Serving in the Missouri General Assembly since 2007

Legislative Column for the Week of Jan. 18, 2019

Sen. Curls' Biography
Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (9th Senatorial District) in the Missouri Senate. After serving in the Missouri House since 2007, she won a special election to the Missouri Senate in February 2011. Sen. Curls won re-election to the Senate in 2012 and again in 2016. <<more

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The Missouri General Assembly has officially convened for the start of the 2019 legislative session. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the first day of session. Following the November election, the Senate was proud to welcome eight newly elected senators, who took the oath of office in front of their families, friends and legislative colleagues. Joining them were nine returning senators, elected in November to serve a second four-year term.

The first few weeks of the legislative session are about preparation. The Senate adopted procedural rules for the session and began the process of introducing bills and referring them to legislative committees. These committees are sub-groups of lawmakers who evaluate bills on a certain subject before they reach the full Senate for debate. Committees often hold hearings on specific bills where private citizens can voice their support or concern for each proposal. If the Legislature is currently considering a bill that is important to you, I encourage you to travel to Jefferson City to make your voice heard. You can visit the Missouri Senate website for a full list of scheduled hearings.

This year, I have the great pleasure of serving on six of the Senate’s standing committees:

  1. Appropriations
  2. Gubernatorial Appointments
  3. Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources
  4. Administration
  5. Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety
  6. Progress and Development (where I am vice-chairwoman)

Additionally, I have already filed several bills on various issues. In the coming months, I hope to see these bills through the various steps of the legislative process.

Sen. Curls’ Sponsored Legislation for 2019

Bill Number



Senate Bill 1 Modifies provisions relating to the expungement of certain criminal records Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 2 Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make certain considerations when granting medical marijuana licenses and certifications Second read and referred to Senate Small Business and Industry Committee
Senate Bill 3 Allows certain people to enter property to secure it, remove trash and graffiti, and maintain the grounds, and provides immunity from civil and criminal liability Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Senate Bill 75 Modifies provisions relating to concealed carry weapons First read in the Senate
Senate Bill 225 Modifies nuisance actions in certain cities First read in the Senate
Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 Designates the Kansas City Chiefs as the official professional football team of the state of Missouri Hearing scheduled for Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee

Please know I value your input, and I invite you to visit my Capitol office, located in Room 225, if you are ever in Jefferson City. You may access my Senate website at

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