Missouri House of Representatives

Petition Signatures Amendment
11:11 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Mo. proposal calls for more petition signatures

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri lawmaker wants organizers of initiative petitions to collect signatures from all of the state's congressional districts before their measures go on ballots.

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Constitutional Convention
12:49 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Federal repeal measure divides Mo. conservatives

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A proposal seeking a constitutional convention to allow states to repeal federal laws has divided some conservatives in the Missouri House.

The resolution by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes urges Congress to call a convention to draft a constitutional amendment allowing states to repeal federal laws, if two-thirds vote to do so.

But debate stalled on the measure this past week without reaching a vote.

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Local Control Passes in First Round
12:23 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

St. Louis police local control vote today in Mo. House

State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) speaks on her bill to return control of the Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis to the city.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the Metropolitan Police Department to the city of St. Louis.

The department has been under state control since the Civil War.

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Religious Schools, Public Funding
10:47 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.

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MO Statehouse
5:57 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Mo. lawmakers push anti-bullying legislation

(l-r) State Representatives Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) and Sara Lampe (D, Springfield) tout their respective anti-bullying bills.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Two bills making their way through the Missouri House would target bullying in public schools across the state.


State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) is sponsoring one of them.  It would require all K-12 schools to issue a statement prohibiting bullying and to install procedures for reporting and investigating incidents of bullying.

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Mo. House passes workers' compensation change

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would place diseases contracted on the job under the state's workers' compensation system.

Currently, workers who've contracted illnesses such as Black Lung disease and Mesothelioma are ineligible to receive workers' comp benefits, but they can can sue their employers in circuit court.

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Workers' Compensation
12:03 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Mo. House OKs changes to workers' compensation

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation designed to undo unexpected fallout from changes made six years ago to the state's workers' compensation system.

Lawmakers in 2005 approved changes to Missouri's workers' compensation system to establish tougher standards for an injured Missourian to qualify. Not all of the changes have gone as planned, and lawmakers this year are considering bills to tweak some of them.

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MO Statehouse
5:34 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Mo. House committee passes balanced budget amendment proposal

Mo. House Budget Committee considers resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A resolution that would launch a new attempt to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has passed a Missouri House committee.


The measure is sponsored by State Representative Dwight Scharnhorst (R, Valley Park).

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Texting While Driving
9:32 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. Senate gives first-round approval to extend texting ban

(via Flickr/OregonDOT)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand the texting-while-driving ban to all motorists, not just those ages 21 or younger.

Although the bill passed, some senators opposed to the ban attached two amendments that have nothing to do with texting-while-driving, in an effort to kill the bill.  But both were vehicle-related, so supporters changed the bill's title to include various topics related to motor vehicles. 

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Tax Amnesty
1:01 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mo. lawmakers considering 2 tax amnesty proposals

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011. A tax amnesty proposal was presented today to a House committee by Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Missouri lawmakers are considering two different options for enticing people to pay overdue taxes.

A tax amnesty proposal presented Thursday to a House committee by Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, would waive all interest and penalties for delinquent taxpayers who pay up between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31.

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