Senate articles

Chappelle-Nadal pushing for more action at contaminated Bridgeton, West Lake Landfills

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal is beating the drum against the failures to contain potentially deadly toxic waste at the West Lake landfill. The landfill falls in her district, and Chappelle-Nadal has taken a particularly aggressive approach in recent days after Attorney General Chris Koster publicly released the findings his office would

Missouri Republicans eye ‘religious freedom’ laws in wake of Kim Davis saga

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republicans in Missouri are looking at expanding state protections for religious liberty after the jailing of a county clerk in Kentucky over her refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kim Davis was released from jail yesterday after spending a few days behind bars. Davis, who

UM hiring new government relations director amid criticisms

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri System is seeking a new face to run their state government relations department, as their relationship with state lawmakers grows increasingly testy. UM unwittingly found themselves at odds with state lawmakers when the Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia resumed surgical abortion services several years after ending the program.

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

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

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


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


Rowden formally kicks off state senate campaign

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Rep. Caleb Rowden officially kicked off his campaign for the 19th state senate district today with a press release and campaign video. Rowden, so far the only Republican in the race, will be running against Democrat Stephen Webber, a fellow House member with the state party’s endorsement. Rowden’s formal announcement comes weeks

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Vasterling responds to Schaefer, Sanctity of Life Committee inquiry

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services Gail Vasterling responded Friday to a request made by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, the chair of the Sanctity of Life Committee. The two came to a verbal, but heated, disagreement earlier this month when Vasterling refused to name the hospital that had an agreement