Missouri General Assembly http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislators-may-have-numbers-counter-nixons-vetoes <p><strong>(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he <em>can</em> outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:37:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes 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 Many Bills On 'Death Watch' As Adjournment Looms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/many-bills-death-watch-adjournment-looms <p>Barring last-minute resurrections before 6 p.m. Friday, several hot issues before the Missouri General Assembly this session are stone cold and legislatively buried.</p><p>After several days of vigorous debates and votes this week, leaders of the state House and Senate have had to make tough choices on which issues they have time to handle before adjournment -- and which ones they must jettison until next year.</p><p></p><p>Here are the most likely casualties:</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:34:13 +0000 Jo Mannies 36166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Many Bills On 'Death Watch' As Adjournment Looms Scenes From The End Of Missouri's Legislative Session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scenes-end-missouris-legislative-session <p>The final days of the Missouri General Assembly's session can produce triumph, frustration, anger and befuddlement -- all in the span of an hour or two.</p><p>All of these disparate emotions take place in the living, breathing Missouri Capitol. And while describing that "last few days of session" essence can be difficult, it can perhaps be portrayed in a series of photographs.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jason Rosenbaum spent a couple of days in Jefferson City this week. He found time in his jam-packed schedule to take some pictures.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 03:01:42 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scenes From The End Of Missouri's Legislative Session Dispute Among Republicans May Once Again Kill Gun Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dispute-among-republicans-may-once-again-kill-gun-bill <p>Differences between the Missouri House and Senate may once again kill an effort to nullify federal gun laws.</p><p>The Missouri House voted Tuesday evening by a veto-proof margin, 109-42, to approve a conference committee’s proposed final version of the bill, officially known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”</p><p>But the chief Senate sponsor, state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, declined to sign the panel’s compromise and told reporters that he may not bring up the version for a final Senate vote before this session ends on Friday. The result would be to kill the bill.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 04:03:46 +0000 Jo Mannies 36109 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dispute Among Republicans May Once Again Kill Gun Bill Missouri House Sends Tax Credit Overhaul To Senate; Would Cut Preservation, Housing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-sends-tax-credit-overhaul-senate-would-cut-preservation-housing <p>The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday curtailing two of the state’s largest tax credit programs.&nbsp;</p><p>State Rep. Anne Zerr’s bill would reduce the historic preservation tax credit’s cap to $90 million from $140 million. That program helps refurbish older buildings and has been used extensively throughout St. Louis.</p><p>The bill would also gradually reduce the cap on the tax credit for low-income housing to $110 million from $140 million. That credit provides an incentive for developers to build housing for the working poor, elderly and disabled.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:57:56 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34231 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Sends Tax Credit Overhaul To Senate; Would Cut Preservation, Housing Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-state-and-local-governments-ready-their-closeup <p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Alderman Antonio French is sponsoring legislation to require videotaping or transcribing various meetings and hearings in city government. French is one of several people seeking to use the web to make government more transparent to the public.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:26:07 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup? In Final Hours Of Session, Big Issues Still Facing Missouri Lawmakers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/final-hours-session-big-issues-still-facing-missouri-lawmakers <p>Leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have just one day left to reach agreement on a number of unresolved issues, including an ongoing dispute over how to control spending on state tax credits.</p><p>"There's four or five things I've promised senators that we'd get to," said Republican floor leader Ron Richard, including some form of an economic development bill.</p><p>The two chambers remain divided over the cap on historic preservation and low-income housing credits. The House has sent a proposal over to the Senate, but it's likely to fail.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:26:10 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26490 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Final Hours Of Session, Big Issues Still Facing Missouri Lawmakers Open Records Problems Cited In Audits Of Missouri General Assembly http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/open-records-problems-cited-audits-missouri-general-assembly <p>A new audit of the Missouri state House and Senate knocks both chambers for their failure to comply with portions of the state Sunshine law.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 24744 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Open Records Problems Cited In Audits Of Missouri General Assembly Mo. Lawmakers State Priorities As Fresh Regular Session Begins http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-state-priorities-fresh-regular-session-begins <p></p><p>Lawmakers have returned to Jefferson City and begun the new year’s regular Missouri legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p>So, what do they want to get done?</p><p>Senate Republicans are focused on:</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:03:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8199 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmakers State Priorities As Fresh Regular Session Begins