State and Regional News

Lawmakers begin to tackle $35 million debt to county prisons 

By Mikayla Easley , Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A small group of state lawmakers began discussing how the state can pay back $35 million in debt to Missouri counties Tuesday.
The money is owed to counties whose jails have held state prisoners, and some lawmakers fear this could be the last chance to reimburse them.

Bill to allow charter school expansion approved by Senate committee 

By Maria Benevento, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would allow charter schools to expand to dozens of Missouri districts advanced out of a Senate committee Tuesday.
The General Laws committee voted to approve SB 649, sponsored by committee chair Sen. Bill Eigel, immediately following a public hearing that featured commentary from both sides of the issue.

Committee votes to legalize video gambling terminals, sports betting 

By Seth Bodine , Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A House bill that would allow video lottery game machines and sports betting to operate under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Lottery Commission passed 5-1 in a committee Tuesday.

Senators begin battle over rewriting Clean Missouri 

By Jordan Meier, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — “If you loved Clean Missouri, you’ll love Cleaner Missouri,” Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, said Wednesday as the Senate kicked off a marathon debate on legislation that would ask voters to rewrite major parts of Clean Missouri.

Tired of spam calls? Lawmakers learn there may not be much you can do 

By Ashlyn O'Hara, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY—It turns out it's pretty hard for Missouri lawmakers to regulate spam calls.
Reps. Jeff Porter, R-Montgomery City, Steve Helms, R-Springfield, and Jeff Shawan, R-Poplar Bluff, are all sponsoring bills that would attempt to crack down on spam calls, but in different ways: