Bob Dixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org en McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mckennas-departure-leaves-nixon-special-election-conundrum <p>It make take longer than expected to fill Ryan McKenna's void in the Missouri Senate.</p><p>When the Jefferson County Democrat <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-names-state-senator-head-missouri-department-labor">resigned in December to become director of the state labor department</a>, he left open the possibility that his Senate seat may remain vacant throughout 2014. If that occurs, the Missouri Senate would not be at full membership for an entire calendar year.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:31:43 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum It May Be Too Late To Revise Mo. Criminal Code This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/it-may-be-too-late-revise-mo-criminal-code-year <P>Nearly a full month of hearings wrapped up Monday into a <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</A> bill that would revise the state’s criminal code, but it may already be too late to get the bill to the Governor’s desk this year.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17835524">Senate Bill&nbsp;253</A> is over a thousand pages long -- 1,071 to be exact.&nbsp; Legislators may not have enough time to read it, let alone pass it, before the regular session ends next month.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bill&nbsp;would create new classes of fel Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:17:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25239 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org It May Be Too Late To Revise Mo. Criminal Code This Year Mo. Gov. Nixon Signs Amateur Sporting Events & Benevolent Tax Credit Bills Into Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-signs-amateur-sporting-events-benevolent-tax-credit-bills-law <P>Two tax credit bills passed by Missouri lawmakers&nbsp;have become the first ones signed into law this year by <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</A> (D).&nbsp;</P> <P>First, <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944741">Senate Bill&nbsp;20</A>&nbsp;reinstates tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers run by pro-life groups, and the Children in Crisis program, now renamed the “Champion for Children” program after <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/08info/members/mem30.htm">retired State Senator&nbsp;Norma Champion</ Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 24968 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon Signs Amateur Sporting Events & Benevolent Tax Credit Bills Into Law Tax Credits Faring Better So Far This Year In The Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tax-credits-faring-better-so-far-year-missouri-senate <p>It appears so far&nbsp;that the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.</p><p>In years past, proposed incentives for such things as historic preservation or amateur sporting events would have faced a filibuster threat from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate.&nbsp; But the leaders of that group are gone due to term limits, and perhaps that’s why this year’s amateur sports incentives bill was allowed to receive a Senate floor vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem08.htm">State Senator&nbsp;Will Kraus</a> (R, Lee’s Summit) says the atmosphere has changed. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:51:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8884 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tax Credits Faring Better So Far This Year In The Missouri Senate