Joseph Keaveny

Seat belt legislation
5:38 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Mo. Senator Prefiles Bill To Raise Seat Belt Fine

(via Flickr/ Drewwh)

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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Local Control
6:25 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Whatever happened to local control?

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

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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Missouri Health Insurance Exchange
1:30 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on insurance exchanges

Flickr/Jennifer_Borriss

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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Concealed Gun Legislation
12:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed gun age

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

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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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate

Sen. JIm Lembke (R, Lemay), one of two Senators leading a filibuster of the local control bill in the Mo. Senate.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

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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MO Statehouse
7:27 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that would restore local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, but not before adding a provision that could also kill it.

The amendment would reduce the number of city aldermen in St. Louis to 14, and the number of wards from 28 to seven.

The move comes one day after a related bill easily passed the Missouri House.

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