Transgender Athletes

Audio: Missouri House considers attaching provision to bill to restrict transgender high school athletes

The Missouri House debated Tuesday a bill that could include a provision limiting who transgender high school athletes can compete against. The amendment, offered by Rocheport Republican Representative Chuck Basye, proposes to only allow the students to play in coed or sex-separated sports based upon their biological sex.     Kansas City Democrat Maggie Nurrenbern […]

Audio: Lawmaker proposes amendment prohibiting roadside checkpoints and roadblocks by law enforcement

You’ll be voting next November on a proposed constitutional amendment involving checkpoints and roadblocks if a veteran Missouri lawmaker has his way.     State Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) will present his proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday at noon, before the Missouri House Downsizing State Government Committee in Jefferson City. The committee is chaired by […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Audio: Parson proposes even bigger pay raise for some Missouri Department of Corrections jobs

Governor Parson is proposing an even bigger pay raise for some Missouri Department of Corrections jobs.     On top of the requested two-percent salary boost for all state workers, some Corrections food service workers, officers, sergeants, and lieutenants will get anywhere from a nearly six-percent to an almost 15-percent pay hike. In a staff […]

Audio: State Representative from Carrollton proposes legislation that would eliminate Missouri’s Presidential Preference Primary

Legislation to eliminate Missouri’s presidential preference primary has been heard in a House committee in Jefferson City. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Peggy McGaugh of northwest Missouri’s Carrollton, who says it would save state taxpayers nine-million dollars.     Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft supports McGaugh’s proposal. Missouri has used the presidential preference […]

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Audio: Southwest Missouri lawmaker proposes property tax delinquency date changes

Legislation changing the delinquency date of real and personal property taxes from January 1 to March 1 has been heard today (Wednesday) by a Missouri House committee. O’Fallon GOP State Representative Tony Lovasco supports the bill.     The Missouri Association of School Administrators has testified against legislation changing the delinquency date of real and […]

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Governor Parson proposes converting closed Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron into training facility

The Associated Press reports the closed Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron may be turned into a training academy. A proposal from Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s budget plan includes $671,714 to convert the idle prison in Cameron into an academy that would train correctional officers before they get assigned to one of the state’s 20 prisons. […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Parson proposes $34.1 billion state operating budget for FY2022

Governor Parson has released today a proposed 34.1 billion dollar state operating budget. The governor announced his fiscal outline today in his annual state of the state address. The plan includes a two-percent pay raise on January 1 for Missouri’s roughly 53,000 state workers. Another 2.9 million dollars would boost pay in the Missouri Department […]

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Audio: Missouri Senator proposes to let drivers use deadly force against some protesters

State Senator Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, wants to make it a Class E felony for any protester who interferes with or blocks a public road. Drivers would not be held liable for injuring the demonstrators who block traffic. A provision in the bill says the driver is still liable if they are found to be using […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee to take up Medicaid expansion sometime after state of state

The Missouri House Budget Committee will hold its first meeting of 2021 this week in Jefferson City. Brian Hauswirth reports Medicaid expansion discussion won’t happen until after the governor’s State of the State address.     The Missouri House has added a technical session on Friday, which will allow the Budget Committee to meet that […]

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EPA proposes registration of Trifludimoxazin, a new herbicide active ingredient

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes registering pesticide products containing the new active ingredient trifludimoxazin, a vital additional tool in managing resistant weeds. Trifludimoxazin is an herbicide intended for pre-and/or post-emergent control of broadleaf and grass weeds. It can be applied by aircraft on citrus fruits, pome fruits, cereal grain (except rice), tree nuts, peanuts, […]

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Audio: Northern Missouri Senator proposes to limit pay for Missouri’s K-12 public school superintendents

State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin of northern Missouri’s Shelbina wants to limit pay for Missouri’s K-12 public school superintendents. Under a bill she has pre-filed, total compensation could not exceed 3.5 times the average total compensation provided to all certified, full-time teachers employed by the district. Missouri has about 551 public and charter schools. The Missouri […]

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Environmental Protection Agency proposes new safety measures for Chlorpyrifos

The EPA is taking the next step in its regulatory review of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used for a large variety of agricultural uses and non-agricultural uses. Today, EPA is proposing measures to reduce the risks identified in the agency’s September 2020 draft risk assessments to better protect human health and the environment. As outlined in the proposed […]

Audio: Missouri Senator proposes to limit county-wide shutdown orders

State Senator Andrew Koenig (KAY-nig) wants to limit Missouri’s local leaders on their power to mandate and enforce county-wide shutdowns. On the Missouri Senate floor, Koenig, a Republican from the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, says he has pre-filed legislation in response to restrictions issued last month by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. The […]

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Missouri Education Department proposes $8.5 billion FY2022 budget

The Missouri Board of Education has voted today in favor of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) $8.5 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning next July. The plan is a slim increase over the current budget year – about $26.8 million. “FY22 almost certainly will be a challenging revenue year, […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation sets proposed bear-hunting framework for future seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved a proposed hunting framework by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for a potential future black bear season in Missouri. The Commission approved the framework at its Sept. 4 open meeting in Jefferson City and is asking for final public input Oct. 16 through Nov. 14. If the season […]

Wind Farm

Audio: Buchanan County commissioners consider controversial wind farm regulations

Buchanan County commissioners don’t want to wait until a wind farm proposes locating in the county before adopting regulations on wind energy, they want to approve regulations before that would happen. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer says, at present, there are no rules on the books.     Sawyer says the Kansas City engineering firm of […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation proposes regulation changes to help landowners control nuisance wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing regulations to help landowners address damage caused by problem wildlife and feral hogs. MDC is proposing the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision or thermal imagery to address livestock loss caused by coyotes and damage caused by feral hogs. […]