Joseph Keaveny http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Senator Prefiles Bill To Raise Seat Belt Fine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senator-prefiles-bill-raise-seat-belt-fine <P>A <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem04.htm">State Senator from St. Louis</A> is continuing his campaign to increase the&nbsp;fine in Missouri for not wearing seat belts.</P> <P>This will be the fourth time Democrat Joseph Keaveny has sponsored legislation to raise Missouri’s seat belt fine from $10 to $50. &nbsp;Opponents have either voted it down in committee or never brought it up for a vote each time.&nbsp; Keaveny says this time his message will focus more on the lack of seat belt use by teenagers.</P> <P>“In Missouri we average about 77 percent, (and the) teenage buckle-up rate is about 66 percent," Keaveny said.&nbsp; "The majority of people aren’t killed as a direct result of the collision, but they’re being ejected from the car.” Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:38:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senator Prefiles Bill To Raise Seat Belt Fine Whatever happened to local control? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whatever-happened-local-control <p>Missouri lawmakers last year came the closest they&rsquo;d ever come to restoring local control over the St. Louis Police Department, which has been under state control <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bound-division-local-control-st-louis-police-department">since the Civil War</a>.</p><p>A bill that would have given control of the department back to the city passed the House, but Senate leaders refused to pass it unless they got their way on tax credit reform, which didn&rsquo;t happen. This year, the local control battle never got off the ground in Jefferson City.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin talked with Mo. state Senator Joseph Keaveny (D, St. Louis) to find out why.</p><p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:25:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3399 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Whatever happened to local control? Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on insurance exchanges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-committee-holds-public-hearing-insurance-exchanges <p>A Senate committee was hearing from Missouri residents today about health insurance exchanges.</p><p>Every state is required by the year 2014 to set up an online exchange where customers can buy health coverage.&nbsp; States that fail to do so will have one created for them by the federal government, as part of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>State Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis city is a member of the committee.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:30:43 +0000 Julie Bierach 2448 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on insurance exchanges Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed gun age http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-backs-bill-lowering-concealed-gun-age <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has passed legislation that would lower the age for getting a concealed firearm permit from 23 to 21.</p><p>The conceal-carry language was added onto <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/BillSummary.aspx?bill=HB294&amp;Year=2011&amp;code=R">a larger firearms regulation bill</a>.&nbsp; The bill&#39;s Senate handler,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem18.htm">Brian Munzlinger&nbsp;</a>(R, Williamstown)&nbsp;says lowering the concealed permit age to 21 would bring Missouri into line with most other states. Wed, 11 May 2011 17:30:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 1217 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed gun age STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-police-local-control-bill-stalls-mo-senate <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4065314">Legislation that would restore local control</a> over the <a href="http://www.slmpd.org/">St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department </a>has stalled in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Two St. Louis-area Senators, <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem01.htm">Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay) and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem14.htm">Maria Chappelle-Nadal </a>(D, University City), began a filibuster of the bill today. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 01:11:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-police-local-control-bill-hits-snag-mo-senate <p>A <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/index.htm">Missouri Senate</a> <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/comm/prog.htm">committee</a> has approved legislation that would restore local control to the <a href="http://www.slmpd.org/">St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department</a>, but not before adding a provision that could also kill it.</p><p>The&nbsp;amendment would reduce the number of city aldermen in St. Louis to 14, and the number of wards from 28 to seven.</p><p>The move comes one day after a related bill easily passed the <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:27:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 599 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate