Highlights from the 2018 Missouri Legislature Impacting Children and Families

Speakers provided much information about actions of the 2018 Missouri Legislature impacting children and families at the annual Legislative Wrap-Up on May 24.

On the panel were:

From left, Jessica Seitz, Brian Colby, Linda Rallo, Brian Schmidt

Major legislative highlights include:

  • Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds
  • Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers with a substance abuse disorder
  • Extending the early childhood quality assurance pilot and providing funding
  • Requiring comprehensive background checks for early childhood providers

In the budget:

  • The school foundation formula was fully funded, which triggers implementation of the pre-K funding provision passed several years ago. State funding to public schools was increased by $98 million.