Eric Burlison http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Proposed EPA Rules Get Missouri Lawmakers Talking About Carbon Emissions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposed-epa-rules-get-missouri-lawmakers-talking-about-carbon-emissions <p>Missouri lawmakers are sounding off on proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposed EPA Rules Get Missouri Lawmakers Talking About Carbon Emissions 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-hits-snag-missouri-house-not-enough-votes-move-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:00:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-bill-praised-blasted-during-house-hearing <p>A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As written, t</span>he so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.&nbsp; <span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:13:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pre-filed-bill-would-restore-caps-medical-malpractice-damages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:14:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages Nixon Vetoes So-Called 'Paycheck Protection' Bill Concerning Public Employees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-vetoes-so-called-paycheck-protection-bill-concerning-public-employees <p><em>Updated at 9:08 p.m. with comments from State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), SB29's House handler.</em></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced his veto of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944749">SB29, the so-called "paycheck protection" bill</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill would have required unions to get annual permission to withhold fees and dues from public employee paychecks.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:57:12 +0000 Kelsey Proud, Marshall Griffin, The Associated Press & Chris McDaniel 27706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Vetoes So-Called 'Paycheck Protection' Bill Concerning Public Employees Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-send-paycheck-protection-bill-gov-nixon <P>The <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=133">Missouri House</A> has given final passage to legislation that would limit labor unions' ability to deduct dues and fees from the paychecks of public employees.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944749">Senate Bill 29</A> would require unions to get written permission every year to deduct dues from paychecks.&nbsp; While it would only apply to public employees, unions for first responders would be exempt.&nbsp; Unions would also have to get permission to use d Mon, 13 May 2013 23:35:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26361 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon Mo. House Votes To Repeal Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-votes-repeal-mandatory-motorcycle-helmet-law <P>The <A href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</A> has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.</P> <P><A href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB555&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 555</A>&nbsp;would lift the mandatory helmet&nbsp;requirement for motorcycle drivers and passenger who are at least 21 years of age or older.&nbsp; It would remain in effect&nbsp;for those under 21.&nbsp; The sponsor,&nbsp;<A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=133&amp;year=2013">State Representative&nbsp;Eric Burlison</A> (R, Springfield), Fri, 03 May 2013 01:01:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26049 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Votes To Repeal Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-bill-makes-proposing-gun-control-legislation-felony-offense <p><em><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D).</span></em></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican.</span></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Rep. Mike </span>Leara<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">, of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:20:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin, Chris McDaniel & The Associated Press 9439 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-benevolent-tax-credit-bill <p>Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a>.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:21:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill Bill To Revive Benevolent Tax Credits Heard By Mo. House Committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-revive-benevolent-tax-credits-heard-mo-house-committee <P><A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB87">Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits</A> in Missouri is being considered by a <A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB87">State House </A>committee.</P> <P>Tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers and the Children in Crisis program all expired last year when lawmakers failed to pass any type of tax credit reform package.&nbsp; Scott Baker,&nbsp;State Director&nbsp;of the <A href="http://feedingmissouri.org/">Missouri Food Bank Association</A>, testified today in favor of renewing the incentives.&nbsp; He says according to the USDA, Missouri has the nation’s 7th highest food insecurity rate. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:11:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8595 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill To Revive Benevolent Tax Credits Heard By Mo. House Committee