Politics & Issues

Legislative Scholarships
11:34 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Political perk of legislative scholarships ends for Ill. lawmakers

The interior of the dome of the Illinois Capitol building.
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Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perk - the ability to award college scholarships.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting any payment.

Over the years, legislators have given waivers to the children of friends, campaign donors and political allies.

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Election 2012
3:24 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Mo. GOP Senate candidates Akin, Brunner, Steelman made late tax payments

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill garnered some unwanted attention last year when she paid about $320,000 in overdue taxes and penalties on an airplane. As it turns out, her three leading Republican opponents also have paid penalties for late taxes.

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Bills Signed into Law
2:19 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Intentionally disturbing worship service now a crime in Mo., other laws signed

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Under a new Missouri law, it is a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt a house of worship.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law more than two dozen bills covering a variety of topics, including disturbances of worship services, workers' compensation and child care providers.

The governor's office announced the bill signings Tuesday. One measure makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt or interrupt a worship service with profanity, noise or indecent behavior. Violators could face fines of up to $500 and six months in jail.

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Health Care
10:33 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kinder, GOP lawmakers challenge Mo. health care ballot summary

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) holds a press conference at Jefferson City Memorial Airport on his lawsuit against Sec. of State Robin Carnahan (D) regarding the language used for a ballot initiative on health care exchanges.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and GOP legislative leaders have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.

The language approved by Carnahan asks if the law should be amended to, “deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum.”  Kinder says the language skews the ballot question’s true purpose, to bar the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

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Roger Wilson
2:14 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Former Mo. Gov. Wilson sentenced to probation

Former MO Gov. Roger Wilson
Sydney Miller St. Louis Public Radio

Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson was sentenced to probation in federal court today for one count of misdemeanor campaign finance fraud.

Wilson pleaded guilty in April to accusations that from 2009-2010 he helped funnel $8,000 in campaign contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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Health Care
3:58 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo. House leader Tilley rejects call for special session on Medicaid expansion

Mo. House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville).
File photo

House Speaker Steven Tilley says there is no need for a special session to decide whether Missouri should opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

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Law
1:31 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

New Mo. sentencing laws could shorten time behind bars for nonviolent offenders

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could shorten the time some nonviolent offenders have to spend behind bars and on parole or probation.

The legislation enacted Friday allows nonviolent offenders on parole or probation to receive 30 days of credit toward their sentences for every month they go without a violation. It also allows 120-day "shock" jail sentences for felons who violate probation or parole for the first time, instead of returning them to prison to finish their original sentences.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
12:49 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

St. Louis Board of Aldermen votes to halve its numbers

Outside St. Louis' City Hall.

Updated with quotes from sponsor Phyllis Young.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted today to reduce its numbers by more than half, but city voters will have the final say.

Today's vote passed 21-7 - an expected result, as it cleared a procedural hurdle June 29 with 19 votes.

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Health Care
5:48 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kinder announces plans to challenge Mo. health care ballot language

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Elana Gordon of KCUR reported for this story.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

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License Plates
4:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Effort to discourage KU license plates in Mo. becomes law

A depiction of the Jayhawk, the symbol of the University of Kansas.
(via Flickr/ensign_beedrill)

No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates - at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

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