Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar told The...

Police search Missouri lawmaker's land for missing woman

Aug. 13, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are searching property owned by Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler for a missing woman. The Cass County Sheriff Office said in a news release Tuesday that it's working with Overland Park, Kansas police in the search for Silvia Pearson. Hartzler spokesman Steve Walsh...

Nebraska bidder wins Wright-built house in Kansas City

Aug. 12, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bidder from Nebraska has paid $920,000 for a house designed and built by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that Heritage Auctions says the new owner wants to remain anonymous for now, but the bidder plans to honor the...

Ex-Walmart manager heads Missouri medical marijuana program

Aug. 2, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Like many elderly, frail people, Lyndall Fraker's parents spent their final days on a morphine drip, drugged into incoherence. Fraker, appointed in December to lead Missouri's medical marijuana program, wonders now what the family missed out on in those days — what his...

Kansas City lawmaker resigns to serve on city council

Jul. 31, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington has officially stepped down from the Missouri House. Ellington submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday. He's leaving to serve on the Kansas City Council. Voters first elected Ellington to the Missouri House in 2011. He would...

Missouri lawmaker dies 4 months after vehicle crash

Jul. 30, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri state Rep. Rebecca Roeber, who was seriously injured in a vehicle crash earlier this year, died Tuesday while on a vacation that had been intended to celebrate her recovery, her husband said. Roeber died in her sleep while vacationing with her extended family in Estes...

Missouri lawmaker resigns for St. Louis County policy job

Jul. 30, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic Missouri lawmaker is resigning to work for St. Louis County's new top executive official. Former Rep. Cora Faith Walker stepped down from her state House seat on Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ferguson resident is taking a job for new St. Louis...

Filing opposes release of lobbyist in Arkansas corruption

Jul. 27, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a former Arkansas lobbyist is a danger to society if he's released from a Missouri jail where he's awaiting sentencing in a corruption case involving former Arkansas lawmakers and the Missouri-based nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare. The Arkansas...

Lobbyist spending on Missouri lawmakers drops 94% after cap

Jul. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lobbyist spending on Missouri lawmakers has dropped by 94% since voters approved a $5 cap on gifts last year. A KCUR analysis of state data concludes that lobbyists spent less than $17,000 on lawmakers in this year's legislative session compared with last year's spending of about...

Missouri governor blocks repeal of motorcycle helmet law

Jul. 12, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday vetoed a bill that would have allowed some motorcycle riders to drive without helmets, citing opposition to an unrelated provision in the measure. The legislation would have repealed Missouri's helmet requirement for motorcycle riders who are...