Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow laws requiring DNA collections from criminals to be applied retrospectively.
The Missouri Constitution forbids retrospective laws that mandate new restrictions or requirements based on past actions. The prohibition contributed to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that invalidated some sex offender restrictions.
Chicago – There will not be an end to the Republican primary for Illinois governor until at least next Tuesday. State Senator Kirk Dillard says late-counted ballots have almost cut in half the 420-vote lead previously held by his opponent, Bill Brady.
Tuesday was the last day for local election officials to count provisional and absentee ballots, but they have until next Tuesday to report final results to the state.
Dillard said he'll wait until then to make a final decision about what to do next.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri budget writers today voted to make cuts that could affect a wide range of social service programs.
State funding was reduced, and in some cases eliminated, in several areas, including domestic violence shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, community health care providers and field workers for the Division of Children.
State Representative David Sater (R, Cassville) chairs the committee that made the cuts.
St. Louis – The numbers used to support developer Paul McKee's request for $400 million in tax increment financing were at the center of the trial Tuesday that challenges whether the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and city's TIF Commission followed the law when they authorized the public money.