Missouri House

Bob Griffin, longest-serving Missouri House speaker, has died at age 85

BY: - July 7, 2021

Bob F. Griffin, who served as speaker of the Missouri House for 15 years until he was forced to resign in the face of a federal criminal investigation, died Wednesday in Columbia. He was 85. Griffin was the longest-serving speaker in the state’s history. During his tenure as speaker from 1981 to 1996, the General Assembly […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

In final days of Missouri’s legislative session, dueling COVID liability bills surface

BY: - May 13, 2021

It’s a race to the finish to see which version of a dueling set of COVID liability bills will find its way to the governor’s desk before the Missouri Legislature adjourns for the year at 6 p.m. Friday. On Thursday morning, both a sweeping Senate bill and a more pared down House version moved out […]

As KC battled to keep residency requirement for cops, councilwoman pushed repeal

BY: and - May 13, 2021

As Kansas City officials were working to block a legislative effort to repeal the city’s residency requirement for police officers, the council’s lone conservative member had other ideas. Councilwoman Heather Hall traveled to Jefferson City last week with the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she met with lawmakers over dinner and meetings at the […]

The Missouri House Chamber

After passing tax credit program to fund school choice, lawmakers cut it in half

BY: - May 12, 2021

Less than a week after an education savings account program was sent to the governor — a major victory for school choice advocates more than a decade in the making — the Missouri House voted on Tuesday to cut the program in half.  Lawmakers said the slash to the program was part of a previously […]

Rep. Ben Baker speaks on the House floor.

After voting down Senate COVID liability bill, House focus turns to pared down version

BY: - April 29, 2021

After voting down a sweeping bill to shield businesses from most COVID-19 related lawsuits Monday night, House lawmakers have pinned their hopes on a much more narrow version. Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho, added provisions onto Senate Bill 27 on Thursday in the House Committee on Downsizing State Government, which he chairs. The bill was passed […]

Rep. Tom Hannegan

As session nears end, Missouri legislators get creative in push for LGBTQ protections

BY: - April 22, 2021

With progress stalled and the legislative session nearly over, a bipartisan group of lawmakers hoping to outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ Missourians have begun using an array of tactics to bypass the gridlock. On Monday, a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act was pulled from a committee where it had […]

Chris Sevier testifies during a House Committee on General Laws hearing

He was deemed a ‘security concern’ in the Missouri Capitol. He’s back proposing bills

BY: - March 10, 2021

During a recent hearing on his bill to establish the “Stop Social Media Censorship Act,” state Rep. Jeff Coleman repeatedly referenced experts sitting behind him in the audience who would be better able to address questions about the legislation’s legality. The first of these experts to testify was Chris Sevier, an Iraqi war veteran, Tennessee […]

House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, speaks during floor debate of HB 349.

‘Compromise to be had’: School choice bills face both success and gridlock in Missouri

BY: - March 1, 2021

It was a mixed week for education reform in the Missouri legislature, with historic success in one chamber and gridlock in the other. An education savings accounts program managed to clear a major hurdle, barely passing out of the House after heated debate and a rare speech from the House speaker. But on the other […]

Missouri House tucks lawmakers cast out of caucuses into tiny offices

BY: - February 12, 2021

For most Missouri lawmakers, a fourth-floor office is about the best perch in the Capitol Building, absent a stint in the much larger offices of the legislative leadership. On the north side of the building there’s a panoramic view, with the Missouri River in the foreground framed against limestone bluffs a mile across the floodplain. […]

Missouri House Speaker calls on indicted lawmaker to resign

BY: - February 3, 2021

A southwest Missouri lawmaker indicted on charges of medical fraud and improperly prescribing narcotics should resign her seat, House Speaker Rob Vescovo said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. Vescovo, R-Arnold, stripped state Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, of her committee assignments on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after she was named in a 20-count […]

Indicted Missouri lawmaker stripped of committee assignments

BY: - February 2, 2021

State Rep. Tricia Derges became the third member of the Missouri House with no committee assignments following her indictment on federal medical fraud charges. The punishment was meted out to the freshman lawmaker quietly by House Republican leadership. There was no public statement about the decision, only notes in Monday’s House Journal that Speaker Rob […]

Missouri health director says he’ll testify to lawmakers on vaccine rollout next week

BY: - January 28, 2021

Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration this week when two key figures leading Missouri’s vaccine distribution abruptly canceled their scheduled testimony before a House committee Wednesday evening. However, Randall Williams, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said the time of the hearing was changed without checking with him — and that he offered […]