|1-17-17 House makes good on Speaker's promise: gift ban proposal first out of gate|
House Bill 60 is sponsored by Hermann Republican Justin Alferman. He said its goal is to ban the giving of, “individually, personally consumable gifts,” to legislators.
|1-12-17 House budget committee warned of impending fiscal challenges|
The Missouri House Budget Committee was given a wake-up call in its first hearing. First-year chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Poplar Bluff) explained to its members the challenges they will face in crafting the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
|1-12-17 Missouri House asked to reject pay hike for legislators, statewide office holders|
The Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials recommended in its December 1 report an increase in pay over the next two years of five-percent for Representatives and Senators, and of eight-percent for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Auditor.
|1-11-17 Legislator exploring ways to improve state employee benefits even if pay hike not possible for FY '18|
The Missouri legislature could have a difficult time building a pay increase for state employees into the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, but there are other things it could consider to improve those employees’ benefits.
|1-9-17 House proposal to ban lobbyist gifts advances through first committee|
A state House proposal aimed at banning gifts from lobbyists to elected officials has taken its first step toward debate by the full chamber.
|1-5-17 House committees to deep dive into Missouri business regulations and licensing|
House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) announced in his opening day address that he’s instructed the House Committee on Government Efficiency and the House Committee on Professional Registration & Licensing to review regulations and licensing requirements on Missouri businesses.
|12-28-16 Proposal to increase minimum age for marriage aims to fight sex trafficking|
Manchester Republican Jean Evans’ prefiled legislation would increase from 15 to 17 the minimum age at which a person can receive a marriage license.
|12-15-16 Bill for 2017 would expand newborn screenings to include two genetic diseases|
The legislature will be asked in 2017 to expand screenings of newborns in Missouri to look for two more life-threatening diseases.
|12-08-16 Speaker Richardson previews the 2017 session in the Missouri House (VIDEO)|
Labor, tort, education, ethics, and regulatory reforms will be among the focuses of the Missouri House Republican supermajority in the 2017 legislative session.
|12-07-16 Missouri House to investigate reports of harassment within Department of Corrections|
The state House of Representatives will investigate reports of harassment within the state Department of Corrections, which has reportedly victimized numerous employees and cost the state millions in legal settlements.
|12-02-16 House Budget Chairman not optimistic going into FY '18 budget process|
Shell Knob Republican Scott Fitzpatrick said when Governor-Elect Eric Greitens (R) delivers his budget proposal next month, it could call for little more than covering things the state is mandated to pay.
|12-01-16 Gift ban proposal re-filed for 2017; sponsor expects better chance of passage under Governor-Elect Greitens|
The sponsor of a key ethics reform proposal that the House passed in 2016 believes it has a stronger chance of becoming law in 2017. He also expects Missourians' perception of their legislature to be better under new ethics laws and personal behavior policies.
|12-01-16 Trio of public safety bills filed; sponsor says one could help prevent incidents like 2015 drowning in water patrol custody|
One bill would increase by $1-million funding for the Water Patrol division, which Rep. Kathie Conway said would among other things, improve trooper training.
|11-17-16 Representative to propose tougher gun restrictions for domestic abusers|
Representative Donna Lichtenegger will propose mirroring Missouri law to a 1997 federal restriction on the ownership, possession, purchase, or sale of firearms by those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors or who have orders of protection against them.
|11-16-16 Task Force on Human Trafficking preparing recommendations for 2017 legislative session|
The group was created in 2015 with the goal of making recommendations to the legislature on how to fight trafficking in Missouri. A report with those recommendations is due by the end of the year, and is being developed now.
|11-11-16 Proposal would ask voters for bonds to pay for new or improved veterans home|
A House Republican wants to again propose asking Missourians to support adding to the number of beds in Missouri’s veterans homes.
|11-10-16 House Minority Leader hopes to find common ground with Republican supermajority, governor|
Kansas City representative Gail McCann Beatty has been elected Minority Floor Leader for the 99th General Assembly when it convenes in January. She will lead a Democratic minority with 46 members in a chamber of 163 representatives.
|11-09-16 House Speaker expects results, passage of right-to-work, after 2016 General Election|
Missouri’s House Speaker is pleased with a general election that saw his party retain supermajorities in both his chamber and the state senate, as well as in the governor’s office and other statewide offices.
|10-19-16 Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia holds first hearing, Rep. Swan selected as chair|
The legislature’s Task Force on Dyslexia has held its first hearing, on the way to having Missouri public school students screened for dyslexia.
|9-30-16 Human Trafficking task force hears emotional testimony from victim|
The emotional testimony of a former victim will be fresh on the minds of members of the Human Trafficking Task Force as it considers proposals for Missouri’s next steps to fight trafficking
|9-26-16 Bill aiming to rein in administrative leaves becomes law|
State and school district employees placed on administrative leave will now have to have a hearing within 60 days under a bill that has become law over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto.
|9-22-16 New law makes changes to Missouri foster care system|
Courts have more to think about before putting a youth back into the state’s foster care system, while foster parents have more say in their foster children’s extracurricular activities, under a bill that became law August 28.
|9-16-16 Incoming House budget chairman disputes Governor's justification for budget restrictions|
The next House budget committee chairman disputes Governor's Nixon's justifications for his latest round of budget restrictions.
|9-15-16 Republican majority calls 2016 veto session a success|
Missouri House Republicans are lauding what they consider a successful veto session, having voted to override vetoes on seven House bills and six Senate bills.
|9-15-16 Missouri House Democrats 'disappointed' after 2016 veto session|
Missouri House Democrats are disappointed after the 2016 veto session, after the legislature’s Republican supermajority led votes to overturn 13 of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) vetoes.
|9-14-16 Missouri House votes to override veto of a voter photo ID bill (AUDIO)|
The House's vote to override Governor Nixon's veto sends the bill to the Missouri Senate.
|9-14-16 Missouri House votes to override veto of bill giving tax break for switching to employee ownership model (AUDIO)|
HB 2030 would give business owners a 50% break in capital gains taxes for income from selling to their emlpoyees
|9-14-16 House votes to override Governor's veto of animal data Sunshine Law exemption|
The bill would exempt information collected for the state's animal disease traceability program from the Sunshine Law.
|9-13-16 Sponsors to seek overrides of vetoes on bills Gov. Nixon says would be costly|
The sponsors of three bills Gov. Nixon said could cost the state $60-million said they will seek overrides of his vetoes of them.
|9-12-16 Handler of gun rights legislation will attempt veto override if if makes it back to the House|
One of the bills most being talked about ahead of the Missouri General Assembly’s 2016 veto session is SB 656, a bill that would expand Missourians’ rights regarding firearms.
|9-12-16 Sponsor of photo voter ID legislation expects override of governor's veto|
Legislators who support a photo identification requirement for Missouri voters will try Wednesday to overturn Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1631.
|9-9-16 Missouri's House Minority Leader prepares for final veto session|
The leader of the House’s Democratic minority is preparing for his final official duty in that role: the 2016 veto session.
|9-9-16 Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson previews the 2016 veto session (GOOGLE HANGOUT VIDEO)|
Speaker Richardson discusses the key issues of the 2016 veto session
|9-7-16 House members optimistic about taking first step in improving state employee pay|
The chairman of a joint committee on state employee pay is optimistic the legislature could take a first big step toward making that pay more competitive.
|9-7-16 Speaker appoints members to Task Force on Dyslexia|
Missouri’s House Speaker has named his selections to the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.
|9/2/16 Legislators to learn more about state employee pay study at meeting next week|
Missouri lawmakers will learn more about the findings of a study of state employees’ pay at a meeting next week.
|9-2-16 Lawmaker plans to propose tougher penalties for illegal use of herbicides after Bootheel farmers' losses|
A House lawmaker will propose greater penalties for the illegal application of herbicides after some farmers have lost crops due to that this year.
|8/31 New laws fighting child abuse take effect as part of HB 1877|
Laws aimed at fighting child abuse and neglect took effect August 28 as part of House Bill 1877, sponsored by Representative David Wood (R-Versailles).
|8/30 Missouri toughens laws against trafficking, sponsor says more to come|
A change to Missouri law to fight trafficking is now in effect, and more will come according to its sponsor.
|8/26 Three ethics bills among those becoming law August 28|
Three House ethics reform bills are among those becoming law August 28, and the sponsor of a fourth bill said it will be an early priority in 2017.
|8/26 Rep. Kendrick working on college affordability issues during interim|
A state representative is working on college affordability issues during his legislative interim.
|8/25 Haefner ready to take the reins of Fiscal Oversight committee|
The next chairperson has been named for a House committee that deliberates on whether the state can afford the legislation the chamber is considering.
|8/24 - House committee hearing to focus on farmers' losses due to illegal use of herbicide|
A state House committee will hold a hearing about losses Missouri farmers are experiencing due to the use of the herbicide dicamba.
|8/23 - Speaker Richardson Selects Key Budget Leaders for Missouri House|
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Reps. Scott Fitzpatrick and Marsha Haefner will join the House leadership team for the 99th General Assembly.
|8/23 - Fitzpatrick Named House Budget Chairman|
The Missouri House Budget Committee's next chairman will be Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, House Republican leadership announced.
|8/19 - Amber Alerts to get out more quickly thanks to money appropriated by Missouri Legislature|
Appropriation was a response to 2014 murder of Springfield child
|8/19 - Robert Heinlein to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians|
The author's accomplishments extend beyond his writing, said the Heinlein Society president.
|8/16 - Insurance Transparency Act becomes law August 28|
Missouri will no longer be the only state that doesn’t review health insurance rates under a bill that becomes law August 28.
|8/12 - New Medicaid Asset Limits to Benefit Missouri's Most Vulnerable Citizens|
One of the bills passed in the 2016 legislative session that becomes law August 28 should ease financial challenges for Missouri’s disabled, blind, and elderly participants in the MO HealthNet program.
|8/12 - Missouri Civics Education Initiative Set to Become Law|
Missouri high school students will have to pass a test on American civics to graduate under a bill that becomes effective August 28.