State and Regional News

Lawmakers show bipartisan support for bills restricting seclusion, restraint in schools

By Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — There is no state law regulating seclusion and restraint in schools. A bipartisan effort is pushing to change that.
Reps. Dottie Bailey, R-Eureka, and Ian Mackey, D-St. Louis, have filed House Bill 1568 and House Bill 1569 to put rules in place on schools utilizing seclusion and restraint techniques on students. The legislation closely mirrors legislation Mackey proposed in the 2019 legislative session.

Grain Belt Express debate renews, transportation questions rise in committee hearing

By Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Two high-profile projects with national impact — the space age Hyperloop and the controversial Grain Belt Express — packed a hearing room during the first full week of the legislative session.

Transportation, crime, workforce key areas for Parson; Democrats question priorities

By Madison McVan and Ashlyn O’Hara, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson focused on past achievements and future plans in the areas of workforce development and infrastructure improvements during his second State of the State address, delivered Wednesday afternoon to the Missouri General Assembly in the Capitol’s House chambers.

Department of Natural Resources loans available for energy improvements

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting low-interest energy improvement loan applications. Public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, local governments including municipal, county, regional and international airports, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public and not-for-profit hospitals are eligible to compete for a total of $6 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state.