Jefferson City, MO – A coalition of 80 community groups is calling on Missouri Governor Bob Holden to veto the Budget. They say the appropriations bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly cut education, health care, poverty and mental health programs too deeply.
Amy Blouin with the Missouri Coalition for Budget and Policy Priorities says the legislature should create a revenue package and put it to a vote of the people.
Jefferson City, MO – Legislation headed to Governor Holden's desk would ban local governments in Missouri from suing gun manufacturers.
The measure was prompted by a lawsuit filed three years ago by St. Louis against gun makers. That suit is pending in federal court. It seeks millions of dollars spent on dealing with gun violence. If Holden signs the measure into law, that lawsuit would end.
It also would place into state law support for the lawful design, marketing, manufacture, distribution or sale of firearms or ammunition.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Senate has sent Governor Holden a measure that would limit amount of money companies named in tobacco lawsuits would have to put into a bond when appealing a verdict.
The legislation was prompted by an Illinois case, where Philip Morris was ordered to post a $12 billion appeal bond.
In Missouri, appeal bonds in tobacco litigation would be capped at $50 million.