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House committee passes Koenig’s bill to promote sexual assault survivors’ rights

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Maria Benevento, Missouri News Network

May 11, 2020

A bill that aims to promote sexual assault survivors’ rights and improve evidence collection and processing unanimously passed a Missouri House committee Wednesday. The House Children and Families Committee voted 13-0 in favor of SB 569, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester. The bill has already made it through the Senate, where Koenig’s original text was combined with two other bills. It would give survivors access to a tracking system for sexual assault evidence, require all hospitals to offer forensic examinations and create a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Missouri Hospital Association and the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that works agai...

Legislature approves $6 billion COVID-19 spending plan in bipartisan vote

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Madison Czopek and Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network

April 10, 2020

On a nearly deserted floor, lawmaker by lawmaker, the Missouri House approved a $6.2 billion spending plan focused on COVID-19 relief through the end of June. About $5.5 billion of that is federal funds, less than half of which have been promised to the state so far. Lawmakers expect it to start arr...

Page, Trakas file to run again; both will have three challengers

Page, Trakas file to run again; both will have three challengers

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 2, 2020

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page will face three challengers in the Democratic primary this August, and Councilman Ernie Trakas also has three challengers for his 6th District seat. Filing for county, state and federal offices for the Aug. 4 primary began in February and ended Tuesday. County exec...

Crime, Clean Missouri, flooding among South County legislators’ priorities for session

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 18, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A little over a month into the 2020 Missouri General Assembly, lawmakers are hard at work in Jefferson City trying to pass their sponsored legislation. South County legislators filed bills this year related to issues such as flooding, prope...

Deb Lavender challenges Koenig in 2020 race for Senate seat representing Sunset Hills

Deb Lavender challenges Koenig in 2020 race for Senate seat representing Sunset Hills

November 1, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A current state legislator and physical therapist from Kirkwood is looking to turn a historically red state Senate district blue in 2020. State Rep. Deb Lavender, a Democrat, announced in May that she is launching a 2020 bid for state Se...

Newspapers are valuable service, and legislators should take notice

Letters to the editor

May 28, 2019

Letter to the Editor To the editor: Imagine waking up the morning of April 19,1775, to the sound of a British rifle-butt banging on your door. You open the door and a British officer is confiscating your house for the service of his men. “Sorry, old chap,” says the soldier. “You should have...

Days before city-county merger withdrawn, Missouri House overwhelmingly approved resolution for local vote

Rep. David Gregory and Rep. Jim Murphy speak to South County students honored at the state capitol with the

May 9, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A resolution that would require that any merger of St. Louis County and city be approved by a local vote was approved by the Missouri House last week, just ahead of the decision by backers of the proposed merger to withdraw the plan for no...

South County senator wants to end some public newspaper notices

South County senator wants to end some public newspaper notices

April 10, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  One of South County’s senators is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate newspaper publication of some mandated public notices because, he said, newspapers are an “archaic” form of communication.                            ...

Missouri House passes the ‘strongest pro-life bill’ in United States

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

March 6, 2019

By Blythe Nebeker and Abigail Shaw  Columbia Missourian The “strongest pro-life bill” in the country, as many Republicans are calling it, received final approval from the Missouri House last week after hours of emotional and personal testimony from lawmakers. Democrats and Republicans told s...

Koenig bill one of two proposing new online state sales tax, income tax cuts

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

February 6, 2019

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club last summer. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Kathryn Palmer Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — A proposed sales tax for out-of-state online purchases could lead to more income tax breaks for Missourians. That’s the crux of a pair of Senate bills h...

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