Latest Missouri state government News

New Missouri law limits length of public health restrictions

Jun. 15, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson enacted a new law Tuesday limiting the duration of local public health restrictions and barring governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to use public facilities and transportation. The law took...

Former state senator to seek 4th District congressional seat

Jun. 15, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

LAMAR, Mo. (AP) — A former state lawmaker is the first candidate to announce a run for the U.S. House seat that will become open with Rep. Vicky Hartzler's decision to run for the U.S. Senate. The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that former...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 15, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Parson’s signature on gun bill violates US Constitution, makes Missourians less safe Missouri’s dangerous dance with anti-constitutionalism continued unabated Saturday, when Gov. Mike Parson signed the...

Motion filed to join lawsuit over Kansas City police funding

Jun. 14, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City filed a motion Monday that she said was intended to represent taxpayers in a lawsuit over proposals to change how part of the city's police department budget is spent. Gwen Grant said in a...

Schmitt closes Sunshine complaint against Missouri governor

Jun. 14, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general has closed an open-records complaint filed against Gov. Mike Parson, citing the Republican governor's office as a client. At issue is a complaint filed by a Missouri news agency after Parson's office refused to provide...

Missouri bill to ban enforcement of federal gun rules signed

Jun. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday signed a bill banning local police from enforcing federal gun rules, a change Democrats have predicted will be shot down in the courts. Parson signed the measure, which will penalize local...

Woman: Missouri lawmaker told her to deny allegations

Jun. 10, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri police officer campaigning for a state House seat last year repeatedly told a woman to deny that they had sex years ago while she was drunk and he was on duty, the woman says. Emily Orf, 26, spoke to The Associated Press...

Missouri GOP Rep. Hartzler officially joins Senate race

Jun. 10, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents a very conservative and mostly rural area of central and western Missouri in Congress, officially entered the crowded race Thursday for the Senate seat fellow conservative Roy Blunt is giving up once his term ends. ...

Department of Natural Resources director Carol Comer dies

Jun. 09, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died, state officials said Wednesday. The cause of death was not released. Comer announced in July 2019 that she had undergone two unsuccessful surgeries and was beginning...

State workers' union pushes back on return to office order

Jun. 09, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A union representing Missouri state workers is urging Gov. Mike Parson to make accommodations for state workers ordered last month to return to their offices, calling the directive “dangerous.” The St. Louis...