Missouri General Assembly

Tax Credits
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Sends Tax Credit Overhaul To Senate; Would Cut Preservation, Housing

Rep. Anne Zerr, R-St. Charles, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Jackson County and Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, speak to the press.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday curtailing two of the state’s largest tax credit programs. 

State Rep. Anne Zerr’s bill would reduce the historic preservation tax credit’s cap to $90 million from $140 million. That program helps refurbish older buildings and has been used extensively throughout St. Louis.

The bill would also gradually reduce the cap on the tax credit for low-income housing to $110 million from $140 million. That credit provides an incentive for developers to build housing for the working poor, elderly and disabled.

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On the Trail
9:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup?

Aldermen Antonio French is seeking to videotape or transcribe various meetings of city of St. Louis boards and committees. That would include Board of Aldermen committees, like the one pictured in this photo.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio) / St. Louis Public Radio)

Alderman Antonio French is sponsoring legislation to require videotaping or transcribing various meetings and hearings in city government. French is one of several people seeking to use the web to make government more transparent to the public. 

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government. 

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Final day
9:26 am
Fri May 17, 2013

In Final Hours Of Session, Big Issues Still Facing Missouri Lawmakers

It's the last day under the dome for Missouri lawmakers this session, and a lot of work remains.
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Leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have just one day left to reach agreement on a number of unresolved issues, including an ongoing dispute over how to control spending on state tax credits.

"There's four or five things I've promised senators that we'd get to," said Republican floor leader Ron Richard, including some form of an economic development bill.

The two chambers remain divided over the cap on historic preservation and low-income housing credits. The House has sent a proposal over to the Senate, but it's likely to fail.

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Audits
12:37 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Open Records Problems Cited In Audits Of Missouri General Assembly

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

A new audit of the Missouri state House and Senate knocks both chambers for their failure to comply with portions of the state Sunshine law.

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MO Statehouse
4:03 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers State Priorities As Fresh Regular Session Begins

The Missouri House chamber at the Missouri Capitol, minutes before the 97th General Assembly convened for the first time on Jan. 9, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Lawmakers have returned to Jefferson City and begun the new year’s regular Missouri legislative session. 

So, what do they want to get done?

Senate Republicans are focused on:

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State employees
5:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.

State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.  He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.

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MO Statehouse
2:11 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Term Limits Center Of Public Conference

Missouri voters passed term limits in 1992.
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Term limits have been in effect in Missouri’s General Assembly for 20 years.

Tomorrow a public conference held in St. Louis will explore how the limits have changed Missouri politics for both good and bad.

Representative Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, served in the state house for 12 years before voters passed the term limits and two terms since then.

Kelly says the General Assembly still attracts smart, hard-working people, but he says they don’t have as much time to learn the ropes.

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Veto override
3:26 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. Legislature votes to override veto of birth control bill

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Updated 9/13/2012, 4:51 p.m.


A Kansas City-based labor group is seeking to block the new law allowing Missouri employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive procedures.


The new law took effect after the Missouri General Assembly overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto during Wednesday’s veto session.  Attorney E.E. Keenan represents the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women.

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Firefighter residency
4:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

St. Louis city, state will take residency law dispute to the Supreme Court

A dispute over a state law that allowed firefighters to leave St. Louis city after 7 years goes to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri and the city of St. Louis will go in front of the state Supreme Court on Thursday to argue over who can decide where city employees live.

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MO Statehouse - Final Day
6:33 am
Fri May 18, 2012

End of session will lack drama, but not fireworks

Mo. lawmakers celebrate the end of the 2011 regular session with the traditional paper toss. The 2012 regular session ends today.
(Tim Bommell/Mo. House Communications)

It's the final day of the regular legislative session for the Missouri General Assembly.

Lawmakers have spent the past week clearing a backlog of bills that accumulated during a showdown over the state budget.

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