Rob Mayer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-sent-gov-nixon-would-criminalize-disturbance-worship-services-mo <p>Among the 115 bills sent to<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;this year is one <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1321951">that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri</a>.</p><p>The measure&nbsp;would make it a misdemeanor to use, &ldquo;profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,&rdquo; or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held.&nbsp;&nbsp;It was sponsored by<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm"> Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R, Dexter).</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for citizens here in Missouri&nbsp;to have their First Amendment rights protected,&quot; Mayer said.&nbsp; &quot;There&nbsp;(have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.&rdquo; Wed, 30 May 2012 00:11:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3809 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo. Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/impasse-over-mo-budget-one-week-left-pass-it <p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">House</a> and<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Senate </a>budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what&rsquo;s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement:&nbsp; finding a way to fund veterans&rsquo; homes.</p><p>The House this week passed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=13"> legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues </a>currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.&nbsp; The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.&nbsp; <a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=038">House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey </a>(R, Kansas City) accuses <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm">Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer&nbsp;</a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;of playing games. Fri, 04 May 2012 21:50:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3637 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it Mo. lawmakers react to MOSIRA law being struck down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-react-mosira-law-being-struck-down <p>Many Missouri lawmakers&nbsp;are expressing disappointment&nbsp;over&nbsp;Tuesday&#39;s ruling that struck down the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696927">Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment&nbsp;Act</a>,&nbsp;more commonly&nbsp;known as &quot;MOSIRA.&quot;</p><p>The measure would have used revenues generated by a group of science and high-tech companies to create a pool to lure more such companies to Missouri and to keep the ones already here from leaving.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem17.htm">&nbsp;State Senator Luann Ridgeway&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Smithville)&nbsp;is&nbsp;not&nbsp;happy with the ruling. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:38:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers react to MOSIRA law being struck down Workplace discrimination bills getting attention in Mo. House, Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/workplace-discrimination-bills-getting-attention-mo-house-senate <p>Legislation that would change Missouri&rsquo;s definition on workplace discrimination is getting attention this week on both sides of the Missouri General Assembly.</p><p>On Monday,<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219"> the House version of the bill </a>was approved by that chamber&rsquo;s Workforce Development Committee.&nbsp; Under the bill, discrimination would have to be a motivating factor in any action taken against an employee, not a contributing factor as it is now.&nbsp; Democrat<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=80&amp;year=2012">&nbsp;Sylvester Taylor of&nbsp;North County </a>voted against the bill in committee. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 02:31:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2920 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Workplace discrimination bills getting attention in Mo. House, Senate Morning headlines: Monday, January 9, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-january-9-2011 <p><strong>Mayer hopes&nbsp;federal health care law&nbsp;among first&nbsp;debated in Mo.&nbsp;Senate this year</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:22:19 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 2816 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, January 9, 2011 Wrapping up Missouri's 2011 special legislative session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wrapping-missouris-2011-special-legislative-session <p>A very contentious special legislative session ended with a whimper in Jefferson City this week.&nbsp; It was dominated by seven weeks of head-butting over a wide-ranging tax credit bill that in the end boiled down to a long-running battle between the Missouri House and Senate over whether tax credits should have expiration dates.&nbsp; St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at what happened.</p><p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2358 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wrapping up Missouri's 2011 special legislative session Mo. Senate ends special legislative session, tax incentives bill dead http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-ends-special-legislative-session-tax-incentives-bill-dead <p>Missouri&rsquo;s<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/special-session"> special legislative session </a>is over.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem25.htm">President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;adjourned the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Missouri Senate </a>exactly&nbsp;seven weeks after lawmakers returned to Jefferson City.&nbsp; Only two bills were passed, the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696921"> &ldquo;Facebook Fix&rdquo; </a>and a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696927">high-tech jobs measure </a>&ndash; but the top priority, an<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696928"> economic development bill</a>, died because House and Senate leaders couldn&rsquo;t agree on expiration dates for historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:35:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2321 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate ends special legislative session, tax incentives bill dead Missouri Senate leader Mayer to end special session without approval of business incentives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-leader-mayer-end-special-session-without-approval-business-incentives <p>The head of the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has announced he&rsquo;s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem25.htm">President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R,&nbsp;Dexter)&nbsp;believes it&rsquo;s too late to pass any kind of economic development bill before the session expires in two weeks.&nbsp; Despite Thursday&rsquo;s move by the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House </a>to appoint lawmakers to negotiate a final version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill, Mayer says any agreement&nbsp;must include 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets,&nbsp;on historic preservation and low income housing tax credits. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:18:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2302 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate leader Mayer to end special session without approval of business incentives Mo. special session may be effectively over http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-special-session-may-be-effectively-over <p>Missouri&rsquo;s special legislative session may, in effect, be over, following Monday&#39;s actions in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.</p><p>First, the Senate rejected the House version of<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696928"> a wide-ranging tax credit bill</a>, voting to send it back to the<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/"> House </a>and urging passage of the Senate version.&nbsp; Then Senate leaders chose not to vote on a presidential primary bill, following<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-changes-mo-presidential-primary"> a failed attempt to swap it out with an alternate version </a>that would have replaced the primary with county-level caucuses. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:16:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2266 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. special session may be effectively over Mo. special session may end next week http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-special-session-may-end-next-week <p>The full <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> is set to convene next week, October 17th,&nbsp;to make one last attempt at reaching an agreement on a wide-ranging<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696928"> economic development bill</a>.</p><p>The biggest sticking point remains whether to place 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets, on low income and historic preservation tax credits.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;House</a> removed the sunsets before passing the bill last week, a move opposed by the Senate.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem25.htm">President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;says he&rsquo;ll ask the Senate to vote to appoint conferees, who would meet with House leaders and try to hammer out a final version of the bill. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:29:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2230 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. special session may end next week