constitutional amendment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-september-18-2012 <p><strong>Proposed amendment to appear on November ballot</strong></p><p>A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a <a href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">proposed constitutional amendment</a> that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.</p><p>In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:21:21 +0000 Tina Eaton & The Associated Press 4635 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Mo. House endorses capping state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-endorses-capping-state-budget <p>A<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HJR43&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> proposed constitutional amendment </a>that would place caps on the state budget has received first-round approval in the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a>.</p><p>The measure would limit state spending each year to the annual rate of inflation and would take population growth into account.&nbsp; The sponsor,<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=136&amp;year=2012">&nbsp;State Representative Eric&nbsp;Burlison&nbsp;</a>(R, Springfield),&nbsp;told fellow lawmakers that they should follow the example of everyday citizens who have to balance their household budgets.&nbsp; Democrats,however, including&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=042">Leonard Hughes</a> of Kansas City, argued that the proposed ballot measure would be redundant. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:44:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2883 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House endorses capping state budget Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-panel-endorses-spending-limit-proposal <p><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HJR43">A proposed constitutional amendment </a>that would cap the size of the state&rsquo;s budget has passed a Missouri House committee.</p><p>The measure would prevent lawmakers from increasing state spending more than the rate of inflation. They would also have to take population growth into&nbsp;account when writing the state budget.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=136&amp;year=2012">State Representative&nbsp;Eric Burlison</a> (R,&nbsp;Springfield). Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:22:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal