|3-27-17 Lawmaker wants Missouri on track to next-generation 911|
Some Missouri lawmakers think you should be able to send text, photos, videos, or data to 911, and they want to put the state on a schedule to achieve that goal.
|3-27-17 House budget plan aims to improve harassment investigations in Department of Corrections|
House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) said his plan would redirect money that goes to the Department’s offices of Inspector General and Human Resources, and create an Office of Professional Standards.
|3-23-17 House Budget Chairman proud of proposed full funding of education|
Shell Knob Republican Scott Fitzpatrick said in August when he became the budget chairman that his number one priority was to fully fund Missouri’s public schools. He recently unveiled budget bills that included fully funding the K-12 school formula.
|3-23-17 (VIDEO) Rep. Bruce Franks discusses chairmanship of new panel on police/community relations|
Representative Bruce Franks, Junior (D), has been chosen by House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) and Representative Don Phillips (R), the chairman of the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety, to chair the newly formed Subcommittee on Police/Community Relations.
|3-22-17 Bipartisan bill would help parents keep state child care assistance when receiving pay raises|
The bill from Crystal Quade (D) and Dan Shaul (R) seeks to help families stave off what’s called the “cliff effect;” when a person receives a pay increase that puts him or her over the income limit for certain state benefits.
|3-21-17 Bill named for sponsor's brother, shot to death at 9, seeks better education of youth about violence|
Missourians would be asked to remember children killed by violence in the state, and to work to prevent more such deaths, under a bill passed out of the state House.
|3-21-17 Legislators considering whether to criminalize protests that block highways, streets|
Parkville Republican Nick Marshall said he filed the bill in response to protests in recent years, such as those in Ferguson in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the decision by the St. Louis County prosecutor not to file charges against the Ferguson police officer that shot him.
|3-17-17 House votes to end tax break for low-income seniors, disabled, to fund in-home care for elderly, disabled|
Backers say the proposal will allow the legislature to fund a Medicaid program that provides in-home care to poor elderly and disabled people. Opponents say there were other places to look for the approximately $55-million for that program.
|3-17-17 Missouri Legislature approves House Bill to toughen penalties for illegal herbicide use|
House Bill 662 was filed in response to incidents last year in which farmers applied the product dicamba, resulting in damage to neighboring farmers’ crops that used seeds not resistant to that herbicide.
|3-14-17 House advances ban on lobbyist gifts to local government and school officials|
House Bill 229 would bar gifts from lobbyists to local government officials, superintendents, school board members, members of charter school boards, and the staff and family members of such people.
|3-10-17 Number 2 Corrections official faces committee investigating sexual harassment, retaliation in department|
A top Department of Corrections official has told a House subcommittee poor training, bureaucracy, and the Department’s growth have contributed to problems with harassment and retaliation among Missouri prison employees.
|3-9-17 House passes bills meant to halt 'venue shopping'|
Proponents said House Bills 460, 461, and 462 would stop the practice of attorneys to seek to have cases involving people not from Missouri, alleging injuries that didn’t happen in Missouri, and against companies not from Missouri, heard in St. Louis based on the belief they’d have a better chance of winning there.
|3-7-17 Republicans move quickly to give state final say on minimum wage|
House Republicans are fast-tracking bills meant to assert that only the state can set a minimum wage, while Democrats say the bills are a rushed effort that goes back on a promise legislators made two years ago to the people of St. Louis.
|3-06-17 House members again asked to consider legalizing medical marijuana in Missouri|
House Bill 437 would allow the use of marijuana to treat irreversible debilitating diseases or conditions.
|3-06-17 Republican plan would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills|
“It’s pro-choice in the sense that we are trying to give women more control over their reproductive health and over their family planning, and it’s pro-life in the sense that the bill is intended to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions,” said the bill's sponsor, Ballwin Republican Shamed Dogan.
|2-27-17 House budget chairman on search for savings in FY '18 budget; wariness about tobacco settlement money|
House appropriations committees continue taking testimony from state agencies and elected officials about how much they want or hope to receive in state money if Fiscal Year ’18.
|2-27-17 With Senate prescription monitoring plan close to passage, House remains focused on its member's version|
Backers of PDMPs say they help fight prescription drug abuse. They are intended to catch people in the act of “doctor shopping;” visiting multiple doctors in an attempt to get their hands on as much as they can of prescriptions commonly abused.
|2-24-17 Missouri House proposes bigger fines for illegally applying herbicides, after Bootheel farmers' losses|
House Bill 662 would let the Department of Agriculture fine a farmer up to $1,000 for every acre herbicide is applied to, off-label. The fine could be doubled for repeat violators.
|2-24-17 Panel on Corrections Department environment hears of 'vague' harassment policies, working in 'hell' |
A week after being frustrated by two Department of Corrections officials’ responses to questions about harassment, members of a Missouri House subcommittee heard from two Department employees who described an environment of nepotism, harassment, and retaliation in the state’s prison system.
|2-23-17 Missouri House again endorses less time for unemployment benefits|
The bill would cut that time period from 20 to 13 weeks if the state’s unemployment rate is less than 6-percent. It could increase if the jobless rate increases, reaching a maximum of 20 weeks if that rate exceeds 9-percent.
|2-22-17 Bill seeks better oversight of state settlements, after harassment in Corrections Department|
House lawmakers shocked by what some have called an environment of harassment and retaliation in the Department of Corrections are considering a bill they hope will let the legislature know when such situations are present.
|2-21-17 Bill named for Hailey Owens aims to accelerate and improve Amber Alerts|
House Bill 697 would establish Hailey’s Law, named for 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield, who was kidnapped and murdered in February, 2014.
|2-21-17 MO House again asked to require independent investigators in officer-involved deaths|
House Bill 232 would require all law enforcement agencies in Missouri to have written policies on how officer-involved deaths would be handled.
|2-21-17 Proposed 'Good Samaritan Law' aims to save the lives of some who would overdose|
House Bill 294 would protect a person from arrest or prosecution for certain possession-related charges if that person calls for emergency medical help for a person suffering a drug or alcohol overdose.
|02-20-17 New Corrections head to House budget makers: hold off on talk of a new prison|
Some state lawmakers have questioned whether Missouri will soon need another prison, but the prison system’s new director hopes to keep that from being necessary.
|2-20-17 Subcommittee on harassment in Corrections Department frustrated by Department's structure, process|
A House subcommittee appointed to investigate harassment and retaliation in the Department of Corrections thinks how the Department handles allegations is not clear, at best.
|2-17-17 House members debate repeal of Missouri's death penalty|
Missouri House members were asked this week to consider whether Missouri should continue to have a death penalty.
|2-16-17 House Republicans continue labor reform efforts, address project labor agreements|
HB 126 would bar required union agreements on public works projects.
|2-14-17 House endorses tougher penalties for crimes against law enforcement|
House Bill 57 aims to increase by one degree the penalty for voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, first- or second-degree property damage, unlawful use of a weapon, rioting, or first-degree trespassing, when those crimes are committed against a law enforcement officer.
|2-13-17 House proposal seeks move of historic African American's collection to Smithsonian|
Historic documents related to a key figure in African Americans’ struggle for equal opportunity in education should be elevated to a national stage, according to a state representative.
|2-10-17 Republicans' labor reform agenda continues; House sends paycheck legislation to Senate|
House Republicans have advanced another piece of their labor reform agenda, sending to the Senate legislation they call “paycheck protection.” Democrats decry the bill as an attack on unions, calling it “paycheck deception.”
|2-9-17 New prison system director talks to House committee about harassment, more|
The “primary focus” for the incoming Director of the Department of Corrections is dealing with reports of harassment and retaliation within the department. That’s what Ann Precythe said after talking to a House subcommittee created to review those reports.
|2-6-17 House budget chairman on the governor's spending plan and House budget priorites|
Governor Eric Greietens (R) has released his $27.6-billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. It has gone to the House of Representatives, which will now prepare its own spending plan starting with Greitens’.
|2-6-17 House again considering requiring human trafficking posters at some businesses|
House Bill 261 is based on one of the recommendations made by the House Task Force on Human Trafficking.
|2-3-17 House asked to consider tougher penalties for illegal herbicide use that cost farmers crops|
The Department of Agriculture told the House Committee on Agriculture Policy those farmers lost an average of 35-percent of their crops, when neighboring farmers used an outdated dicamba product.
|2-2-17 Missouri House votes to send right-to-work to Gov. Greitens|
The Missouri House has sent Governor Eric Greitens a bill that would make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state; a bill it is anticipated he will sign.
|2-1-17 Missouri House asked to consider multiple ethics reforms|
House lawmakers continue to lay out a slate of proposed ethics reforms they believe would help restore the public’s trust in Missouri’s elected officials.
|1-31-17 Leading Democrat on House Budget Committee looks ahead to challenging FY '18 process|
Mike Lear sat down with the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Michael Butler (St. Louis), to talk about his thoughts in facing what lawmakers say will be a difficult budget year.
|1-30-17 House Committee advances Senate right-to-work bill|
The major difference in the bill sponsored by Rolla Republican Senator Dan Brown is that it includes a grandfather clause. That will allow contracts between employers and unions that exist at the time it becomes law to remain in place until they expire or are altered.
|1-27-17 Bill aiming to keep guns away from domestic abusers filed|
Cape Girardeau Republican Donna Lichtenegger’s legislation, House Bill 766, would mirror Missouri law to a 1997 federal law.
|1-25-17 MO House subcommittee will investigate harassment in Corrections Department|
A news article brought to light multiple cases in which, it said, court documents showed some Corrections employees were the victims of harassment by other employees.
|1-24-17 Missouri House gives initial approval to ridesharing company regulations|
House Bill 130 would require background checks on national and local drivers, inspections of vehicles, an annual registration fee of $5,000, and would exempt such companies from local or municipal taxes.
|1-20-17 HB 127 could let Missouri schools avoid making up snow days|
The proposal by Lamar Republican Mike Kelley would allow districts to create plans for students to do schoolwork from home on up to 10 days on which school is out of session for inclement weather. These “alternative instruction plans,” could include the use of online work or some other form of activity.
|1-19-17 Missouri House sends fast-tracked right-to-work bill to the Senate|
The Missouri House has advanced another priority of its Republican supermajority, sending a right-to-work bill to the State Senate.
|1-18-17 Missouri House advances right-to-work bill, rejects sending it to voters|
The House then voted to advance the right-to-work bill 101-58. Another vote for the bill would send it to the state Senate.
|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.