Author: Alisha Shurr

‘Raise the Age’ legislation back again, front and center of Capitol discussions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A 17-year-old in Missouri can not vote, join the military, go on a school field trip without parental consent, or buy cigarettes or a lottery ticket. A 17-year-old is considered a minor until they commit even the most minor offense, then that teenager is charged, jailed, and imprisoned as an adult. Sen. Wayne Wallingford and Rep. Nick Schroer are working to change that. Each has introduced, and not for the first […]

Initiative petition for medical marijuana fundraises $250K

An initiative petition campaign has raised a quarter of a million dollars in their effect to get medical marijuana on the November ballot. The Missouri Patient Care Act is a state statutory ballot initiative that would allow patients with qualifying medical condition to legally use medical marijuana with the written consent of a doctor. Missourians for Patient Care announced on Friday that they have fundraised $250,000 as they work to get the Missouri Patient Care […]

Missouri’s high court upholds Wright-Jones’ ethic violation fees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Ethics Commission was within constitutional bounds when imposing nearly $230,000 in fees for ethics violations against a former senator, according to the state’s high court. Robin Wright-Jones Former-Sen. Robin Wright-Jones was appealing the commission’s $229,964 “fine” — which was lowered from the original $271,580 — for ethics violations in relation to failing to accurately report contributions, failing to report expenditures, improperly reporting consulting fees and cash expenditures that violated […]

Jim Murphy running for Rep. Cloria Brown’s seat

On the heels of the announcement that Rep. Cloria Brown will not be seeking re-election due to health problems, Jim Murphy has thrown his hat in the race. Murphy A businessman who has been active in his community says he feels he is the “right person with the right experience.” “I know what good government is,” the Republican candidate for House District 94 said, “I know what bad government is.” Murphy has been involved in […]

House votes down gubernatorial priority police dog bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In an unexpected move, the Missouri House voted down a bill that would enhance the punishment for harming a police dog. The bill sparked a lot of debate last week, where previous question was moved during perfection, and again Monday night, where both sides of the aisle raised serious questions on the legislation. Dubbed “Champ’s Law,” the bill was advocated by Gov. Eric Greitens. “We need to strengthen Missouri’s laws,” Greitens […]