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Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

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Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown said yesterday that he wants to put a break on House plans to provide K-12 schools the full amount of basic aid called for under state law.

Brown says he wants to wait because the House budget plan depends on a proposal to eliminate a tax break for seniors and disabled renters.

Brown also disagrees with a House decision to cut money for most colleges and universities by about 6.6 percent and slash the University of Missouri System 9 percent.

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Missouri's House budget leader says lawmakers might not have changed corporate tax law if they'd known what it would actually cost.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press that lawmakers had poor information when the 2015 bill came up for a vote.

The measure was estimated to cost about $15 million annually. Corporate tax revenues dropped more than $155 million the first fiscal year it was implemented, though it's not clear whether that was all from the tax change.

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The Missouri House of Representatives will consider House Bill 233 this week, which could allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense oral contraceptives. Missouri law currently only allows physicians to prescribe this medication. A few states in the country already give pharmacists the ability to prescribe oral contraceptives. Representative Lauren Arthur, a democrat from Kansas City, said passing the bill would put Missouri on the forefront of positive health initiatives.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Missouri House members have passed a bill to reduce the duration of state jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods nationally.

House members voted 100-56 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate.

The bill is a revival of a failed 2015 plan to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent. That's seven weeks fewer than what's now allowed.

Missouri's unemployment rate in December was 4.4 percent.

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Missourians could pay more at the gas pump to offset income tax cuts, according to a bill proposed in the Missouri House.

The House read a bill Thursday that would cut income taxes for the top tax bracket in Missouri while raising fuel taxes to offset the cuts. These funds would then be used to finance infrastructure improvements in the state.

Bill sponsor Bart Korman (R) thinks that this bill is a solution to funding road work in Missouri.

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri Democratic lawmaker is proposing a bill to make donations for gubernatorial inaugurations public records.

Liberty Rep. Mark Ellebracht in a Thursday statement criticized Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' decision to keep secret the cost of his privately funded January celebration.

Greitens did release a list of "benefactors," including Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Express Scripts, General Motors, Monsanto and Wal-Mart.

Greitens spokesman Parker Briden declined to comment.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana has again failed in the Missouri House.

Lawmakers voted down the measure today, 85-71. The legislation would have allowed doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses, such as AIDS or epilepsy.

The proposal also would have created a licensing regime for commercial marijuana growers and retailers.

House lawmakers killed a similar measure in April after scaling it back to only cover hospice patients.

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Some Missouri lawmakers want to protect lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that could regulate the services out of business in the state.

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Some Missouri lawmakers want to protect lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that could regulate the services out of business in the state.

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Legislation that would legalize medical marijuana cultivation with tight restrictions on who could use the drug has won initial approval in the Missouri House.

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A proposed state constitutional amendment that would virtually outlaw abortion in Missouri is one step closer to being debated by the full State House.  

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Missouri cities no longer could ban pit bulls under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

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The Missouri House is advancing legislation to ban donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

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The public has a chance to give Missouri lawmakers feedback on a proposed constitutional amendment to protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage.

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Missouri would legalize the growing of industrial hemp as a raw material for manufacturing under a measure advancing in the Legislature.

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The Missouri House is advancing regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

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Missouri lawmakers' effort to strip Planned Parenthood of any state money faces an uncertain path forward.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The House has endorsed a bill creating a grant program to attract more conventions to Missouri.

Lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure authorizing grants for large conventions that could cover up to half the operating expenses. Eligible conventions would have to draw at least half their attendees from out of state, and their grants would be tied to how many hotel rooms their attendees are expected to fill.

The fund would be capped at $3 million annually.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers have passed a spending plan that includes about $69 million more for K-12 schools and nearly $10 million more in performance funding for higher education.

The House Budget Committee on Wednesday passed a package of bills outlining state spending. The measures cover the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation restricting public access to some government data on farms and ranches.

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The Legislature has given final approval to legislation that would create a new circuit court in southwest Missouri.

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A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls has won initial approval in the House.

Under the bill endorsed Tuesday, the state would hire a company to check people's eligibility for programs such as food stamps. The company would flag cases for state employees to investigate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Marsha Haefner said the proposal could save more than $20 million over the next three years by eliminating waste and fraud.

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Missouri is among the majority of states that restrict access to original birth certificates for people who were adopted.

A proposed ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and other elected officials has initial approval in the Missouri House.

House members voted for the ban in a voice vote Tuesday. Lobbyists currently can give unlimited gifts, such as sports tickets, to lawmakers.

Lobbyists could pay for events if they invite all lawmakers and all statewide elected officials in writing.

Senators Tuesday questioned other ethics-related measures already passed by the House.

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