Jim Lembke

lobbyists' gifts
5:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Democratic candidate for the Missouri Senate is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.

Scott Sifton (D, Affton) is a member of the Missouri House and is trying to unseat incumbent State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) in the 1st Senate District that covers most of South County.  Sifton accuses Lembke of accepting 560 gifts over the past 10 years.

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Tax credit/Mamtek legislation
3:14 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. Senate adds tax credit agreement to Mamtek bill, sends them to House

The Missouri Senate has passed a tax credit measure after hammering out an agreement between GOP leaders and fiscal conservatives who’ve been trying to reign in tax breaks for years.

The agreement would cap historic preservation tax credits at $75 million per year, give a one-year extension to food pantry and other charitable tax breaks, and create incentives to draw amateur sporting events to Missouri.  State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) urged the chamber to pass it before time runs out on the regular session.

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Missouri Budget
2:38 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. lawmakers send $24B budget to governor

A chart which compares the amounts allocated for specific state agencies in the Missouri State Budgets of FY 2012 and FY 2013. Some 2013 figures are higher because legislators used precise amounts for some budget items. Click to enlarge for a better look.
(Associated Press Data/compiled by Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has passed and sent next year’s state budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

The $24 billion spending plan passed both chambers with little difficulty, but not without some complaints.  State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) was not happy with language restoring a health care program for blind Missourians.  He says he’ll file a constitutional objection.

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Mo. budget/blind pensions
6:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Silvey calls restoration of blind pensions by Mo. Senate puzzling & hypocritical

Mo. Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House communications)

The budget chairman for the Missouri House is not happy with the Senate’s decision early Wednesday morning to restore $28 million for blind pensions.

An amendment by State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) reversed the cut that the House wanted to use for Higher Education.  State Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) authored the original cut, stating that the pension program is for blind residents who have too much money to be on Medicaid.  He calls the Senate’s actions puzzling.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mo. Senator Robin Wright-Jones.
Flickr/MoNewsHorizon

Mo. Senate considers legislation to beef up security at the Capitol

The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor's Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed. 

It's sponsored by Democrat Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis.  She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican:

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Mo. candidates filing begins
4:43 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Candidates line up on 1st filing day for Aug. primary

Candidates wait in line at the Mo. Sec. of State's office to file to run for state and federal offices. Fans were set up along the 3rd floor hallway as hundreds waited in line.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Candidates for the U.S. Senate, Congress, Missouri General Assembly, Governor  and other statewide offices can now file to run.

Hundreds flocked to Jefferson City today and lined up outside the doors of the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork. Among those filing on the first day was Republican Peter Kinder, who’s seeking a third term as Lt. Governor.  Kinder had originally planned to challenge incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon for Governor, but changed his mind last fall.

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health insurance exchange
2:46 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Mo. delays work on health insurance exchange

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Missouri insurance officials have postponed a vote to draw down $13 million from Washington that would be used to help set up a health insurance exchange.  The exchange is required by the new federal health care law.

Members of the state’s health insurance pool had tentatively planned to take action today, but State Senators Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) and Rob Schaaf (R, St. Joseph) dropped in on the meeting and persuaded them to postpone the vote.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GOP Senator Jim Lemke of St. Louis County led an all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.
Flickr/FiredUpMissouri

All-night Filibuster Ends in Mo. Senate

An all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate is over. Tuesday afternoon, four Republicans began blocking a capital improvements bill because their attempt to remove $41 million in federal stimulus funds was voted down. The filibuster ended just before 6 a.m. this morning, after an agreement was reached to send more than $14 million back to Washington. That proposal was offered by fellow Republican Brad Lager from Andrew County.

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federal stimulus filibuster
10:17 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), debating on the Senate floor back in March. Lembke was one of four senators who blocked a capital improvements bill in an attempt to reject $41 million in federal stimulus funds.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

Updated 1:32 p.m. May 4:

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a capital improvements bill containing federal stimulus funds was "political theatrics."

McCaskill, a Democrat, says she understands that the four Republican Senators are trying to send a message to Washington, and that message has been received loud and clear.

"The people that they're really filibustering against are the people of Missouri, because those projects that are funded are creating jobs," McCaskill said. "Our economy is recovering and most importantly it's funding public education in Missouri."

Updated:  7:00 a.m. May 4:

A group of four Republican senators have ended their all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.

They began blocking the bill Tuesday afternoon after their attempt to shrink the bill by $41 million was rebuffed by the Senate.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011

A deal between President pro-tem Rob Mayer and fellow Republican Jim Lembke of St. Louis County cuts state jobless benefits from 26 weeks down to 20 weeks, ending a month-long filibuster.
Flickr/FiredUpMissouri

Missouri Republican Senators End Filibuster

Missouri's Senate has embraced a plan to extend federally funded jobless benefits while cutting eligibility for state-funded benefits.  Several Republican senators upset about federal spending ended a filibuster Thursday against legislation renewing the federal long-term benefits. That came after the Senate voted to cut state jobless benefits by six weeks, to a maximum of 20 weeks.

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