Chuck Gatschenberger http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Bill forbidding interference with crisis pregnancy centers passes Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-forbidding-interference-crisis-pregnancy-centers-passes-mo-house <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a> has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.</p><p>The bill would forbid municipalities from regulating advertising and advice given out by crisis pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups.&nbsp; Supporters say they&rsquo;re trying to protect the First Amendment free speech rights of volunteers and staff at the centers.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=013">State Rep.&nbsp;Chuck Gatschenberger&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Lake St. Louis), admits it&rsquo;s a preemptive move. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:07:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3704 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill forbidding interference with crisis pregnancy centers passes Mo. House Auto parts tax break endorsed by Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/auto-parts-tax-break-endorsed-mo-house <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has given first-round approval to legislation that would<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1455&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> expand tax breaks for auto parts manufacturers</a>.</p><p>Ford and General Motors already have access to the incentives.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=013">State Rep.&nbsp;Chuck Gatschenberger </a>(R, Lake St.&nbsp;Louis), the bill&rsquo;s sponsor, says it would expand the benefit to smaller auto parts builders.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:28:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3572 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Auto parts tax break endorsed by Mo. House Nixon touts progress in expansion of broadband access in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-touts-progress-expansion-broadband-access-mo <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;says more than 75 percent of the state has access to broadband Internet service.</p><p>The governor provided an update on <a href="http://mobroadbandnow.com/mo-broadband-initiatives/mobroadbandnow-overview/">the state&rsquo;s efforts to expand access </a>to rural portions of Missouri during today&#39;s second annual broadband summit, held in Jefferson City.&nbsp; He&nbsp;told the audience of more than 300 business and government leaders that his broadband initiative has enabled small businesses and larger corporations across the state to compete for grants to expand broadband access. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:25:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon touts progress in expansion of broadband access in Mo. 911 hearings conclude at Mo. Capitol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/911-hearings-conclude-mo-capitol <p>A <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House </a>committee has wrapped up a series of hearings on improving 911 communications systems used by emergency responders.&nbsp; Supporters of proposed upgrades admit, though, that&nbsp;they have a hard case to sell to both politicians and the public.</p><p>Lawmakers and local-level officials at today&#39;s meeting&nbsp;stressed the need to use 911 systems that can integrate text messaging and even video communications.&nbsp;<a href="http://callawaycounty.org/commission/"> &ldquo;Doc&rdquo; Kritzer is a county commissioner </a>from Callaway County. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 23:17:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2443 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 911 hearings conclude at Mo. Capitol