Leonard Hughes

voter ID
2:31 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Mo. House endorses voter photo ID requirement

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided over the issue:  The 104-54 vote split along party lines, with every Republican present voting “yes,” and every Democrat “no.”  Supporters argued that the bill would help prevent voter fraud.  But State Representative Leonard Hughes (D, Kansas City) countered that the bill is unnecessary.

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Capping state spending
3:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. House endorses capping state budget

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A proposed constitutional amendment that would place caps on the state budget has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

The measure would limit state spending each year to the annual rate of inflation and would take population growth into account.  The sponsor, State Representative Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), told fellow lawmakers that they should follow the example of everyday citizens who have to balance their household budgets.  Democrats,however, including Leonard Hughes of Kansas City, argued that the proposed ballot measure would be redundant.

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