Eric Burlison http://news.stlpublicradio.org en '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 Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-approves-constitutional-spending-limit <p>One day after giving it first-round approval, the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has passed <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HJR43&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">a proposed constitutional amendment</a> to place spending caps on the state budget.</p><p>During final debates,<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=059"> State Representative&nbsp;Jeanette Mott Oxford&nbsp;</a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:50:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2890 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit