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House passes bill adding regulations on public employee unions

The "paycheck protection" bill would require unions to seek annual permission to spend public employees' union dues for political activities.

Missouri bill would restrict public access to animal-tracking data

The bill, discussed by legislators Tuesday, would prevent the public from accessing information about the farmers and ranchers who raise livestock.

Missouri House endorses bill that would nullify federal gun laws

The House voted to remove a previously contentious part of the bill that would have opened federal agents to criminal prosecution for enforcing gun laws. Even with this change, House Democrats showed fierce opposition.

As filing deadline passes, field of candidates for Missouri House is set

Boone County includes five districts in the Missouri House of Representatives. Candidates in three of those races are running unopposed. 

Missouri Right to Life rally coincides with abortion bills' passage

Missouri would be tied with South Dakota and Utah as the state with the longest waiting period for an abortion.

Missouri lawmakers: Partisanship inhibits compromise on extending abortion waiting period

The House version of legislation that would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortions passed the first-round vote, while its Senate counterpart faltered after Democrats commanded the four-hour floor debate.

Missouri House votes to end economic border war with Kansas

Even though the bill would stop the state governments from offering businesses incentives to switch states, it wouldn’t have any effect on the local governments from continuing to try and undercut each other.

City withholds CVS building permit until plans change

The city will not grant CVS Pharmacy a building permit for its proposed downtown location until it fixes issues with the plan's drive-thru, box culvert extension and a sewer main under the property.

After TIF district defeat, city manager outlines options

The city's three remaining options might not be able to raise $19.75 million to fund sewer and electric works for additional downtown development.

After voting down TIF, Columbia council explores alternative funding

The 5-2 decision eliminated the only proposed solution to address the city's infrastructure problems downtown and could halt development for months. But some council members are ready to propose other approaches.

Missouri legislators discuss multiple bills to ban texting while driving

Bills discussed Tuesday would extend the ban on driving while texting to all drivers.

At Legislative Day, Gov. Nixon, UM president stress education funding

Gov. Jay Nixon and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke at UM's Legislative Day on Tuesday morning. They addressed funding plans for the universities and emphasized the importance of STEM education in the state.

Columbia City Council votes down proposed TIF

The council's decision might also cause several developers to pull out of Columbia. Before the vote, St. Romaine said representatives of OPUS Group and Park 7 Group told him they plan to cancel their developments if the city did not approve the downtown infrastructure funding.

Columbia City Council to select potential TIF projects

Although the council's decision Monday night won't establish a downtown tax-increment financing district, it could bolster the plan, which has been criticized by council members, the public and the Boone County government.

Developers must wait for Columbia infrastructure improvements before building downtown

Two new developers expressed interest in building this week. On Tuesday, city officials decided that no new buildings that would add to the already strained utilities would go up in the downtown area.

Missouri legislators were largely unaware of aid for Utah-based university

In an executive order issued Feb. 15, 2013, Gov. Jay Nixon committed support to Western Governor's University, which would allow it to become Missouri's only online school with access to in-state financial aid.

Performance-based funding bill heads to Senate Appropriations Committee

SB 492 has received support from university representatives, but a Columbia legislator still has concerns.

Longest-serving elected official in Boone County announces retirement

Bettie Johnson has served as Boone County's recorder of deeds since 1979. She announced Thursday that she would not run for re-election.

Kansas lawmakers seek to sever state from Affordable Care Act

Lawmakers in the state proposed joining a compact last week to seek independence from the Affordable Care Act.

 

Boone County legislators discuss education during forum at Harpo's

Most of Boone County's Democratic and Republican state legislators spoke with constituents during a forum at Harpo's.

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