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  • Lobbyists spent $200K on lawmakers' trips 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 10:31 am
  • ST. LOUIS - Industry and special interest groups spent more than $200,000 in the last three years on trips for Missouri lawmakers, according to a newspaper analysis.

  • Mo. lawmakers plan to send Nixon criminal code 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are poised to send Gov. Jay Nixon legislation to overhaul the state's criminal laws.

  • House plans debate on Missouri student transfers 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members plan to advance legislation that seeks to address a student transfer law requiring unaccredited school systems to pay for students who want to attend better-performing schools in nearby districts.

  • Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:22 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Legislation awaiting a likely veto by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would create a new tax break for the owners of local diners and downtown antique stores. Accountants and doctors could benefit, too. And farmers and car dealers and architects.

  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:55 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights - barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

  • Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:37 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs.

  • Mo. House votes to expand sales tax exemptions 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:05 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Pizza parlors, doughnut shops and even convenience stores all could be in line for a tax break on the food that they make and sell as a result of a measure moving through the Missouri Legislature.

  • Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

  • Missouri to bar teenagers from buying e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers passed a pair of bills Thursday to prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes, but opponents argue the legislation would pave the way for the nicotine products to be sold with fewer restrictions.

  • Senators mull jumping jack as state exercise 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are considering official designation for the jumping jack.

  • Missouri lawmakers pass tax cut; veto possible 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:00 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Setting up a likely veto showdown, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to an income tax cut for millions of individuals and thousands of business owners that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon warned could imperil funding for public schools and services.

  • Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:52 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

  • Mo. Senate bill raises benevolent tax credit cap 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri could award additional tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers, food pantries and maternity homes under legislation endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

  • House OKs notification for ending fluoridation 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Public water systems could be required to notify Missouri customers before eliminating fluoride from drinking water.

  • Court expands legal rights for injured workers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.

  • Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:50 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

  • Missouri court: No sales tax on balloon rides 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court says state sales tax should not be charged for hot air balloon rides.

  • Mo. high court upholds conviction in death of baby 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:17 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a St. Louis County woman for the suffocating death of her daughter in 2008.

  • Missouri proposal would open office in Israel 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:06 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Some Missouri lawmakers want the state to open an economic development office in Israel.

  • Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:38 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

  • Missouri Senate holds memorial for former members 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:47 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators paused in the final weeks of this legislative session to honor their former colleagues who have died during the past several decades with a memorial service on Monday.

  • Missouri union vote focuses on absent lawmakers 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 10:28 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - In legislative lingo, it's called "taking a walk." A lawmaker walks out of the chamber - sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town - and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue.

  • Competing voting plans could appear on Mo. ballot 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:52 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - An early voting initiative petition is prompting a Missouri lawmaker to propose another version that could lead to voters deciding between competing plans.

  • Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:52 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - People who commit crimes against children could face longer prison sentences as a result of legislation that reorganizes Missouri's criminal laws and has passed in both the House and Senate.

  • Mo. Senate wants Kansas City to host Super Bowl 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:05 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A task force would be charged with trying to bring the Super Bowl to Kansas City under a resolution passed by the Missouri Senate.