Columbia City Council members take on state lawmakers' proposals

Counterclockwise: Columbia Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser, Columbia Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and state Rep. Caleb Rowden. In the last year, state legislators have sought to restrict cities from setting their own policies on a number of issues: plastic bag control, ride-sharing services, broadband networks, and policies similar to Columbia’s recently passed “Ban the Box” ordinance.

Legislation filed in the Missouri General Assembly seeks to undo or pre-empt ordinances passed by local governments, including Columbia.

Missouri Republicans inch forward on Medicaid 'reforms'

Some tweaks to the state's Medicaid system are moving forward, including proposals encouraging the use of telemedicine, a raise to the asset limit for people with disabilities and more stringent policing of eligibility.

LGBTQ protections divide business interests in Missouri

When it comes to a state law that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's stance doesn't seem to align with some of its members' stances. 

State legislators, public discuss pilot program for medical marijuana

With the introduction of three pieces of legislation, the movement to legalize medicinal cannabis seems to be gaining steam in the halls of the Missouri General Assembly.

Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa

Clinton is the first high-profile Democrat to get into the race, and she quickly won the endorsement of several leading Democrats, including her home state governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Court blocks parts of Missouri health care navigator law

Navigator advocates say the 8th Circuit Court ruling could have implications on other states that have restrictions.

Tensions flare as Missouri GOP brings gun debate to cities

Some GOP lawmakers this session are pushing for a measure to allow firearms on buses and trains, along with a slew of other measures to expand who can carry guns and where.

Indiana faces long road to restore image after religious law

Indiana's tourism industry is already taking a hit from its religious objections law, which some argued would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.


Missouri bills could keep immigrant students from college

The bills, which would prevent children brought illegally into the U.S. from receiving federal or state aid, would target the 6,000 to 7,000 immigrant K-12 students in Missouri.

Missouri governor headed to Europe for trade mission

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will take a weeklong trade mission trip to Italy, Germany and Spain. The goal of the trip is to meet with private businesses and international companies that have branches in Missouri.

Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation will step up testing in Cole County before changing any rules — but the disease's stubborn physiology means any new measures are unlikely to reverse its spread.

Proposed bill would tackle gender wage gap

The bill would create guidelines to define and counter Missouri's gender pay gap, which was 21.9 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Koster endorses new tuition aid plan, cigarette tax hike

Attorney General Chris Koster proposed to increase the state's cigarette tax and use the money for college scholarships.


State Republicans, municipal leaders clash on jurisdictional authority

Republican legislators, including Columbia's Caleb Rowden and Kurt Schaefer, have argued that the state should have the final say on matters of finance. Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp has said that bills limiting local control block the abilities of municipal governments to govern effectively.

MONA back for another round in the senate

The bill would add sexual orientation and gender to the Missouri Human Rights Statutes, which prohibit discrimination against race, sex, religion and national origin in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Missouri Republicans take second look at tax code changes

Republican lawmakers are working on tax-related bills to add exemptions and change the tax code.

Missouri Senate cancels Monday's session due to winter storm warning

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said the Senate won't convene until 4 p.m. Tuesday because of the weather.

Missouri unions prepare for another right-to-work fight

The Republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly hopes to pass right-to-work legislation this year, sparking another debate in the legislature.

Gov. Jay Nixon's promises on preschool programs fall short

Despite advocating the importance of early childhood education, Nixon cut funds for such programs that had been approved by the state legislature, saying the state doesn't have enough revenue to do what he would like.

Rep. Chuck Basye settles into office at Missouri Capitol

Since being sworn into office on Jan. 7, Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, has attended Republican caucus meetings and had lunch with University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.