Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials' power

Jan. 20, 2021 6:41 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators in Missouri on Wednesday debated ways to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. One proposal would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public...

Another Missouri lawmaker gets COVID-19 as House halts work

Jan. 19, 2021 2:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another Missouri lawmaker said she has tested positive for COVID-19, as the House called off its session to try to stem an outbreak of the virus in the Capitol building. The House, which normally would be in session Tuesday, canceled its work for the entire week after learning...

Missouri law raising adult age for crimes to 18 not used

Jan. 19, 2021 12:58 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Most county prosecutors in Missouri are not following a new law that raised the age for being charged as an adult in criminal cases from 17 to 18. Prosecutors say they can't implement the change because the Missouri Legislature did not provide funding for juvenile courts and...

Missouri House cancels work as lawmakers sickened with virus

Jan. 15, 2021 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House canceled work next week because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the Capitol. “Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the building, we are exercising an abundance of caution to protect members, staff, and visitors by canceling session next...

State Rep. Wiley Price IV, D-St. Louis, takes his seat on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, after being sworn into Missouri's 100th legislative session at the Jefferson City, Mo., Capitol building. The Ethics Committee launched an investigation of Price, a St. Louis Democrat, after a staffer reported that he admitted to having sex with the intern after a party at a local bar in January.  The Ethics Committee found the staffer's report credible and on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, gave Price until Wednesday afternoon to resign. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri House denounces lawmaker for alleged harassment

Jan. 13, 2021 5:19 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House for the first time in history on Wednesday formally denounced a lawmaker accused of having sex with an intern, threatening a staffer to keep quiet and then lying while under investigation. The GOP-led House voted 140-3 to censure Democratic Rep. Wiley Price,...

Missouri House adds rules to allow virtual feedback on bills

Jan. 12, 2021 4:29 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri state House on Tuesday adopted new rules to allow the public to weigh in on proposed bills virtually in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new rule is one of several approved by the Republican-led House as lawmakers begin their annual session under the cloud of the...

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol gather outside the state Capitol on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, as final preparations are made for the inauguration of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

Missouri Capitol boosts security as lawmakers cite concerns

Jan. 12, 2021 4:27 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House approved new police powers for its security staff Tuesday, and extra law enforcement officers were called to help at the Capitol amid concerns that recent violence at the U.S. Capitol could spread to statehouses nationwide. The FBI has warned of plans for armed...

Missouri House Democrats, labor union urge Hawley's ouster

Jan. 12, 2021 2:51 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Josh Hawley faced more calls for his resignation Tuesday from Democrats and a labor union in his home state of Missouri. Hawley was a leader of efforts to challenge the presidential 2020 election results and voted to question the Electoral College count, even...

Bill to ban police chokeholds shows promise in Missouri

Jan. 10, 2021 11:11 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A proposed ban on police chokeholds is gaining traction in the Republican-led Missouri Legislature despite years of inaction on police accountability following Michael Brown's death in Ferguson. Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan, a leader on criminal justice policy, said he's partnering...

In this photo provided by the Missouri House of Representatives, Missouri state Rep. Justin Hill speaks on the Missouri House floor during debate on May 13, 2020, in Jefferson City, Mo. Hill, who won re-election, skipped his own inaugural ceremonies on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Missouri Capitol to instead attend a rally with President Donald Trump in the nation's capital. Hill traveled to Washington to encourage Congress not to accept the electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden from several states. (Tim Bommel/Missouri House of Representatives via AP)

Missouri lawmaker skips own inaugural to attend Trump rally

Jan. 7, 2021 4:15 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — While most of his colleagues were being sworn into office at the Missouri Capitol, Republican state Rep. Justin Hill was in the nation's capital encouraging Congress to reject President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. Hill said he met Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Jason...