Missouri Senate

Birth Control
2:37 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mo. Senate passes birth control coverage measure

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Updated 3:34 p.m. with correction from The Associated Press - the legislation was approved on a 26-5 vote, not a voice vote.

The Missouri Senate has approved legislation letting employers refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control in some instances.

The legislation, passed Thursday on a 26-5 vote, would let employers deny coverage unless an employee has a medical need for birth control. The measure now goes to the Missouri House.

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Workers' Compensation
12:34 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mo. Senate overrides veto on workers' comp, but the House likely won't

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol dome.
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The Missouri Senate today overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system.

But the likelihood that the House will also override the Governor’s veto is virtually nonexistent, according to Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).  He says they just don’t have the votes, even within their own party.

“We would have to first convince our caucus," Jones said.  "And even if we did, we’re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point…that’s a tough vote.”

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Missouri Senate
4:15 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. bill endorsed by state Senate would make it a crime to disturb worship

Missouri State Capitol dome
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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation making it a crime to disturb a religious worship service.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday would make it a misdemeanor to intentionally disturb or interrupt a "house of worship" with profane language, rude behavior or noise. The crime would be punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine, with harsher punishment for repeat offenses.

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Mo. State budget
3:59 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies

Mo. Senator Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau)
(Harrison Sweazea/Mo. Senate)

One day after the Missouri House gave first-round approval to the state budget, a state Senator is threatening to derail the entire budget process.

Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) is objecting to the use of one-time sources of money to plug holes in the FY2013 budget.  He singled out both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and House GOP leaders for plans to divert $40 million from a federal mortgage settlement to the state’s Higher Education budget.

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Security at Mo. Capitol
3:31 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Mo. Senate debates adding more cameras in Capitol

An inside look at the Missouri Capitol.
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The Missouri Senate is considering legislation that would beef up security at the State Capitol.

The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor’s Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed.  It’s sponsored by Robin Wright-Jones (D, St. Louis).  She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican lawmaker.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Morning headlines: March 13, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of the starting headlines of the day so far:

Nixon to hold news conference Tuesday on proposed cut in state aid to the blind

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the blind. The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.

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Workplace Discrimination
1:21 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Mo. Senate sends workplace discrimination measure to Gov. Nixon

Ceremonial doors of the Mo. Governor's office inside the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has sent the House version of the workplace discrimination bill to Governor Jay Nixon.

Senate Democrats spent five hours Wednesday blocking the bill before sitting down.  Today, there was no debate, only a 23 to 8 straight party-line vote.  Brad Lager (R, Savannah) handled the bill in the Senate.  He says he fully expects the governor, a Democrat, to veto the bill.

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Filing period lawsuit
12:57 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Suit seeks to delay filing period for Mo. Senate

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Update at 5:46 p.m.:

According to Mo. Sec. of State Robin Carnahan's office, Judge Daniel Green of the Cole County Circuit Court has denied the temporary restraining order. The decision means candidate filing for Missouri state Senate districts will begin Tuesday morning, as scheduled.

Updated at 4 p.m. with comments from plaintiff

There's another twist in the ongoing legal battle over the new districts for the Missouri State Senate.

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Term Limits
7:28 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Mo. Senate backs more term limits on state offices

The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would limit more state officials to eight years in office. The motion now goes to the state House.
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A new measure passed in the Missouri Senate would limit statewide officials to eight years in office.

Missouri currently limits the governor and treasurer to two four year terms each. Members of the state House and Senate are also subject to term limits.

A proposed constitutional amendment would extend the two-term limits to the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor.

Mo. Senate redistricting
6:59 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House

(l-r) Mo. Senators Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) and Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talk on the Senate floor during a recess from debate.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would have moved back Missouri’s filing period for the August 7th primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the State Senate.

Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens’ commission that drew up the latest State Senate district map Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) both had harsh words for the proposed map, which would move Cunningham’s 7th District to the Kansas City area.

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