A southwest Missouri lawmaker is no longer a member of a caucus of ultra conservatives. Joplin-area Senator Jill Carter has dropped out of the Missouri Freedom Caucus.

For more than 40 hours this week, the caucus blocked a vote on a hospital and healthcare provider tax bill to help fund much of Missouri’s Medicaid costs. Carter did not participate in the blockade.

In a social media statement, Carter said her decision was not made lightly, but it was made with the best interests of her constituents at heart.

“Over the past few months, it has become increasingly clear that the values and priorities that some current members of the Missouri State Freedom Caucus profess to champion are not reflected in conversations, behaviors or their strategy. While I remain loyal to the same conservative principles and the advancement of legislation that benefits our state and my constituents, I can no longer, in good conscience, be part of behaviors, and actions behind the scenes that defames grassroots, and violates the needs of my constituents,” she said in part.

Missourinet has contacted three members of the caucus requesting a response. Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, provided this statement:

“Being a Conservative Fighter against the Jeff City swamp and Uniparty is not for everyone. I wish Senator Carter nothing but the best in her new path forward,” he said.

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