St. Louis, MO – Democratic Illinois Representative Harry Osterman is trying again to pass a measure that would require an extra background check for private gun sales.
Currently, anyone who has a fire owner's identification, or "FOID" card, can legally sell a gun to anyone else with a FOID card.
Osterman's proposal would require a licensed gun dealer be involved in the transaction. Osterman says it will prevent criminals from being able to purchase guns, because the dealer has to do a background check on the buyer.
Members of St. Louis' science and business communities say that Missouri needs new so-called "green" jobs. On Friday, they expressed that view to Ted Abernathy, the executive director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, which is a North Carolina-based think tank.
He says Missouri's energy priorities reflect a national shift from the supply and cost of energy to how to ride out the recession.
Jefferson City, MO – A St. Louis lawmaker wants to raise Missouri's cigarette tax as a means of providing needed revenue.
The bill by Democratic House member Jamilah Nasheed would raise taxes on cigarettes from 17 to 33 cents a pack. She argued for the tax hike in a hearing Wednesday before the House Tax Reform Committee.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to switch to four-day weeks.
The bill was sponsored by State Representative Gayle Kingery (R, Poplar Bluff). He told fellow House members that allowing four-day weeks will enable poorer school districts to save money on operational costs.
Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis Thursday to discuss how Missouri can use federal stimulus money to create jobs in life- and plant- sciences. He talked with leaders from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center about how St. Louis can leverage its biotech expertise to capitalize on stimulus dollars.
Governor Jay Nixon says he will continue to press for the expansion of children's health care after Missouri House Republicans rejected his proposal Wednesday.
Nixon, a Democrat, wanted to increase the number of families eligible for the S-CHIP program and cap monthly premiums for others.During a visit to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Thursday Nixon said he was hopeful the issue will be revisited when the budget reaches the floor.