Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Top bills fail in Missouri governor's special crime session

Sep. 16, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson's contested proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases failed Wednesday when the GOP-led House finished a special session focused on curbing violent crime without taking action on the bill. The bill...

Senate passes bill targeting Black St. Louis prosecutor

Sep. 3, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A faction of Republican lawmakers forced a bill through the Senate early Thursday morning that would give the Missouri attorney general power to prosecute St. Louis homicides, a move widely seen as a rebuke of the city's first Black prosecutor. Senators voted 22-8 to pass the bill,...

Police say child younger than 10 shot in Kansas City

Sep. 3, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in were investigating the shooting of a young child near Oak Park in Kansas City. The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday, when a girl younger than 10 was shot in the leg as she was getting out of a car to play in the park, police said in a news release. Police said the...

Missouri bill would end St. Louis police residency rule

Sep. 3, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis police, firefighters and other first responders no longer would have to live in that city under a bill headed to Gov. Mike Parson's desk. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-5 to pass the measure, which would end a decades-long requirement that police live in St. Louis. St. Louis...

Bill to allow police to live outside St. Louis advances

Sep. 1, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri senators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would temporarily end a decades-long requirement that St. Louis police live in the city. The Senate's public safety committee voted 5-2 in favor of the measure, which would lift the residency requirement for police,...

Missouri House passes bills on crime, giving guns to kids

Aug. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri state House on Tuesday passed legislation to end the misdemeanor crime of giving guns to children without their parents' permission, along with a number of other bills aimed at addressing violent crime. Republican Gov. Mike Parson had asked lawmakers to do the opposite...

Bill would allow giving guns to minors without parent OK

Aug. 24, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would legally allow people to give firearms to children without their parents' permission after the governor had initially sought to increase the penalty for the crime. “Recklessly” giving guns to minors without parents'...

Missouri lawmaker sued after family moves out of district

Aug. 21, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Democrat campaigning for suburban St. Louis Republican Rep. Nick Schroer's seat filed a lawsuit arguing that he should be disqualified because he moved out of his district. Schroer and his wife sold their O'Fallon home in May and bought a new one in Defiance, the St. Louis...

Missouri prosecutors oppose expanding attorney general power

Aug. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prosecutors on Wednesday came out against Republican Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to give the state attorney general the power to prosecute St. Louis homicides. Leaders of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in a statement wrote that prosecutors “stand...

FILE - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. A proposal by the Republican governor to give the attorney general the power to prosecute murders in St. Louis is spurring backlash. Parson's directive was widely seen as criticism of St. Louis' first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Parson has said the goal is to help combat a surge in violent crime. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says Republicans are trying to undermine Gardner. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Missouri bill targeting Black prosecutor spurs backlash

Aug. 12, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s contested call to give the attorney general the power to prosecute homicides in St. Louis has spurred backlash and led state lawmakers to delay work on crime legislation he wants. Parson on Monday asked lawmakers working on sweeping crime bill to...