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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to tour the state to talk with voters and community leaders about legislative issues.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe just finished his third regular legislative session. Kehoe sponsored several bills, including a couple of major proposals that, ultimately, drew vote-stopping, filibuster opposition from members of his own party.
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, whose district includes parts of Cole and Callaway Counties, said the Second Injury Fund was a major issue to accomplish, but her priority — legislation to repair and renovate Fulton State Hospital — was attached to bonding legislation that died in the Senate.
This session, area lawmakers proposed some bills successfully, like a name change for Linn State, while other bills failed, such as allowing a surcharge on investor-owned electric company bills.
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature’s 6 p.m. deadline Friday afternoon, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status for security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
Missouri lawmakers revamped four of the state's main business incentives before adjourning on the final day of their legislative session, but failed before Friday's 6 p.m. deadline to pass a broader measure that would have scaled back costly tax credits for developers.
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill clarifying the way a vacancy is filled in the office of lieutenant governor.
Missouri lawmakers have Gov. Jay Nixon legislation closing a loophole in the state's mandatory child abuse reporting law.
People convicted of committing sexual crimes when they're 17 or younger would not appear on Missouri's public website of sex offenders under legislation heading to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation consolidating four of the state's business incentives. The newly created Missouri Works program would be modeled after the current Quality Jobs program, which would come to an end.
Prosecutors in Missouri could use evidence of past criminal behavior in child sex abuse prosecutions under a proposed state constitutional amendment approved Friday by the state Legislature.
Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a measure restoring expired exemptions to the state’s open-records law.
A bill passed in the closing hours of Missouri’s legislative session Friday could patch a hole in the state budget for early childhood programs and some health care initiatives.
State employees in Missouri could keep firearms in their vehicles on state property under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Parents could give up their babies without legal consequences up to 45 days after birth under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.