Missouri News

The Missouri House passed a measure on Wednesday that requires voters to show a valid photo ID to cast their ballots.

“Showing a photo ID to vote will help my constituents and your constituents ensure their vote is not disenfranchised,” said Rep. John Simmons, R-Washington, the sponsor of the legislation.

But several who opposed the idea, like Rep. Kevin Windham, D-Hillsdale, said that’s exactly what the legislation will do.

Bill Increasing Penalties For Protesters Wins Initial Approval In Missouri Senate

Feb 24, 2021

Republican state Senators advanced sweeping legislation early Tuesday morning aimed at penalizing protestors who block streets, while also providing further protections for law enforcement under investigation for misconduct or excessive force.

The bill also aims to prevent municipalities from decreasing the budgets for law enforcement agencies in Missouri by more than 12 percent over five years.

MO Senate Bill 55 To Allow Expansion Of Charter Schools To Cities With Population Over 30K

Feb 24, 2021
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The Senate worked early into Wednesday morning after hours of discussing an education bill focused on school choice.

One aspect of Senate Bill 55 bill would allow for the expansion of charter schools to cities with a population of over 30,000.

Fifty new school districts would qualify to add charter schools, including Columbia.

While those who oppose the expansion fear public schools losing money, Senator Caleb Rowden believes people overstate what the real financial impact would be.

MO House Bill 145 To Protect Cultural Hairstyles Within Dress Codes

Feb 24, 2021
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A bill that would impact school dress codes was introduced on Tues. Feb. 23, in the Missouri legislature, over the issue of hairstyles.

In response to reports from around the country that students of color, particularly African American students, have been punished or excluded because cultural hair styles, state Senator Barbara Washington has introduced senate bill 145.

MO Voter ID Bill Bars COVID-19 Protections Extension

Feb 23, 2021

During a vote to give initial approval to a bill requiring voters to have photo identification, lawmakers refused to extend COVID-19 protections for voters for the rest of the year.

Last year Missouri lawmakers approved legislation that would allow voters to use coronavirus as a reason to vote with an absentee ballot. Representative Trish Gunby proposed bringing the amendment into all 2021 elections.