Eric Burlison

EPA Carbon Rules
4:28 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Proposed EPA Rules Get Missouri Lawmakers Talking About Carbon Emissions

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers are sounding off on proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions.  

The proposed rules effectively provide individual states with options to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. These options include making facilities more energy efficient, investing in alternative energy sources like solar and wind power, or joining other states in “cap and trade” programs.

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Right to Work
10:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate

Floor of the Missouri House
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.

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Right-to-Work
10:13 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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Medical Malpractice
5:14 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages

A doctor's stethoscope
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Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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MO Statehouse
1:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nixon Vetoes So-Called 'Paycheck Protection' Bill Concerning Public Employees

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House.
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Updated at 9:08 p.m. with comments from State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), SB29's House handler.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced his veto of SB29, the so-called "paycheck protection" bill.

The bill would have required unions to get annual permission to withhold fees and dues from public employee paychecks. 

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Paycheck protection
6:35 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon

Floor of Mo. House during session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would limit labor unions' ability to deduct dues and fees from the paychecks of public employees.

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Motorcycle Helmet Law
8:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. House Votes To Repeal Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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MO Statehouse
10:20 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County.
(Rep. Leara's campaign site)

Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D).

Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican.

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.

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Benevolent tax credits
4:21 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the Missouri House.

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Benevolent tax credits
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Bill To Revive Benevolent Tax Credits Heard By Mo. House Committee

iPad photo of Mo. House hearing on HB 87. (l-r), Scott Baker of the Mo. Food Bank Assoc., and bill sponsor, State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits in Missouri is being considered by a State House committee.


Tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers and the Children in Crisis program all expired last year when lawmakers failed to pass any type of tax credit reform package.  Scott Baker, State Director of the Missouri Food Bank Association, testified today in favor of renewing the incentives.  He says according to the USDA, Missouri has the nation’s 7th highest food insecurity rate.

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