Republican leadership endorses anti-abortion initiatives at Missouri Right to Life rally

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Eric Greitens and other top Republicans affirmed their strong anti-abortion stance Tuesday at the Missouri Right to Life rally in the Capitol rotunda. As the state’s oldest and largest anti-abortion grassroots organization, Missouri Right to Life organized the event as a rally to support their cause. The governor, secretary of state, speaker …

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signs ‘right-to-work’ into law

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Eric Greitens signed “right to work” legislation into law on Monday, fulfilling a campaign promise that has been cheered on by Republicans and the state’s business community. … “Right-to-work will help us attract more job creators to our state, and it will promote healthy wage growth so that Missourians have the …

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Missouri House launches investigation into Corrections Department harassment lawsuits

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson announced Wednesday the formation of a special investigatory committee to examine allegations of harassment within the state Department of Corrections. The department has come under increasing scrutiny after a November report in The Pitch detailing harassment and discrimination lawsuits in which prison employees alleged they suffered retaliation for …

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Scott Pruitt – a commonsense head for the EPA

“Federal overreach” is a familiar refrain to members of the Missouri legislature. For years, we have witnessed federal agencies overstepping their lawful authority and making life more and more difficult for employers and employees alike. A decade of this overreach is a big part of the reason that Missourians overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump for president …

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Ride-hailing regulations speed through Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expand services to Missouri customers under proposed statewide regulations for the app-based companies. Legislators are taking another crack at a proposal that would require a yearly $5,000 registration fee, local and national driver background checks, vehicle inspections, and exempt such companies …

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2017 Opening Day Address

2017 Opening Day Address Good afternoon. Welcome back. Thank you Judge Prichett for coming all the way from Poplar Bluff to administer the oath of office, and thank you to the Lady from St. Charles for the nomination.  I would also like to thank you all for trusting me again with the privilege of serving …

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House Speaker Richardson Selects Chairs for New House Appropriations Subcommittees

House Speaker Todd Richardson today announced the five legislators who will lead the appropriations subcommittees that play a vital role in crafting the state operating budget. Under the new committee structure that will be part of the revised House Rules, the members of the House Budget Committee will make up the membership of five specialized …

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Richardson says Missouri’s economy will top General Assembly agenda

House Speaker Todd Richardson joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum for the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast. In his third appearance on the show, Richardson – a Republican from Poplar Bluff – lays out his key objectives for the coming legislative session. For the first time in eight years, …

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Missouri House speaker calls for probe of prisons as harassment claims cost state millions

The speaker of the Missouri House has called for a “thorough investigation” into the state Department of Corrections after a story in a Kansas City newspaper exposed a culture of harassment and retaliation in the prisons that is costing the state millions in court. Missouri has paid millions in damages to employees who alleged they …

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