Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Missouri abortion opponents seek more restrictions in 2022

Dec. 03, 2021 13:00 PM EST

Missouri legislators who oppose legal abortion are preparing an aggressive list of bills for the 2022 General Assembly that convenes in January. Proposals include requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion and raising criminal penalties for illegal...

Longtime political consultant gets probation in tax case

Dec. 02, 2021 12:31 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A longtime Missouri Republican political consultant and lobbyist was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation for a federal tax crime. David Barklage was indicted in April for failing to report $443,633 in income from 2012 through 2014. The...

Missouri lawmaker resigns for job as state child advocate

Nov. 30, 2021 18:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker resigned to take over as director of the state's child services watchdog agency, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Wilson and GOP Gov. Mike Parson named...

Partisan tensions flare on Missouri redistricting panels

Nov. 20, 2021 11:43 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Partisan tensions have been flaring on a pair of commissions in charge of redrawing Missouri's state House and Senate districts, with Democrats and Republicans at odds over their interactions with the public. The disagreements have raised...

State senator from Sullivan announces bid for U.S. Senate

Nov. 16, 2021 15:02 PM EST

SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri state senator is joining the long list of Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Roy Blunt. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Dave Schatz, who is from Sullivan and is president pro tem of the state...

Missouri attorney general reviewing claims against lawmaker

Nov. 04, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge appointed Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt as a special prosecutor to consider criminal charges against a state lawmaker accused of having sex with a drunk woman while on duty as a cop years ago, Schmitt's office confirmed Thursday. ...

Missouri lawmaker Tom Hannegan dies of stroke

Oct. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican state Rep. Tom Hannegan died Wednesday of a stroke at age 51, his campaign treasurer said. “The community has suffered a great loss,” said Hannegan’s campaign treasurer, Scott Mell. Voters elected...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Oct. 12, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 7, 2021. Editorial: Johnson County GOP chair resigns after colleague alleges he grabbed her Just days after we reported on allegations Johnson County GOP Chair Fabian Shepard grabbed and kissed the Wyandotte County...

Missouri lawmaker demands explanation for stalled program

Oct. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is demanding to know why a program that would pay parents of disabled children to care for them at home hasn't yet started. Sen. Brian Williams, a University City Democrat, wrote to Budget Director Dan Haug on Thursday,...

State officials grilled over report on missing foster kids

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday grilled state officials over a federal investigation that found nearly 1,000 foster children went missing in 2019, and at least one was sex-trafficked. Federal authorities helped Missouri search for the missing 978...