Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

2 Missouri measures could halt local rules over large farms

Apr. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Measures advancing in the Missouri Legislature would limit the scope of rules that local governments can slap on large animal feeding operations. House lawmakers on Thursday voted 101-42 to pass a bill to give county sheriffs and federal or state agencies with authority over...

Speaker: Discipline done for Missouri lawmaker over rumor

Apr. 19, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's House speaker says he doesn't plan on taking further action to discipline a House member who was investigated for sexual harassment . Republican Speaker Elijah Haahr on Thursday said he is following the House Ethics Committee's recommendations on Rep. Rocky Miller, a...

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

Apr. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project...

Missouri House votes to undo law on attorney general's home

Apr. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has voted to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general. House members voted 135-17 Thursday to change a state law dictating that Missouri's top attorney live in the "seat of government." That's been interpreted by some to mean the capital,...

Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate

Apr. 18, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual assault and harassment hit a roadblock in the state Senate Wednesday, raising questions about its chances of passing this year. At issue is how schools handle alleged violations of Title IX, a...

Bid to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri

Apr. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in the Missouri House. Missouri law currently makes possession of 35 grams of marijuana or less a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Republican...

Lawmakers upset with Missouri-Kansas City chancellor

Apr. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for the resignation of University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal over what they say was his inadequate response to the disruption of a conservative speaker's appearance last week. Lawmakers also threatened to...

Bill could force sale of state park in southern Missouri

Apr. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed a measure that could force the state to sell a new state park in southern Missouri. The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would require the sale of Eleven Point State Park in Oregon County. Former Gov. Jay Nixon announced the creation of...

Missouri House backs filing fees for initiative petitions

Apr. 17, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sponsors of initiative petitions would have to pay a fee to the state under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House as a way to reign in the number of measures proposed for the ballot. The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would charge a $350 filing fee on each...

Missouri bill would undo law on where attorney general lives

Apr. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are trying to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general. Lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill to change a state law dictating that Missouri's top attorney live in the "seat of government." That's been interpreted by some to...