The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held. It was sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).
“It’s important for citizens here in Missouri to have their First Amendment rights protected," Mayer said. "There (have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.”
Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.
An Illinois state House committee has approved sweeping changes to public employee pensions.
It's one of Gov. Pat Quinn's priorities for the legislative session that ends on Thursday.
Current and retired state and university employees, and public school teachers would face a difficult choice; keep their health care in retirement and have future pay raises count toward their pensions, but a smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or keep the current 3 percent compounding COLA but lose health care.
Nine State Senators won’t be returning to Jefferson City next year due to term limits. Among them, Republican Kevin Engler of Farmington, who made a failed bid two years ago to become President Pro-tem after serving as Majority Leader. Since then, he has been outspoken on the way the Senate works, or in the views of some political observers, doesn’t work.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Engler on the final day of the regular session.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill paid several hundred dollars of interest and penalties for late property taxes on a Washington, D.C., condominium.
The Kansas City Star reported that the Missouri Democrat paid $197 in penalties and interest after missing the fall 2011 tax deadline by about three weeks. The newspaper reported that she paid $198 in penalties and interest after she was late on her spring 2010 property tax payment.
McCaskill said the District of Columbia bills people twice a year, and the bill "slipped through the cracks."
Missouri lawmakers have wrapped up the 2012 legislative session. They passed 115 bills this year, nearly 50 of them on the final day alone. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, several high-priority issues didn’t make it to the finish line.