Missouri House of Representatives

MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. House endorses drug testing for welfare recipients

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

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.

The bill would require work-eligible recipients and applicants of the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance.

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Smoking at the Mo. statehouse
11:40 am
Tue January 25, 2011

ADA complaint filed against Mo. House smoking policy

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices - a move challenged by an ADA lawsuit. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The recent move of Missouri House of Representatives members to vote in favor of continuing to allow smoking in their Capitol building offices has drawn some criticism - in the form of a formal complaint.

Rossie Judd of Fenton, Mo. has filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint against the policy, saying in her complaint that it denies her "meaningful access to the House of Representatives" as a result.

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Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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Morning round-up
9:13 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Foreclosures in St. Louis hit record high, Mo. House preparing to work on new congressional map, smaller harvest for Mo. farmers

  • Foreclosure activity in the St. Louis area hit an all-time high in 2010. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that according to figures released by the data firm RealtyTrac, one in every 57 houses in the 17-county St. Louis region received at least one foreclosure filing during the year. The filings are up nearly 12 percent from last year and slightly above the previous records in 2008. The Post-Dispatch reports that these figures come despite billions of federal dollars poured into mortgage modification programs in the past two years, and despite the relatively stable housing market in St. Louis.
  • Missouri House members are preparing to start work on a new congressional map that will have only eight districts, down from the current nine. U.S. House districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect changes in population based on the census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that Missouri will lose one seat in the U.S House. The eight districts are the fewest for Missouri since the census of 1850. The state Legislature is responsible for drawing the new congressional districts and will approve them just like any other legislation. A special House committee on redistricting scheduled an organizational meeting Thursday morning, with no plans to take public testimony.
  • Missouri farmers took in a smaller harvest last year of some of the state's leading crops, Missouri Agricultural Statistics reports that corn production totaled 369 million bushels in 2010, down 17 percent from the previous year. Soybean production totaled 210 million bushels, down 9 percent from the 2009 crop. Hay production fell 7 percent compared with the previous year. And grain sorghum production reached its lowest level since 1955. But harvests did rise last year for cotton and rice farmers. Rice production, in fact, broke the previous state record set in 2005.

Morning round-up
9:09 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Ill. lawmakers approve tax increase, Mo. House to consider drug testing for welfare recipients, surveillance cameras close to being installed in 21st Ward

The Illinois General Assembly has passed a 67 percent income tax increase
(via Flickr/mhowry)
  • Democratic Illinois lawmakers have approved a 67% income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis. Legislative leaders rushed early Wednesday morning to pass the politically risky plan before  new General Assembly was sworn in at noon. The increase now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He supports the plan to temporarily raise the personal tax rate to 5% from the current 3% rate. Corporate taxes also would climb.
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Education
5:25 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Committee recommends merging Missouri's education departments

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

A special Missouri Senate committee is recommending that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education be merged with the Department of Higher Education.

The proposal was one of several announced today that Senate leaders say will improve education in Missouri. Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg says combining the two will have benefits beyond cost savings.

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MO House
5:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Bill would bar Mo. pharmacies from being forced to sell "morning after" pill

A "morning-after" pill package.
(Flickr Creative Commons User meddygarnet)

The bill is sponsored by GOP House Member David Sater, who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years.  He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the so-called "morning after" pill, but would guarantee their right NOT to if the owners so choose.

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MO House
11:47 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Democrats to chair 3 Mo. House committees

Mo. State Rep. Chris Kelly, (D - Columbia) speaks at a press conference with House Speaker-elect Tilley on Dec. 1, 2010.
(Flickr Creative Commons User MoNewsHorizon, credit for photo: Tim Bommel of Missouri House Communications)

Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber.

Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.

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MO House
5:40 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Incoming Mo. House Speaker skeptical about tax credit report

File photo

The incoming Speaker of the Missouri House is hinting of a battle with Governor Jay Nixon over tax credits.

A committee appointed by the Democratic governor has recommended eliminating nearly half of the state's tax credit programs. House Speaker-elect Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says he has doubts about the accuracy of the tax credit committee report.

"My preliminary evaluation of it is (that) they've used false data and incorrect conclusions to come up with the recommendations," Tilley told reporters at a press conference today.

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