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Holsman calls for $60 million in settlements to restore funding to Greitens’ budget cuts

Holsman calls for $60 million in settlements to restore funding to Greitens’ budget cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The state of Missouri received roughly $60 million from two lawsuit settlements in the past few weeks, and Sen. Jason Holsman says it should go to restoring some of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. The money comes from two settlements; $10 million comes from a multi-state settlement with the

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House lawmakers seek to improve public opinion of law enforcement with transparency bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have made a point of standing behind the members of law enforcement, with the House recently passing several bills regarding police protection. But the debate has also brought up concerns over the perceived lack of action by the General Assembly to address the issues highlighted by the 2014 shooting

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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

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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

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Court of Appeals reverses ruling, says Sunshine Law was not violated in execution drug case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Department of Corrections does not have to reveal the names of the pharmacists who supply Missouri’s lethal injection drugs, according to a ruling issued by the Missouri Court of Appeals Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District reversed a 2015 decision from a lower court

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

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

Just one day before the House passed a paycheck protection bill which would affect law enforcement and firefighter unions, Gov. Eric Greitens spent the day training with members of the St. Louis Fire Department. (From Eric Greitens' Facebook page)

House hits police, firefighters with paycheck protection bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tempers flared on the House floor Thursday morning as another labor reform issue was debated. HB 251, sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, seeks to require authorization for certain labor unions to use their dues and fees to make political contributions. It also requires written consent for withholding earnings from paychecks,

Director of the Department of Corrections Anne Precythe speaks at a hearing Feb. 9, 2017.

Precythe promises “new day” for Missouri corrections

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first official hearing of the committee investigating sexual and racial harassment claims against certain Department of Corrections employees instead served as more an introductory hearing for the department’s new chair, Anne Precythe. Precythe spoke with legislators on the Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct to offer how she will

Rep. Holly Rehder watches debate on her right-to-work bill Jan. 18, 2017 (Courtesy of Tim Bommel)

With right-to-work done, Rehder moves on to PDMP legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Right-to-work has preoccupied Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, for the first month of session, but now that Gov. Eric Greitens has signed the monumental piece of legislation, she will move onto her next major legislative priority: initiating a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. For the third year in a row, Rehder

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