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Missouri bill would shift sales tax collection to car dealers

By Rudi Keller, Missouri Independent May 24, 2023

In a Columbia parking lot on the afternoon of May 17, there was a reminder of Christmas. It wasn’t leftover decorations or early preparations for a summer “Christmas in July” sale. It was the...

David Gregory, a state representative at the time, speaks to the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Now a state senator, one of Koenigs sponsored pieces of legislation which would have reinstated the presidential primary ultimately stalled out in  2023s regular legislative session.

Push to reinstate Missouri presidential primary stalls in Senate

By Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent May 15, 2023

Hopes of reversing last year’s vote to ditch the Missouri’s presidential primary were dashed May 11, as gridlock in the Senate forced the issue to be set aside with just a day left before the end of...

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

Missouri budget negotiations conclude with I-70 expansion, child care funding intact

By Rudi Keller, Missouri Independent May 5, 2023

Motorists would get a wider Interstate 70, people with developmental disabilities would get better paid help and parents would get more assistance with child care needs under a state budget plan crafted...

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Missouri Senate approves $50B budget plan after divisive diversity debate

By Rudi Keller, Missouri Independent May 1, 2023

The Missouri Senate on the night of April 25 fell into an intramural fight among Republicans over whether to use the budget to put limits on diversity, equity and inclusion programs in state government. The...

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Presidential primary would return under bill approved by the Missouri House

By Samantha Dietel, Missouri Independent April 25, 2023

The House gave initial approval April 17 to a bill that would reinstate the presidential preference primary in Missouri. The bill was amended to establish that the primary will take place on “the...

A farmer harvests corn near Slater, Iowa. on Oct. 17, 2020.

Limit on foreign ownership of farmland clears Missouri Senate

By Emma Murphy, Missouri Independent April 20, 2023

A bill that would prohibit any further foreign ownership of Missouri land was passed in the Senate on Monday. The Senate amended a bill from the House to add an emergency clause and expand the definition...

A view of the Missouri Senate chamber from the visitors gallery.

Missouri Senate reaches deal on GOP tax cut for guns, Democrat tax cut for diapers and tampons

By Camden Doherty, Missouri Independent April 12, 2023

The Missouri Senate passed two separate tax relief bills Thursday as part of a bipartisan compromise effort. SB 143, sponsored by Sen. Doug Beck, D-Affton, is a combination of tax credits and exemptions...

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

What state control could mean for the St. Louis Police Department

By Meg Cunningham, Missouri Independent April 7, 2023

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon.  In a vote watched closely in Kansas City, Missourians approved a statewide ballot measure in 2012 to return control of the St. Louis...

Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho, is sponsoring the bill, which he said the purpose of the bill is to ensure Missourians constitutional right to carry firearms when attending places of worship.

Missouri legislation seeks to allow guns in places of worship

By Brooke Muckerman, Columbia Missourian/Missouri Independent March 27, 2023

Missouri Republicans are making a push to allow firearms to be carried inside religious establishments and lessen restrictions on access to firearms. House Bill 485, heard in the House Emerging Issues...

Then Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman during her 2018 campaign for the Missouri House. Coleman was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2022.

Proposals to eliminate Missouri sales tax on groceries in limbo

By Clara Bates, The Missouri Independent March 23, 2023

Missouri is one of just 13 states that levies a sales tax on grocery food items. Citing the hefty burden on low-income shoppers and rising cost of food, several other states have moved to reduce the...

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