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Greitens dark money group set to attack Libla despite long record on law enforcement

Greitens dark money group set to attack Libla despite long record on law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Springfield News-Leader reported Thursday morning that A New Missouri, Inc., a dark money nonprofit designed to further Gov. Eric Greitens agenda, would release more social media advertisements directed at senators, specifically for standing in the way of a blue alert measure meant to support law enforcement. A New Missouri has

Rep. Curtis Trent holds a press conference urging action be taken in the Senate on Hailey's Law May 3, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Hailey’s law, other bills in the balance as Senate fights persist

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ten representatives gathered early Wednesday morning in House Hearing Room 2, to voice their support for the passage of HB 697, better known as Hailey’s Law. It currently sits 79th on the Senate calendar of House Bills for Third Reading, and the gathering of legislators took on a life of its

Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten accepts the role of superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol as Gov. Eric Greitens watches Feb. 1, 2017.

MSHP honors employees at MASTERS ceremony

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Amidst the rains and floods of the past weekend, leaders of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society (MASTERS) took time to celebrate 21 employees of the state law enforcement agency at a ceremony in Columbia. Several award recipients reportedly could not attend the

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Hailey’s Law passes Missouri House, heads to Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passed legislation this week seeking to streamline the process for Amber Alerts, enabling law enforcement to issue alerts with more haste. HB 697, filed by Rep. Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, is called ‘’Hailey’s Law” after 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield. She was kidnapped and murdered in February 2014. Craig

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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

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

From left to right: Rep. Steve Helms, Stacey Barfield, Jim Wood, Genie Wood, Jeff Barfield, and Rep. Curtis Trent

‘Hailey’s Law’ seeks to speed up Amber Alert process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new bill has been introduced this week, seeking to get Amber Alerts out quicker. Rep. Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, is the sponsor of the bill, HB 697, or as it’s being called, ‘Hailey’s Law’. Trent introduced the bill after meeting with the family of Hailey Owens, a 10-year-old Springfield, Mo. girl

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House committee takes on Blue Alert and hate crimes against police

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Protecting law enforcement officers and first responders has become a top political priority in Missouri, following several events in which members of both groups have been attacked or harassed. In 2016, more than 60 officers were killed in firearm-related deaths in the U.S. Gov. Eric Greitens has continuously called for legislation

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House Budget committee discusses bills to increase funding for law enforcement agencies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House Budget committee may not be working on producing a balanced budget, they have found ways to be productive while waiting for Governor Eric Greitens’ budget plan. The committee met Wednesday morning to hear two bills, both sponsored by Rep. Kathie Conway, R-St. Charles, addressing budgetary issues in the

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