Missouri General Assembly

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

Pictured above, from left: Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood, addresses the Tesson Ferry Democrat Organization at its September 2019 meeting. Photo by Erin Achenbach. Right: Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club last summer. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A current state legislator and physical therapist

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

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 stories about miscarriages, sexual assault and their experiences with the births of

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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Bird is challenging Unsicker in the 91st District

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Gravois Township Committeewoman, Jennifer Bird, Republican, will take on incumbent Rep. Sarah Unsicker, D-Shrewsbury, for the 91st District House seat on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Bird, 50, 9244 Laurel Hill Drive, is the mother of a young family as well as being an officer manager and working with sales for

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Walter, O’Donnell hope to succeed Haefner as legislator from Oakville

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Democrat Mike Walter, a newcomer to public office, will square off on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against former Oakville Republican Committeeman Michael O’Donnell to succeed Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, and represent Oakville’s 95th House District in the Missouri Legislature. O’Donnell, 50, 7043 Chalkstone Road, Oakville, and his wife, Lisa, have

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Governor calls Legislature back for special session

Gov. Mike Parson is calling the Missouri General Assembly back for a special session concurrent with next week’s veto session to focus on approving computer-science courses for K-12 education in the state.  The governor also wants legislators to expand treatment courts.  Both sessions will happen the week of Sept. 10 through Sept. 14. The education legislation

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