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9-11-19 Houses passes vehicle tax credit bill, answering call of special legislative sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has passed legislation aiming to allow people to keep getting multiple tax breaks when trading in more than one vehicle on a new one.
8-27-19 New law will affect school start dates beginning next yearOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The law lets schools start four days earlier, but eliminates flexibility for districts to set earlier dates themselves.
7-24-19 Live Stream: House Committee hearing on racial profiling, civil asset forfeitureOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Archive of the House Committee on Criminal Justice's hearing on racial profiling and civil asset forfeiture, from the St. Louis County Council Chambers in Clayton, Missouri.
7-22-19 Effort lead by family of MODOT worker killed by driver results in new license revocation lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The driver who struck and killed Lyndon Ebker in a work zone near New Haven more than three years ago had impaired vision, but was allowed to keep driving until this past November when his license was revoked for life.
7-19-19 House committee seeks input from all sources in hearings on civil asset forfeiture, racial profilingOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The hearings have been spurred by the 2018 Vehicle Stops Report from the Office of Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), and a report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) on civil asset forfeiture.
7-12-19 Governor signs bill to let domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, victims break leasesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Victims of domestic violence would have an easier time getting away from their abusers under bills signed into law this week by Governor Mike Parson (R).
7-11-19 Fees at license offices will increase keeping offices open, under House bill signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
What Missourians are charged at the state’s 174 licenses offices will be increasing for the first time in 20 years, under legislation signed into law this week by Governor Mike Parson (R).
7-10-19 House bill to relax mandatory minimum sentencing signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 192 contained language that would give judges flexibility in sentencing for some nonviolent offenses.  It was part of a broader look at criminal justice reform that House members have been pursuing over several sessions.
7-10-19 House bill to end modern 'debtors' prisons' signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
HB 192 will let counties use civil means to collect jail debts, but they can no longer threaten additional jail time for failure to pay.
6-7-19 Mother says Marine son lives on in acts, honors by family and friendsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House members last month honored Lance Corporal Trevor Richardet, who died in September at the age of 19, due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
5-14-19 Missouri set to be fourth state to adopt Simon's Law; Simon's mother present for final voteOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri is set to become the fourth state to enact a law to keep do-not-resuscitate orders from being issued for children without a parent’s knowledge.
5-14-19 Legislature proposes reforms to end 'debtor's prisons,' mandatory minimum sentencesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Legislature has approved bipartisan legislation that would keep Missourians from being put back in jail for failing to pay the costs of being put in jail; and would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes.
5-3-19 Judge who sentenced man to 241 years meets with lawmakers seeking his clemencyOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A judge who sentenced a man to more than two centuries in prison now says that man deserves to be freed.  Judge Evelyn Baker is joined by numerous House members and others lobbying for clemency for Bobby Bostic.
5-1-19 House budget committee considering $301-million bonding proposal for transportationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Governor Mike Parson (R) proposed the original idea, which was revised in the Senate to lower the cost of interest on the bonds.  The Senate voted last month 26-7 to send it to the House.
4-26-19 House debates reinstating tax credits for shows, movies shot in MissouriOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri lawmakers are debating whether the amount of money that comes into the state when movies and TV shows are filmed here is enough to merit giving producers a tax break in return.
4-25-19 Hundreds of Vietnam veterans and families honored in Missouri Capitol ceremonyOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The ceremony was part of the continuing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of that conflict.
4-19-19 Proposal would give state law enforcement, judges power to take guns from domestic abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Advocates many Missouri victims of domestic violence are terrorized, and many have been murdered, because their abusers were allowed to keep their guns.
4-11-2019 House plan would ease late payment penalties, interest, in response to surprise tax billsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
HB 1094 would block late payment penalties on tax debt owed to the state by individual taxpayers through the end of this year.  It would also waive any interest owed on such debt until May 15.  For those who might pay penalties before the bill would become law, it would require that those Missourians receive refunds.
4-9-19 House votes to clear needle exchange programs to fight IV drug use, diseaseOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has passed a bill that would legalize programs already operating in the state that give drug abusers clean needles.  Supporters say those fight the spread of intravenous diseases and expose drug users to treatment options.
4-5-19 House proposes a chance at parole for certain inmates over 65 serving life On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 352 would apply to a small number of inmates who have served at least 30 years of a sentence, who have no prior violent felony convictions, are not convicted sex offenders, and are serving a sentence of life without parole with a 50-year minimum.
4-4-19 House approves bill meant to stop school-to-school movement of child abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House has proposed that school districts open up lines of communication with one another to stop employees with a history of abusing students from going from one district to another.
4-1-19 Sweeping criminal justice reform package prepared for considerationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House Speaker has said criminal justice reform is a priority in the remaining weeks of the session, and a bill containing several proposed reforms has just been compiled.  It has the backing of a man made famous by President Donald Trump earlier this year.
3-28-19 House approves budget plan maintaining $100-million boost to transportationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
If that proposal becomes law it would be the first time GR dollars have been used for transportation infrastructure.
3-27-19 House votes to roll back, rather than eliminate, vehicle inspection requirementsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The state House has backed off of a proposal to eliminate vehicle inspections in Missouri.  Instead it proposes that inspections would not be required until a vehicle is 10 years old or has more than 150,000 miles on it.
3-27-19 House considering free birth certificates for individuals escaping domestic violenceOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The fee to get a new copy is often a burden to a survivor faced with numerous other expenses while trying to start down a new path in life.
3-25-19 Bill honoring the late Rep. Cloria Brown becomes lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House and Senate have agreed on House Bills 448 & 206, to rename a portion of U.S. 61/67/50/Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County the “Rep. Cloria Brown Memorial Highway."
3-22-19 'Fresh Start Act' seeks to lift roadblocks from people seeking to get back to work after crimesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to make it easier for people with criminal records to reintegrate into society by getting a job, and to save them from working toward getting a job only to find out after much time, effort, and expense that their offenses will disqualify them.
3-22-19 House members told some license offices could soon close; proposal would increase their feesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
People that run some of the state’s license bureaus say those will close if the fees for the services they provide aren’t increased.  That could create hardships for Missourians, especially in rural areas.
3-14-19 House votes to require veterans courts in all jurisdictions in MissouriOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Backers say the bill would give veterans, "an opportunity to clear their names, to get a clean record, and give them a second chance at life, but more importantly it will show them that we have not given up on them.”
3-14-19 House proposes tougher license revocation laws for those who hit workers, emergency respondersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has proposed that the Department of Revenue Director be given authority to revoke the license of a driver who hits a road or utility worker in a highway work zone or an emergency responder at the scene of an emergency.
3-13-19 Advocates: Ease confidentiality rules in child death investigations to save kids' livesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Each year hundreds of children’s deaths are investigated by child fatality review panels.  Those panels’ meetings, reports, and records are kept confidential, and state officials say that could be costing more children’s lives.
3-12-19 House votes to extend insurance coverage for children with developmental disabilitiesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House has voted to require insurance companies to cover therapies for developmentally disabled children in Missouri, which would expand on a 2010 law that required coverage for therapy for children with autism.
3-6-19 House Budget head unveils road and bridge funding proposal as part of F.Y. '20 budgetOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House’s Budget Committee Chairman has unveiled his plan for paying for road and bridge work in the state, in place of the plan proposed by Governor Mike Parson (R) in January.
3-5-19 Missouri House proposes increased fines for poachingOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
It’s cheaper for a non-Missourian to come into the state, poach an animal, and pay the fine for that, than it is to buy an out-of-state hunter tag.  The Missouri House has voted to change that.
3-5-19 House votes to prevent jailing of Missourians for failing to pay jail billsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to keep judges from putting people back in jail for failing to pay for the costs of keeping them in jail.
3-1-19 House Committee considers proposal to bar breed-specific local lawsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Backers say such laws are unfair and punish responsible owners.  Opponents say such local laws are needed to control threats frequently posed by some breeds.
3-1-19 House Committee considers legalizing needle exchange programs to fight disease, addictionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
People who’ve benefited from needle exchange programs that are operating outside Missouri law are asking the state House to make them legal so they can be expanded.
2-26-19 House endorses adding fentanyl, 'date rape' drugs to trafficking lawsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has proposed strengthening the state’s trafficking laws to include the potent pain reliever fentanyl and its derivatives, as well as Rohypnol or GHB – both commonly known as “date rape” drugs.
2-21-19 House Committee considers legislation to stop abusive teachers from going to new districtsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House is looking for ways to keep schools from hiring people known to have sexually abused students while working in other districts.
2-21-19 House initially approves 'Simon's Law;' would require parents be aware of end to child's life-sustaining careOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House is close to voting to prevent do-not-resuscitate orders from being issued for Missouri children without a parent being aware.
2-21-19 Missouri House endorses elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri law requires that offenders with one prior conviction must serve at least 40-percent of a prison term.  Those with two prior convictions must serve 50-percent, and those with three or more must serve 80-percent.
2-20-19 Missouri House adopts bill that would eliminate vehicle inspection requirementOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has advanced a proposal to join 35 other states in eliminating the requirement that motor vehicles be inspected in order to be licensed.
2-15-19 House moves to lift hospice care death investigation requirement; change aimed at comforting familiesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Backers of House Bill 242 and an amendment added to House Bill 447 say that Missouri law requiring coroners and medical examiners to investigate a death in a home doesn’t account for the increase in the use of hospice care for terminal patients.
2-13-19 House pushes mental health awareness after death of members' family friendOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
St. Charles Republican Chrissy Sommer said that during her drive to the Capitol on Monday she received the tragic news that the mother of her daughter’s best friend had committed suicide.
2-13-19 House committee: Missourians not properly warned about possible smaller refunds, greater taxes owedOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House members investigating the Department of Revenue say it hasn’t prepared Missourians for owing more income tax debt or getting smaller tax refunds this year, and that many Missourians could suffer because of it.
2-12-19 Missouri House sends prescription drug monitoring proposal to the SenateOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to create a statewide monitoring program for drug prescriptions.  Backers hope such a law would combat the abuse of prescription drugs and help prevent conflicts between medications.  Opponents say it would violate Missourians’ constitutional right to privacy.
2-7-19 House approves ethics reforms for local officials, open records exemption changesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to enact a number of ethics reforms for local elected officials, but support for the bill was tempered by an amendment that creates exemptions to the state’s open records, or “Sunshine,” law.
1-31-19 Family of MoDOT worker killed in work zone asks lawmakers to toughen license revocation lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
More than two-and-a-half years after Lyndon Ebker was struck and killed while working on a MoDOT Road Crew, the man that struck him was still driving.  Ebker's family, the Department of Transportation, and Representative Aaron Griesheimer (R-Washington) say that’s not right, and they’re asking the legislature to change state law because of it.
1-31-19 State lawmakers to ask governor for clemency for man sentenced as teen to 241 yearsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A growing body of Missouri legislators wants to ask Governor Mike Parson (R) to act on behalf of a man in state prison with a sentence that they feel far exceeds his crimes.
1-31-19 House committee advances prescription drug monitoring proposalOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House is again being asked to consider creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), with the aim of battling the abuse of opioids and other prescription medication.
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