Jefferson City, MO – A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. Senior U-S District Judge Scott O. Wright issued a temporary restraining order today against the law, which had been scheduled to take effect tomorrow.
He said Planned Parenthood demonstrated a probability of success with its lawsuit. The abortion provider claims the law fails to give doctors fair warning of what conduct is prohibited and encourages arbitrary enforcement.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri will save more than $11 million dollars by refinancing some of its loans.
The state's Board of Fund Commissioners approved the refinancing of about $150 million worth of bonds this week. The board consists of the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, auditor, attorney general and commissioner of administration.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri's new concealed carry gun law will NOT go into effect Saturday as planned. Friday afternoon, St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer granted a preliminary injunction, citing a provision in the Missouri Constitution that plaintiffs in the case say prohibits concealed firearms.
St. Louis – St. Louis Judge Steven Ohmer says he could reach a decision as early as Friday in a case about whether Missouri's new concealed guns law violates the state constitution.
A lawsuit seeking to block the concealed guns law from taking effect Saturday claims, in part, that it violates a 128 year old clause in the Missouri constitution. A group of elected officials, mainly from the St. Louis area, filed the lawsuit after the state legislature voted in September to override Governor Bob Holden's veto of the concealed guns bill.
Springfield, Ill. – The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday in Sweden. Those who keep tabs on the finalists say former Illinois Governor George Ryan is among those under consideration.
It was one of Ryan's final acts in office that has led to his nomination. He commuted the sentence of all 167 death row inmates, saying at the time the capital punishment system was "haunted by the demon of error."
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed legislation Wednesday that sets the stage for corporate sponsorship of state buildings and events.
The measure isn't so much an allowance of sponsorship as it is a list of which buildings can't get naming rights. Presidential birthplaces, the state capitol building in Springfield, and national historic sites are among those listed as off limits.