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2-20-20 Missouri House endorses statewide prescription drug monitoring programOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Supporters say it will combat abuse of prescription drugs.  Opponents say it will lead to more people switching to heroin and other illegal drugs, and cause an increase in overdose deaths.
2-7-20 House committee endorses legalizing syringe exchange programs for intravenous drug abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Those programs aim to get drug users into treatment by introducing them to medical professionals who can consult with them while providing them clean needles.  They also fight the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, which are often transmitted through the use of dirty needles.
2-6-20 House Committee votes to let felons work where alcohol and lottery tickets are soldOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 1468 would bar the state from prohibiting felons from selling alcohol only because they have been guilty of a felony, and from keeping someone convicted of a crime from selling lottery tickets.
2-3-20 VIDEO: Missouri House members mark the beginning of Black History MonthOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrats and the Legislative Black Caucus address the media at the start of Black History Month
1-28-20 Second House bill sent to Senate would increase penalties for trafficking fentanylOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The second bill the Missouri House has sent to the Senate would increase penalties for trafficking a dangerous drug, the use of which can easily result in overdoses.  Opponents worry the change will cast too broad a net, putting more users in prison for long terms.
1-24-20 Father says son's death investigation was mishandled, urges House to require increased training for coronersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Jayke Minor’s death in 2011 was initially ruled to have been the result of a drug overdose and no autopsy was conducted.  Toxicology results later showed only marijuana in his system.
1-21-20 House committee endorses lifting statute of limitations in child sex abuse civil casesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House is working early in the 2020 legislative session on a bill to remove the statute of limitations on civil actions stemming from child sexual abuse.
1-21-20 VIDEO: Legislation would give chance at parole to man serving 241 years in prison and others like himOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
An effort by state legislators to give a chance at parole to a man sentenced to 241 years in prison has led to a broader effort to offer parole to all Missouri inmates facing similar situations.
1-21-20 VIDEO: House Democrats highlight firearms legislationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrats have filed a number of bills they say are common sense ways of addressing issues related to gun ownership.
1-15-20 VIDEO: House Democrats respond to 2020 State of the State AddressOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House Democrats respond to the 2020 State of the State Address
1-13-20 VIDEO: Parent speaks about bipartisan legislation on restraint and seclusion of studentsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A bipartisan effort to regulate when students can be restrained or isolated in Missouri schools is off to a quick start in the 2020 legislative session.
1-8-20 House Democrat press availability on opening day of 2020 sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Democrat Leader Crystal Quade addresses the media and fields questions
1-8-20 House Republican press availability on opening day of 2020 sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Speaker Elijah Haahr addresses the media and takes questions
12-13-19 VIDEO House proposals would address HIV spread and stigma, abuse of IV and prescription drugsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House again will weigh bills aimed at fighting intravenous and prescription drug abuse, as well as a bipartisan effort to fight a stigma against those infected with HIV.
12-11-19 House to consider restrictions on student restraint/seclusion in Missouri public schoolsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri is one of 11 states that has no protective laws for students with disabilities.  It also has no law protecting against seclusion or restraint.
12-05-19 Texting while driving ban for all drivers proposed for 2020 legislative sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House of Representatives will consider extending Missouri’s ban on texting while driving to drivers of all ages in the legislative session that begins January 8.
12-02-19 Prefiled bill aims to make domestic violence victims' escape from abusers easierOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 1300 would allow individuals, with the assistance of domestic violence shelter staff, to get free copies of birth certificates.
10-28-19 Panel wants Missouri to apply for first Hyperloop certification track (VIDEO)On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
It would be the first step toward seeing a Hyperloop connection between Kansas City and St. Louis, offering passengers a trip between the two in less than 30 minutes.
10-21-19 Missouri law now includes expanded therapy coverage for children with disabilitiesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
More Missouri children and teenagers with specific developmental or physical disabilities will have insurance coverage for therapeutic care under a House proposal that became law this year.
9-11-19 Houses passes vehicle tax credit bill, answering call of special legislative sessionOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has passed legislation aiming to allow people to keep getting multiple tax breaks when trading in more than one vehicle on a new one.
8-27-19 New law will affect school start dates beginning next yearOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The law lets schools start four days earlier, but eliminates flexibility for districts to set earlier dates themselves.
7-24-19 Live Stream: House Committee hearing on racial profiling, civil asset forfeitureOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Archive of the House Committee on Criminal Justice's hearing on racial profiling and civil asset forfeiture, from the St. Louis County Council Chambers in Clayton, Missouri.
7-22-19 Effort lead by family of MODOT worker killed by driver results in new license revocation lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The driver who struck and killed Lyndon Ebker in a work zone near New Haven more than three years ago had impaired vision, but was allowed to keep driving until this past November when his license was revoked for life.
7-19-19 House committee seeks input from all sources in hearings on civil asset forfeiture, racial profilingOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The hearings have been spurred by the 2018 Vehicle Stops Report from the Office of Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), and a report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) on civil asset forfeiture.
7-12-19 Governor signs bill to let domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, victims break leasesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Victims of domestic violence would have an easier time getting away from their abusers under bills signed into law this week by Governor Mike Parson (R).
7-11-19 Fees at license offices will increase keeping offices open, under House bill signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
What Missourians are charged at the state’s 174 licenses offices will be increasing for the first time in 20 years, under legislation signed into law this week by Governor Mike Parson (R).
7-10-19 House bill to relax mandatory minimum sentencing signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 192 contained language that would give judges flexibility in sentencing for some nonviolent offenses.  It was part of a broader look at criminal justice reform that House members have been pursuing over several sessions.
7-10-19 House bill to end modern 'debtors' prisons' signed into lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
HB 192 will let counties use civil means to collect jail debts, but they can no longer threaten additional jail time for failure to pay.
6-7-19 Mother says Marine son lives on in acts, honors by family and friendsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri House members last month honored Lance Corporal Trevor Richardet, who died in September at the age of 19, due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
5-14-19 Missouri set to be fourth state to adopt Simon's Law; Simon's mother present for final voteOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri is set to become the fourth state to enact a law to keep do-not-resuscitate orders from being issued for children without a parent’s knowledge.
5-14-19 Legislature proposes reforms to end 'debtor's prisons,' mandatory minimum sentencesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Legislature has approved bipartisan legislation that would keep Missourians from being put back in jail for failing to pay the costs of being put in jail; and would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes.
5-3-19 Judge who sentenced man to 241 years meets with lawmakers seeking his clemencyOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
A judge who sentenced a man to more than two centuries in prison now says that man deserves to be freed.  Judge Evelyn Baker is joined by numerous House members and others lobbying for clemency for Bobby Bostic.
5-1-19 House budget committee considering $301-million bonding proposal for transportationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Governor Mike Parson (R) proposed the original idea, which was revised in the Senate to lower the cost of interest on the bonds.  The Senate voted last month 26-7 to send it to the House.
4-26-19 House debates reinstating tax credits for shows, movies shot in MissouriOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Missouri lawmakers are debating whether the amount of money that comes into the state when movies and TV shows are filmed here is enough to merit giving producers a tax break in return.
4-25-19 Hundreds of Vietnam veterans and families honored in Missouri Capitol ceremonyOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The ceremony was part of the continuing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of that conflict.
4-19-19 Proposal would give state law enforcement, judges power to take guns from domestic abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Advocates many Missouri victims of domestic violence are terrorized, and many have been murdered, because their abusers were allowed to keep their guns.
4-11-2019 House plan would ease late payment penalties, interest, in response to surprise tax billsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
HB 1094 would block late payment penalties on tax debt owed to the state by individual taxpayers through the end of this year.  It would also waive any interest owed on such debt until May 15.  For those who might pay penalties before the bill would become law, it would require that those Missourians receive refunds.
4-9-19 House votes to clear needle exchange programs to fight IV drug use, diseaseOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has passed a bill that would legalize programs already operating in the state that give drug abusers clean needles.  Supporters say those fight the spread of intravenous diseases and expose drug users to treatment options.
4-5-19 House proposes a chance at parole for certain inmates over 65 serving life On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
House Bill 352 would apply to a small number of inmates who have served at least 30 years of a sentence, who have no prior violent felony convictions, are not convicted sex offenders, and are serving a sentence of life without parole with a 50-year minimum.
4-4-19 House approves bill meant to stop school-to-school movement of child abusersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House has proposed that school districts open up lines of communication with one another to stop employees with a history of abusing students from going from one district to another.
4-1-19 Sweeping criminal justice reform package prepared for considerationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House Speaker has said criminal justice reform is a priority in the remaining weeks of the session, and a bill containing several proposed reforms has just been compiled.  It has the backing of a man made famous by President Donald Trump earlier this year.
3-28-19 House approves budget plan maintaining $100-million boost to transportationOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
If that proposal becomes law it would be the first time GR dollars have been used for transportation infrastructure.
3-27-19 House votes to roll back, rather than eliminate, vehicle inspection requirementsOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The state House has backed off of a proposal to eliminate vehicle inspections in Missouri.  Instead it proposes that inspections would not be required until a vehicle is 10 years old or has more than 150,000 miles on it.
3-27-19 House considering free birth certificates for individuals escaping domestic violenceOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The fee to get a new copy is often a burden to a survivor faced with numerous other expenses while trying to start down a new path in life.
3-25-19 Bill honoring the late Rep. Cloria Brown becomes lawOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The House and Senate have agreed on House Bills 448 & 206, to rename a portion of U.S. 61/67/50/Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County the “Rep. Cloria Brown Memorial Highway."
3-22-19 'Fresh Start Act' seeks to lift roadblocks from people seeking to get back to work after crimesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has voted to make it easier for people with criminal records to reintegrate into society by getting a job, and to save them from working toward getting a job only to find out after much time, effort, and expense that their offenses will disqualify them.
3-22-19 House members told some license offices could soon close; proposal would increase their feesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
People that run some of the state’s license bureaus say those will close if the fees for the services they provide aren’t increased.  That could create hardships for Missourians, especially in rural areas.
3-14-19 House votes to require veterans courts in all jurisdictions in MissouriOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Backers say the bill would give veterans, "an opportunity to clear their names, to get a clean record, and give them a second chance at life, but more importantly it will show them that we have not given up on them.”
3-14-19 House proposes tougher license revocation laws for those who hit workers, emergency respondersOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
The Missouri House has proposed that the Department of Revenue Director be given authority to revoke the license of a driver who hits a road or utility worker in a highway work zone or an emergency responder at the scene of an emergency.
3-13-19 Advocates: Ease confidentiality rules in child death investigations to save kids' livesOn Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below
Each year hundreds of children’s deaths are investigated by child fatality review panels.  Those panels’ meetings, reports, and records are kept confidential, and state officials say that could be costing more children’s lives.
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