Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

As the nation continues to reel from the mass shooting in Florida Wednesday, Missouri legislators are thinking about what can be done to try to prevent a similar tragedy in this state.

Speaking in Springfield Friday, Crystal Quade, a Democratic state representative from that city, said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Thursday put out a call to action for a serious conversation about gun violence.

Republican lawmakers are working to shorten the amount of time out-of-work Missouri residents can receive unemployment benefits.

The Missouri House Thursday passed legislation to create a sliding scale, in which the unemployment rate would have to be nine percent or higher in order to receive benefits for 20 weeks. Benefits would only be available for 13 weeks when the jobless rate is below six percent.

Missouri would shorten the statute of limitations on filing personal injury claims to three years from five years in a bill moving through the state Senate.

 

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby. He suggests shortening the time frame will bring Missouri’s legal climate into the 21st century.

Gov. Eric Greitens reiterated Thursday that his plan to cut the state’s tax will not be paired with a fuel tax increase.

The governor’s comments to members of the Missouri Press Association come as both Republicans and Democrats are getting behind the idea of raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel to pay for fixing the state’s roads and bridges.

The Missouri Senate is weighing a bill that would revoke the governor’s ability to appoint and remove people at will from state boards and commissions.

The measure would require the governor to notify the Senate in writing of any appointments made while the legislature is not in session, bar appointees from being sworn in until the Senate has been notified, and bars the governor from withdrawing appointees if he doesn’t like their decisions as board members.

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