Opposing lawmakers say this kind of treatment should remain a choice for those who want it. Supporters say it will remain a choice for those over 18, but minors should be protected from it because it is harmful.
The Missouri House unanimously elected Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot on Friday following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl, who acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a Capitol intern.
The House’s vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where activity has been stalled this week. Legislators face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to give final approval to bills.
Katie Graham, of Joplin, Mo., and a student at Missouri Southern State University, sent out a statement late Thursday evening.
Missouri Republicans have chosen House Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan says if Gov. Nixon does veto the measure, they will try to receive enough votes to override his veto.
Diehl on Thursday said he is resigning both from his House speaker’s position and from his elected job as a Republican representative from suburban St. Louis.
Missouri Republicans used their large majorities to send a “right-to-work” measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.
The bill calls for an expansion of a virtual school option for students who have been in an unaccredited school for at least one semester.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a measure that would cut the weeks of unemployment benefits available to workers who lose their jobs.