Jefferson City, Mo. – Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.
While he got much of what he wanted, the governor is not happy that lawmakers failed to pass a major jobs bill.
St. Louis, MO – The Navy has agreed to a multi-year purchase of more than 100 F/A-18 Super Hornets, which are built by Boeing in St. Louis
Boeing and members of Missouri's congressional delegation have been asking the Pentagon for years to commit to a long-term order like this. Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin of St. Louis says the 124-plane purchase will keep the assembly line going for four more years.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation expanding the information a woman must receive before undergoing an abortion.
State law already requires that women be told 24 hours in advance of the physical and psychological risks of abortions. This bill requires consultations be done in person and that women be given the option of viewing an ultrasound and listening to a heartbeat.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The final day of the 2010 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and lawmakers have passed several bills in the past 24 hours, while some remain in doubt.
One of the bigger surprises is the passage of legislation placing new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The House passed the bill after holding it for three months, then the Senate passed it a few hours later. It now goes to Governor Nixon.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a scaled-down version of the ethics bill passed last week by the House.
It no longer contains several items unrelated to this year's ethics debate, which included requiring voters to show a photo I.D. at the polls.
While House Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) called the ethics bill they passed last week the most sweeping "in the universe," Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) jokingly called it a "black hole."