Daniel Green http://news.stlpublicradio.org en After 30 Years Locked Up, George Allen Released From Custody http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-30-years-locked-george-allen-released-custody <p>A&nbsp;University City&nbsp;man who’s spent 30 years behind bars has been set free by a Cole County judge after his murder conviction was vacated.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:31:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6413 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After 30 Years Locked Up, George Allen Released From Custody MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mosira-law-argued-missouri-supreme-court <P>A life sciences jobs bill signed into law&nbsp;last year but&nbsp;blocked this year was heard today by the <A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court</A>.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696927">The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA,</A> would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri.&nbsp; Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696928">a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), </A>which did not pass during the<A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/special.htm"> 2011 special legislative session</A>.&nbsp; <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay&nbsp;Nixon</A> (D)&nbsp;signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R)&nbsp;ruled it unconstitutional in February&nbsp;because of the language tying it to&nbsp;the dead bill.&nbsp;&nbsp;Solicitor General&nbsp;Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill&nbsp;can be legally severed from the other bill. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:44:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4657 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court No temp. restraining order yet over health care exchange ballot language http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-temp-restraining-order-yet-over-health-care-exchange-ballot-language <P>A Cole County judge heard arguments Friday on whether to issue a temporary restraining order against <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp">Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</A> (D).</P> <P>Carnahan and Republican leaders are sparring over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.&nbsp; <A href="http://ltgov.mo.gov/">Lt. Governor Peter Kinder </A>and GOP lawmakers accuse Carnahan of using misleading language in order to influence voters to defeat the ballot question in November.&nbsp;&nbsp;Attorney Jay Kanzler represents the plaintiffs.</P> <P>“Secretary of State&nbsp;Carnahan's language talking about denying families and individuals access to affordable health care frankly doesn’t even come close to describing, in fact, what the ballot initiative would do,” Kanzler said. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 23:11:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4350 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No temp. restraining order yet over health care exchange ballot language Judge upholds Mo. congressional redistricting map http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-upholds-mo-congressional-redistricting-map <p>The congressional redistricting map passed last year by<a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/"> Missouri lawmakers </a>has been upheld by a Cole County judge.</p><p>Following a three-day court battle, Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled&nbsp;late&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;that the districts in the so-called Grand Compromise Map&nbsp;do comply with the state constitution&rsquo;s&nbsp;requirement that congressional districts be &ldquo;as compact as may be.&rdquo;&nbsp; Gerry Greiman, one of the plaintiff&rsquo;s attorneys, disagrees. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:11:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3005 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge upholds Mo. congressional redistricting map Lawsuits challenging Mo.'s congressional redistricting maps to be tossed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuits-challenging-mos-congressional-redistricting-maps-be-tossed <p>A Cole County judge has decided to dismiss a legal challenge to the<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-overrides-nixons-veto-redistricting-map-becomes-law">&nbsp;congressional redistricting maps passed this year</a> by Missouri lawmakers.</p><p>Two suits were heard jointly&nbsp;Thursday, one from St. Louis-area Democrats and the other from Kansas City-area Republicans.&nbsp; Both stated that the so-called Grand Compromise Map was geared to protect incumbents, and would weaken the political voices of St. Louis and Kansas City.&nbsp; Attorney Gerry Greiman represents the St. Louis area plaintiffs.&nbsp; He says they&rsquo;ll appeal directly to the<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27"> State Supreme Court</a>. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:00:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuits challenging Mo.'s congressional redistricting maps to be tossed Cole Co. judge sets aside own ruling banning solar rebates in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cole-co-judge-sets-aside-own-ruling-banning-solar-rebates-mo <p>A Cole County judge has set aside his earlier ruling that declared solar rebates in Missouri to be unconstitutional.</p><p>The rebates were part of <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/2008-031.asp">a renewable energy ballot initiative passed by Missouri voters in 2008</a>.</p><p>Circuit Judge Daniel Green&rsquo;s initial ruling in June stated that the $2 per-watt solar rebate was essentially a seizure of private property from St. Louis-based <a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Pages/home.aspx">Ameren Missouri</a>.&nbsp; But he has temporarily vacated that ruling to allow other interested parties to file briefs in the case. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:37:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1758 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cole Co. judge sets aside own ruling banning solar rebates in Mo.