Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Missouri lawmakers push long prison sentences for fentanyl

Jan. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal opioid fentanyl. The House gave the bill initial approval in a voice vote. If passed, the bill would add fentanyl and two substances sometimes used to commit rape to...

Missouri lawmakers try again with voter ID after court loss

Jan. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers made a case to adopt stringent photo identification requirements for voting on Wednesday, just days after the state Supreme Court struck down key portions of a more lenient voter ID law as unconstitutional. Judges last week permanently blocked a central...

Missouri lawmakers discuss expanding police residency rules

Jan. 22, 2020 3:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to allow police in all Missouri municipalities to reside outside the cities where they live. A House bill initially introduced to lift the residency requirements for officers in St. Louis was expanded Tuesday to include all Missouri cities,...

FILE - In this March 31, 2016, file photo, State Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, left, works at his desk in the Senate chamber in Jefferson City, Mo. Onder, a Missouri lawmaker pitching a tough-on-crime bill, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, directed blame for a surge in violence in the state's biggest cities at factors including the sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and St. Louis' prosecutor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri lawmakers spar over how to handle spike in violence

Jan. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker pitching a tough-on-crime bill Tuesday directed blame for a surge in violence in the state's biggest cities at factors including the sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and St. Louis' prosecutor. Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder told a panel of...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

Missouri Senate confirms 2 Democratic colleagues to new jobs

Jan. 16, 2020 1:17 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators from Kansas City are leaving to take executive branch jobs. The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointments of Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and Sen. Jason Holsman to the Missouri...

Rep. Cleaver's opponent apologizes for Cosby-related tweet

Jan. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri in this year's primary has apologized for incorrectly accusing the incumbent of having a picture of disgraced comedian Bill Cosby under his desk. Maite Salazar, of Kansas City, last week retweeted a post that showed a...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 14, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 12 Missouri —and more specifically, Jefferson City — has had a love-hate relationship with gambling. In 1984, state voters authorized the Missouri Lottery, making it the 23rd statewide lottery. A decade later, both city and state voters approved riverboat...

Oscar nomination for film about Missouri activist Franks

Jan. 13, 2020 12:17 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A documentary about Missouri activist and former state representative Bruce Franks Jr. was nominated Monday for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. “St. Louis Superman,” follows the story of Franks Jr., of St. Louis, who became well known during protests in...