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Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Is Michael Sam Affecting Legislation at the Missouri State Capitol?

Missouri lawmakers continue to debate legislation that would give gays, lesbians and transgender people protections under the state’s non-discrimination act.

05/13/2014

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Missouri Senate Backs Education Funding Increase

The Missouri Senate endorsed a budget plan Monday that ensures a funding increase for public education but will require negotiations with the House to hammer out the final specifics.

04/29/2014

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Criminal Code Overhaul

The legislation would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and it would reorganize crimes to fit the new penalty structure.

04/24/2014

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Legislation Would Lessen Penalties for Small-Time Marijuana Users

Small-time pot users—those who use less than two ounces and who face a judge for the first time—rarely go to jail, but a measure making its way through the Missouri Senate would ensure they don’t.

04/08/2014

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Missouri Senate Endorses Criminal Code Overhaul

The Missouri Senate endorsed legislation Monday to overhaul the state’s criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and create new punishment ranges for felony and misdemeanor crimes.

04/08/2014

Doe Run

Mo. Bill Would Limit Lawsuits Over Lead Contamination

The measure would exempt the Doe Run Resources Corp. from punitive damages if the court determines the company is making a “good faith” effort to clean up the contaminated sites.

05/16/2013

Jefferson City, MO

Missouri Lawmakers say Criminal Code Overhaul Must Wait

The measure (HB210) is the product of a Missouri Bar committee charged with updating the criminal code for the first time since 1979.

05/16/2013

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After Late-Night Filibuster, Mo. Senate Ready to Move on Tax Overhaul

The measure would decrease both corporate and personal income tax rates in phases over the next 10 years.

05/08/2013

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Missouri State Senator Says No Rush on Criminal Code Overhaul

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Jackson County, lessens the penalties assigned to non-violent criminals.

04/09/2013

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Mo. Bill Lets Pharmacies Refuse to Stock Drugs

The measure, which was sent to the House by a 24-9 Senate vote, was touted by its sponsor as a way to protect the rights of business owners.

04/04/2013

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