The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.
The bill would forbid municipalities from regulating advertising and advice given out by crisis pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups. Supporters say they’re trying to protect the First Amendment free speech rights of volunteers and staff at the centers. The sponsor, State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R, Lake St. Louis), admits it’s a preemptive move.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) says more than 75 percent of the state has access to broadband Internet service.
The governor provided an update on the state’s efforts to expand access to rural portions of Missouri during today's second annual broadband summit, held in Jefferson City. He told the audience of more than 300 business and government leaders that his broadband initiative has enabled small businesses and larger corporations across the state to compete for grants to expand broadband access.
A Missouri House committee has wrapped up a series of hearings on improving 911 communications systems used by emergency responders. Supporters of proposed upgrades admit, though, that they have a hard case to sell to both politicians and the public.
Lawmakers and local-level officials at today's meeting stressed the need to use 911 systems that can integrate text messaging and even video communications. “Doc” Kritzer is a county commissioner from Callaway County.