Missouri Minute: New Missouri laws take effect; Greitens names public safety leaders

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

A new normal awaits when 2017 Missouri session starts Wednesday

Not since Matt Blunt was governor of Missouri nearly a decade ago did the Republican Party control both the executive branch and both houses of the legislature. Even then, there were enough Democrats in both the House and Senate to block any veto override attempts, rare as they were then. That will change once Eric Greitens takes the oath of office and has the benefit of veto-proof GOP majorities in both chambers. Read more

New Missouri laws make it easier to carry a gun and a small amount of marijuana

The first overhaul of the Missouri’s criminal code in 38 years features a variety of reforms, including the elimination of jail time for first-time offenders convicted of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana. New laws that took effect Sunday also include expanded gun rights, changes in the way crimes are prosecuted and stiffer penalties for some motorists convicted of drunken driving. Read more

Gov.-elect Greitens names public safety leaders

Gov.-elect Eric Greitens vowed Monday that violent protests such as those that happened in the Ferguson area after the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown would not happen during his administration as he announced two new public safety leaders. Greitens named Drew Juden, director of public safety in Sikeston, as his director of public safety and Greg Favre, command staff officer for the St. Louis Fire Department, as deputy director. Read more

Tesla’s license to sell cars in Missouri expires

Tesla’s license to sell cars at its Missouri showrooms expired Saturday after a circuit judge’s decision this week. The California-based electric car maker lost a court battle in August when Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green ruled that Tesla is not a franchisee and its motor vehicle dealer licenses should not be renewed by the Missouri Department of Revenue. Read more

Jefferson City to consider Uber offer of free rides on Inauguration Day

Jefferson City regulations don’t allow for transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, but an upcoming special occasion prompted the company to ask for an exception. Representatives of Uber, the smartphone app-based ride-hailing service, have approached city officials about providing free rides on Inauguration Day, Jan. 9, despite not meeting the city’s requirements for vehicle-for-hire businesses. Read more

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