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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MO Statehouse
5:53 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Mo. House committee quickly passes state budget

A sign sitting outside State Rep. Silvey's office this session sums up the mood toward any proposed budget increases this year.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The House Budget Committee has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

The process of voting 13 budget bills out of committee is often raucous and can take several days to do.  This year, it only took an hour, with each budget bill passing overwhelmingly.

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Proposition B
4:28 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed controversial legislation that would reverse portions of Proposition B

Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs per operation and requires adequate food, water and outdoor access.

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Morning News Round-up
9:43 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Morning Headlines: Thursday, March 10, 2011

A TV was set up in a hallway of the State Capitol for those who couldn’t get into the hearing room for a hearing on charging customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

  • A State Senate committee spent several hours last night (Wednesday) discussing legislation that would allow utility companies in Missouri to charge customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.  The reactor would be built by St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and would be located next to the company’s reactor near Fulton.  The price tag for the site permit is around $40 million.  Opponents included Jean Blackwood of the Sierra Club:

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English-Only Drivers' Tests
3:12 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests

(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license tests to be given in English only.

Supporters say doing so would help immigrants assimilate easier into American culture and promote safety, since road signs in Missouri are in English.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate

Sen. JIm Lembke (R, Lemay), one of two Senators leading a filibuster of the local control bill in the Mo. Senate.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

Legislation that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has stalled in the Missouri Senate

Two St. Louis-area Senators, Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), began a filibuster of the bill today.

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Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
5:31 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Mo. Senate endorses repeal of dog breeding law

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would reverse portions of Proposition B, a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters last year to regulate dog breeders.

The bill would do away with Proposition B’s limit of 50 dogs per breeder, and changes the name of the law from “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” to “Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.”

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MO Statehouse
5:52 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Mo. House committee hears bill to ban red light cameras

Testimony was heard in Jefferson City today on legislation that would outlaw the use of red light cameras in Missouri.

The bill is sponsored by State Representative Paul Weiland (R, Imperial).  He called red light cameras a gimmick for boosting revenue, saying that cities that use them fine violators without adding points to their driving records.

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MO Statehouse
3:15 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

GOP lawmakers want Nixon to release more school bus funding

via Flikr/wheany

Republican leaders in the Missouri House are calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) to release more funding for school buses.

The challenge follows Thursday’s news that state revenue collections are up by more than six percent since July of last year. 

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MO Statehouse
7:23 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes funeral protest bill

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to limit where and when funeral protesters can demonstrate.

The action comes despite this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out a lawsuit against a fundamentalist church that holds protests at military funerals.

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MO Statehouse
7:09 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes minimum wage restriction

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House

A ballot initiative passed in 2006 raised Missouri’s minimum wage to $6.50 an hour and tied future increases to the rate of inflation.

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