Missouri Legislative Session 2018


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed a bill to make it legal for organizations to provide free needles to drug users.

House members voted 135-13 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Holly Rehder has said Missouri groups now pass out clean syringes to intravenous drug users with the goal of preventing the spread of hepatitis C and HIV through dirty needles. But state law bans possessing drug paraphernalia, which puts the needle exchanges in murky legal waters.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Student journalists would largely be shielded from censorship by their schools under legislation that has won first-round approval in the House.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the idea started to gain traction in the 2016 legislative session. It stemmed from frustration over University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click, calling for "muscle" to remove student journalists during November 2015 protests.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - People with misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence would be barred from having access to guns under proposed legislation.

Missouri Senate advances utility rates bill after daylong filibuster

Feb 9, 2018

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that could reward utilities making improvements to their infrastructure with more consistent rate increases on their customers, a move that came after a more than 20-hour, overnight filibuster finally ended.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase penalties for protesters who block highways.

The Columbia Missourian reports that a Missouri Senate committee heard the bill this week.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has worked through the night into a new day as a group of lawmakers filibusters a bill changing the way utility rates are regulated.

The legislation being debated Thursday would allow utilities to more quickly recover their costs for infrastructure improvements while imposing a 3 percent limit on annual rate increases to consumers.

Supporters say it will result in ever-increasing rates for customers, but opponents say it will ensure price predictability instead of allowing periodic surges in rates that could be even larger.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker has introduced a bill that would address the issue of pregnant inmates being shackled and chained during labor.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Legislature is considering a pair of bill proposals to curb the availability of prescription opioids statewide.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri bill would make it legal for organizations to provide drug users with free needles.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Safe Syringe Access bill is moving to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Committee on Urban Issues this week.

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The penalties for injuring or killing law enforcement animals would increase under legislation named after a dog that was stabbed last month.

The Kansas City Star reports that Gov. Eric Greitens met the Cass County Sheriff's Department K-9 named Champ on Wednesday. Champ was stabbed in the neck Dec. 11 while helping Harrisonville police search for a 17-year-old suspected of stealing from a Wal-Mart store. Champ returned to duty Jan. 8.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require college students to pass a civics test before they're issued a diploma.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman introduced the bill to ensure Missouri's college graduates understand U.S. civics, citizens' rights and how the federal government functions.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature looks to complete some unfinished business when the 2018 session begins Wednesday, including efforts to further regulate unions and enact more restrictions on lawsuits.

This is the Missouri GOP's second year with historic power: Republican control of the governor's office and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri panel is recommending increasing the state's 17-cent fuel tax by 10 cents for gas and 12 cents for diesel to pay for road and bridge work.

Transportation taskforce leader Rep. Kevin Corlew on Tuesday said the fuel tax increase would bring in an estimated $430 million annually. That would fill a little more than half of the $825 million annual shortfall facing Missouri transportation.