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Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-sen-candidate-wants-ban-all-lobbyist-gifts-state-lawmakers <p>A Democratic candidate for the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Missouri Senate </a>is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.</p><p><a href="http://www.scottsifton.com/">Scott Sifton</a> (D, Affton)<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=096">&nbsp;is a member </a>of the<a href="http://house.mo.gov/"> Missouri House </a>and is trying to unseat incumbent<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm">&nbsp;State Senator</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lembkeforsenate.com/Home.html">Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay) in the&nbsp;1st Senate District&nbsp;that covers most of South County.&nbsp; Sifton accuses Lembke of accepting 560 gifts over the past 10 years. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:42:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4894 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers Mo. Senate adds tax credit agreement to Mamtek bill, sends them to House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-adds-tax-credit-agreement-mamtek-bill-sends-them-house <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has passed a tax credit measure after hammering out an agreement between GOP leaders and fiscal conservatives who&rsquo;ve been trying to reign in tax breaks for years.</p><p>The agreement would cap historic preservation tax credits at $75 million per year, give a one-year extension to food pantry and other charitable tax breaks, and create incentives to draw amateur sporting events to Missouri.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem15.htm">&nbsp;State Senator&nbsp;Eric Schmitt </a>(R, Glendale)&nbsp;urged the&nbsp;chamber to pass it before time runs out on the regular session. Wed, 16 May 2012 20:14:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3712 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate adds tax credit agreement to Mamtek bill, sends them to House Mo. lawmakers send $24B budget to governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-send-24b-budget-governor <p>The <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/">Missouri General Assembly</a> has passed and sent next year&rsquo;s state budget to<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Governor Jay Nixon&nbsp;</a>(D).</p><p>The&nbsp;$24&nbsp;billion spending plan passed both chambers with little difficulty, but not without some complaints.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm">State&nbsp;Senator Jim Lembke</a>&nbsp;(R, Lemay)&nbsp;was not happy with language restoring a health care program for blind Missourians.&nbsp; He says he&rsquo;ll file a constitutional objection.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:38:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Kelsey Proud 3671 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers send $24B budget to governor Silvey calls restoration of blind pensions by Mo. Senate puzzling & hypocritical http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/silvey-calls-restoration-blind-pensions-mo-senate-puzzling-hypocritical <p>The budget chairman for the<a href="http://house.mo.gov/"> Missouri House </a>is not happy with the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Senate&rsquo;s</a> decision early&nbsp;Wednesday morning&nbsp;to restore $28 million for blind pensions.</p><p>An amendment by<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm"> State&nbsp;Senator Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay) reversed the cut that the House wanted to use for Higher Education.&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=038">&nbsp;State Rep.&nbsp;Ryan Silvey </a>(R, Kansas City)&nbsp;authored the original cut, stating that the pension program is for blind residents who have too much money to be on Medicaid.&nbsp; He calls the Senate&rsquo;s actions puzzling. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:19:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3573 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Silvey calls restoration of blind pensions by Mo. Senate puzzling & hypocritical Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-march-21-2012 <p><strong>Mo. Senate considers legislation to beef up security at the Capitol</strong></p><p>The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor&#39;s Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s sponsored by Democrat Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis.&nbsp; She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican:</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:24:09 +0000 Julie Bierach, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3318 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Candidates line up on 1st filing day for Aug. primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/candidates-line-1st-filing-day-aug-primary <p>Candidates for the U.S. Senate, Congress,&nbsp;<a href="http://moga.mo.gov/">Missouri General Assembly</a>, Governor &nbsp;and other statewide offices can now file to run.</p><p>Hundreds flocked to Jefferson City today and lined up outside the doors of the&nbsp;<a href="http://sos.mo.gov/">Secretary of State&rsquo;s office </a>to file their paperwork. Among those filing on the first day was Republican<a href="http://ltgov.mo.gov/"> Peter Kinder</a>, who&rsquo;s seeking a third term as Lt. Governor.&nbsp; Kinder had originally planned to challenge incumbent Democrat<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Jay Nixon </a>for Governor, but changed his mind last fall. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:43:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Candidates line up on 1st filing day for Aug. primary Mo. delays work on health insurance exchange http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-delays-work-health-insurance-exchange <p>Missouri insurance officials have postponed a vote to draw down $13 million from Washington that would be used to help set up a health insurance exchange.&nbsp; The exchange is required by the new federal health care law.</p><p>Members of the state&rsquo;s<a href="http://mhip.org/"> health&nbsp;insurance pool&nbsp;</a>had tentatively planned to&nbsp;take action today, but&nbsp;State Senators <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem01.htm">Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay), <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem07.htm">Jane Cunningham </a>(R, Chesterfield) and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem34.htm">Rob Schaaf </a>(R, St. Joseph) dropped in on the meeting and persuaded them to postpone the vote. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:46:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2061 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. delays work on health insurance exchange Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-may-4-2011 <p><strong>All-night Filibuster Ends in Mo. Senate</strong></p><p>An all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate is over. Tuesday afternoon, four Republicans began blocking a capital improvements bill because their attempt to remove $41 million in federal stimulus funds was voted down. The filibuster ended just before 6 a.m. this morning, after an agreement was reached to send more than $14 million back to Washington. That proposal was offered by fellow Republican Brad Lager from Andrew County.</p> Wed, 04 May 2011 14:26:35 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 1171 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/all-night-filibuster-mo-senate-against-federal-stimulus-funds-ends <p><strong>Updated 1:32 p.m. May 4:</strong></p><p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a capital improvements bill containing federal stimulus funds was &quot;political theatrics.&quot;</p><p>McCaskill, a Democrat, says she understands that the four Republican Senators are trying to send a message to Washington, and that message has been received loud and clear.</p><p>&quot;The people that they&#39;re really filibustering against are the people of Missouri, because those projects that are funded are creating jobs,&quot; McCaskill said. &quot;Our economy is recovering and most importantly it&#39;s funding public education in Missouri.&quot;</p><p><strong>Updated:&nbsp;&nbsp;7:00 a.m. May 4:</strong></p><p>A group of four Republican senators have ended their all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.</p><p>They began blocking the bill Tuesday afternoon after their attempt to shrink the bill by $41 million was rebuffed by the Senate. Wed, 04 May 2011 03:17:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Julie Bierach 1170 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-8-2011 <p><strong>Missouri Republican Senators End Filibuster</strong></p><p>Missouri&#39;s Senate has embraced a plan to extend federally funded jobless benefits while cutting eligibility for state-funded benefits. &nbsp;Several Republican senators upset about federal spending ended a filibuster Thursday against legislation renewing the federal long-term benefits. That came after the Senate voted to cut state jobless benefits by six weeks, to a maximum of 20 weeks.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:33:13 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011