Featured Public defenders, Amtrak, schools among budget differences debated in conference committeeThe Conference Committee on Budget met for more than eight hours Wednesday to resolve the state budget ahead of this week’s deadline. Missouri college athletes could get paid for their likeness under bipartisan planWith less than two weeks left of the legislative session, a bipartisan effort is underway to allow college athletes to be paid for their likeness. Missouri lawmakers approve plan to extend orders of protection for life“Having this lifetime protection order as a tool that a judge can possibly use for me gives me hope and makes me feel like I actually matter.” Here are the Senate conferees for FY 2022 budget negotiationsWith a balanced state budget due at the end of the week, President Pro Tem Dave Schatz has named the Senate members heading to conference. Here are the House conferees for FY 2022 budget negotiationsWith a balanced state budget due at the end of the week, Speaker Rob Vescovo has named the House members heading to conference. How Schupp is taking on utility legislation this sessionA handful of bills focused on utility reform are progressing through the legislature — but not without input from Sen. Jill Schupp.