Black Caucus

Politics & Issues
3:42 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Kinder, Black Caucus Up Ante In Low-Income Housing Fight With Nixon

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (tan suit) join other low-income housing supporters at news conference to blast Gov. Jay Nixon.
Credit Jo Mannies

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, chair of the Missouri General Assembly’s Black Caucus, is threatening to block Senate action on several of Gov. Jay Nixon’s key appointments because of the governor’s action to delay state tax breaks for several low-income housing projects.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, joined Nasheed and several St. Louis officials at a news conference Monday to attack the governor’s participation in a deal to defuse Republican filibuster threats during the recent special legislative session in which tax breaks were approved for Boeing Co.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Mo. Black Caucus Hosts Town Hall In North County

Members of Missouri Legislative Black Caucus field questions during a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

On Saturday afternoon the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus wrapped up the second of two forums aimed at engaging African American constituents. 

The first town hall was held in Kansas City last weekend and legislators covered a broad range of topics that included crime, education and economic development.

The event was moderated by newly elected Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, who represents a sizable chunk of St. Louis City.

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Photo ID for voters
5:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Mo. Legislative Black Caucus Opposes Photo Voter I.D. Legislation

iPad photo of State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) addressing reporters on the Mo. Leg. Black Caucus' opposition to this year's crop of photo voter I.D. bills.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is speaking out against legislation in both the House and Senate that would require voters to show photo ID’s at the polls.

In each chamber there are proposed constitutional amendments that would allow for photo ID requirements, along with accompanying bills that would enact the proposed requirements -- HB 48 and HJR 1 in the Missouri House, and SB 27 and SJR 6 in the Missouri SenateState Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) chairs the caucus.  She and other caucus members say Republicans are trying to suppress the voting rights of minorities, the disabled, the poor and elderly.

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Workplace discrimination bills
5:41 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Mo. Legislative Black Caucus opposing workplace discrimination bills

(l-r) State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North County) and Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) speak out against GOP-sponsored bills that would redefine workplace discrimination in Missouri.
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills.

Currently, an employee can sue his or her employer if discrimination is found to be a contributing factor in any action taken against that worker.  Both House and Senate versions of the bill would require that discrimination be a motivating factor instead.   Democrat Steve Webb of North County chairs the Black Caucus.

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