Two similar, but separate bills, one approved by the House and the other approved by the Senate, aim to repeal the corporate franchise tax in Missouri.
Candidates for the First and Fifth Ward City Council positions answered questions from the public Friday at Stephens College.
Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed issues brought forth by Columbia residents at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
The House approved a bill which had an amendment attached that will require transparency of the governor's travel expenses.
Supporters of the bill fear costly nuisance lawsuits filed against large-scale animal farms by their neighbors could push agriculture out of the state.
The Missouri House will discuss a bill that would allow charter schools in districts outside Kansas City and St. Louis City. Supporters believe it will give parents more options for their children's education.
At $7.25, Missouri's minimum wage is at the same amount as the federal standard. Lawmakers are deciding whether to keep them the same in the future.
The measure would require political parties to submit proof of citizenship for presidential and vice presidential nominees.
Because of the results of the 2010 census, Missouri is losing a congressional seat. Missouri lawmakers must reapportion the state into eight districts.
The Missouri House will review a bill that would require driver's tests to be taken in English.
The chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee said the budget — which reduces funding by 7 percent — should pass the committee unchanged.
The proposal to allow states to repeal federal laws met with different opinions in the House.
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.
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.
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.
A bill that will redefine fetus viability passed through its committee.
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.
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.
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.
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.