Scott Sifton http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/compromise-private-school-transfers-may-be-out-reach-lawmakers-say <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a veto of the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27723589">school transfer bill</a> all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on the question of using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools.</span></p><p>But they acknowledged that it won’t be easy coming up with terms that will please Republicans and Democrats, urban, suburban and rural lawmakers — and Gov. Jay Nixon.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:29:42 +0000 Dale Singer 36685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/negotiations-completed-over-student-transfer-bill-includes-private-option <p><em><strong>(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)</strong></em></p><p>House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.</p><p>Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:53:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36080 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-bills-heard-jointly-seek-restructure-missouris-student-transfer-law <p>Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:26:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33196 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law Is There A Democrat To Take On Schweich In 2014? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/there-democrat-take-schweich-2014 <p>Democrats may be deciding between "fight or flight" when it comes to taking on state Auditor Tom Schweich in November.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:18:16 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33068 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is There A Democrat To Take On Schweich In 2014? Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-sen-sifton-senates-role-veto-session-ethics-reform-and-more <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29310 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More Kirkwood Administrators Hear Concerns, Say They Are Ready To Support Incoming Students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kirkwood-administrators-hear-concerns-say-they-are-ready-support-incoming-students <p>Just weeks away from its implementation, the Kirkwood School District held an informational meeting Tuesday night to answer questions from parents and residents about the school transfer process.</p><p>The basic message from speakers was this: The system is flawed, the law is broken, there wasn’t nearly enough planning, the legislature is dysfunctional, and what happens if we get sued? &nbsp;But we need to do everything in our power to make sure the incoming students get the best possible education we can provide.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:19:16 +0000 Tim Lloyd 28873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kirkwood Administrators Hear Concerns, Say They Are Ready To Support Incoming Students Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-sen-candidate-wants-ban-all-lobbyist-gifts-state-lawmakers <p>A Democratic candidate for the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Missouri Senate </a>is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.</p><p><a href="http://www.scottsifton.com/">Scott Sifton</a> (D, Affton)<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=096">&nbsp;is a member </a>of the<a href="http://house.mo.gov/"> Missouri House </a>and is trying to unseat incumbent<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm">&nbsp;State Senator</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lembkeforsenate.com/Home.html">Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay) in the&nbsp;1st Senate District&nbsp;that covers most of South County.&nbsp; Sifton accuses Lembke of accepting 560 gifts over the past 10 years. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:42:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4894 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers Local lawmakers push tax relief bills for struggling seniors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-lawmakers-push-tax-relief-bills-struggling-seniors <p>Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it&rsquo;s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That&rsquo;s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.</p><p>State Representatives Jill Shupp&nbsp;and Scott Sifton are pushing two bills in Missouri&rsquo;s legislature to help seniors:</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:13:31 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local lawmakers push tax relief bills for struggling seniors