Legislature articles

DOR sets new rules as court reform takes effect

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new law reducing the amount a city can raise for its general revenue through traffic tickets and fees became official last week, and the Missouri Department of Revenue is laying out new guidelines for local governments collecting beyond the new limit. The DOR’s move amounts to a re-write of the


MoDOT: more bridges in critical condition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation says 641 bridges in the state are in critical condition as the beleaguered agency continues to appeal to lawmakers and the general public for an infusion of funds. In a statement, MoDOT officials said the latest round of bridge inspections lists 50 more bridges on the

AFP targets ‘no’ vote districts on RTW

DOE RUN, Mo. – House Republicans who voted no on Right to Work legislation this past session are seeing constituents receive mailers on the subject as veto session approaches. Rep. Linda Black, R-Doe Run, reached out to friends and constituents who may have been confused by the mailer, further clarifying that she will not be changing

Municipal court reform, others go into effect today

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, has three separate pieces of legislation going into effect, including SB 5, which aims to protect citizens from local municipal governments that may extort them them through speed traps and court fees, especially in St. Louis County. SB 5 also enacts multiple municipal court reforms. No longer


UPDATED By the numbers: veto session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri General Assembly is set to convene for this year’s veto session on September 16 – otherwise known in the Missouri Constitution as “the first Wednesday following the second Monday in September.” Two bills have already been overriden by the legislature during this regular session, leaving 17 bills to be considered

DESE members present timeline for standards changes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Officials from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) presented their updated timeline of adopting new state standards as required by HB 1490 Wednesday before the Joint Committee on Education. Currently, eight separate entities (two subgroups based on grade level divided amongst the four major subjects of math, language arts, social

Joint education committee questions Loftin on Mizzou leave policies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin found himself providing testimony on behalf of the university for the second time in as many days Wednesday afternoon. After discussing MU’s possible connection with the Columbia Planned Parenthood affiliate yesterday, Loftin testified before the Joint Committee on Education on behalf of the University


Flanigan opposes stadium funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The chairman of the House Budget Committee has joined the growing list of Republican lawmakers publicly opposed to a plan to approve funds for a new NFL stadium in St. Louis. Rep. Tom Flanigan penned a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday in which he echoed what several Republican lawmakers have

Neely joins race for assistant majority floor leader position

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, announced his candidacy for assistant majority floor leader Tuesday with a letter mailed to the majority caucus. “I believe the members, just like you and I, who go to Jefferson City to fight for those most vulnerable citizens in our state deserve a bigger voice in the


Sanctity of Life Committee hears testimony from MU Chancellor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Sanctity of Life Committee reconvened Tuesday after a 12 day recess to continue their interrogation of Gail Vasterling, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services while also calling on other witnesses to testify, including University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin testified to the conditions