Missouri Senate

Mo. candidate filing period
8:16 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate

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

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

The bill’s backers say the filing period needs to be moved forward to March 27th through April 24th, due to legal uncertainty over the State House and Senate district maps.  Currently, the filing period begins February 28th and ends March 27th for all state and federal races this year.

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Birth control bill
7:59 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill to block birth control coverage on religious grounds moves forward

The Mo. Senate's Committee on Small Business, Insurance and Industry meets at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

The bill was filed in response to President Obama’s recent mandate that church-run institutions provide coverage for birth control – that mandate has since been amended to require insurers to provide coverage if a religious employer refuses to do so.  Bishop John Gaydos, representing Missouri’s Catholic bishops, spoke in favor of the bill.

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Mo. candidate filing period
9:02 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Bill to move candidate filing period awaiting Mo. Senate action

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

Legislation is awaiting action in the Missouri Senate that would change the filing period for candidates planning to run in the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries in August.

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Do-Not-Call registry
8:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses adding cell phone numbers to No-Call list

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

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would add cell phone numbers to the state’s Do-Not-Call list.

There was little to no debate on the bill Monday and it was easily approved by voice-vote.  The sponsor, State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit), says the measure has failed in recent years because it was always paired with proposals to ban robo-calls.

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Workplace discrimination bill
3:49 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination bill

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace.

The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the measure.  Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City and several other Senate Democrats had conducted a filibuster, but gave in after language guaranteeing jury trials in discrimination lawsuits was added to the bill.  But she still spoke out against it, in particular, the Missouri Chamber’s claim that the bill would help curb frivolous lawsuits.

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Workplace discrimination bill
4:57 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Filibuster over, Mo. Senate endorses workplace discrimination bill

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

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination, after an agreement was reached between the bill’s sponsor and a group of Democrats that had been blocking it.

The agreement took the form of an amendment to the bill, which would guarantee the right to a jury trial in any workplace discrimination case.  State Senator Brad Lager (R, Savannah), the bill’s sponsor, agreed to support the amendment.

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MO Statehouse
5:33 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Gun target stickers found at Mo. Senate and House offices

One of two rifle target stickers found ouside the State Capitol office of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City) on Jan. 24, 2012.
(Mo. Senate)

Stickers with rifle target crosshairs printed on them have been found in the office doorways of several Missouri lawmakers.

They were discovered Tuesday afternoon outside the offices of five Democratic State Senators and one Republican State Representative.  The stickers were twice found outside the Capitol office of Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City.

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Move to designate Missouri 'Great Rivers State' st
11:00 pm
Sun January 22, 2012

Move to designate Missouri 'Great Rivers State' starts flowing

From barbecue to Branson, Missouri possesses plenty of noteworthy ventures. But a push is underway to showcase one of the state's most scenic features -- its rivers.

State Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday in the Missouri Senate to spur the state's Department of Tourism to tout Missouri as the "Great Rivers State."

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Move to designate Missouri 'Great Rivers State' st
11:00 pm
Sun January 22, 2012

Move to designate Missouri 'Great Rivers State' starts flowing

From barbecue to Branson, Missouri possesses plenty of noteworthy ventures. But a push is underway to showcase one of the state's most scenic features -- its rivers.

State Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday in the Missouri Senate to spur the state's Department of Tourism to tout Missouri as the "Great Rivers State."

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Missouri Redistricting
2:23 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps; process to start over

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.

The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.

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