St. Louis, Mo. – The Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has ruled that a ban on the sale or rental of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors is unconstitutional.
The county enacted the ban last year but never enforced it because of legal challenges from the video game industry.
The county maintained it had a compelling interest to protect minors from such material and to give parents the power to regulate what their children watched. Patricia Redington is the St. Louis County Counselor.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri General Assembly opened a special session on Monday, and three proposals were offered to increase revenue to the state's treasury.
Democrat Wayne Goode of St. Louis County introduced legislation that would ask state voters to approve a tax hike to raise up to about $700 million, mostly from higher taxes on cigarettes and gambling.
He would hike the tax on a pack of cigarettes to $0.72, from the current $0.17.
Jefferson City, MO – As lawmakers returned to Jefferson City Monday for a special session to reconsider the state budget, they received news that the state was still taking in less money than predicted.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering called April's collections "miserable," and she's recommended Gov. Bob Holden cut $17 million more from the current budget, ends June 30th.
No new figures have been released on last month's tax collections. The governor has already withheld $362 million from current budget year appropriations.