Today is the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.
One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: HB 37 would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day. The proposal is sponsored by State Representative-Elect Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart). He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays.
Non-profits who want to influence political races in the city of St. Louis may soon have to disclose their donors.
A bill that would force those organizations who put more than $500 into a contest for mayor, comptroller, Board of Aldermen president or a ballot issue sailed out of committee today with a 6-0 vote. Five of the 11 committee members were absent, and a quorum wasn't reached until just before the vote.
House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins.
The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated caps on campaign contributions in 2007, but a 2008 law removed them again. Jake Hummel of St. Louis takes over next year as the top Democrat in the Missouri House. He says they’ll push for an ethics bill similar to one in 2010 that had support in both parties.
The Missouri House has approved legislation allowing health care providers to refuse to participate in some tasks that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.
Wednesday's 117-37 vote sends the bill back to the Senate to consider changes made by the House.
The measure prohibits punishment of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to participate in contraception, abortions, embryonic stem cell research and certain other procedures or research.
House Democrats are backing legislation they say would toughen Missouri’s ethics standards.
The bill would restore many provisions recently struck down by the State Supreme Court: They include banning committee-to-committee money transfers and giving the Missouri Ethics Commission the authority to launch its own investigations. The High Court struck them down because they were tacked onto another bill that had nothing to do with ethics. State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) says she’s filing a new bill because GOP leaders have so far done nothing following the Supreme Court ruling.
Gov. Jay Nixon is asking Missouri lawmakers to move quickly to restore a government ethics bill the state Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday.
The legislation - which was struck down on procedural grounds - required campaigns to report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours, banned certain committee-to-committee transfers, and allowed the state's Ethics Commission to investigate without first receiving complaints.
Missouri Senate votes to allow cell phones on no-call list
The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would let people put cell phone numbers on the state's no-call list for telemarketers. The Senate voted 34-0 Thursday, to expand the list which is currently limited to land lines.
The measure would also forbid telemarketers from sending unwanted images or text messages to cell phones on the no-call list.