Bob Onder

Missouri Capitol

Winners and losers of Missouri’s raucous 2022 legislative session

BY: - May 16, 2022

The 2022 legislative session ended last week the same way it began back in January: With the Missouri Senate bogged down and barely able to function thanks to bitter divisions within the Republican majority.  Over the course of five months, there were filibusters, procedural hijinks and ugly back-and-forths between members of the Senate’s conservative caucus […]

Battle lines remain fixed in Missouri Senate Republican factional fights as session ends

BY: - May 14, 2022

In chess, a defensive move that swaps positions of the rook and the king is called castling. The move that ends the game, of course, is the checkmate. Early Thursday morning, the Missouri Senate leadership castled the congressional redistricting bill by recessing, instead of adjourning, the Wednesday session. That meant that when members returned around […]

Missouri Senate adjourns early after passing congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Missouri Senate passed a congressional redistricting map Thursday and then adjourned for the year. The 22-11 vote came after Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden invoked a rarely-used rule to bring a bill from the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting to the floor.  The adjournment came a day before the constitutionally mandated end of the […]

Fate of Missouri needle exchange bill in doubt as Senate GOP infighting blocks passage

BY: - May 12, 2022

Tensions between Republican senators frayed further Wednesday after a filibuster dealt a potentially fatal blow to a wide-ranging health care bill. Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, spent nearly two hours reading the bill, sponsored by Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder, R-Sikeston, line by line, decrying the size it had grown to and “all the […]

Missouri Senate divisions on full display going into session’s final days

BY: - May 11, 2022

The halls of the Missouri Capitol on Tuesday didn’t look like time was running out on the 2022 legislative session. The third-floor rotunda area between the House and Senate, usually bustling with activity as lobbyists confer with lawmakers and shuttle between the chambers to check the viability of amendments with less than 100 hours to […]

Hopes dwindle that Missouri lawmakers will extend postpartum care for new moms

BY: - May 10, 2022

A bipartisan proposal to extend postpartum care for low-income women in Missouri to a full year after they’ve given birth is “hanging on a thread,” its sponsor said, due to resistance from a Republican state senator in the legislative session’s final days. The provision, which would expand health care coverage from 60 days to a […]

Voter ID requirement, absentee ballot changes clear Missouri Senate

BY: - May 9, 2022

The Missouri Senate passed a wide-ranging elections bill Monday that would enact a photo ID requirement to vote as well as create a window to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.  The bill will now go back to the House, which can send it to the governor or ask for a conference to work […]

Missouri House

‘Crescendo of craziness’: Missouri legislature enters final week with long to-do list

BY: - May 9, 2022

Missouri lawmakers enter the final week of the legislative session Monday with a laundry list of unfinished business and long-simmering tensions threatening to derail any hope of progress.  After finishing work on the largest state budget in Missouri history last week, GOP super majorities in the House and Senate hope to begin ticking through election-year […]


Missouri lawmakers to make one more attempt at congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 3, 2022

Missouri lawmakers will try one more time before they adjourn for the year to reach agreement on a new Congressional redistricting map. If they fail, the job will likely fall to the courts. But with three pending lawsuits – one in federal court and two in state court – it is uncertain where a map […]

GOP eyes amending Missouri constitution to ensure no right to abortion exists post-Roe

BY: - May 3, 2022

If a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade holds true, nearly all abortions in Missouri would become illegal. But anti-abortion advocates worry the ban would be swiftly met with lawsuits. They hope the leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe will jumpstart efforts to place a proposal on the statewide ballot declaring […]

Republicans tussle over bill to provide warm meals to some Missouri SNAP recipients

BY: - April 27, 2022

When state Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder was 18 and struggling to raise a baby, she applied for federal food assistance to help her get back on her feet.  “I can cook a pot of beans and cornbread and make that last a couple of days,” Rehder, R-Sikeston, said during Monday’s Senate debate.  But some people […]

Conservative caucus demands Missouri Senate reject talks with House on congressional maps

BY: - March 30, 2022

Members of the Missouri Senate’s conservative caucus on Wednesday made it clear they would once again derail the chamber with procedural maneuvers in order to block negotiations with the House over a new congressional map. Republican Sens. Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis, Bill Eigel of Weldon Spring and Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg stalled routine […]