Missouri Legislature

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

Missouri's current state budget is taking another hit.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that he's withholding $57.2 million from several state agencies and programs after lawmakers on Wednesday overrode vetoes he made on two tax breaks.

So far, Missouri voters will decide six ballot questions this fall. The deadline for issues to be certified for the Nov. 8 ballot was Aug. 30.

That number could rise to seven if a judge rules to validate about 2,200 more signatures gathered for a proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana.

Aug. 28 means  that most of Missouri's new laws passed earlier this year are now in effect.

They include House Bill 1568, which allows anyone to buy naloxone without a prescription, which can then be administered to someone suffering an overdose from heroin or a prescription opioid.  It was sponsored by Rep. Steve Lynch of Pulaski County.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has received the endorsement of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police in his race for governor of the state.

During a stop in Springfield today, Koster, a Democrat, said the endorsement means more than just a boost to his campaign.

"I've had a badge in my back pocket for 18 of the last 22 years, and I consider myself, because of the work I've done as prosecutor through two decades, to be a member of the law enforcement community.  And so, for me, it's more than just an endorsement.  It is family," he said.

Missourians are slated to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban sales taxes on services.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander certified the measure, known as Amendment 4, last week for the Nov. 8 ballot. The relatively short amendment says: