Olivia Sklenka

Olivia Sklenka

Olivia Sklenka is a state government reporter for the Columbia Missourian.

Tensions rise at Missouri Senate hearing over proposed Kansas City landfill

By: - April 12, 2023

Discussion of proposed legislation combating a possible landfill near Kansas City drew over 60 people to the Missouri Capitol on Tuesday to support bills establishing stricter restrictions regarding solid waste disposal permits. Bold, black letters spelling out “kill the fill” contrasted against the bright, white shirts of several community members filling seats in the Senate […]

Missouri House committee passes postpartum extension without anti-abortion amendment

By: - March 1, 2023

The expansion of Medicaid benefits for postpartum women was unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday afternoon. Current law limits Medicaid benefits for postpartum women to 60 days after pregnancy ends. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bishop Davidson, R-Republic, would extend the timeline of full Medicaid benefits to one year following the end of pregnancy. […]