Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Women complain about discriminatory jail screening policy

Jun. 4, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri county legislator has said her local jail has a sexist screening policy that requires any woman wearing an underwire bra to remove the lingerie before entering the facility — a claim the sheriff and corrections department director dispute. Jackson County legislator...

Veggie products face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana

Jun. 4, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bye-bye, cauliflower rice. Farewell, veggie sausage. See you later, chicken-free strips. Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being...

Missouri lawmakers can eat for free when giving speeches

Jun. 3, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are forbidden from accepting free meals worth more than $5 from lobbyists — unless they're giving an official speech at the dinner. Then it's OK. Free tickets to sports events such as St. Louis Cardinals or Kansas City Royals baseball games also are...

Missouri limits local regulations on large livestock farms

May. 31, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation preventing local officials from enacting more stringent regulations than the state on large farms that raise hogs, poultry and cattle. The Republican governor described the bill enacted Friday as "a big win for Missouri farmers,...

Missouri governor amassing campaign funds ahead of 2020

May. 30, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson hasn't announced whether he will seek a full term in 2020, but his fundraising outpaces that of those who were seeking the GOP nomination at this point in the 2016 race. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson has $3 million spread across two...

Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

May. 24, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28,...

Missouri governor gets most of his agenda

May. 18, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson laid out a relatively simple agenda when he began his first legislative session as the state's chief executive. Infrastructure and workforce development, he called it in his State of the State speech. When the session ended Friday, Parson had pretty much...

The Latest: Missouri Democratic lawmakers slam abortion bill

May. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's proposed ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Missouri Democratic lawmakers are slamming a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade says there's no liberty in Missouri when...

Missouri's GOP-led Legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

May. 17, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies,...

Missouri lawmakers OK $301M in bonds for bridge repairs

May. 17, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers approved a measure Friday that could authorize $301 million in bonds to repair 215 bridges across the state, allowing Gov. Mike Parson to make good on one of his top priorities just hours before wrapping up their annual session. The final version, however, was...