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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

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House passes police protection bills: ‘We have your backs’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has reaffirmed their intent to support law enforcement officers this week, passing two bills seeking to place protections on the men and women serving as police officers. Just two days after perfecting HB 57, the bill filed by Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-St. Louis, and HB 302 and 228,

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

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,

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

The security entrance — including a metal detector — at the Biggs building. (Photos by Collin Reischman)

Capitol security will beef up after inauguration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri State Capitol will see an increased security system beginning January 10. According to a release from the Capitol Police, starting that day, visitors will be searched. Officers and security personnel will be at the entrances along with X-ray conveyors and walk-through magnetometers. The release says it is an effort

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Hill joins list of legislators filing law enforcement protection bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Justin Hill has pre-filed legislation that adds to a growing number of law enforcement protection bills filed in the House this session. HB 302 will add stricter punishments to criminals who target law enforcement officers, including an automatic rating of the crime as a class A felony and a revocation

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Rep.-elect Schroer looks to take on crime in first session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the state government are taking a stand this year in an effort to protect the law enforcement officers and first responders of Missouri. Rep.-elect Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon, is one such legislator. The new representative’s first four bills pre-filed all center around the issues of crime and safety in some

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Haefner re-files bill to make assault on law enforcement a hate crime

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When you think of the word “hate crime,” one usually thinks of crimes against race, gender, sexuality or creed. But one bill filed this December looks to change the definition of a hate crime to include offenses against first responders and law enforcement. It’s the same bill that Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-St.

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