Missouri House leaders believe Governor Jay Nixon may be on the verge of signing a controversial bill that reverses Proposition B.
The voter-approved initiative limits dog breeders to 50 per operation and requires larger cages, more outdoor access and annual veterinary exams.
Nixon is also proposing a compromise that would remove the 50-dog-per-breeder cap while leaving some of the other restrictions in place. House Speaker Steven Tilley says they’ll take up the governor’s compromise after he signs the rollback bill into law.
The Missouri Senate has passed legislation imposing more restrictions on late-term abortions.
The legislation would remove a general exception for a woman's health from a current state law banning abortions of viable fetuses. Instead, the legislation would allow such abortions only when the woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.
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Missouri to apply for high-speed rail funding
The State of Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between the state's two metropolitan areas. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis. Nixon's office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.
Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session. There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate. And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.