Missouri 2016 legislative session begins with guns, roads and ethics getting attention

A familiar set of issues awaits Missouri legislators as they return to Jefferson City for the 2016 legislative session.

In addition to passing the state budget, they’re expected to tackle several other issues, including ethics reform, Missouri’s crumbling infrastructure, gun and abortion regulation and Gov. Jay Nixon’s push to build a new NFL stadium for the Rams.

And with a new legislative session comes new GOP leaders, the result of the resignation of the House Speaker last May and the Senate president resigning to become a lobbyist.

The new leadership has renewed expectations that longstanding issues will finally be put to rest, but will also face a host of new concerns, including race relations at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, as well as regulations of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and fantasy sports companies.

Read more from the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Public Radio


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