State Sen. Brian Nieves may be quitting Jefferson City, but he’s not quitting politics.
Nieves, R-Washington, filed Monday for Franklin County recorder of deeds. He’s among four Republicans and one Democrat seeking to succeed incumbent Sharon Birkman, who is not seeking re-election. The Republicans will compete in the August primary.
The post pays $67,215 a year.
En route to Jefferson City, Nieves confirmed via text that he had filed for the job. He said he would have additional comments later.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has announced that he’s not running for the Missouri state Senate – setting the table for a possible candidacy by former state Sen. Jane Cunningham.
Jones and Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, have been touted as likely candidates after state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, made the surprise announcement that he’s not seeking re-election to his 26th District seat.
Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves says he didn't intend to ignite a controversy over freedom of the press with his mandate that cameras and recorders are welcome — but no tripods — during public meetings of the Senate committee that he chairs.
“You can videotape until your heart’s content,” said Nieves, R-Washington, in an interview. “I just don’t want the process of videotaping to block the view of anybody else.’’
Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that was aimed at curtailing foreign laws in Missouri. Although the bill didn’t explicitly say the word in its pages, detractors commonly referred to it as the “anti-Sharia law bill.”
Speaking in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Democratic governor referred to it as pointless “demagoguery.”
If passed, parents would have to provide written notification that they own a firearm within 30 days of enrolling their child in school or within 30 days of becoming a gun owner if the child is already enrolled. Failure to do so would be an infraction and result in a $100 fine. It would also make it a Class A misdemeanor if the parent or guardian knows that their child is illegally in possession of a firearm and does nothing to stop it or does not report it to police -- and the parent or guardian would be guilty of a Class D felony if their minor child kills or wounds someone with an illegally-possessed gun. The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), told reporters today that their goal is to prevent minors from illegally possessing firearms and to also keep them out of the hands of gang members.