Jolie Justus http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-newly-wed-gay-couples-reflect-why-attitudes-gay-marriage-have-shifted <p class="p1">Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/A01033.HTM" target="_blank">20-word ban on gay marriage.</a></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:12:36 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-justus-went-partisan-pragmatist <p>The Missouri Senate had seven new members after the smoke cleared from the 2006 election cycle. Only two served for the maximum time allowed under term limits – Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.</p><p>The two lawmakers are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Justus entered the General Assembly as a combative fighter who fought tooth-and-nail against the Republican majority. Lager, who was arguably more conservative than his Republican counterparts, seemed on a course for higher office.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:35:53 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36419 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist Missouri Senate Passes 'Fix' To Criminal Code Demanded By Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-fix-criminal-code-demanded-nixon <p>The Missouri Senate has passed legislation containing the so-called "fixes" that Gov. Jay Nixon wants added to the criminal code revision.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:16:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes 'Fix' To Criminal Code Demanded By Nixon Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-allows-criminal-code-rewrite-become-law-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri's criminal code to become law without his signature.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nixon says the 645-page bill contains drafting errors that could weaken both </span>DWI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> laws and laws to combat methamphetamine production.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:15:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36105 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-state-budget-negotiations-over-final-version-are-next <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday, after taking care of the first five bills on Monday. Those debates were routine for the most part, with the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education">Senate approving the budgets for K-12 schools and Higher Education</a>.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:18:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35709 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/comprehensive-rewrite-missouri-criminal-code-passes-easily-future-unsure <p>Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to rewrite the state's criminal code for the first time in more than 30 years. The wide-ranging proposal took several years and two legislative sessions to hammer out, but it's unclear whether Nixon intends to sign it.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:35:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35588 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure Five Questions To Ask In Legislative Session's Waning Weeks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-questions-ask-legislative-sessions-waning-weeks <p>With roughly a month left to go before adjournment, many of the Missouri General Assembly’s big issues remain unresolved. &nbsp;</p><p>That’s not too surprising. Big-ticket legislation often passes — or dies — in the last weeks of the session. With about a month to go before the final gavel falls, legislation dealing with tax cuts, the state’s criminal code and the student transfer situation are all still up in the air.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:20:49 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35215 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Questions To Ask In Legislative Session's Waning Weeks Nixon Expresses Caution About Criminal Code Overhaul http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-expresses-caution-about-criminal-code-overhaul <p>Gov. Jay Nixon says he's wary about signing a wholesale revision of the state’s criminal code.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past few years, the state’s legal community has made overhauling the code a major priority. The legislation being considered by the Missouri General Assembly reassesses punishments for certain crimes, including eliminating jail time for some misdemeanors.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:59:15 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35245 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Expresses Caution About Criminal Code Overhaul Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/second-half-missouri-2014-legislative-session-underway-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway. Leaders in both chambers and from both parties remain focused on crafting a state budget and on easing the burden of the state's student transfer law — but they remain divided on expanding Medicaid. </span></p><p></p><p><strong>Medicaid expansion a 'nonstarter'</strong></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-limbo-some-lawmakers-see-promise-collaborating-critics <p>State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:40:16 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics