Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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Missouri Budget
9:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Gun Control Nullification
9:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Big City Mayors Speak Out Against Gun Nullification Bills At Missouri Capitol

(l-r) KC Mayor Sly James and STL Mayor Francis Slay appear at Mo. Capitol to speak out against effort by GOP lawmakers to pass gun control nullification legislation.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City traveled to the the Missouri Capitol Monday to speak out against legislation to nullify federal gun laws within the Show-Me State.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, a Democrat, calls the legislation  "absurd, embarrassing and reckless."

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Criminal code
7:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to rewrite the state's criminal code for the first time in more than 30 years. The wide-ranging proposal took several years and two legislative sessions to hammer out, but it's unclear whether Nixon intends to sign it.

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Impeachment
10:04 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee

State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, presents his article of impeachment before the Mo. House Judiciary Cmte. on Apr. 23, 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Hearings began Wednesday on three articles of impeachment against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Tax Cuts
5:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.

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E-Cigarettes
10:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate and Missouri House have both passed bills to ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.

House Bill 1690 and Senate Bill 841 would both limit the sales of these devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, to consumers 18 years old and older, and both versions would not subject the devices to  regulation or taxation as tobacco products. 

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Early Voting
8:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Early Voting Gets First-Round Approval In Missouri House

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two measures to establish early voting, also known as "advance voting."

The first, House Joint Resolution 90, would allow for early voting if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment. The second is the implementing bill, HB 2271.  

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Medicaid Expansion
10:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature

Credit (Flick/Mark Coggins)

  Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work on swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side. While it appears they have a long way to go, and the clock is ticking on the legislative session, some key advocates say they may be close to turning the tide, at least when it comes to a scaled-back expansion that would be paired with reforms. 

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Missouri Budget
8:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

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Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Right to Work
10:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate

Floor of the Missouri House
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.

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