Joseph Keaveny

Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

After a Thanksgiving hiatus, the Politically Speaking podcast team is back in the saddle. And this week, we welcome state Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, who will be the new Senate minority leader when the General Assembly goes back into session in January. 

Keaveny – a lawyer and the 28th Ward Democratic committeeman -- also chairs the Senate’s Democratic campaign arm. He has been in the Missouri Senate since late 2009, when he won a special election to fill an unexpired term. He won re-election on Nov. 4.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's show, Mo. Senator Joe Keaveny joins us. Keaveny has been meeting with fellow senators on the school transfer situation, and fills us in on what preliminary changes could be possible. We also discuss the prospect of Medicaid expansion in this session or next, as well as what changes would have to be made to the program.

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A State Senator from St. Louis is continuing his campaign to increase the fine in Missouri for not wearing seat belts.

This will be the fourth time Democrat Joseph Keaveny has sponsored legislation to raise Missouri’s seat belt fine from $10 to $50.  Opponents have either voted it down in committee or never brought it up for a vote each time.  Keaveny says this time his message will focus more on the lack of seat belt use by teenagers.

“In Missouri we average about 77 percent, (and the) teenage buckle-up rate is about 66 percent," Keaveny said.  "The majority of people aren’t killed as a direct result of the collision, but they’re being ejected from the car.”

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A ballot measure that would return oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to city officials picked up endorsements from lawmakers across Missouri today.

The 40 or so new endorsements bring the total number of legislators on board with the effort to 87. More than two-thirds of them are Republicans. (See all the elected officials who support the measure here).

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Missouri lawmakers last year came the closest they’d ever come to restoring local control over the St. Louis Police Department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

A bill that would have given control of the department back to the city passed the House, but Senate leaders refused to pass it unless they got their way on tax credit reform, which didn’t happen. This year, the local control battle never got off the ground in Jefferson City. 

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Mo. state Senator Joseph Keaveny (D, St. Louis) to find out why.

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Koster wants U.S. Supreme Court to reject individual health insurance mandate

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. Koster, a Democrat, said Tuesday his office filed a written argument in support of a lawsuit by Florida and other states.

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STL area democrat files local control legislation

The legislation, sponsored by Joe Keaveny, would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s. Thursday was the first day lawmakers could file bills for next year's session, which starts January 4th.  Local control bills failed during both this year's regular and special sessions as they became bargaining chips in the tax credit battle between the House and Senate. 

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A Senate committee was hearing from Missouri residents today about health insurance exchanges.

Every state is required by the year 2014 to set up an online exchange where customers can buy health coverage.  States that fail to do so will have one created for them by the federal government, as part of the Affordable Care Act.

State Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis city is a member of the committee.

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would lower the age for getting a concealed firearm permit from 23 to 21.

The conceal-carry language was added onto a larger firearms regulation bill.  The bill's Senate handler, Brian Munzlinger (R, Williamstown) says lowering the concealed permit age to 21 would bring Missouri into line with most other states.

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Legislation that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has stalled in the Missouri Senate

Two St. Louis-area Senators, Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), began a filibuster of the bill today.

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