- Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for Missouri officials Updated: May-24-15 2:19 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.
- Clock running out for Missouri transportation funding fix Updated: May-23-15 2:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers finished their annual session without action on transportation funding, a priority of Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. But both sides say they will look to address any potential shortfalls next year.
- Cornejo enters race for Missouri House majority leader Updated: May-21-15 3:39 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - St. Peters Rep. Robert Cornejo (kohr-NAY'-hoh) has entered what could be a crowded race for Missouri House majority leader.
- Missouri lawmakers send fewer tax changes to Gov. Nixon Updated: May-20-15 6:08 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Republican-controlled Legislature sent narrowly targeted tax-code changes to Gov. Jay Nixon this year hoping to avoid a repeat of last year, when the Democrat vetoed numerous tax measures he said were special-interest giveaways not accounted for in the budget.
- Missouri lawmakers pass multiple tax code changes Updated: May-20-15 4:02 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature's tumultuous final week prevented action on some omnibus tax legislation. Several smaller measures received final approval or were sent to the governor, though, before action in the Senate ground to a halt after a vote on a contentious right-to-work bill. Here's a look at some of the provisions that passed and legislative researchers' estimate of their annual cost to the state's general revenue fund.
- Missouri GOP lawmakers use numbers to cut social safety net Updated: May-18-15 7:51 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Republicans leveraged their large majorities in the Missouri Legislature to slash welfare and unemployment benefits this year in an effort they say will spur some people to find work and help businesses. But Democrats call the changes an "all-out attack" on the poor.
- Missouri lawmakers pass on dozens of Ferguson-inspired bills Updated: May-17-15 10:32 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
- Analysis: Months of work by Missouri lawmakers end in chaos Updated: May-16-15 10:31 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's legislative session ended in chaos amid partisan gridlock and the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.
- Missouri lawmakers quit early; deadly force bill fails Updated: May-15-15 9:02 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers concluded a tumultuous annual session Friday, ending their work ahead of a deadline while failing to pass a bill rewriting the state's deadly force standards for police in response to last summer's fatal shooting in Ferguson.
- Missouri lawmakers approve tax notification requirement Updated: May-15-15 5:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A measure that would require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses when there are changes in tax policy is headed to the governor's desk.
- Missouri lawmakers reauthorize tax to fund Medicaid Updated: May-15-15 5:47 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A one-year reauthorization for a tax that provides a large chunk of funding for Missouri's Medicaid program is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk on the final day of session.
- Missouri deadly force bill fails after Senate quits early Updated: May-15-15 5:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri bill limiting when police can use deadly force is dead for the session after the Senate quit early without voting on it.
- Missouri Senate quits early, killing numerous bills Updated: May-15-15 4:35 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has quit early on the final day of its session, causing the demise of numerous bills.
- Marriage proposal on Missouri Legislature's last day Updated: May-15-15 2:37 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members broke into applause as Rep. Shelley Keeney, of Marble Hill, accepted a marriage proposal on the dais.
- Time limits on ballot language challenges sent to governor Updated: May-15-15 2:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon a measure Friday that supporters say would make things easier for county clerks and prevent reprinting costs when ballot measures are changed by courts close to an election.
- Missouri House OKs trusts for money earned by foster kids Updated: May-15-15 1:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Young adults in the custody of the state who earn money from work or job training may have funds deposited in a trust fund under a measure sent to Missouri's governor.
- Missouri House speaker resigns over sexual texts with intern Updated: May-15-15 1:13 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House Speaker John Diehl led colleagues in the Pledge of Allegiance, apologized again for exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a Capitol intern, then walked out of the chamber and resigned Friday as Missouri lawmakers sought to put his scandal behind them on the final day of the session.
- Missouri House speaker resigning after intern text messages Updated: May-14-15 11:37 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern.
- Missouri Republicans pick Richardson as next House speaker Updated: May-14-15 8:56 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans have chosen House Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber's top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.
- Missouri House sends environmental measure to governor Updated: May-14-15 6:59 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri House has sent Gov. Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing.
- Parsons says he would allow recordings of public meetings Updated: May-13-15 9:42 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Republican Missouri state senator running for governor says he would allow recordings of his public committee hearings.
- Missouri lawmakers OK office to advocate for military bases Updated: May-13-15 7:50 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A measure that would create a new office to coordinate Missouri's efforts to retain military bases is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.
- Missouri House roll call on 'right-to-work' legislation Updated: May-13-15 6:40 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The 92-66 roll call vote Wednesday on a measure that would prohibit union contracts with employers that allow the collection of fees from non-members, sometimes called right to work.
- Missouri GOP lawmakers send right-to-work bill to governor Updated: May-13-15 4:05 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans used their large majorities to send a right-to-work measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.
- Democrats stall Missouri Senate after right-to-work vote Updated: May-13-15 1:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Democrats are stalling action in the Missouri Senate after some Republicans forced a vote on a contentious right-to-work bill.