Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org en In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-justus-went-partisan-pragmatist <p>The Missouri Senate had seven new members after the smoke cleared from the 2006 election cycle. Only two served for the maximum time allowed under term limits – Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.</p><p>The two lawmakers are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Justus entered the General Assembly as a combative fighter who fought tooth-and-nail against the Republican majority. Lager, who was arguably more conservative than his Republican counterparts, seemed on a course for higher office.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:35:53 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36419 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-stands-behind-nominee-missouri-parole-board <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon</a> is defending his choice to fill a vacancy on the <a href="http://doc.mo.gov/PP/">state Board of Probation and Parole</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:49:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32904 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board 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 Mo. Senate Passes On Ethics Bill, Campaign Contribution Caps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-ethics-bill-campaign-contribution-caps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate declined to vote on an ethics bill, including a proposal to reinstate campaign contribution limits.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate on Wednesday debated the measure that also would have imposed a 10-year period before lawmakers could become lobbyists. The bill also would've required lawmakers to electronically report contributions of more than $25 during legislative sessions.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 15:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 26024 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Passes On Ethics Bill, Campaign Contribution Caps Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-members-grill-public-safety-officials-over-release-citizen-conceal-carry-list <P></P> <P>Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention today Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.</P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Colonel Ron </SPAN>Replogle<SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5"> testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">“And our employees felt thi Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:28:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25340 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-house-committees-defeat-medicaid-expansion-plans <p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.</span></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.</span></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.</span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:46:02 +0000 The Associated Press, Kelsey Proud & Marshall Griffin 10166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans After 10-Hour Block, Mo. Senate Gives First Approval To Scaled-Back Bill On Union Paycheck Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-10-hour-block-mo-senate-gives-first-approval-scaled-back-bill-union-paycheck-rules <p>The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a scaled-backed version of the so-called Paycheck Protection bill.</p><p>The original bill would have barred unions from automatically withholding dues from the paychecks of public employees, but Senate Democrats spent nearly ten hours Monday night and Tuesday morning blocking the bill. The filibuster ended when the bill was changed to allow annual consent for withholding union dues from paychecks.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:14:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10112 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After 10-Hour Block, Mo. Senate Gives First Approval To Scaled-Back Bill On Union Paycheck Rules Doug Nelson Confirmed As Mo. Commissioner Of Administration, Despite Airplane Concerns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/doug-nelson-confirmed-mo-commissioner-administration-despite-airplane-concerns <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.</FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as Commissioner of Administration.</FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:48:35 +0000 The Associated Press 8977 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Doug Nelson Confirmed As Mo. Commissioner Of Administration, Despite Airplane Concerns State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-fed-lawmakers-and-gov-nixon-push-name-new-bridge-musial <p><em>Updated at 4:27 p.m.</em></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the&nbsp;under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.&nbsp; A section of the letter reads:</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:16:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Julie Bierach 8603 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial Mo. Lawmakers Begin Pre-Filing Bills For 2013 Session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-begin-pre-filing-bills-2013-session <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">Members of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.</span></font></span></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:34:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6954 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmakers Begin Pre-Filing Bills For 2013 Session