Heartland Votes

Sen. Hawley reintroduces bill to ban TikTok on government devices

Sen. Josh Hawley reintroduced his bill to ban all federal employees from using TikTok on government devices

Missouri House advances bill for guns on buses, in churches

Charles Booker probes another run for U.S. Senate

Eric Becking officially claims third Cape Girardeau County Public Health Board seat

  Sen. Blunt in Cape Girardeau to talk about vaccines, reopening schools

  RESULTS: Municipal elections in Mo., Ill.

  Officials explain why Municipal Elections are important

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  Gearing up for election day in Missouri and Illinois

Proposed Mo. resolution would prohibit roadside checkpoints

In fireworks-wary Illinois, ‘fountain’ sparklers are debated

  Greitens discusses political past, present, future as he enters U.S. Senate race

  South Scott Co. Ambulance District proposes sales tax

Missouri House committee votes down Medicaid expansion

  Mo. lawmakers debate militia bill

The proposed qualifications are simple: Missouri residents who legally can own firearms would put their names and addresses on a list kept by the Department of Public Safety.

Ky. bill makes some pandemic voting changes permanent

The next time those across the commonwealth go to the polls, they may be greeted with some of the changes that were born out of the pandemic.

Missouri Senate votes to ban police chokeholds

Senators voted 30-4 in favor of the measure.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal to defend Ky. abortion law

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s appeal of Kentucky’s abortion law passed by the General Assembly in 2018.

Arkansas governor signs bill allowing medical workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people

  Mo. Attorney General Schmitt announces run for U.S. Senate

  Former Mo. Gov. Greitens announces run for U.S. Senate

  Cape Girardeau Co. voting with safety as priority on Election Day

Ill. budget targets ‘loopholes’ critics call crucial to renewal

Bill to tax gambling winnings wins approval in state House

Arkansas gov. signs near-total abortion bill into law

Under Senate Bill 6, abortion would only be allowed in cases where it’s necessary to save the life or preserve the health of the fetus or mother.

Mo. House passes bill to allow guns on buses, public transportation

House Bill 52 passed the House 124-32. It moves on to the Senate.

Sen. Blunt announces he won’t seek 3rd term

Sen. Blunt made the announcement in a video on social media on Monday morning, March 8.

Ky. bill aims to cap insulin copays

They voted 35-0 on House Bill 95.

Ky. requests 2 federal disaster declarations

The federal request is for ice storm damage in February and recent flooding that has impacted 20 cities and 44 counties throughout the Commonwealth.

Missouri lawmakers back new checks on local health officials

Missouri legislators have given initial approval to a bill that would bar local health officials from ordering businesses and schools to close for more than 15 days during an emergency without getting permission of elected officeholder.

Kentucky Senate backs bill requiring schools to reopen

If the House accepts the changes, it could send the legislation to Gov. Andy Beshear.

Judge blocks laws in showdown between governor, lawmakers

Kentucky’s Democratic governor has won a court order temporarily blocking Republican-backed laws threatening to invalidate his executive orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Mo. lawmaker pitches constitutional rules for transgender student athletes

Republican sponsor Rep. Chuck Basye during a state House committee hearing on Wednesday said transgender girls have an unfair advantage.

Abortion bill, SB6, approved in state House

A bill that would seek to ban abortions in Arkansas unless they are to save the life of the mother received approval Wednesday from the Arkansas House.

Gov. Parson releases remaining $280.7M in FY21 restricted funds

Due to stronger economic projections in Missouri, Governor Mike Parson released the remaining $280,783,940 in Fiscal Year 2021 funds back into the budget.

  Sen. Hawley wants billion-dollar businesses to pay $15 minimum wage

Sen. Josh Hawley announced a second plan to increase wages for workers with raising the national minimum wage.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Mo. House approves bill on private property protections for family farms

The Missouri House passed a bill giving approval to some private property protections for family farms.

  Sen. Hawley to introduce blue-collar pay raise bill

The measure, the “Blue-Collar Bonus Tax Credit,” would give workers a bonus four times a year through an automatic, advanceable tax credit based on hours worked and median pay formula.

  Missouri House tries again with voter photo ID law

The Republican-led Missouri House is advancing another version of a Missouri voter photo identification law that was gutted by the state Supreme Court.

Kentucky Senate votes to make to-go alcohol sales permanent

The Senate passed the measure on a 28-7 vote Monday.

  Gov. Pritzker signs controversial justice reform bill

The reform bill ends cash bail, requires all police officers to use body cameras and to go through additional training, prohibits chokeholds and requires the use of special prosecutors in officer-involved deaths.

Mo. bill aims to change policies on how law enforcement investigates officer-involved deaths

Representative Shamed Dogan says House Bill 461 would require law enforcement agencies to have written investigation policies for officer-involved deaths and have an independent agency conduct the investigation.

Judge finds Missouri’s public defender waiting list unconstitutional; gives legislature four months to fix it

In February 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Missouri, Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe filed a lawsuit to end the use of public defender waiting lists, alleging that more than 4,600 people were on the waiting list, and that the list wa

Cape Girardeau Co., Bollinger Co. Circuit Courts to move to Phase 2

The Cape Girardeau County and Bollinger County Circuit Courts will move to Phase 2.

Legislation filed to create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ in Mo.

Rush Limbaugh passed away after a battle with lung cancer on February 17 at the age of 70.

Former Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan resigns seat

The 78-year-old Madigan was elected speaker in 1983 and served 36 of the next 38 years at the helm.

  Ill. Gov. Pritzker delivers State of the State, budget address

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his State of the State and budget address at noon on Wednesday, February 17.

Ky. Lawmakers won’t meet this week due to winter weather

Days missed this week will be made up later this month and in March.

Former Ill. State Senator Paul Schimpf announces run for governor

Former Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf is expected to announce his candidacy for Governor of Illinois.

Gov. Bill Lee delivers State of the State address today

Today, Tennessee Govoner Bill Lee will deliver his third State of the State address.

Christian County lawmaker indicted on fraud refuses to resign

Fellow Republican House Speaker Rob Vescovo stripped Derges of all her committee assignments on Monday, when a 20-count indictment against her was unsealed.

Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career.

Missouri House passes ban on enforcement of federal gun laws

The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban local police from enforcing federal gun laws.

Kentucky House passes pension bill aimed at new teachers

The Kentucky House has passed a bill to change retirement benefits for new teachers hired starting next year.

  Proposal to reopen schools for in-person classes fails Senate vote

The proposal would require schools to return students to the classroom after teachers have received a COVID-19 vaccine, if not additional federal relief funding will be withheld.

Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case

A Missouri state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely claiming a treatment she sold contained stem cells that could help with COVID-19 has been asked to resign.

  Sen. Hawley makes proposal to restrict funds to schools not holding in-person classes

Sen. Hawley introduced an amendment to Congress’ proposed budget on Wednesday, February 3 that would restrict federal funds to schools that do not have teachers and students in classrooms.

A virtual Legislature: Ill. lawmakers plan spring work by video

The House has planned just one day of work, on Feb. 10, to convene and adopt rules for the new, two-year session which began last month.

Gov. Parson appoints Limbaugh as assoc. circuit judge for 19th Judicial Circuit

Christopher K. Limbaugh began his career in private practice in his hometown of Cape Girardeau. He then served as the elected prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County.

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s fuzzy math on 1 million new auto jobs

Casting his climate policy as a jobs plan, President Joe Biden left out important context and used fuzzy math when he announced sweeping new green initiatives that he says will boost the U.S. economy with the creation of 1 million new auto jobs.

Sen. Hawley reintroduces duck boat safety legislation

In July 2018, 17 people died when a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake.

  Gov. Parson says Mo. has history of overcoming tough times in State of the State Address

The governor delivered the State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27.

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

Gov. Pritzker joins bipartisan governors, lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to get vaccinated

Governor JB Pritzker joined bipartisan governors and lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to make a plan for getting vaccinated.

  New vice president’s Heartland sorority sisters react to the inauguration

Vice President Kamala Harris has Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters at SIU.

  Heartland political experts react to Biden’s inauguration day

Political experts agreed Wednesday was a good day for America.

Heartland lawmakers release statements on Biden inauguration

Some Heartland lawmakers released statements on President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

  Security at Ky. Capitol to be increased

There will be an increased presence of Kentucky State Police, Frankfort Police and the Kentucky National Guard at the Ky. Capitol.

Ky. Secretary of State releases election turnout statistics

The Kentucky Secretary of State announced the completion of voter turnout breakdowns for the general and primary elections in 2020.

  Illinois lawmakers pass Criminal Justice Reform Bill

It now sits on Governor Pritzker’s desk to be signed.

Ill. Senate passes criminal justice reform bill

House Bill 3653, formerly HB 163 was passed by the Senate by a vote of 32 to 23 around 4 a.m. during the Lame Duck Session.

200 Illinois guard troops will go to DC to aid inauguration

Gov. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.

Illinois Congresswoman releases statement addressing the calls to impeach President Trump

Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller released the following statement to address the calls to impeach President Trump.

  Gov. Parson sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri

Governor Mike Parson was sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 11.

Messages from Trump backers prompt former Missouri GOP head’s resignation

Some callers wanted a military coup and others demanded that the party bus people to protest in Washington.