Politics & Issues

Ethics bill overturned
2:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

State high court strikes 2010 ethics law

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2010 ethics law that took a long and twisted path to its final form.

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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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Missouri disaster recovery
5:38 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Levee repairs, flood recovery to be discussed in Columbia this weekend

A levee breach in northwestern Missouri in 2011.
(Atchison Co. Emergency Management)

State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia Saturday to talk about ways to prevent last year’s devastating floods that plagued northwest and southeastern Missouri.

Heavy snow and rainfall led to record releases from South Dakota dams along the Missouri River –and as a result 200,000 acres of farmland in northwest Missouri sat flooded for months, along with a significant stretch of Interstate 29 in Missouri and Iowa.  Around 130,000 acres were flooded in the southeast part of the state when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a hole in the Birds Point Levee along the Mississippi River in order to protect the town of Cairo, Illinois.

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Voter photo ID bill
4:09 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. House passes voter ID bill

Missouri House chamber.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Before the vote, Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  State Representative Todd Richardson (R, Poplar Bluff) disagreed.

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MO Statehouse/Workplace discrimination
2:35 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. House approves changes to workplace discrimination law

The Missouri House has passed its version of a bill that would redefine standards for workplace discrimination lawsuits.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination standards in Missouri has passed the State House.

The bill would change the definition by making discrimination a motivating factor in any action taken by an employer against an employee, instead of a contributing factor as established by court rulings in recent years.  House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka) argued that the current standard is killing small businesses in Missouri.

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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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Missouri Redistricting
11:41 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. senator urges later candidate filing period

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Updated 12:19 p.m.

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

The legislation introduced Wednesday would push the filing period back to begin on March 27. The filing period was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 28. The change will affect races for seats in the state legislature and the U.S. House.

Sen. Mike Parson, a Bolivar Republican, said the change was necessary because state lawmakers might not have enough time to file for their candidacies.

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Higher Education / Missouri Budget
5:06 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon restores $40 million to higher ed. with 2013 budget amendment

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

In the wake of a possible approximately 12.5 percent cut in higher education funding for fiscal year 2013, and ongoing discussion of tuition hikes and job cuts across the University of Missouri system in response, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced an a

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voter ID
2:31 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Mo. House endorses voter photo ID requirement

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided over the issue:  The 104-54 vote split along party lines, with every Republican present voting “yes,” and every Democrat “no.”  Supporters argued that the bill would help prevent voter fraud.  But State Representative Leonard Hughes (D, Kansas City) countered that the bill is unnecessary.

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