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4-6-17 House budget plan would save program to get low-income youths into workforce
St. Louis City Democrat Bruce Franks, Junior, saw that Governor Eric Greitens (R) had proposed cutting all funding to the Summer Jobs League within the Department of Economic Development. Franks proposed taking $6-million from unused funds in two programs within Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to restore it, and the House voted to accept Franks’ proposal.
4-5-17 House refuses additional reductions to MU in higher education budget
The state House has finalized its proposed budget for state aid to colleges and universities for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Another favorable vote will send that plan to the Senate for its consideration.
4-5-17 House budget proposal: no state dollars to tolling Missouri roads
The state House’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 would bar the use of General Revenue dollars for anything associated with collecting tolls on interstates running through Missouri.
4-5-17 House budget plan targets Conservation Department's deal with former director
The state House is poised to send to the Senate a budget that would cut $500,000 from the Department of Conservation.
4-5-17 House advances budget plan using money from repeal of renters tax credit
The state House is poised to propose a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that includes money based on the repeal of a tax break for low-income seniors and the disabled. Budget planners used the money that would be saved by that repeal to support in-home care for the elderly and disabled.
4-5-17 House budget plan proposes nearly $3-million for education on new voter photo ID law
The House voted to move $1.5-million from an election administration improvements fund in the Secretary of State’s office to go to the implementation of the voter photo ID law approved by voters in November. Specifically that money is for educating voters about the new law so that they can comply with it when they go to the polls.
04-03-17 Missouri House to finalize its budget proposal this week
Legislators often say it is the one thing the General Assembly must do even if it does nothing else: pass a balanced state budget. This week the state House will take the latest step toward that end, when its members debate a budget proposal to be sent to the Senate for its consideration.
04-03-17 House bill would expand on legal medical use in Missouri of hemp oil
A state House member wants to expand on a Missouri law passed in 2014 that allows the use of hemp oil to treat intractable epilepsy to allow the use of that substance in treating other conditions.
3-31-17 Missouri House proposes giving Missourians choice of whether to get Real ID-compliant licenses
The state House has proposed a bill that would allow Missourians to choose whether to get a state ID that complies with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, so they can use it to do things like enter military bases and board planes.
3-28-17 House close to proposing a repeal of Missouri prevailing wage law
Republicans supporting House Bill 104 say the prevailing wage law drives up the cost of projects, making local governments postpone work or forgo it altogether. Democrats say the legislation is simply another attack on workers.
3-28-17 House bill targets St. Louis ordinance, aims to protect alternatives-to-abortion clinics
The sponsor of House Bill 174, Representative Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), said a St. Louis ordinance penalizes agencies that refuse to hire a woman who would counsel a woman to have an abortion or refer a woman to get an abortion.
3-29-2017 House perfects prescription drug monitoring program proposal
The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposed tracking system for prescription drugs that backers hope will fight opioid abuse in Missouri. Specifically it aims to help stop “doctor shopping;” the practice of going to multiple doctors seeking multiple prescriptions for valuable and addictive medications.
3-27-17 Lawmaker wants Missouri on track to next-generation 911
Some Missouri lawmakers think you should be able to send text, photos, videos, or data to 911, and they want to put the state on a schedule to achieve that goal.
3-27-17 House budget plan aims to improve harassment investigations in Department of Corrections
House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) said his plan would redirect money that goes to the Department’s offices of Inspector General and Human Resources, and create an Office of Professional Standards.
3-23-17 House Budget Chairman proud of proposed full funding of education
Shell Knob Republican Scott Fitzpatrick said in August when he became the budget chairman that his number one priority was to fully fund Missouri’s public schools. He recently unveiled budget bills that included fully funding the K-12 school formula.
3-23-17 (VIDEO) Rep. Bruce Franks discusses chairmanship of new panel on police/community relations
Representative Bruce Franks, Junior (D), has been chosen by House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) and Representative Don Phillips (R), the chairman of the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety, to chair the newly formed Subcommittee on Police/Community Relations.
3-22-17 Bipartisan bill would help parents keep state child care assistance when receiving pay raises
The bill from Crystal Quade (D) and Dan Shaul (R) seeks to help families stave off what’s called the “cliff effect;” when a person receives a pay increase that puts him or her over the income limit for certain state benefits.
3-21-17 Bill named for sponsor's brother, shot to death at 9, seeks better education of youth about violence
Missourians would be asked to remember children killed by violence in the state, and to work to prevent more such deaths, under a bill passed out of the state House.
3-21-17 Legislators considering whether to criminalize protests that block highways, streets
Parkville Republican Nick Marshall said he filed the bill in response to protests in recent years, such as those in Ferguson in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the decision by the St. Louis County prosecutor not to file charges against the Ferguson police officer that shot him.
3-17-17 House votes to end tax break for low-income seniors, disabled, to fund in-home care for elderly, disabled
Backers say the proposal will allow the legislature to fund a Medicaid program that provides in-home care to poor elderly and disabled people. Opponents say there were other places to look for the approximately $55-million for that program.
3-17-17 Missouri Legislature approves House Bill to toughen penalties for illegal herbicide use
House Bill 662 was filed in response to incidents last year in which farmers applied the product dicamba, resulting in damage to neighboring farmers’ crops that used seeds not resistant to that herbicide.
3-14-17 House advances ban on lobbyist gifts to local government and school officials
House Bill 229 would bar gifts from lobbyists to local government officials, superintendents, school board members, members of charter school boards, and the staff and family members of such people.
3-10-17 Number 2 Corrections official faces committee investigating sexual harassment, retaliation in department
A top Department of Corrections official has told a House subcommittee poor training, bureaucracy, and the Department’s growth have contributed to problems with harassment and retaliation among Missouri prison employees.
3-9-17 House passes bills meant to halt 'venue shopping'
Proponents said House Bills 460, 461, and 462 would stop the practice of attorneys to seek to have cases involving people not from Missouri, alleging injuries that didn’t happen in Missouri, and against companies not from Missouri, heard in St. Louis based on the belief they’d have a better chance of winning there.
3-7-17 Republicans move quickly to give state final say on minimum wage
House Republicans are fast-tracking bills meant to assert that only the state can set a minimum wage, while Democrats say the bills are a rushed effort that goes back on a promise legislators made two years ago to the people of St. Louis.
3-06-17 House members again asked to consider legalizing medical marijuana in Missouri
House Bill 437 would allow the use of marijuana to treat irreversible debilitating diseases or conditions.
3-06-17 Republican plan would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills
“It’s pro-choice in the sense that we are trying to give women more control over their reproductive health and over their family planning, and it’s pro-life in the sense that the bill is intended to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions,” said the bill's sponsor, Ballwin Republican Shamed Dogan.
2-27-17 House budget chairman on search for savings in FY '18 budget; wariness about tobacco settlement money
House appropriations committees continue taking testimony from state agencies and elected officials about how much they want or hope to receive in state money if Fiscal Year ’18.
2-27-17 With Senate prescription monitoring plan close to passage, House remains focused on its member's version
Backers of PDMPs say they help fight prescription drug abuse. They are intended to catch people in the act of “doctor shopping;” visiting multiple doctors in an attempt to get their hands on as much as they can of prescriptions commonly abused.
2-24-17 Missouri House proposes bigger fines for illegally applying herbicides, after Bootheel farmers' losses
House Bill 662 would let the Department of Agriculture fine a farmer up to $1,000 for every acre herbicide is applied to, off-label. The fine could be doubled for repeat violators.
2-24-17 Panel on Corrections Department environment hears of 'vague' harassment policies, working in 'hell'
A week after being frustrated by two Department of Corrections officials’ responses to questions about harassment, members of a Missouri House subcommittee heard from two Department employees who described an environment of nepotism, harassment, and retaliation in the state’s prison system.
2-23-17 Missouri House again endorses less time for unemployment benefits
The bill would cut that time period from 20 to 13 weeks if the state’s unemployment rate is less than 6-percent. It could increase if the jobless rate increases, reaching a maximum of 20 weeks if that rate exceeds 9-percent.
2-22-17 Bill seeks better oversight of state settlements, after harassment in Corrections Department
House lawmakers shocked by what some have called an environment of harassment and retaliation in the Department of Corrections are considering a bill they hope will let the legislature know when such situations are present.
2-21-17 Bill named for Hailey Owens aims to accelerate and improve Amber Alerts
House Bill 697 would establish Hailey’s Law, named for 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield, who was kidnapped and murdered in February, 2014.
2-21-17 MO House again asked to require independent investigators in officer-involved deaths
House Bill 232 would require all law enforcement agencies in Missouri to have written policies on how officer-involved deaths would be handled.
2-21-17 Proposed 'Good Samaritan Law' aims to save the lives of some who would overdose
House Bill 294 would protect a person from arrest or prosecution for certain possession-related charges if that person calls for emergency medical help for a person suffering a drug or alcohol overdose.
02-20-17 New Corrections head to House budget makers: hold off on talk of a new prison
Some state lawmakers have questioned whether Missouri will soon need another prison, but the prison system’s new director hopes to keep that from being necessary.
2-20-17 Subcommittee on harassment in Corrections Department frustrated by Department's structure, process
A House subcommittee appointed to investigate harassment and retaliation in the Department of Corrections thinks how the Department handles allegations is not clear, at best.
2-17-17 House members debate repeal of Missouri's death penalty
Missouri House members were asked this week to consider whether Missouri should continue to have a death penalty.
2-16-17 House Republicans continue labor reform efforts, address project labor agreements
HB 126 would bar required union agreements on public works projects.
2-14-17 House endorses tougher penalties for crimes against law enforcement
House Bill 57 aims to increase by one degree the penalty for voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, first- or second-degree property damage, unlawful use of a weapon, rioting, or first-degree trespassing, when those crimes are committed against a law enforcement officer.
2-13-17 House proposal seeks move of historic African American's collection to Smithsonian
Historic documents related to a key figure in African Americans’ struggle for equal opportunity in education should be elevated to a national stage, according to a state representative.
2-10-17 Republicans' labor reform agenda continues; House sends paycheck legislation to Senate
House Republicans have advanced another piece of their labor reform agenda, sending to the Senate legislation they call “paycheck protection.” Democrats decry the bill as an attack on unions, calling it “paycheck deception.”
2-9-17 New prison system director talks to House committee about harassment, more
The “primary focus” for the incoming Director of the Department of Corrections is dealing with reports of harassment and retaliation within the department. That’s what Ann Precythe said after talking to a House subcommittee created to review those reports.
2-6-17 House budget chairman on the governor's spending plan and House budget priorites
Governor Eric Greietens (R) has released his $27.6-billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. It has gone to the House of Representatives, which will now prepare its own spending plan starting with Greitens’.
2-6-17 House again considering requiring human trafficking posters at some businesses
House Bill 261 is based on one of the recommendations made by the House Task Force on Human Trafficking.
2-3-17 House asked to consider tougher penalties for illegal herbicide use that cost farmers crops
The Department of Agriculture told the House Committee on Agriculture Policy those farmers lost an average of 35-percent of their crops, when neighboring farmers used an outdated dicamba product.
2-2-17 Missouri House votes to send right-to-work to Gov. Greitens
The Missouri House has sent Governor Eric Greitens a bill that would make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state; a bill it is anticipated he will sign.
2-1-17 Missouri House asked to consider multiple ethics reforms
House lawmakers continue to lay out a slate of proposed ethics reforms they believe would help restore the public’s trust in Missouri’s elected officials.
1-31-17 Leading Democrat on House Budget Committee looks ahead to challenging FY '18 process
Mike Lear sat down with the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Michael Butler (St. Louis), to talk about his thoughts in facing what lawmakers say will be a difficult budget year.
1-30-17 House Committee advances Senate right-to-work bill
The major difference in the bill sponsored by Rolla Republican Senator Dan Brown is that it includes a grandfather clause. That will allow contracts between employers and unions that exist at the time it becomes law to remain in place until they expire or are altered.