Latest Missouri state government News

Missouri bill to ban enforcement of federal gun rules signed

Jun. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday signed a bill banning local police from enforcing federal gun rules, a change Democrats have predicted will be shot down in the courts. Parson signed the measure, which will penalize local...

Woman: Missouri lawmaker told her to deny allegations

Jun. 10, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri police officer campaigning for a state House seat last year repeatedly told a woman to deny that they had sex years ago while she was drunk and he was on duty, the woman says. Emily Orf, 26, spoke to The Associated Press...

Missouri GOP Rep. Hartzler officially joins Senate race

Jun. 10, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents a very conservative and mostly rural area of central and western Missouri in Congress, officially entered the crowded race Thursday for the Senate seat fellow conservative Roy Blunt is giving up once his term ends. ...

Department of Natural Resources director Carol Comer dies

Jun. 09, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died, state officials said Wednesday. The cause of death was not released. Comer announced in July 2019 that she had undergone two unsuccessful surgeries and was beginning...

State workers' union pushes back on return to office order

Jun. 09, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A union representing Missouri state workers is urging Gov. Mike Parson to make accommodations for state workers ordered last month to return to their offices, calling the directive “dangerous.” The St. Louis...

Federal appeals court blocks sweeping Missouri abortion law

Jun. 09, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments in September...

Missouri governor: Pardon of 4-decade inmate not a priority

Jun. 09, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says addressing the clemency petition for a man who’s been behind bars for a triple murder for more than four decades is not a “priority,” even though prosecutors say he didn't commit the crime. ...

Parson replaces administrative judge who heard abortion case

Jun. 08, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has replaced the administrative law judge who ruled against the state health department in a significant abortion case. In 2020, Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi turned aside Missouri's effort to close the state's...

Missouri to become final state to adopt medication database

Jun. 07, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill Monday to make Missouri the final state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring database aimed at flagging possible opioid misuse. Missouri for years has been the only state without such a program...

GOP House leader asks Parson to pardon Kansas City inmate

Jun. 04, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican House member said Friday he and other state lawmakers will ask Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to pardon Kevin Strickland, who has spent more than 40 years in prison for a triple murder that prosecutors now say he did not commit. Rep....