June 28, 2021

A federal judge last week blocked Missouri from enforcing a requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that the residency requirement violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that legalized medical marijuana requires facilities to […]

Federal judge grants release to Missouri man in prison for marijuana crimes

By: - June 25, 2021

After spending 12 years in prison, Eric McCauley has been granted compassionate release by a federal judge. McCauley, of Columbia, was convicted of four counts of marijuana trafficking and 26 counts of money laundering as part of his role in distributing marijuana in Boone County. The nonprofit Weldon Project, which advocates for those serving prison […]

Divide among Missouri Republicans threatens to upend special session on Medicaid tax

By: - June 24, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and GOP legislative leaders were gathered on a conference call Tuesday morning, with little time to spare.  The governor had set a noon deadline for lawmakers to strike a deal on a tax that provides $2 billion for Missouri’s Medicaid program. If they didn’t, he vowed deep cuts across the board […]