Brian Williams

Contraception, Planned Parenthood dominate debate as Missouri Senate returns to Capitol

BY: and - June 23, 2021

If state lawmakers approve the limits on Planned Parenthood’s participation in state medical funding suggested by Gov. Mike Parson, it would not cost the organization any money. Lawmakers are back in session this week because they failed earlier this year to extend provider taxes vital to funding Medicaid after a push from conservatives in the Missouri […]

Missouri Senate approves bill seeking to nullify federal gun laws

BY: - May 13, 2021

State and local law enforcement would be prohibited from enforcing certain federal gun laws under legislation approved Thursday night by the Missouri Senate. For more than six hours, Democratic Senators tried to add an amendment to the bill aimed at keeping people convicted of domestic abuse from buying and keeping firearms — but ultimately failed.  […]

Missouri lawmakers strike a deal on crime bill after governor’s veto threat

BY: - May 12, 2021

House leadership backed off its insistence that a wide-ranging crime bill include stiffer penalties for lying under oath to the legislature a day after Gov. Mike Parson threatened a veto. Parson said Tuesday that he objected to giving lawmakers more investigative power, calling it “a total power grab.” He said any bill that included the […]

Chokehold ban, repeal of KC residency rule wins initial approval of Missouri Senate

BY: - March 23, 2021

A bill banning police chokeholds and repealing a requirement that Kansas City police officers reside within the city received initial approval in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday. Provisions added to the bill by Democratic Sen. Brian Williams of University City would ban police chokeholds, specifically neck restraints that restrict air flow, and prohibit an officer […]

Jay Nixon comeback? Democrats lining up for shot at open Missouri Senate seat

BY: - March 11, 2021

Roy Blunt’s announcement that he won’t seek a third term certainly shook up Republican politics in Missouri, sparking nearly every GOP elected official in the state to publicly mull jumping into the campaign. Democrats aren’t immune from the speculation. While any Democrat would face an uphill fight, the chance of a messy GOP primary — […]

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 […]

Missouri takes steps toward tightening accountability for law enforcement

BY: - January 29, 2021

Brian Williams grew up in Ferguson, where Michael Brown Jr.’s shooting death sparked a national movement for police accountability in 2014.  Four years later, he was elected to the Missouri Senate as a Democrat representing his hometown district.  Williams, now 37, recalls times of being pulled over for “just driving while black.”  “I was handcuffed […]

Missouri GOP push bill to discipline officers who ‘infringe’ on Second Amendment rights

BY: - January 19, 2021

Missouri law enforcement officers could be permanently disbarred and face fines if they “infringe” on residents’ Second Amendment rights, under a bill debated by a state Senate committee on Tuesday.  Republican state Sen. Eric Burlison’s legislation would create a “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” which prohibits any state or local officer from enforcing federal firearms laws […]