Missouri Senate

Health Care Taxes
12:58 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Mo. Senate passes extension of health care taxes

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending several health care taxes that help generate about $3 billion annually for state's Medicaid program.

The special taxes are levied on such things hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. They are used to draw down federal Medicaid money, which is then distributed to health care providers through various programs.

Missouri's health care taxes are to expire Sept. 30.

Missouri congressional redistricting
7:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mo. Senate begins redistricting debate

The redistricting map passed by the Mo. House is currently before the Mo. Senate.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week is now in the hands of the State Senate.

And the consensus so far is that both Democrats and Republicans don’t like it.

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Child-Care Subsidies
3:12 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Child-care subsidies reduced in Mo. Senate plan

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Thousands of low-income parents would see their state child-care subsidies reduced under a budget plan passed by a Missouri Senate committee.

The plan approved Tuesday would reduce monthly child-care subsidies for about 6,600 children while extending benefits to an estimated 570 children whose parents currently earn too much to qualify.

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missouri congressional redistricting
1:05 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Mo. GOP redistricting maps may face filibuster

The GOP redistricting map passed this week by the Mo. House
Mo. House of Representatives

Another filibuster in the Missouri Senate may be brewing, this time over redistricting.   

Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) says he expects fellow GOP Senator Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) to try and block the redistricting map passed this week by the House, and possibly the Senate version as well.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
2:57 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Filibuster on unemployment benefits in Mo. Senate ends with deal

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talks to reporters after agreeing to end a filibuster that blocked $105 million in extended federal jobless benefits.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Four Missouri State Senators have ended their filibuster of legislation to draw down $105 million in extended federal unemployment benefits.

On Wednesday, the four senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), had offered to end their filibuster if Governor Jay Nixon (D) would reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Late-term Abortion legislation
11:38 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. Senate passes late-term abortion bill

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation imposing more restrictions on late-term abortions.

The legislation would remove a general exception for a woman's health from a current state law banning abortions of viable fetuses. Instead, the legislation would allow such abortions only when the woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
3:17 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. Senate panel OKs new congressional districts

A close-up of the congressional district map approved by a Missouri Senate committee today. Missouri's congressional districts are being redrawn to reflect population counts from the 2010 U.S. Census. See the full map via the link in the story below.
Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee today released and voted to approve its proposal to redraw the state’s congressional districts.   

The Senate map is similar to the House map, as both split up the district represented by Democrat Russ Carnahan among four other districts, three of which are currently represented by Republicans.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
5:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Extended unemployment benefits ending this weekend for Missourians

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
(via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

Extended unemployment benefits will end this Saturday for thousands of Missourians after the state Senate failed to reauthorize participation in a federal program.

St. Louis County senator Jim Lembke led the effort to block the 20-week extension of federal unemployment benefits, filibustering the legislation along with three other Republican senators.

Lembke said he did so in order to send a message to Washington that the federal government needs to rein in its spending.

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Local Control
5:46 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

St. Louis mayor Slay gives testimony on St. Louis police local control bill

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay spoke out today about local control of St. Louis' police department.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony today on the St. Louis police local control bill that easily passed the Missouri House last month

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the committee on governmental organization that an overwhelming majority of voters support local control, and that under state control, city residents have no input into how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is run.

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Workers' Compensation
12:29 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Mo. Senate approves workers' compensation changes

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prevent employees from suing co-workers for on-the-job injuries.

The measure also states that some occupational diseases, including those caused by asbestos exposure, would be covered by the state's workers' compensation system.

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