Missouri Senators Consider Government Role in Road SafetyOne bill reviewed in a hearing Wednesday would require everyone in a car to wear a seat belt, including adults in the backseat who are currently exempt from seat belt requirements.
Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Says Panel Making ImpactStarsky Wilson cites 11 bills based on commission's findings.
Ethics, Voter ID Among Measures to Watch in Missouri SessionMissouri lawmakers arrived at the Capitol on Wednesday to start the 2016 session.
Nixon Outlines Ethics Changes as Priority for 2016 SessionNixon said he wants to restore campaign contribution limits, ban lobbyist gifts and close the revolving door, which allows lawmakers to immediately become lobbyists after leaving office.
New 2016 Laws in Illinois Include Directives for PoliceThere will be 237 new laws taking effect Jan. 1 in Illinois.
Powdered Alcohol, Caffeine Illegal in IllinoisThe two new laws will both go into effect January 1.
Changes in Illinois Policing Standards Take Effect Jan. 1Some of the changes touch on issues brought up after the killing of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
2 Petitions Planned to Ease Missouri Marijuana LawsThe statewide initiative would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow patients to use small amounts of marijuana for medicinal needs.
Illinois Task Force To Develop Rules for DronesThey plan to create new laws regarding drone use by citizens and law enforcement.
Police: St. Louis Man Dies After Jumping From Moving Squad CarThe man was in handcuffs, but somehow opened the police car's back door and jumped out.
Missouri Passes in Zero Categories of Cancer Prevention StudyFewer than half of U.S. states passed three or more of the nine categories.
Legislative Reforms Lagging a Year After Michael Brown's DeathThe Wall Street Journal reports that other than a few successful bills on body cameras for police officers, most other measures have failed or stalled amid opposition from police unions and prosecutors.

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