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Department of Corrections hearing leaves questions unanswered, irks legislators

Department of Corrections hearing leaves questions unanswered, irks legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Frustration from lawmakers filled the latest hearing of the committee designed to investigate a glut of harassment allegations in the Missouri Department of Corrections. House members on the Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct heard testimony Thursday morning from two officials within the department that oversee both workforce and criminal

Gov. Eric Greitens speaks during his inauguration ceremony on the Capitol steps Jan. 9, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House Democrats file bill to require future governors to disclose inaugural donor information

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The questions surrounding how Gov. Eric Greitens paid for his inauguration celebration remain unanswered, with many wondering if and how much money the Republican governor took from corporations and lobbyists. Greitens campaigned on a promise to clean up corruption in Jefferson City, and despite his calls for transparency among “crooked politicians,” the

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Opponents increase rhetoric as infrastructure investments move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the first time in years, the issues of solar energy and electric grid modernization are gaining momentum toward removing regulations for private investment to begin in the state. However, opponents are ratcheting up the rhetoric with increasingly extreme attacks. Sen. Ed Emery and Rep. Rocky Miller both introduced several similar

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Moon’s ‘personhood’ amendment seeks to ban all abortions in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Each year, the issue of abortion remains a hotly-contested item in the Missouri Legislature, and this year is no exception, as one lawmaker has returned a measure seeking to outlaw all abortion in Missouri. Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, has once again filed his “personhood” legislation in the Missouri House, seeking

Sen. Bob Onder speaks at the Emerging Issues Hearing on SJR 39. (Tim Curtis/The Missouri Times)

Public union certification bill worries police, firefighter labor reps

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Republicans clashed with public union representatives Tuesday morning regarding a bill firefighters and police officers said could put a significant burden on their ability to collectively bargain. Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, said he offered HB 238 to the House Economic Development Committee to address transparency and accountability concerns with public

Rep. Marsha Haefner speaks on her proposed bill, HB 57, on the House floor.

House perfects police protection bills from Haefner, Hill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s effort to protect the state’s law enforcement officers is one step closer to reaching fruition. The Missouri House took up a number of bills for perfection Tuesday morning, with the first bill being perhaps the most contentious one. Rep. Marsha Haefner’s bill, HB 57, began as an attempt to include

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel (center) speaks regarding Rep. Bill Lant's attempt to silence his testimony on a discrimination bill Feb. 14, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Beatty, MO NAACP president call for Lant to step down as chair of Litigation Reform Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the silencing of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at Monday evening’s Special Committee on Litigation Reform, House Democrats and left-leaning organizations and advocacy groups called for Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, to be removed from his position as chair of the committee. Chapel said Lant should apologize to the members of the state

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Tort reform measure could have significant impact on Missouri Human Rights Act

NAACP leader cut off during testimony JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Special Committee on Litigation Reform heard another major tort reform measure Monday, one which would rewrite the Missouri Human Rights Act. The three bills, which will likely be rolled into one piece of legislation, offered by Reps. Kevin Austin, Joe Don McGaugh and Dean

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Missouri Nondiscrimination Act is introduced in the House & Senate for the 19th year in a row

Jefferson City — For the 19th year in a row the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) has been filed in the Missouri House and Senate. This legislation was first introduced by Steve McLuckie in 1998. MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and

Rep. Nick Schroer testifies before a committee. (Facebook Photo/Nick Schroer for State Representative)

Schroer seeks to reform criminal justice by raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the state of Missouri, a 17-year-old cannot vote, join the army, buy cigarettes, gamble, or even serve on a jury, but they can be tried as adults in a court of law. Right now, Missouri is one of only seven states that automatically prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults. In fact, any

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