Missouri Legislature

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

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum welcomes Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard to the show for the first time.

Rosenbaum interviewed the Joplin Republican in Richard's Jefferson City office. Richard is the only legislator in Missouri history to serve as both the speaker of the Missouri House and the president pro tem of the Missouri Senate.

Gov. Eric Greitens used his first State of the State address to offer up a fairly conservative policy agenda, a slate of proposals that will likely find favor with Republicans who dominate the Missouri General Assembly.

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Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University has a $6.3 million hole to fill as part of $146 million that Gov. Eric Greitens is withholding from the budget due to a projected state revenue shortfall.

On Tuesday, a day after Greitens’ announcement, MSU President Clif Smart told reporters the spending restrictions account for 7.2 percent of the school’s state appropriations for the current fiscal year.  

Smart says Missouri State will use one-time money from reserves to make up the loss, but any ongoing withholdings will likely mean tuition hikes and could affect personnel.

A Kansas City-area lawmaker is offering to allow some visitors to the Missouri Capitol to borrow a gun while inside the building.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A local law enforcement official was honored during inauguration proceedings Monday for applying a tourniquet to woman after her leg was severed in a car accident.  

Sgt. Trevor Teeling of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department was among roughly 150 Missourians recognized during the Honor our Heroes event that took place prior to Eric Greitens being sworn in as governor. The ceremony was held in lieu of the traditional inaugural parade.

Teeling said he was just doing his job.

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