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
4:52 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Filibuster against federal unemployment benefits continues in Mo. Senate

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is leading the filibuster.
Mo. Senate

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate is still blocking a bill that would allow the state to receive $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

But the bill's supporters say Missouri hasn't lost out yet, despite today's deadline for getting it passed.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. Senate filibuster blocking $81 million in unemployment benefits

Mo. Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay)
Mo. Senate

Some Republicans in the Missouri Senate are blocking legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

The funding would go to Missouri residents who've been out of work for more than 79 weeks, and a State House bill authorizing the draw down must be passed by Thursday or else the money will go to other states.

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MO Statehouse
4:47 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. House committee considers 3 texting bills

(via Flickr/MrJasonWeaver)

A Missouri House committee heard three bills today that would extend the state's texting-while-driving ban to all motorists.

But the bills differ in how the law would be enforced.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Mo. House endorses minimum wage restriction

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the state's minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate.

In 2006, Missouri voters approved a ballot initiative that set the state's minimum wage at $6.50 an hour, and allowed future minimums to rise based on the rate of inflation.  It now matches the federal level of $7.25 an hour.

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MO Statehouse
6:32 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Mo. Auditor Schweich backs language aimed at Gov. Nixon's travel policy

Mo. State Auditor's Office

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says he supports legislation that would require details about the governor's flights around the state to be posted to a state website.

The bill in question has been approved by the Missouri House and is now before the Senate.

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MO Statehouse
5:58 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Legislative walkout unlikely in Missouri

Protesters demonstrate at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison.
AP photo/Andy Manis

Missouri legislative leaders don't expect walkouts by Democrats in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states over labor union issues to happen here.

Democrats and union leaders in the Show-Me State are opposing legislation in the State Senate that would make Missouri a right-to-work state.

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Stouffer for Sec. of State
9:51 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Stouffer to run for Mo. secretary of state

Republican Mo. state Sen. Bill Stouffer. (via Flickr/MoBikeFed)

Updated 5:40 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011.

A State Senator from rural western Missouri has announced he'll seek the Republican nomination for Secretary of State next year.

Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.

He made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year, losing the GOP nod to Vicky Hartzler in Missouri's 4th District.  Hartzler later unseated incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton.

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MO Statehouse
5:13 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Mo. Senate passes photo I.D. requirement for voters

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The proposed constitutional amendment was passed without debate along party lines, with all seven Democrats voting "no" and all Republicans present voting "yes."

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MO Statehouse
7:27 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that would restore local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, but not before adding a provision that could also kill it.

The amendment would reduce the number of city aldermen in St. Louis to 14, and the number of wards from 28 to seven.

The move comes one day after a related bill easily passed the Missouri House.

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MO Statehouse
4:51 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Schweich wants to review Mo. state agencies

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich
Mo. State Auditor's office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.

The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies.  Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.

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