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Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law

BY: - September 14, 2021

With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote. Committees in the Missouri House and Senate held hearings Tuesday dominated by discussions of requiring a government-issued ID for both in-person and absentee voting. Secretary of State Jay […]

Missouri Senate rejects funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion

BY: - April 29, 2021

The Missouri Senate voted against funding Medicaid expansion Wednesday night, after a debate that will not be the final word on whether 275,000 Missourians become eligible for coverage on July 1.  By a 14-20 vote, with four Republicans breaking ranks with the rest of their party, the Senate rejected an amendment to the Department of […]

Democrats vow court battle if lawmakers don’t fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

BY: - April 28, 2021

With the Missouri Senate poised for what promises to be a lengthy debate over Medicaid expansion, legislative Democrats said Tuesday that the fight over funding will move to the courts if lawmakers don’t approve money for the new coverage. During a rally on the Capitol Building lawn, Senate Democrats promised to push for adding the […]

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Missouri Medicaid expansion fails Senate committee on tie vote

BY: - April 22, 2021

The Senate Appropriations Committee set the stage for a lengthy floor debate on Medicaid expansion, with a split vote late Wednesday on a plan offered by Republican Sen. Lincoln Hough. Hough, vice chairman of the committee, and two other Republicans joined with all four Democrats in support of a proposal that would have implemented the […]

Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

BY: - April 7, 2021

A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to give the […]

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Bill increasing penalties for protesters wins initial approval in Missouri Senate

BY: - February 23, 2021

Republican state Senators advanced sweeping legislation early Tuesday morning aimed at penalizing protestors who block streets, while also providing further protections for law enforcement under investigation for misconduct or excessive force. The bill also aims to prevent municipalities from decreasing the budgets for law enforcement agencies in Missouri by more than 12 percent over five […]

Bill to ban chokeholds now paired with controversial residency bill for Kansas City police

BY: - February 2, 2021

Just as a criminal justice reform bill appeared to be gaining traction in the Missouri Senate, it was attached on Monday to a controversial measure to eliminate the requirement that Kansas City police officers live in the city. On its own, Democratic Sen. Brian Williams’ bill would ban police chokeholds, specifically neck restraints that restrict […]