Missouri Legislature

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon came to Kansas City Wednesday to sign legislation strengthening laws against human trafficking.

“We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens in a distant, undeveloped country,” Nixon said. “But the tragic reality is, right here in the United States, human trafficking is a real and growing problem.”

Jay Ashcroft
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Former Arkansas Governor and recent presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is now working to persuade voters in Missouri by endorsing Republican Secretary of State candidate Jay Ashcroft.

Speaking Thursday at the Ashcroft family farm near Willard, Huckabee said candidate Ashcroft embodies the public service spirit exhibited by his father, former Missouri Governor and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Sen. Will Kraus
Scott Harvey / KSMU

State Sen. Will Kraus believes voters are “overwhelmingly” in support of requiring Missourians to show a photo ID at the polls. The issue will be decided on November 8, a ballot Kraus hopes to also be on as his party’s candidate for Missouri Secretary of State. He’s among three Republicans running in the August 2 primary.

The senator from Lee’s Summit has made photo ID a major focus, handling the Senate version of this year’s bill.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday signed several bills into law, including one designed to prevent identity theft.

Senate Bill 624 makes it a class A misdemeanor to possess stolen credit card information or devises, even if the info or devise has not been used after being stolen.