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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Economic development
9:24 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

The Mo. House
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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Student Transfer Law
5:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours

Bubbles | sxc.hu

(Story updated at 5:42 p.m. to include today's 3rd-read vote by the full Senate that sent SB 493 to the Missouri House.)

After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri's student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.

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Voter Photo ID
4:59 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri House Passes Photo ID Requirement For Voting

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The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation that would usher in photo ID requirements for voters.

First, the House passed HJR 47, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls. This proposed amendment would also need voter approval.

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Student Transfer Law
2:22 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill

Mo. Capitol
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.

The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts.  Provisions within Senate Bill 493 include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.

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Medicaid expansion
8:55 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City

Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R, speaks in support of expanding Medicaid at a Mo. Chamber event in Jefferson City on Feb. 25, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Former U.S. Sen.Kit Bond paid a visit to Jefferson City Tuesday, hoping to persuade his fellow Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate to expand Medicaid coverage to more people.

Bond told a gathering of Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry members that he doesn't like Obamacare, and he called its rollout a "disaster."  But he also said that accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid could enable Missouri to craft its own health-care solution.

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Fulton State Hospital
11:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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Gov. Jay Nixon
4:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Nixon Questioned Again About Presidential Aspirations

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, talking to reporters in 2013. During a visit to Washington DC today he was asked by Politico if he plans to run for president.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is attending the National Governors Association's winter meetings in Washington DC this weekend, and once again he's been questioned about his political future.

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Gun Control Nullification
12:07 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Missouri Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee

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Without one word of debate, the Missouri Senate Thursday passed legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri.

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Student Transfer Law
9:37 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Wide-Ranging Student Transfer Bill Passed By Mo. Senate Committee

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Nine bills that either directly addressed or were related to school transfers and accreditation were combined into one bill and passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate's Education Committee.

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Tax Cuts
9:25 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills

Mo. House floor
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two separate but similar tax-cut bills.

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