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Special Session Called to Consider Discipline of Greitens

By a large majority, the members of the Missouri House and Senate agreed to hold a special session to consider disciplinary action regarding Governor Eric Greitens. The special session will commence at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, right after the conclusion of the regular session. Read this AP article for more.

Pro-Life Tax Credits Stymied by Vocal Minority

An overwhelming majority of state legislators support the work of pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, but legislation to assist these agencies is being blocked by opponents. The stymied legislation, which is included in a number of pending bills, would reauthorize the tax credits now available when people donate to pregnancy resource centers and maternity Read More

House Passes Minimum Sentencing Bill

This week the House of Representatives passed HB 1739 by a vote of 148-0. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage), would allow a judge to depart from minimum sentencing requirements for offenders if they met certain criteria. It is unusual for a bill about criminal justice reform to receive unanimous support from a legislative body. This Read More

“Raise the Age” Moves Forward

This week, the House Rules Committee voted out SB 793, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau). Known as “Raise the Age”, the bill would raise juvenile certification from 17 to 18 years old. The search for funds to pay for the extra juvenile services needed to treat 17-year-olds had previously held up the bill. Now the Read More

President Pro-tem Ron Richard’s Farewell Address

President Pro-tem of the Missouri Senate, Senator Ron Richard (R-Joplin), is serving his final weeks in the Missouri General Assembly. He has been a State Representative, the Speaker of the Missouri House and has served as the President Pro-tem in the Senate, directing much of the business of the upper legislative chamber. This week, he gave Read More