Missouri House of Representatives

Photo ID
8:13 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Missouri House passes photo ID resolution

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed constitutional amendment that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls has passed the Missouri House.

The resolution’s sponsor, State Representative Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia), argued that a photo ID is a better method of identification that a utility bill, which is allowed under current law.

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Proposition B / Dog Breeding Legislation
3:26 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Dog-breeding legislation moves through Mo. legislature

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 6:38 p.m.:

Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a new version of a bill rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding.

Wednesday's quick action by the state House and Senate came after Nixon began the day by signing a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last November.

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texting while driving
7:14 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Mo. House passes texting-while-driving language

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that includes language banning texting while driving for motorists of all ages.

Current law only bans texting while driving for those age 21 and younger.

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Missouri Cigarette Tax
12:43 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. lawmaker calls for cigarette tax increase

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A Missouri House member wants to ask voters to raise the state cigarette tax by 81 cents a pack.

Democrat Chris Kelly, of Columbia, outlined his plan Thursday to a House committee. He's proposing a future statewide vote on whether to raise Missouri's current 17-cent tax - the lowest in the nation - to 98 cents per pack.

Kelly says the increase could generate $425 million in state revenue, discourage people from smoking and bring down state health care costs.

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MO Statehouse
12:35 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. House takes the day off, again

Mo. House of Representatives
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

For the second time this week, the Missouri House has taken a day off from floor action.

And once again, it’s tied to the struggle between the House and Senate over congressional redistricting.

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Shrinking the Missouri House
11:27 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. Senate passes plan to shrink House

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A proposed constitutional amendment that would shrink the size of the Missouri House from 163 members to 103 has passed the Missouri Senate.

If it passes both chambers, the measure would go before voters next year.

State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) says the downsizing would not happen right away.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
6:55 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Mo. House rejects Senate redistricting map, asks for conference

The congressional redistricting map passed Wednesday by the Mo. Senate and rejected today by the Mo. House.
Mo. Senate

The Missouri House has rejected the changes made to its redistricting map by the Senate, which on Wednesday took its own map and substituted it in the House bill before passing it.

The main sticking point appears to be how much of Jefferson County will fall into the rural southeastern Missouri congressional district.

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Aerotropolis bill
10:37 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
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The Missouri House has passed the Aerotropolis bill, which is designed to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a global air freight hub.

The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
10:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. Senate committee passes House redistricting map

The GOP-crafted congressional redistricting map has passed the Senate Redistricting Committee 4-3.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week has narrowly passed a State Senate committee.

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Missouri House of Representatives
10:58 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. House

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has rejected a proposal to downsize its own chamber.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have reduced the state House from 163 members to 103 members starting in 2015. A House committee voted Thursday to reject the plan.

Critics have expressed concerns that the smaller number of lawmakers would mean the public would not be as effectively represented.

Supporters say that reducing the number of lawmakers would help state government save money.

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