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

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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