Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri Senate committee has moved quickly to bar insurance companies from providing coverage for abortions, following Sunday's health care overhaul passed by Congress.
The national health care bill creates new insurance purchasing pools, called exchanges, that include abortion coverage, but it also allows states to exclude such coverage from those pools. And the Missouri Senate's Insurance Committee has approved legislation doing just that.
Springfield, Ill. – Out of more than 240 applicants seeking the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, the State Central Committee has narrowed that list to 17. Most who made the cut have at least some history in politics.
Dozens of people appeared before Democratic leaders in meetings across the state in what was akin to a political version of American Idol.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A wide-ranging motor vehicle bill passed the Missouri Senate this week.
It includes a proposal to expand the ban on texting while driving to all motorists. Current law only prohibits those age 21 and younger from writing, sending and reading text messages while driving a vehicle.
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Ryan McKenna (D, Crystal City).
St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to two years probation, and must pay about $1,500 in restitution, for stealing and selling electronic merchandise seized in a traffic stop.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee has passed the 13 bills that make up Missouri's state budget for next year. But the cuts made this week don't cover a projected funding shortfall.
Governor Jay Nixon says about half a billion dollars needs to be sliced from his original budget proposal made in January. The House Budget Committee, however, cut no more than $90 million before adjourning for the week.