Senate committee cuts funding for Rock Island Trail, adds $31 million to MU autism center

BY MAVIS CHAN, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A Senate committee decided to defund the Rock Island Trail on Monday, cutting $70 million the House of Representatives set aside for it.
Instead, the committee gave $31 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to the Thompson Center, an autism center at the MU medical school.

House committee passes new redistricting map

BY SKYLAR LAIRD, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — With just over a week to go until the end of this year’s legislative session, a House committee passed a new redistricting map.

Election law changes nearing passage in Missouri Senate

BY EVAN LASSETER, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Sweeping changes to election laws are nearing final approval in the Missouri Senate after about eight hours of debate and amendments.
The Senate version of HB 1878 would ban private donations to elections authorities, create a photo identification requirement and give the secretary of state audit powers.

Senate passes changes to eminent domain, but Grain Belt Express can proceed

BY TEGHAN SIMONTON, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that could have blocked the Grain Belt Express project in northern Missouri was modified and passed by the Senate early Thursday — and the newest version of the bill won’t affect Grain Belt at all.