Missouri General Assembly

Mo. students at unaccredited schools
6:13 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Mo. joint committee looks at avoiding potential mass exodus from unaccredited schools

Members of the House-Senate Interim Committee on School Accreditation listen to testimony Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011) at the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A state legislative committee heard testimony today on what options should be considered for students enrolled at unaccredited schools in Missouri.  It’s part of another effort to address a recent State Supreme Court ruling.

Turner v. Clayton affirmed that students not only have the right to transfer away from an unaccredited school district, but that the failing district has to pick up the tab.  State and local officials fear it could lead to a mass exodus from schools in St. Louis, Kansas City and Riverview Gardens.

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MO Statehouse
3:00 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

No overrides by Mo. General Assembly during 2011 veto session

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

Today was the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly’s annual veto session, but neither chamber made any attempt to override any of the 14 vetoes issued by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon this year.

However, House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) used the occasion to blast the governor for withholding money from various state agencies.

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Disaibility rights
12:27 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Nixon signs disability rights legislation

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon presents Shawn D'Abreu, a lobbyist for Paraquad, with copies of disability rights legislation that Nixon signed at Paraquad on Tuesday.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A package of bills that Gov. Jay Nixon says is about "dignity and practicality" for the 100,000 Missouri individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability is now law.

Gov. Nixon signed the legislation today at Paraquad, one of the largest centers in the country dedicated to helping disabled individuals live independently. Its founder, Max Starkloff, died Dec. 27.

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End of session
7:00 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Local control, Aerotropolis fail in final legislative hours

Missouri House members toss copies of bills in the air the moment the gavel came down on the 2011 legislative session. The final day paper toss is a tradition in the Missouri House.
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

Legislation that would have returned oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall has failed in Jefferson City.

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MO Statehouse
7:36 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Some controversial bills sent to Gov. Nixon's desk early enough for veto challenge

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.

They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

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Local Control
5:19 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Slay to State: Give city control of police department or pay for it yourselves

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay spoke out today about local control of St. Louis' police department. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis City Hall is ratcheting up pressure on Jefferson City to relinquish control of the city's police department, or pay for it themselves.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he expects the Missouri legislature to return control of city police department this year.

If not, the Mayor says St. Louis is within its rights to bill the General Assembly for part of the cost of running it.

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