Mike Parson

Prevailing Wage
3:10 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prevailing Wage Exemption For Maintenance Projects Likely Dead Following Mo. Senate Filibuster

Missouri Capitol Building.
KWMU.

It appears that Democrats in the Missouri Senate have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.

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Medicaid expansion
6:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Dempsey Denies Mo. Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Mo. Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles)
Mo. Senate

The leader of the Missouri Senate is denying reports from some conservative bloggers that top Republicans are planning an about-face on Medicaid expansion.

In particular, Red State published a report Monday that President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) and Senator Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) were backing a so-called “shell bill” that would be used to add Medicaid expansion to next year’s state budget.  Dempsey denies that report.

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Animal Adoption Tax
7:04 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

The Humane Society of the United States and two Missouri-based non-profit animal groups are waiting to hear if the State Supreme Court will take up their appeal on what they describe as a crippling regulation.


The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care.  Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.


“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said.

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Missouri Senate
2:48 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Faces Of Mo. Senate Leadership Announced

The chambers of the Missouri Senate in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.

Majority party Republicans on Thursday nominated Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, to serve as president pro tem - the top position in the chamber. Dempsey still must be elected by the full Senate when it convenes in January, but that is expected to be a mere formality.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
6:59 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House

(l-r) Mo. Senators Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) and Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talk on the Senate floor during a recess from debate.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would have moved back Missouri’s filing period for the August 7th primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the State Senate.

Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens’ commission that drew up the latest State Senate district map Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) both had harsh words for the proposed map, which would move Cunningham’s 7th District to the Kansas City area.

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Mo. candidate filing period
12:07 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period

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The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.

The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end March 27th, and because of the lack of new State House and Senate district maps.  The Missouri Supreme Court tossed out the Senate map, which now has to be redrawn, and a legal challenge to the new House map is also being appealed to the High Court.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says those facts alone make it necessary to push back the filing period.

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Mo. candidate filing period
8:16 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate

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

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

The bill’s backers say the filing period needs to be moved forward to March 27th through April 24th, due to legal uncertainty over the State House and Senate district maps.  Currently, the filing period begins February 28th and ends March 27th for all state and federal races this year.

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Mo. candidate filing period
9:02 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Bill to move candidate filing period awaiting Mo. Senate action

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

Legislation is awaiting action in the Missouri Senate that would change the filing period for candidates planning to run in the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries in August.

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voter initiatives
6:15 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Legislators may get last word on voter initiatives

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Missouri is one of 24 states where citizens who gather enough signatures can put a question on the ballot.

They’re called voter initiatives.

While voters have the ability to enact laws in Missouri, those laws can be changed or even overturned by legislators.

This year, two voter-approved laws, one on puppy mills, the other on the minimum wage, have been targeted at the state capitol.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports.

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Proposition B
4:28 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed controversial legislation that would reverse portions of Proposition B

Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs per operation and requires adequate food, water and outdoor access.

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