Latest Missouri state government News

4 controversial new appointees pulled from funeral board

Jan. 27, 2022 14:52 PM EST

The appointments of four new members to a state board that oversees funeral homes are being withdrawn amid an inspection controversy that has prompted one lawmaker to introduce legislation that would shift some duties away from the board. Gov. Mike Parson appointed the new members...

Missouri Senate divided on congressional redistricting

Jan. 26, 2022 20:55 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans in the Missouri Senate negotiated behind closed doors for hours Wednesday over how to divvy up the state's eight congressional districts based on the latest census data. Senate Republicans are divided between a plan that could continue...

Missouri AG opposes release of man convicted of murder

Jan. 26, 2022 14:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has asked the state Supreme Court not to release a man who has spent nearly 20 years in prison for a murder that he and his supporters say he did not commit. Keith Carnes, 51, has been in prison since he was convicted...

Missouri panel OKs recall options for school board members

Jan. 26, 2022 12:49 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill establishing a recall procedure for local school board members advanced out of a Missouri House committee Tuesday as that bill and others targeting school boards have gained early momentum. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bills come...

Missouri redistricting plan speeds toward Senate debate

Jan. 25, 2022 17:26 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to redraw Missouri's eight U.S. House districts is speeding toward an expected divisive debate in the state Senate, where some conservative Republicans want to further bend the district boundaries to their advantage. A Senate committee on...

Missouri AG's mask mandate suits draw some strong rebukes

Jan. 25, 2022 16:23 PM EST

Forty-five mask-requiring school districts in Missouri face lawsuits from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and some school leaders and elected officials are questioning if he really has the best interest of the state at heart. Schmitt on Friday filed suit seeking to halt 36 districts...

Missouri GOP, businesses divided over vaccine rules

Jan. 25, 2022 16:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans and business groups clashed during a Tuesday state House hearing over more than a dozen bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers. Republican Missouri lawmakers are typically closely aligned with business interests. But...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jan. 25, 2022 15:43 PM EST

Jefferson City News Tribune. January 22, 2022. Editorial: Massive spending proposal would help state, but at what cost? Christmas may be over, but Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had the enviable role of playing Santa Claus this past week. Like the Jolly Old...

Appeals court rules against Kim Gardner in open records case

Jan. 25, 2022 14:43 PM EST

ST. LOUS (AP) — The Missouri Court of Appeals at St. Louis on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office violated the state's open records law by not producing records sought by a conservative journalist. In 2020, St. Louis Circuit Court...

Gov. Parson wants to create new flood response agency

Jan. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson wants to spend $10.4 million to create a new office that would help the state better prepare for floods and drought. Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Connie Patterson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that...