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Proposed bills would ban smoking on Missouri prison grounds

Bills filed in both the House and Senate would prohibit smoking or the use of tobacco products anywhere on the grounds of state correctional facilities.

Missouri legislator wants stronger protection for voter-backed laws

A Missouri House member's proposal states that for two years after voters approve a measure, the legislature would need a two-thirds majority vote to change it.

Budget cuts proposed for statewide elected officials

The bill to cut state offices' budgets received approval by the House Appropriations Committee on General Administration. It will face further approval before it can be voted on in the House.

House Committee approves bill to tighten abortion laws

A bill that will redefine fetus viability passed through its committee.

Right to Work makes headway in Missouri's statehouse

Senators who support "right to work," a measure that prohibits employers from forcing employees to pay union fees, say other states have shown that such measures help employment rates.

UPDATE: State bill would allow vouchers for Missouri's private schools

Parents could gain greater control over their children's education if bills proposing a voucher program or a reformatting option are approved by Missouri lawmakers.

Missouri House committee approves photo ID requirement, early voting

The Missouri Supreme Court declared a 2006 state law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo identification unconstitutional, saying it infringed on the fundamental right to vote.

Missouri bill seeks nonpartisan judicial elections

The bill would make a switch to nonpartisan elections for circuit judges and associate circuit judges beginning in 2012, but it would create an exception for incumbents.

UPDATE: Egypt celebrates Mubarak's resignation

Egypt burst into celebration Friday as President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

Mubarak exit sets off celebrations across Mideast

Egypt's ousted leader handed control to the military on Friday after more than two weeks of tumultuous pro-democracy demonstrations.

UPDATE: Missouri chief justice urges new methods to fight crime

Lawmakers to consider alternative sentencing as well as the benefits of current procedures to choose appeals court and urban trial court judges.

Missouri panel says states should have say on U.S. laws

The measure would allow states to repeal a federal law if 34 states vote against it. The Missouri House Rules Committee has approved the resolution.

Missouri lawmakers to consider federal budget amendment

The proposal would amend the U.S Constitution to add a balanced budget amendment.

Russ Carnahan campaign possibly target of fraud

Forty-two bogus checks defrauded the campaign out of $28,023, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.

Journalists attacked, detained in Egypt

The Committee to Protect Journalists accused the Egyptian government of orchestrating attacks on reporters to deprive the world of independent information about the unrest. CNN's Anderson Cooper and correspondents from Belgium, Russia and Israel were among those roughed up or detained.

Despite snow, at least two state House panels to meet

The House Financial Institutions Committee and House Agri-Business Committee both were scheduled to meet and vote on legislation Wednesday.

McCaskill begins U.S. Senate race with cash lead

Finance reports show Claire McCaskill has more than $900,000 in her campaign account. Challengers Sarah Steelman and Ed Martin have $200,000 and $40,000, respectively.

Missouri bill would boost penalties for human trafficking

A Missouri representative wants harsher penalties for those convicted of human trafficking at the state level. The proposed measure would bring the state penalties up to the same level as federal statutes.

 

State of the Union address draws praise, criticism from Columbians

A local Democratic group held a State of the Union watch party downtown Tuesday night.

Missouri Representative proposes bill to swap state income tax for sales tax

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, has proposed a bill to lower the income tax, abolish the corporate tax and raise Missouri's sales tax in order to collect revenue for the state.

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