Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Lawmakers to consider ending tax break for seniors who rent

Feb. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri want to end a tax break for low-income senior citizens who live in rental housing, marking the latest attempt by the GOP-led Legislature to limit benefits for the elderly and disabled. Republican Sen. Wayne Wallingford is sponsoring a measure...

Missouri bill would require free tampons in prisons

Feb. 19, 2019 1:16 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Women in Missouri prisons could get free access to tampons and sanitary napkins under a bill moving through the state House. House members in a Tuesday voice vote gave initial approval to the proposal . St. Louis-area Democratic Rep. Tracy McCreery pitched the idea as an...

Missouri House moves bill to revamp minimum sentencing laws

Feb. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House is advancing a bill that would largely undo mandatory minimum sentencing laws. House members gave the measure initial approval in a voice vote Tuesday. It needs another vote of approval to move to the Senate. The legislation would allow judges to ignore...

Missouri prisons, jails closer to becoming no-drone zones

Feb. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drones would be grounded near state correctional facilities under legislation that has received initial approval in the House. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that pilots could be charged with a felony if they drop weapons or drugs, or if they use a drone to help an inmate...

Tax incentive bill passes Missouri House, stalls in Senate

Feb. 18, 2019 7:23 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to expand a Missouri tax incentive program for businesses has passed the state House but is meeting pushback in the Senate. A bill to allow the Department of Economic Development to dole out tax credits to businesses sooner passed the House 136-29 on Monday. A similar...

25 years later, Missouri hazing death consequences remain

Feb. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Twenty-five years after Michael Davis died from injuries suffered in a brutal fraternity hazing ritual at Southeast Missouri State University, his death still has far-reaching consequences. Davis was pledging the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity when he died from internal bleeding on...

Abortion bill could cost Missouri $7B in Medicaid funding

Feb. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr on Thursday called a bill to ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected a priority, but a Democratic leader cautioned that enacting it could blow a massive hole in Missouri's budget. An estimate by legislative researchers puts the...

Senate bill would close some Missouri lawmaker records

Feb. 12, 2019 3:23 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill proposed by a Missouri state senator would close a number of lawmaker emails and other records from public access. Sen. Ed Emery on Tuesday pitched the bill to a Senate committee. The Lamar Republican's proposal comes after voters in November approved a constitutional...

Bill would tweak voter-approved Missouri redistricting plan

Feb. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is seeking to tweak a voter-approved redistricting measure by allowing the public to submit suggestions to a state demographer responsible for drawing new districts. The "Clean Missouri" constitutional amendment approved last November creates a new position of...

Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking

Feb. 11, 2019 6:52 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill to create a monitoring program to track prescriptions for opioids. House members voted 103-53 Monday in favor of the bill . It now heads to the Senate, where past efforts have met pushback. The legislation would allow doctors and pharmacists...