Kevin Engler http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri House Passes FY2015 State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-passes-fy2015-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House has passed all 13 budget bills with an estimated $26.6 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During Thursday's round of budget votes, House Democrats began sharply criticizing this year's budget writing process. Along with Gov. Jay Nixon, they disagree with House Republicans about how much revenue they think the state will take in. &nbsp;State Rep. Margo McNeil, D-Hazelwood, accused GOP leaders of crafting an unnecessarily low budget.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:16:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Passes FY2015 State Budget Bill Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon Would Cap Lead Contamination Punitive Damages http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-sent-mo-gov-nixon-would-cap-lead-contamination-punitive-damages <p></p><p>One of two bills that would limit punitive damages in lead contamination cases is on its way to <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D).</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 10:18:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26446 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon Would Cap Lead Contamination Punitive Damages Police: Revised Mo. Law Encouraging Car Thefts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-revised-mo-law-encouraging-car-thefts <p>St. Louis-area police say a revised law is encouraging thieves to steal older cars and sell them for scrap, causing a big rise in auto thefts. <a href="http://bit.ly/WDGveH">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports </a>the law, which took effect last August, made it legal to sell a nonfunctioning vehicle 10 years or older without a title.</p><p>St. Louis County police Sgt. Tom Naughton says thieves can make $200 to $500 for each car, at a time when other laws have made it harder to sell stolen wire or gutters for scrap. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:17:33 +0000 The Associated Press 9411 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Police: Revised Mo. Law Encouraging Car Thefts Engler’s exit interview: 'probably true' that Mo. Senate is broken http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/engler-s-exit-interview-probably-true-mo-senate-broken <p>Nine State Senators won&rsquo;t be returning to Jefferson City next year due to term limits.&nbsp; Among them, Republican Kevin Engler of Farmington, who made a failed bid two years ago to become President Pro-tem after serving as Majority Leader.&nbsp; Since then, he has been outspoken on the way the Senate works, or in the views of some political observers, doesn&rsquo;t work.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin talked with Engler on the final day of the regular session.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:20:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3751 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Engler’s exit interview: 'probably true' that Mo. Senate is broken No changes to Mo. presidential primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-changes-mo-presidential-primary <p>An attempt to replace Missouri&rsquo;s presidential primary with statewide caucuses has failed in the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> State Senate</a>, meaning&nbsp;the February 7th&nbsp;Democratic and Republican primaries will go on as scheduled.</p><p>Before the vote, some amendments were offered, including one that would have moved the primary forward to January.&nbsp; None of them passed, but they reflected efforts by several Republicans to preserve the state&#39;s primary.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem15.htm"> State Senator Eric Schmitt&nbsp;</a>(R, Glendale)&nbsp;said that caucuses result in fewer people having a say in who they want for president. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 05:57:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2265 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No changes to Mo. presidential primary Mo. GOP switches to party caucuses for choosing presidential candidates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gop-switches-party-caucuses-choosing-presidential-candidates <p>The <a href="http://www.mogop.org/">Missouri Republican Party</a> is abandoning the presidential primary and will use the caucus system to choose delegates for next year&rsquo;s presidential race.&nbsp; The decision comes as a bill that would move the party primaries from February to March remains stalled in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.</p><p>The national GOP had given the state until midnight on October First to move the presidential primary to March, or else risk losing half its delegates.&nbsp; State GOP Executive Director Lloyd Smith says if Missouri goes ahead with a presidential primary in February, it will not count. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:39:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Kelsey Proud 2158 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. GOP switches to party caucuses for choosing presidential candidates Movement to dump Mo. presidential primary and restore caucuses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/movement-dump-mo-presidential-primary-and-restore-caucuses <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has delayed debate on a bill that would<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB3&amp;year=2011&amp;code=S1"> move the state&rsquo;s presidential primary from February to March</a>.</p><p>The holdup involves a pending amendment that would scrap the primary altogether and return Missouri to its former status as a caucus state. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:04:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Movement to dump Mo. presidential primary and restore caucuses St. Louis mayor Slay gives testimony on St. Louis police local control bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-mayor-slay-gives-testimony-st-louis-police-local-control-bill <p>A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony today on the St. Louis police <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-local-control-stl-police-bill">local control bill that easily passed the Missouri House last month</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/comm/fina.htm">committee on governmental organization</a> that an overwhelming majority of voters support local control, and that under state control, city residents have no input into how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is run.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:46:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 820 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis mayor Slay gives testimony on St. Louis police local control bill Mo. Senate considers moving primary date to March http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-considers-moving-primary-date-march <p>Missouri lawmakers are considering moving back the state&#39;s 2012 presidential primaries.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4855">bill</a> by Republican Sen. <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/10info/members/mem03.htm">Kevin Engler</a>, of Farmington, would change next year&#39;s primaries from early February to early March.</p><p>Missouri has held presidential primaries in February under a state law.</p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:51:25 +0000 The Associated Press 579 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate considers moving primary date to March