Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require drug testing for people on public assistance.
The bill's backers argue that anyone who doesn't use drugs has nothing to fear. But the sponsor, State Representative Ellen Brandom (R, Sikeston), says Missouri's taxpayers should not have to subsidize drug abuse.
"My constituents, 91 percent that answered the survey on this question, answered they want this bill passed," Brandom said during House floor debate.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have been touting ethics reform as one of their top priorities for this year's legislative session.
But passing an ethics bill is proving not to be so easy, as a major ethics reform bill stalled today in the State Senate.
The first round of debate began with President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) announcing that his ethics bill had undergone some changes. It now includes a ban on most committee-to-committee money transfers.