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A measure that would exempt electricity and other utilities used to make food at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries from sales tax is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

The Missouri House on Tuesday approved the sales and use tax exemption by a vote of 98-49.

Missouri senators have passed a measure calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.

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  The Missouri House approved a measure Thursday to remove the cap on the number of times an aspiring doctor can retake the state medical exam. Currently, the state will not issue licenses to doctors after their third failed exam.

Rep. Keith Frederick, of Rolla, says other medical professions do not have such limits and that taking the exam multiple times does not reflect a physician's skill.

Some opponents have raised concerns that quality of care may suffer and patients may be put at risk. The measure now heads to the Senate.


Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure that supporters say is needed to enhance outdated services across the state.

The Missouri House voted 123-32 Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow local governments to collect a maximum $1.50 monthly fee on cellphones with voter approval.

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A top business priority for Missouri Republicans is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, but the measure did not get the number of votes needed to override a potential veto.

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A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all of Missouri's statewide elected officials is getting a closer look in the Missouri Legislature.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would extend a two-term limit for the governor and treasurer to all other statewide officials.

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

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The Missouri Senate is sending back to the House a measure that supporters say will address problems with the state's flawed student transfer law. 

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Missouri lawmakers are proposing a 2-cent gas tax increase as a step toward easing a projected funding shortfall that officials warn could result in the deterioration of many roads and bridges.

Similar proposals considered Tuesday by the full Senate and by a House committee would raise the state's 17-cent fuel tax to 19 cents a gallon in January 2016.

A compromise between Missouri House and Senate Republicans that would lower the lifetime limit for temporary cash assistance for low-income families from 60 months to 45 months is moving forward.

The Senate on Tuesday approved by a vote of 25 to 9 the measure that would also impose stricter work requirements and higher sanctions for noncompliance.

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Supporters say a measure to allow more access to an easy-to-use treatment for heroin and other opioid drug overdoses would save lives.

The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would allow pharmacists and pharmacy assistants to prescribe a drug that's been effective in treating potentially fatal overdoses to anyone.

Nixon Signs Two Agriculture Bills Into Law

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  Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed into law two agriculture bills aimed at making it easier for farmers to do business in Missouri.

Nixon signed the bills at a ceremony in Barry County, which is located southwest of Springfield.

Legislation designed to aid some delinquent taxpayers in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed HB 384, the "tax amnesty" bill, which would allow people behind on their state income taxes to pay them off without additional penalties or interest.

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A bill providing an additional $120 million dollars in general funds for the 2015 fiscal year is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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Republican Representative Kevin Engler, gave a strong speech yesterday advocating for sexual orientation to be added to work place discrimination law. 

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The Missouri House passed a bill that will require schools to have additional sexual education that is focused on online predators and how to stay safe online.

This week’s Politically Speaking breaks some new ground. Through the magic of radio, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies joined with KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith to interview state Rep. Caleb Rowden.

The Columbia Republican and Rock Bridge High School graduate was first elected to the Missouri House in 2012. Rowden had a somewhat unconventional road to Missouri state politics: He was a successful Christian rock musician before running for a vacant House seat in 2012.

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Missouri GOP lawmakers still are grappling for consensus at the Legislature's midway point.

The most Republicans ever in the House have helped speed the passage of abortion restrictions and a bill to bar mandatory union fees.

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Missouri beer lovers could buy freshly filled growlers of draft beers at convenience and grocery stores under two proposals brewing in the Legislature.

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A measure supporters say will protect religious student groups at Missouri universities is headed to the Senate after a House vote. 

Amber Alert Changes Endorsed by Missouri House

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Changes to Missouri's Amber Alert system are progressing in the Missouri House.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to changes made in response to the kidnapping and death of 10-year-old girl last year in Springfield.

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The Missouri House has passed a budget for more than $26 billion in state spending next fiscal year.

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Immigrants living in Missouri illegally couldn't receive scholarships or in-state tuition under a bill approved by the House.

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A spending plan to increase money for Missouri K-12 public education has won initial House approval.

The House spent hours Tuesday tweaking a package of bills that outline a roughly $8.8-billion general revenue budget for next fiscal year.

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A Senate bill intended to fix issues with Missouri's student transfer law could cost more than $200 million to implement next fiscal year. 

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  Missouri House members voted 141-7 today to send a proposal to the Senate that would waive penalties for those who agree to pay overdue Missouri taxes.

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay their bills between July 1 and Sept. 30 to qualify.

Legislative researchers estimate the measure would bring in nearly $20 million in additional general revenues next fiscal year.

But similar tax amnesty proposals have stalled in previous years in the Senate.

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The Missouri House or Senate will not consider any new bills to address concerns by the U.S. Justice Department over the operations of the Ferguson Police Department.  That’s because it’s now too late to file any new legislation this year.  Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey says a few already-filed Ferguson-related bills are being worked on.

“You’ll see some debate on the floor and some other issues associated with the aftermath of Ferguson,” Dempsey said.

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The Missouri House is moving forward with a measure to limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. 

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Missouri is the only state in the nation without a program to monitor prescription drugs. A bill passed by the House Thursday would change that. Steven Anthony reports.

Bill sponsor Representative Holly Rehder said it is time Missouri finally join the rest of the nation in using a prescription drug monitoring program.

“Time and time again, we have shown that Missouri’s controlled substances are not controlled and that we are a hotbed for abuse,” Rehder said.

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A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.