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Police Killings Prompt Array of Bills in State Legislatures

With legislatures convening across the country, lawmakers are moving quickly to respond to one of the biggest stories of the past year, the police killings of unarmed residents in Missouri, New York and elsewhere.


Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo: Getty Images,  Jordan McAlister

Nixon Tours Stalactite-Infested Basement of State Capitol

Gov. Jay Nixon took a handful of Missouri lawmakers and reporters on a tour of the muddy, stalactite infested basement of the state Capitol to show what repairs need to be made to the nearing century old building.


Missouri attorney general Chris Koster (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Koster Announces Self-Imposed Donation Limits

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster no longer will accept campaign contributions from anyone under investigation by his office.


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Missouri Agency Scaling Back Captive Deer Proposal

Missouri conservation officials are scaling back their recommendations for new regulations of deer farms and hunting preserves that were aimed at controlling disease but had prompted cost concerns.


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.



Missouri Lawmakers Debate Bright Flight Changes for Students

Missouri lawmakers believe that the expansion of top student scholarships, possibly could add a forgivable loan component to the Bright Flight program, keeping students in the state after graduation.


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Illinois Lawmaker Takes Aim At Capitol Food, Fitness Habits

State Rep. Don Moffitt is forming a “fitness caucus” at the Capitol to encourage fellow lawmakers, others to shed some pounds and eat healthier.


File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Illinois Judge To Rule Next Week In Suit Over Lawmakers Pay

Judge Neil Cohen held oral arguments Wednesday. He said he’ll issue his decision by Sept. 26.



Lawmakers to Attend Meeting on Bridgeton Landfill

The meeting is put on by the Teamsters Union, Jobs with Justice and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.


Illinois State Capitol (Henryk Sadura/Getty Images)

Illinois Lawmakers Work Towards Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship seems to be the buzz word after the Illinois House voted on house rules Wednesday.




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