A House committee has voted along partisan lines to advance a proposal eliminating Missouri's income taxes and replacing them with a higher sales tax.
The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.
For the first time ever, the Missouri House has passed legislation to give the city of St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.
The vote was 109 to 46 in favor, and the bill now goes to the Missouri Senate.
A Missouri lawmaker wants organizers of initiative petitions to collect signatures from all of the state's congressional districts before their measures go on ballots.
Missouri lawmakers are considering moving back the state's 2012 presidential primaries.
A bill by Republican Sen. Kevin Engler, of Farmington, would change next year's primaries from early February to early March.
Missouri has held presidential primaries in February under a state law.
The Missouri Department of Conservation would have to reimburse landowners for any damage caused by the reintroduction of elk, under a bill filed this week in the State Senate.
If passed, the state would be liable for damage to crops, pastures, livestock, buildings and other property, as well as injuries in traffic crashes caused by elk.
The Federal Election Commission says Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan can set up a legal defense fund to help cover $85,000 of costs from a copyright lawsuit brought by the Fox News Network.
A proposal seeking a constitutional convention to allow states to repeal federal laws has divided some conservatives in the Missouri House.
The resolution by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes urges Congress to call a convention to draft a constitutional amendment allowing states to repeal federal laws, if two-thirds vote to do so.
But debate stalled on the measure this past week without reaching a vote.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the Metropolitan Police Department to the city of St. Louis.
The department has been under state control since the Civil War.
A Missouri House committee has passed a bill that would bar abortions of fetuses deemed capable of living outside the womb.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.
A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.
The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.
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