Jay Nixon

Student Transfers
12:21 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Nixon To Veto Student Transfer Bill, Cites Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the student transfer bill on Friday.
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After telegraphing his intention for a week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced that he is indeed going to veto the student-transfer bill because of its provisions allowing public money to be used for private schools.

He also faults the bill because it does not require unaccredited sending districts to pay any transportation costs for students transferring to accredited districts, as the schools now are required to do.

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Ameren: Coal Ash Landfill
9:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Environmentalists Petition Nixon To Stop Coal Ash Landfill Permit

Credit (Ameren Missouri website)

Environmental groups delivered about 3,500 petitions to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office in Jefferson City on Thursday, asking him to stop a construction permit for a coal ash landfill in Franklin County. The permit would allow Ameren Missouri to build a new landfill near its power plant located by the Missouri River.

Ameren says it’s almost of out of room in existing storage ponds for the coal ash, so it wants to build a newer and safer facility. In a released statement, it says it is committed to building a state-of-the-art landfill for its customers.

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SB 439
5:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Nixon Promises Speedy Review Of School Transfer Bill

Gov. Jay Nixon signaled he may vetoed legislation that would reconfigure the state's school transfer law.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon once again signaled that he might strike down school transfer legislation that passed out of the General Assembly last week. 

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On The Trail
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

We Asked Five Questions About Missouri's Legislative Session; Here Are The Answers

This year's legislative session is in the books. But it's possible that a veto of the school transfer bill could put this year's session in to overtime.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Few could accuse the Missouri General Assembly of languishing during its last few days of session.

In fact, the legislature’s last dash was something of a whirlwind: It featured fierce debates over bills about student transfers and abortion restrictions. Lawmakers also sent proposals on a transportation tax and early voting procedures to the November ballot. Other efforts fizzled out, including last-minute pushes to expand and reconfigure the state’s Medicaid system.

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Missouri General Assembly
10:27 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Nixon Blasts Legislative Session As 'Abysmal,' While GOP Leaders Call It 'Historic'

Missouri House celebrates the end of the 2014 session with its traditional paper toss.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House and Senate each spent the waning minutes of the legislative session embroiled in debate over a bill to nullify most federal gun laws.

But afterward, it was Gov. Jay Nixon who fired off the first post-session shots. His target was the General Assembly’s final-day spending spree.

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Education Alternatives
8:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

(Updated 10 a.m. Friday, May 16)

The Missouri House has passed the so-called student transfer fix, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon one day before the end of the 2014 legislative session.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited instead of the district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee student transfers.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, praised the bill late Thursday as "the most far-reaching education reform measure in decades."

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Student Transfers
4:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Transfer Bill Revives Ill Will Between Nixon, Some Black Politicians

Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Credit Missouri Senate

A long-simmering feud between Gov. Jay Nixon and some black politicians, going back to his days as Missouri’s attorney general, flared up again in Jefferson City this week, fanned by the debate over school transfer legislation.

But not all African-American officials are taking sides against the governor. Some, especially in the state House, are urging Nixon to veto the student transfer bill, because they consider its changes in the transfer law harmful to black students.

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Criminal Code
5:16 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes 'Fix' To Criminal Code Demanded By Nixon

Mo. Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City.
Credit Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation containing the so-called "fixes" that Gov. Jay Nixon wants added to the criminal code revision.

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Student Transfers
4:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmakers Call On Nixon To Sign Student Transfer Fix; Would End Free Transportation

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. It includes a provision that would end free transportation for transfer students -- a provision that would make it harder for students from failing schools to actually attend other districts.

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State Spending
5:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Legislators, Governor Spar Over Dues To Governors Group

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri House and Senate budget chiefs are accusing Gov. Jay Nixon of misusing state money because his office has paid dues to the National Governors Association for the past three years out of the Department of Social Services’ budget.

“He basically misspent the money,’’ said House Budget chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, during a news conference Wednesday. He was joined by House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and state Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country, who heads the House panel that oversees social-service spending. Senate leaders fired off similar complaints.

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