Articles by Summer Ballentine

Missouri Auditor Alleges Rural Hospital Involved in Billing Scheme

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has released a report alleging a rural hospital under financial strain in northern Missouri billed insurance companies for lab tests that didn’t occur at the hospital and received a cut of payments funneled to another lab …

Missouri Bill Would Make it Harder for Employees to Sue for Discrimination

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the standard for workers to sue their employers for discrimination, a proposal that’s drawn support from pro-business groups and backlash from advocacy groups who say the change will allow intolerance to …

Missouri GOP Again Seeking to Limit Liability Lawsuits

With new Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ support, GOP lawmakers this year are pushing a collection of bills to limit liability lawsuits that supporters have praised as pro-business but critics have slammed as hindering access to the courts. The legislation …

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Loosen Gun Laws

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has used its supermajority to significantly loosen the state’s gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry …

Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Gun Rights

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a gun measure that would allow the concealed carry of firearms without a permit and expand residents’ rights to stand and fight against perceived threats — a move that could set up a battle …

Missouri Bill Requiring Rideshare Vehicle Insurance Advances

The Missouri House has advanced legislation that would impose statewide regulations on app-based ride-hailing services, a move companies Uber and Lyft support. House members voted 113-38 to give initial approval to a bill that would require companies to conduct background …

Gun Shop Liability Case Being Heard by Missouri Supreme Court

A lawyer for a Missouri mother who says a gun and pawn shop should be held accountable for selling her mentally ill daughter the gun she used to kill her own father challenged a claim that state and federal law …

Court Hears Challenge to Missouri Noneconomic Damage Limits

A lawyer for the family of a woman who died after a heart operation argued on Oct. 21 to the Missouri Supreme Court that state law limiting how much they can receive in damages is unconstitutional. The case could strike …

Missouri Sues Feds over Crop Insurance Report Extension

Missouri officials are pushing for an extension to file paperwork needed for farmers to receive crop insurance, coverage the governor and attorney general say is necessary amid heavy rainfall and flooding. Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit after the …

Missouri Bills Include Insurance Subsidies for Dairy, Agriculture

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed bills aimed at boosting Missouri’s dairy and $12.5 billion-a-year agriculture industries through insurance subsidies, scholarships, eased restrictions during parts of the year and other provisions meant to help crop and livestock farmers. One measure would …