Mike Parson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Prevailing Wage Exemption For Maintenance Projects Likely Dead Following Mo. Senate Filibuster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/prevailing-wage-exemption-maintenance-projects-likely-dead-following-mo-senate-filibuster <p>It appears that Democrats in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 08:10:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 26367 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prevailing Wage Exemption For Maintenance Projects Likely Dead Following Mo. Senate Filibuster Dempsey Denies Mo. Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dempsey-denies-mo-senate-republicans-are-reversing-opposition-medicaid-expansion <p>The&nbsp;leader of the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem23.htm">Missouri Senate</a> is denying reports from some conservative bloggers that top Republicans are planning an about-face on Medicaid expansion.</p><p>In particular, Red State published a report Monday that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem23.htm">President Pro-tem&nbsp;Tom Dempsey</a> (R, St. Charles)&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem28.htm">Senator Mike Parson</a> (R, Bolivar)&nbsp;were backing a so-called “shell bill” that would be used to add Medicaid expansion to next year’s state budget.&nbsp; Dempsey denies that report. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:59:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9877 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dempsey Denies Mo. Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/animal-advocates-await-response-mo-supreme-court <P>The <A href="http://www.humanesociety.org/">Humane Society of the United States</A> and two Missouri-based non-profit animal groups are waiting to hear if the <A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court</A> will take up their appeal on what they describe as a crippling regulation.</P> <P>The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care.&nbsp; Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.</P> <P>“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:04:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7614 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court New Faces Of Mo. Senate Leadership Announced http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-faces-mo-senate-leadership-announced <p>The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.</p><p>Majority party Republicans on Thursday nominated Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, to serve as president pro tem - the top position in the chamber. Dempsey still must be elected by the full Senate when it convenes in January, but that is expected to be a mere formality.</p><p>Republicans picked Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, to succeed Dempsey as the Senate majority leader. Richard, a former House speaker, defeated Sen. Mike Parson, of Bolivar, during a closed-door meeting of the Republican caucus.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:48:27 +0000 The Associated Press 6236 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Faces Of Mo. Senate Leadership Announced Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/filing-period-bill-fails-after-passing-mo-house <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1443190">Legislation that would have moved back </a>Missouri&rsquo;s filing period for the August 7th&nbsp;primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> State Senate</a>.</p><p>Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens&rsquo; commission that drew up <a href="http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/senatemap/">the latest State Senate district map</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm">&nbsp;Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay)&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem07.htm">Jane Cunningham </a>(R, Chesterfield)&nbsp;both had harsh words for the proposed map, which&nbsp;would move&nbsp;Cunningham&rsquo;s 7th&nbsp;District to the Kansas City area. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:59:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3139 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-delay-mo-filing-period <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state&rsquo;s party primaries back by one month.</p><p>The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28<sup>th</sup> and end March 27th, and because&nbsp;of the lack of new State House and Senate district maps.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court </a>tossed out the Senate map, which now has&nbsp;to be redrawn, and a legal challenge to the new House map is also&nbsp;being appealed to the High Court.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm">Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer&nbsp;</a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;says those facts alone make it necessary to push back the filing period. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:07:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/filing-period-bill-moves-forward-mo-senate <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state&rsquo;s August primaries by one month.</p><p>The bill&rsquo;s backers say the filing period needs to be moved forward to March 27<sup>th</sup> through April 24th, due to legal uncertainty over the State House and Senate district maps.&nbsp; Currently, the filing period begins February 28<sup>th</sup> and ends March 27th for all state and federal races this year. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:16:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3081 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate Bill to move candidate filing period awaiting Mo. Senate action http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-move-candidate-filing-period-awaiting-mo-senate-action <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1443190">Legislation</a> is awaiting action in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>that would change the filing period for candidates planning to run in the state&rsquo;s Democratic and Republican primaries in August.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 03:02:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3066 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill to move candidate filing period awaiting Mo. Senate action Legislators may get last word on voter initiatives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislators-may-get-last-word-voter-initiatives <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-958937.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-958937.mp3</a></p><p>Missouri is one of 24 states where citizens who gather enough signatures can put a question on the ballot.</p><p>They&rsquo;re called voter initiatives.</p><p>While voters have the ability to enact laws in Missouri, those laws can be changed or even overturned by legislators.</p><p>This year, two voter-approved laws, one on puppy mills, the other on the minimum wage, have been targeted at the state capitol.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman reports.</p><p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:15:51 +0000 Maria Altman 784 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislators may get last word on voter initiatives Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-reversal-proposition-b <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has passed controversial legislation that would reverse portions of <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2010petitions/2010-085.asp">Proposition B</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs per operation and requires adequate food, water and outdoor access. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:28:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B