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Women’s Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary; Richardson promises paid family leave

Women’s Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary; Richardson promises paid family leave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 1,500 people convened in Kansas City on Friday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Foundation, an organization that advocates for economic equality for women in Missouri and Kansas. Among the featured speakers were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, ABC News’ White House Correspondent Ann Compton (both pictured


Smith looks forward to first term as state rep

CARTHAGE, Mo. – One of the newest faces to the Missouri House this spring will be that of Cody Smith. The new representative from District 163 replaces the term-limited Tom Flanigan, who served as chairman of the House Budget Committee. “He’s done a lot for southwest Missouri, and worked hard to represent the district well,”

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Libla to file bill increasing punishment for those who attack law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, announced he will file legislation on December 1st enhancing penalties for those who are convicted of attacking law enforcement officers and first responders. “Our law enforcement officers need to know that members of the Missouri General Assembly have their back,” Libla said. “As Chairman of the Senate

Rep. Elijah Haahr listens to members of the Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force during the final meeting. (Ben Peters/ Missouri Times)

Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force meets for final time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force has made large strides in the ongoing fight against forced prostitution and other forms of human trafficking in Missouri, but Tuesday’s meeting at the state capitol marked the final time in which the group will meet. The task force was first established in 2015, and

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Richardson outlines legislative agenda to Columbia Chamber

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson spoke to members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday about his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Richardson spoke at length with business owners about his excitement at the prospect of working with a Republican governor for the first time in his political career while also detailing

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Eigel poised to become strong business advocate in the Senate

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri General Assembly has always been strongly represented in the chamber by senators and representatives with strong ties and connections to the business communities in the St. Louis area, but with the departure of political stalwarts like Sen. Eric Schmitt, Sen. Tom Dempsey, or even former House Speaker Jon Diehl, many

Eric Greitens celebrates with supporters after winning the gubernatorial race for Missouri on November 8, 2016. BEN PETERS/MISSOURI TIMES

Legislative leaders optimistic about working with Greitens despite corruption accusations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As legislative caucuses voted on new leadership roles in the past few days, Gov.-elect Eric Greitens came to Jefferson City to make inroads with a General Assembly he has maligned at times on the campaign trail. Judging by the reactions of most members of the chamber, you wouldn’t know that he


Senate Majority Caucus re-elects Ron Richard as President Pro Tem

Majority Caucus Leaders Say Top Issues for Next Session Include Labor and Regulatory Reform JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, will keep his position as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate. The Senate Majority Caucus re-elected Richard, who served as Pro Tem at the end of the first session of the 98th

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Democratic House and Senate caucuses choose new leaders

House Democrats met at the Missouri Credit Union House to elect new leaders for their party. Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, was elected as the new minority floor leader for the Democrats, beating out Rep. Karla May. Rep. Gina Mitten, D-St. Louis, will serve as the assistant minority chair, and Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia,

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New polls: Webber-Rowden tied, Sifton opening lead on Jotte

COLUMBIA, Mo. – New polls from the Missouri Times released late Friday show a tie between Democratic Rep. Stephen Webber and Republican Rep. Caleb Rowden in their race to become the next state senator in Senate District 19 with 45 percent of the electorate apiece. That race is the only race the Missouri Times is still