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Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee calls for Wolfe to step down

Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee calls for Wolfe to step down

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Butler County, chairman of the Missouri House Committee on Higher Education, has become one of the first lawmakers to call for the resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe. Cookson’s statement outlines a multitude of problems the system has had in the past few months and ends with a

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Adam Crumbliss testifies at a hearing on intern policy changes Nov. 5, 2015. (Travis Zimpfer/The Missouri Times)

Committee approves intern, sexual harassment policy changes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After just under two hours of discussion and testimony Thursday, the House Administration and Accounts Committee voted to approve three of the four policy recommendations from the office of Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. While they passed over a House rule change, Committee Chair Mike Leara, R-St. Louis, made motions to

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Rowland win gives Democrats one-seat advantage after special elections

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Missouri Democrats made a small legislative gain on the special elections held Tuesday night. In Independence, entrepreneur Rory Rowland’s victory over Republican Brian DeMoss will give the Democrats one more seat in the legislature. “I’m still trying to catch my breath,” Rowland said of the win. “I want to serve the people

House committee begins investigation of state park land purchase in Oregon County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and House Republicans clashed at the inaugural hearing of the Interim Investigative Committee on State Park Creation Monday. The committee was quickly formed to respond to the uproar surrounding a decision to use some of the money granted in a settlement in

Alferman aims to propose lobbying ethics reform in legislature

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon released an op-ed this week, in which the governor hit on a subject that may make the most headlines in the upcoming legislative session: ethics reform in the capital. “While there are a great many dedicated public servants in the Missouri Legislature, their efforts are often tarnished by

House committee looks into operations of MSHSAA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the first half of a two day hearing, House Hearing Room 3 was filled Wednesday with athletic directors, superintendents and other school administrators from around the state to hear and provide testimony with the Interim Committee on the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). Chairman Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff,

Miller looks to impeach circuit court judge for letting confessed rapist free

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A circuit court judge came under scrutiny from at least one member of the House Monday for dismissing the case of a man who confessed to raping his own five-month old daughter in 2009. Judge Patricia Joyce of Cole County dismissed the case of Aaron Michael Fisher, a resident of Brumley,


Speaker Richardson releases intern policy change recommendations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, officially made his revised intern policy recommendations Friday after months of deliberation and discussion. The changes were prompted after a statewide uproar demanded change in the Capitol building after former Speaker John Diehl and former Sen. Paul LeVota both stepped down due to intern-related scandals.


Tip Sheet: 2016 State House Seats

In 2014, the Republicans elected 118 members to the House, which was not only a majority, but a supermajority with nine votes to spare. Few state parties across the country have suffered more at the statehouse level under the Obama administration than Missouri Democrats. While resignations have cost the Republicans two seats and the Democrats