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Workers could sue over vaccine mandates under Missouri bill

Workers could sue over vaccine mandates under Missouri bill By Raymore Journal staff Workers required to get vaccinations for their jobs could sue if they have negative reactions under a Missouri bill advanced in the state House on Wednesday. The Republican-led House voted 92-44 to give the measure initial approval. It needs another vote to move to the GOP-led Senate. The measure would apply to any employer-required vaccines, although bill sponsor Rep. Mitch Boggs, R-LaRussell, said cited recent COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Under the measure, employers who make their workers get a vaccine could...

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Missouri’s GOP-led House sends income tax break to Senate

Missouri’s GOP-led House sends income tax break to Senate By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press Missouri’s Republican-led House passed a bill Thursday that would give rebates of up to $1,000 for state income taxes owed this year. Lawmakers voted 103-44 to send the nonrefundable tax credit legislation to the GOP-led Senate, where Republican Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said it faces an uncertain path forward. The House proposal would allow for rebates of up to $500 per individual or $1,000 for married couples. In practice, if an individual owes $1 in state income taxes when they...

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Missouri Senate backs limits on property tax increases

Missouri Senate backs limits on property tax increases By Raymore Journal staff Some Missouri homeowners could be spared from paying higher property taxes under a pair of proposed constitutional amendments approved Wednesday by the state Senate. One proposal would authorize laws limiting the amount by which property values could be increased when being reassessed. Another proposal would allow counties to adopt ordinances exempting people age 65 and older from increases in assessments used to figure their residential property taxes, beginning in 2023. That measure also would allow counties...

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Missouri House OKs elections for transgender athletic bans

Missouri House OKs elections for transgender athletic bans By Summer Ballentine Associated Press The GOP-led Missouri House on Wednesday voted to allow local elections over whether to ban transgender girls from competing on K-12 girls’ sports teams. House members voted 89-40 in favor of adding Republican Rep. Chuck Bayse’s proposal as an amendment to an elections bill in a late-session attempt to pass the contested legislation before lawmakers’ mid-May deadline. Under the amendment, Bayse said public school boards and administrators could call elections over whether to allow...

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Missouri House pitches using budget surplus for tax breaks

Missouri House pitches using budget surplus for tax breaks By Summer Ballentine Associated Press The Republican Missouri House budget leader on Wednesday proposed an idea to use some of a more than $3 billion budget surplus to give out widespread income tax credits. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith’s late-session proposal is aimed at doling out tax credits worth what workers owe in state income taxes. Smith’s initial plan would set aside $1 billion for the tax credits and would cap the tax credits at up to $500 for individuals or $1,000 for married couples filing jointly. In...

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Governor declares end of ‘COVID-19 crisis’

Governor declares end of ‘COVID-19 crisis’ By Raymore Journal staff More than two years since the first executive order declaring a State of Emergency was signed, Gov. Mike Parson is moving COVID-19 from pandemic status to endemic. Effective April 1, Missouri is shifting its response to COVID-19 to an endemic phase. The move will ease the state’s monitoring of the disease. “Over the past two years, we have learned a lot that will help us respond to future outbreaks and challenges that may come our way,” Parson said in a statement. “We don’t know if this virus will ever completely go away,...

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Judicial panel unveils tentative new map for Missouri Senate

Judicial panel unveils tentative new map for Missouri Senate

Judicial panel unveils tentative new map for Missouri Senate By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judicial panel in charge of redrawing Missouri’s Senate districts released a tentative plan Monday, giving candidates and voters a look at new boundaries that could be used beginning later this year. The proposed map comes after more than 30 candidates already have filed to run for Senate seat s in the August primary under district lines that have been in place for the past decade. The new map is based on population changes noted in the 2020 census and would be...

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Democratic-backed suit challenges lack of Missouri House map

Democratic-backed suit challenges lack of Missouri House map By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of Missouri voters by Democratic attorneys is asking a court to intervene in the state’s stalled redistricting process and draw new U.S. House maps that can be used in this year’s elections. As of Monday, Missouri was one of only a few states that had yet to enact new congressional districts following the 2020 census. The lawsuit contends it’s unconstitutional to use the maps enacted a decade ago, because some districts now have...

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State fire marshal: Daylight saving time means it is time to change smoke alarm batteries

State fire marshal: Daylight saving time means it is time to change smoke alarm batteries By Raymore Journal staff State Fire Marshal Tim Bean recommends Missourians use the return of daylight saving time change the batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Bean also urges families to practice their fire escape plans. Safety experts recommend families practice their home escape plans at least twice each year. “The vast majority of residential fire deaths occur in homes that do not have smoke alarms or where the alarms were not functional, usually because of dead batteries,”...

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