A second Missouri Republican state lawmaker will be running for Mo. secretary of state.
Republican Sen. Scott Rupp announced his candidacy Monday, joining Republican Sen. Bill Stouffer in the race.
In a news release, Rupp cites his experiences on issues such as illegal immigration and Internet predators as qualifications for the position.
He also says he’s created the only oversight committee to root out fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds in the stimulus package.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would have given residential care centers two more years to install sprinkler systems.
In 2006, 10 residents were killed in a fire at a group home in Anderson that did not have a sprinkler system.
Another filibuster in the Missouri Senate may be brewing, this time over redistricting.
Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) says he expects fellow GOP Senator Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) to try and block the redistricting map passed this week by the House, and possibly the Senate version as well.
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.
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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