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4-19-21 Foster reforms aimed at giving more children permanency sent to governorOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The legislature has proposed several measures meant to give more Missouri children a chance to get out of the foster care system and into permanent homes, and to help foster and adoptive parents afford the costs of caring for and adopting children.
4-9-21 House endorses lifetime orders of protectionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Orders of protection are generally only effective for one year. House Bill 744 would allow a judge, after a review of the case, to issue one for the lifetime of the abuser.
4-2-21 House votes to renounce Dred Scott decision by Missouri Supreme CourtOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has again voted to renounce the 1852 decision by the Missouri Supreme Court that denied Scott and his family their freedom.
4-2-21 House votes to allow state inspections of religious-based youth homesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House lawmakers voted this week toward ending abuse of children in residential care facilities managed by religious organizations - abuse that lawmakers called “horrific,” and amounting to “torture.”
4-2-21 House votes to restrict seclusion, restraint of studentsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to tell schools in the state to enact guidelines on when students may be secluded or restrained, and to require that when it happens, the student’s parents or guardians must be notified. The bipartisan effort began when practices that one lawmaker called “archaic” came to light.
3-4-21 House passes bill to relieve federal unemployment overpayments, told Department of Labor will 'call off the dogs'On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to waive the biggest portion of unemployment overpayments that some 46,000 Missourians were being told to repay. House members also heard that Governor Mike Parson (R) now supports the effort, and his Department of Labor will “pause” efforts to collect the federal portion of those overpayments while the legislation is moving.
3-3-21 Domestic abusers could not have guns under House proposalOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The law would apply to those under full orders or protection or convicted of a crime of domestic violence. Supporters say it would mirror Missouri law to federal law and fix a gap unintentionally created by 2016 legislation.
3-2-21 Bipartisan effort would create "Blair's Law," criminalize celebratory gunfireOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The bills would honor 11 year-old Blair Shanahan Lane, who was killed by an errant bullet fired during a 4th of July celebration in 2011.
3-1-20 Lifetime order of protection would be possible under House proposalOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri law allows for orders of protection that last for one year. That means victims who want continued protection must go back to court annually to seek extensions
2-23-21 Bill would provide feminine hygiene products to Missouri incarcerated womenOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Federal and state institutions, as well as some local jails, already provide those products to female offenders at no cost. House Bill 318, sponsored by Representative Bruce DeGroot (R-Ellisville), would codify that requirement for state institutions, and county and city jails.
2-10-21 Bipartisan effort seeks best way to help Missourians who owe for unemployment overpaymentsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
One week after hearing from the Department of Labor about the state’s efforts to seek repayment of erroneous unemployment payments from struggling Missourians, a bipartisan slate of House members is debating the best way to provide relief.
2-9-21 Representative, former police chief, proposes tighter stalking lawsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A state representative frustrated by years of having to tell stalking victims he couldn’t help them is sponsoring a bill to toughen Missouri statute.
2-3-21 House members denounce state's seeking payback of unemployment benefitsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House members from both parties are not happy that Missourians are being asked to pay back unemployment assistance they received in error through no fault of their own.
2-2-21 VIDEO: Representative O'Donnell promoted to Lt. CommanderOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
In front of his House colleagues, O'Donnell accepted the promotion in a ceremony that combined Navy traditions with House traditions.
1-26-21 Anti-doxing bill would protect Missouri first respondersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House members are being asked to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders and their families by protecting the personal information of those individuals.
1-21-21 Capitol Security an Early Session Priority for HouseOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
An ongoing discussion about security in the Missouri State Capitol continues next week when House committees will hold hearings on two bills.
1-12-21 House Committee advances foster care, adoption supportsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A House Committee has voted to make adopting or fostering children in Missouri easier, with its support for two bills that are early-session priorities for chamber leadership.
8-26-20 'Trailblazer' for women in politics inducted into the Hall of Famous MissouriansOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Annie White Baxter was the first woman elected to public office in Missouri and the first female county clerk in the United States.  Baxter was elected Jasper County Clerk in 1890, 30 years before women were eligible to vote.
8-25-20 Missouri House passes 5 bills in special session called to address crimeOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Republicans say the legislation will help address violent crime in a year when Kansas City is on pace to set a new record for the annual number of homicides, and St. Louis is in the midst of a wave of murders and other violence.  Democrats decried the legislation as accomplishing nothing and said the special session was called only for political reasons.
3-12-20 VIDEO: House Republicans discuss response to corona virus and more with mediaOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House is making changes to its operating schedule in response to the virus' spread.
3-12-20 VIDEO: House Democrats call for additional steps to respond to corona virusOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Democrats want to see state leaders do more to respond to the virus' spread.
3-9-20 'Corey's Law:' House proposal aims to preserve evidence in Missouri stabbing casesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House Members are looking for the right way to make sure evidence is not discarded when a person is stabbed or shot.
3-6-20 House votes to allow felons to work in places that sell alcohol and lottery ticketsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 1468 would also lift the requirement that employers with liquor licenses notify the state of any employees with felony convictions.
3-5-20 VIDEO: House Democrats discuss legislation to lift pelvic exam requirement before some abortionsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House Democrats discuss legislation aimed at lifting the requirement that a doctor perform a pelvic exam before conducting a medicine-induced abortion.
3-5-20 VIDEO: House Democrats press availability for the week ending 03-05-2020On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House Democrats answered media questions after the legislature wrapped up its work for the week.
3-3-20 House panel told Missouri is ready for coronavirusOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Legislators heard Missouri is very prepared and that the best thing Missourians can do to prevent the disease from spreading is wash their hands.
3-3-20 Porter Wagoner inducted into Hall of Famous MissouriansOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Wagoner was known for his flashy, rhinestone covered suits; a boisterous personality on stage; for his television show that spanned two decades; and for launching the career of another country legend, Dolly Parton.
3-2-20 Missouri House leaders discuss corona virus following committee hearingOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House's Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention held its first hearing today discussing Missouri's level of preparedness for the corona virus.
2-28-20 Missouri House votes to exempt private and religious schools from minimum wage lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to exempt private and religious schools from the state’s minimum wage law approved by voters in 2018.  The bill would extend the exemption that already applies to public institutions, including public schools.
2-27-20 House gives initial passage to changes to Missouri medical marijuana provisionsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill addressing issues with implementing a medical marijuana industry approved by voters in 2018.  This comes as its Special Oversight Committee continues to explore problems in the issuing of cultivation licenses.
2-20-20 Missouri House endorses statewide prescription drug monitoring programOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Supporters say it will combat abuse of prescription drugs.  Opponents say it will lead to more people switching to heroin and other illegal drugs, and cause an increase in overdose deaths.
2-7-20 House committee endorses legalizing syringe exchange programs for intravenous drug abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Those programs aim to get drug users into treatment by introducing them to medical professionals who can consult with them while providing them clean needles.  They also fight the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, which are often transmitted through the use of dirty needles.
2-6-20 House Committee votes to let felons work where alcohol and lottery tickets are soldOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 1468 would bar the state from prohibiting felons from selling alcohol only because they have been guilty of a felony, and from keeping someone convicted of a crime from selling lottery tickets.
2-3-20 VIDEO: Missouri House members mark the beginning of Black History MonthOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrats and the Legislative Black Caucus address the media at the start of Black History Month
1-28-20 Second House bill sent to Senate would increase penalties for trafficking fentanylOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The second bill the Missouri House has sent to the Senate would increase penalties for trafficking a dangerous drug, the use of which can easily result in overdoses.  Opponents worry the change will cast too broad a net, putting more users in prison for long terms.
1-24-20 Father says son's death investigation was mishandled, urges House to require increased training for coronersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Jayke Minor’s death in 2011 was initially ruled to have been the result of a drug overdose and no autopsy was conducted.  Toxicology results later showed only marijuana in his system.
1-21-20 House committee endorses lifting statute of limitations in child sex abuse civil casesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House is working early in the 2020 legislative session on a bill to remove the statute of limitations on civil actions stemming from child sexual abuse.
1-21-20 VIDEO: Legislation would give chance at parole to man serving 241 years in prison and others like himOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
An effort by state legislators to give a chance at parole to a man sentenced to 241 years in prison has led to a broader effort to offer parole to all Missouri inmates facing similar situations.
1-21-20 VIDEO: House Democrats highlight firearms legislationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrats have filed a number of bills they say are common sense ways of addressing issues related to gun ownership.
1-15-20 VIDEO: House Democrats respond to 2020 State of the State AddressOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House Democrats respond to the 2020 State of the State Address
1-13-20 VIDEO: Parent speaks about bipartisan legislation on restraint and seclusion of studentsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A bipartisan effort to regulate when students can be restrained or isolated in Missouri schools is off to a quick start in the 2020 legislative session.
1-8-20 House Democrat press availability on opening day of 2020 sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrat Leader Crystal Quade addresses the media and fields questions
1-8-20 House Republican press availability on opening day of 2020 sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Speaker Elijah Haahr addresses the media and takes questions
12-13-19 VIDEO House proposals would address HIV spread and stigma, abuse of IV and prescription drugsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House again will weigh bills aimed at fighting intravenous and prescription drug abuse, as well as a bipartisan effort to fight a stigma against those infected with HIV.
12-11-19 House to consider restrictions on student restraint/seclusion in Missouri public schoolsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri is one of 11 states that has no protective laws for students with disabilities.  It also has no law protecting against seclusion or restraint.
12-05-19 Texting while driving ban for all drivers proposed for 2020 legislative sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House of Representatives will consider extending Missouri’s ban on texting while driving to drivers of all ages in the legislative session that begins January 8.
12-02-19 Prefiled bill aims to make domestic violence victims' escape from abusers easierOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 1300 would allow individuals, with the assistance of domestic violence shelter staff, to get free copies of birth certificates.
10-28-19 Panel wants Missouri to apply for first Hyperloop certification track (VIDEO)On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
It would be the first step toward seeing a Hyperloop connection between Kansas City and St. Louis, offering passengers a trip between the two in less than 30 minutes.
10-21-19 Missouri law now includes expanded therapy coverage for children with disabilitiesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
More Missouri children and teenagers with specific developmental or physical disabilities will have insurance coverage for therapeutic care under a House proposal that became law this year.
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.
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