Category: Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate, Jefferson City, Missouri

Senator Justin Brown’s Legislative Column for Aug. 6, 2020

Beginning the Fight Against Crime An extra legislative session called by the governor, which began July 27, continued this week. The General Assembly is tasked with passing a package of legislation to address violent crime in Missouri’s largest cities. The Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Policy Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1 last week

Senator Mike Cunningham’s Legislative Column for Aug. 6, 2020

Legislative Column for Aug. 6, 2020 The Missouri General Assembly returned to Jefferson City on July 27 for an extra legislative session called by the governor. The “extraordinary” session is focused on addressing violent crime, especially the alarming rate of homicides in our state’s metropolitan areas. The scope of the session is limited to six

Sen. Dave Schatz’s Legislative Column for Aug. 6, 2020

Working to Find a Solution to Violent Crime On Wednesday, Aug. 5, lawmakers from around the state returned to Jefferson City to resume the extra legislative session called by the governor. In his call for an extra session, the governor outlined six specific areas that he wanted lawmakers to focus on to reduce violent crime

This Date in Missouri Senate History: Aug. 4, 1825

JEFFERSON CITY — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews Aug. 4, 1825, the day Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Abraham J. Williams is sworn in as our state’s third governor. Original Source

Senator Doug Libla’s Legislative Update for July 31, 2020

Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City on Monday, July 27, for an extraordinary session called by the governor to discuss solutions to Missouri’s violent crime problem. As chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee, I introduced Senate Bill 1, and believe it will achieve the governor’s goal to reduce violence and enhance public safety.

Sen. Justin Brown’s Legislative Column for July 31, 2020

To Expand or Not to Expand – That Is the Question Every day brings us a little closer to the end of the 2020 election cycle. I’m sure many of you are like me and are already tired of the political ads on the TV, the radio and even as you cruise through social media.

Senator Bill White’s Capitol Report for July 29, 2020

Extraordinary Session is Underway On Monday, July 27, the lieutenant governor pounded the gavel at noon to officially start the First Extra Session of the Second Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly. A total of 18 bills and one senate joint resolution were filed by members of the Missouri Senate, but only one was

Sen. Mike Bernskoetter’s Legislative Column for July 29, 2020

Don’t Forget to Vote There has been a lot going on over the past few months. From the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, to unrest in the streets, to the start of the major league baseball season and so much more, it’s hard to keep up with it all. It’s natural for some things to

Sen. Brian Williams Files Policing Reform Legislation During Extraordinary Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY – State Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, filed legislation regarding policing reform during the first day of the extra legislative session called by the governor. Senate Bill 16 contains several provisions relating to policing and use-of-force policies: Allowing no-knock warrants only when there is a reasonable suspicion the suspect of a violent felony

Sen. Bill Eigel Files Pro-Police Legislation During Extra Session

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, filed four bills pertaining to law enforcement officers and first responders during the first day of the extra legislative session called by the governor. Senate Bill 6 repeals the residency rule or requirement for current or prospective law enforcement officers. Senate Bill 7 creates the “Law

Sen. Bob Onder Files Three Bills During Extraordinary Session

Senator Bob Onder Files Three Bills During Extraordinary Session JEFFERSON CITY – State Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, filed three bills at the start of the extraordinary legislative session called by the governor to address violent crime plaguing Missouri. The first bill Sen. Onder filed clarifies that Missouri’s Castle Doctrine applies to the property

Sen. Eric Burlison’s Legislative Column for July 24, 2020

Governor Calls Extraordinary Legislative Session to Address Violent Crime Last week, the governor called lawmakers back to Jefferson City for an extraordinary legislative session to address violent crime, beginning Monday, July 27. During his announcement of the extra session, the governor cited increases in violent crime throughout the state, with Kansas City seeing a 35

Senator Ed Emery’s Legislative Report for July 24, 2020

The “New Normal” “The coronavirus lockdowns demonstrated our leaders’ ignorance of economic interdependence. After the riots, that ignorance has been shown to run far deeper. It is an ignorance about government’s most fundamental obligation: to safeguard life, liberty and property. It is an ignorance about human nature and human striving.”  ̶  Heather MacDonald, Manhattan Institute

Senator Mike Cunningham’s Legislative Column for July 24, 2020

Legislative Column for July 24, 2020 On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Missourians will go to the polls to vote in the primary election. The consequences of this election are far greater than simply deciding who gets to run for office in November, however. We will also be asked to decide whether a program that already consumes

Senator Tony Luetkemeyer: Extra Session Promises Specific Solutions to Violent Crime

Specific Solutions to Violent Crime Next week, we return to Jefferson City to address the alarming increase in violent crime sweeping Missouri. The governor’s call for an extra session declared the state in the midst of an “unprecedented wave of violent crime.” Last year, Missouri’s three largest cities ranked among the most dangerous in the

Sen. Mike Bernskoetter’s Legislative Column for July 23, 2020

Combatting Violent Crime On July 15, the governor announced he was calling the Missouri General Assembly back to Jefferson City for an extraordinary session to address violent crime occurring throughout our state. It’s not hard to see why the governor is calling the Legislature back. Just look at the news from the past few weeks.

Senator Bill White’s Capitol Report for July 23, 2020

Governor Convenes Extra Session to Address Missouri’s Violent Crime Starting Monday, July 27, legislators will convene at the State Capitol for an extra legislative session to address the violent crime that is wreaking havoc on Missouri’s families and communities. During a July 15 press conference with some of our state’s top law enforcement leaders, the

Sen. Dave Schatz’s Legislative Column for July 22, 2020

Returning to the State Capitol for an Extra Legislative Session Following a break in legislative action after the final day of the 2020 legislative session on May 15, activity in the State Capitol is starting to pick back up. Last week, the governor finished his review of the proposals passed by the General Assembly. After

Senator Denny Hoskins’ Capitol Report for Week of July 20, 2020

Lawmakers to Return to Capitol After a break in legislative activity following the end of the 2020 Regular Session on May 15, things are picking up at the State Capitol. Last week, the governor concluded his review of bills passed by the General Assembly. As the deadline for gubernatorial vetoes loomed on July 14, the