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.
Egypt burst into celebration Friday as President Hosni Mubarak resigned.
Egypt's ousted leader handed control to the military on Friday after more than two weeks of tumultuous pro-democracy demonstrations.
Lawmakers to consider alternative sentencing as well as the benefits of current procedures to choose appeals court and urban trial court judges.
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.
The proposal would amend the U.S Constitution to add a balanced budget amendment.
Forty-two bogus checks defrauded the campaign out of $28,023, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
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.
The House Financial Institutions Committee and House Agri-Business Committee both were scheduled to meet and vote on legislation Wednesday.
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.
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.
A local Democratic group held a State of the Union watch party downtown Tuesday night.
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.