Mary Still http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/5th-bill-filed-mo-gen-assembly-raise-cigarette-tax <p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1976&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">Yet another bill </a>has been filed in the<a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/"> General Assembly </a>this year&nbsp;that would raise Missouri&rsquo;s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the nation.</p><p>This one would raise it to 75 percent of the current national average &ndash; in other words, from 17 cents per pack to&nbsp;$1.09-1/2 cents per pack.&nbsp; Missouri&rsquo;s tax&nbsp;per pack&nbsp;would also rise or fall as the national average changes, and it would require a referendum by Missouri voters to take effect.&nbsp; The bill was filed by<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=059">&nbsp;State Rep.&nbsp;Jeanette Mott Oxford</a>&nbsp;(D, St. Louis), who spoke in favor of raising the cigarette tax during budget debates on Thursday. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:47:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-endorses-english-only-drivers-tests <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver&rsquo;s license tests to be given in English only.</p><p>Supporters say doing so would help immigrants assimilate easier into American culture and promote safety, since road signs in Missouri are in English. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:12:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 690 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests