Missouri Senate

Mo. Special session
7:29 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Mo. special session may end next week

Mo. Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) speaks to reporters about the ongoing special legislative session.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The full Missouri Senate is set to convene next week, October 17th, to make one last attempt at reaching an agreement on a wide-ranging economic development bill.

The biggest sticking point remains whether to place 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets, on low income and historic preservation tax credits.  The Missouri House removed the sunsets before passing the bill last week, a move opposed by the Senate.

President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says he’ll ask the Senate to vote to appoint conferees, who would meet with House leaders and try to hammer out a final version of the bill.

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MO Statehouse
5:23 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Mo. special session in limbo

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

Lawmakers have left Jefferson City and are not scheduled to return, even though the special session is still officially underway.  House and Senate leaders are still at odds over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

The only legislative action so far this week was Monday’s technical session in the Missouri Senate, in which two Senators gaveled the chamber in, took no action, then gaveled out about a minute later.  The House is scheduled to hold a similarly brief session on Thursday.

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Aerotropolis cuts
11:43 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Mo. Senate scales back "Aerotropolis" credits, local control debate looms

In Jefferson City, state Senate Republicans have stripped $300 million in tax credits from the so-called "Aerotropolis" bill
(UPi/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 9:39 a.m. Sept. 14

A smaller version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill received first-round approval Tuesday in the Missouri Senate.  GOP Senate leaders realized there was not enough support within their own caucus for passing $360 million in air cargo incentives, not to mention a threatened filibuster. 

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Teacher/student online contact
11:56 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Showdown looming between Mo. Senate, Nixon, over social media language

The Mo. Capitol at dusk
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri State Senator who sponsored the measure strictly limiting teacher-student contact via Facebook and other social media has filed legislation she says will clear up any confusion over the new law.

The issue was added Tuesday to the call of the special session by Governor Jay Nixon (D), but in his call the governor only stipulated that the language in question be removed, not replaced with new language.

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Special session opposition
4:47 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Crowell slows down Mo. special session

State Sen. Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) criticizes Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's "micromanaging" of the special session, which began today.
(Harrison Sweazea/Mo. Senate)

A State Senator from Cape Girardeau today delayed the start of the special session by three hours, then continued to slow the process down after bills were allowed to be introduced.

Republican Jason Crowell is objecting to what he calls a “micromanaged" list of priorities by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Missouri Senate / Health Exchange
10:36 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on possible state health exchange

(via Flickr/rosmary)

Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

An interim state senate committee is trying to figure out whether, and, if so, how Missouri should create a state health exchange. 

During the their first public hearing on the issue yesterday, Mark Sergener, an insurance agent from St. Joseph, testified against creating such an exchange, siting concerns over how insurance carriers and coverage options would be affected.

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Missouri Senate Redistricting
3:46 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Mo. Senate redistricting panel gives up, will let judges redraw map

The Missouri Senate's current districts, which took effect in 2003.
(Missouri Senate)

A commission tasked with redrawing State Senate districts in Missouri has thrown in the towel and will allow a panel of judges to do the job.

The main sticking point was over the 24th Senate District in St. Louis County.  Despite an approximate 59 percent Democratic population, the seat is held by a Republican, Senator John Lamping.

The Democrats on the redistricting commission, including Chairman Doug Harpool, cited population shifts for seeking to eliminate Lamping’s district and create a new one in southwestern Missouri.

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Missouri Senate Redistricting
5:32 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Commission on Mo. Senate redistricting facing deadline next week

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

The commission to redraw State Senate district boundaries in Missouri has given itself one more week to agree on a new map, or else it will hand over the responsibility to a panel of state judges.

The biggest dispute remaining is over how to redraw St. Louis County’s State Senate districts, according to commission chair Doug Harpool.

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Disaster response
5:15 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Testimony on disaster response heard by Mo. Senate subcommittee

An aerial view of Joplin, Mo., 10 days after a tornado swept through the area.
(via Flickr/xpda)

A Missouri Senate subcommittee heard testimony at the Capitol today from state officials who handle disaster response.

Andrea Spillars, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety, told the Subcommittee on Emergency Response that state and local officials coordinated their response efforts very well following the Joplin tornado.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Mo. State Senator asks for special session on nuclear site bill

A freshman State Senator wants Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) to call a special legislative session to approve a site permit for a second nuclear power plant.

Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) carried the issue in the Senate this year.  He sent a letter to the governor requesting a special session.

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