Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

A person covers their face with a scarf while walking down the street Monday, April 6, 2020, in University City, Mo. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri budget chief blames huge revenue drop on virus

Apr. 6, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As Missouri lawmakers prepare to consider emergency funding in response to the coronavirus crisis, the state's budget director on Monday offered more evidence of the pandemic's toll on the economy. Budget Director Dan Haug said net general revenue collections for March dropped 4.2%...

James Dundon with R&R Sanitation maintains a portable hand washing station Friday, March 20, 2020, in St. Louis. The stations have been placed around the city in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

2 new coronavirus deaths reported in Missouri on Friday

Mar. 20, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two more Missourians died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday, and the number of confirmed cases of the illness nearly doubled in one day. St. Louis County officials said a woman in her 60s, who suffered from multiple health problems prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19,...

Eat-Rite Diner's Sarah Williams had cooked for only two take-out customers by nightfall in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Elective procedures at St. Louis-area hospitals put on hold

Mar. 19, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hospitals in the St. Louis area are cancelling all elective procedures starting Monday in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Several hospital systems, including BJC HealthCare, SSM Health, Mercy and St. Luke's, announced the suspension of elective procedures on...

Recent Missouri editorials

Mar. 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, March 15 Last year, we urged Gov. Mike Parson to veto a bill that would have allowed motorcyclists to ride without helmets, effectively erasing the state's helmet law. Last year, we urged Gov. Mike Parson to veto a bill that would have allowed motorcyclists to ride without...

Missouri bill would limit public meeting access in outbreaks

Mar. 16, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would allow state and local governments to restrict access to public meetings during contagious illness outbreaks such as the coronavirus. A House committee voted 12-2 for the legislation, which is aimed at reducing the spread of...

A Washington University engineering student, who declined identification, removes his belongings from his dormitory at the school in St. Louis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, to move back home to Ballwin, Mo. A few other students on the South Danforth campus were doing the same as dorms were set to shutter Sunday from fear of the coronavirus. Students on spring break were told not to return to campus and to continue their classes online. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri has second coronavirus case as cancellations grow

Mar. 12, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has recorded a second case of the novel coronavirus, officials said Thursday, as events were cancelled across the state because of concerns over COVID-19. The person is in the early 20s and had recently traveled to Austria, Gov. Mike Parson said at a news conference in...

The Missouri Senate chamber sits empty on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Jefferson City, Missouri, after senators adjourned for the day and announced they would not reconvene in a full session until at least March 30 because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Officials in state capitols across the country have been announcing new precautions intended to guard against the spread of the disease. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Photo by David A. Lieb)

Coronavirus concerns disrupt work at US state capitols

Mar. 12, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mounting concerns about the coronarvirus spread to state capitols across the country Thursday, as some lawmakers halted their sessions, shut out the public and scrambled to finish work on essential spending bills to keep government going. Even in states with few confirmed cases...

Missouri could be final state to track prescription opioids

Mar. 12, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Thursday took a pivotal step toward becoming the final state to adopt a statewide prescription opioid tracking database, despite years of resistance to the idea by some Republicans. State senators voted 21-10 to pass a House bill to create a database that...

Missouri launches coronavirus hotline as cancellations mount

Mar. 11, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri on Wednesday launched a 24-hour hotline staffed by medical professionals for people seeking guidance on the new coronavirus, as cancellations mounted at universities and the state Capitol because of concerns over the disease. Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden...

Jack Buechner, a former GOP congressman from Missouri, dies

Mar. 11, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Buechner, a suburban St. Louis Republican who served for four years in the U.S. House, has died. He was 79. FMC, the association of Former Members of Congress, said in a news release that Buechner died Friday at a hospital in Washington, D.C. He was 79. No cause of death was listed....