Politics & Issues

Lyft
9:52 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Legal Fight Over Lyft In St. Louis: "Friend With A Car" Or Taxi?

Courtesy of Lyft

On April 18th, the ride-sharing service Lyft entered the St. Louis market with a party on Cherokee Street.

And immediately, it ran into legal trouble.

Lyft's drivers were operating in violation of a cease-and-desist order from the region’s taxi regulator. A few days later, a judge ordered the company to disable its mobile app.

Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission are back in court on May 14 arguing over whether the company should be allowed to operate — and who has the power to regulate it in the first place.

Who are the players?

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Criminal Code
6:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law

  Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri's criminal code to become law without his signature.

Nixon says the 645-page bill contains drafting errors that could weaken both DWI laws and laws to combat methamphetamine production.

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Infrastructure
5:40 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

In Visit To Arch, Biden Praises Investments In Infrastructure

Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks at the Arch grounds Tuesday afternoon. He addressed the importance of investing in infrastructure. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (second from left) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (behind Biden) were also present.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

Vice President Joe Biden made a short stop at the Gateway Arch grounds on Tuesday, praising the Arch improvements as a prime example of successful partnerships.

Last year, St. Louis voters approved a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax hike to be used alongside federal and state grants as well as private donations to pay for improvements to the Arch grounds. The total cost of the renovation of the Arch grounds is expected to be about $380 million, with about $250 million coming from private sources. The current schedule has it on pace to be completed in 2016.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Beyond Housing’s Chris Krehmeyer On The Challenges And Opportunities Of Community Development

Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of Beyond Housing.

Over the years, Beyond Housing’s Chris Krehmeyer has appeared on St. Louis on the Air to discuss issues ranging from poverty to home ownership to health and the economy. Most recently, he came to the studio to discuss Beyond Housing’s work with the Normandy School District, a project called the 24:1 Initiative.

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Student Transfers
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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Politically Speaking
12:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Politically Speaking: House Speaker Tim Jones Assesses Session And His Future

Tim Jones and Jason Rosenbaum
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast team – Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies – host state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, who is completing his final legislative session.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes.

Rosenbaum joined Jones in Jefferson City, while McDaniel and Mannies were in St. Louis.

Jones offered his assessment of the session’s final days, leading up to Friday’s adjournment.

Among his observations:

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Missouri Legislature
10:37 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Live Updates: The Last Days Of Missouri's Legislative Session

A look up at the interior dome of the Missouri Capitol.
Credit (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The final days of the Missouri Legislative Session are underway, with debate centered around big topics like tax cuts, guns, abortion and voting. Follow the latest updates here from our political team and major players.

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2014 Mo. Legislative Session
6:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Missouri Senate GOP Makes Deal With Democrats, 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period, Early Voting Passed

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning.

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Missouri General Assembly
5:13 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Fight Over Electric Car Provides Jolt To Final Week of Legislative Session

Craig Huegen of Carlisle Lake, Ill., drove his Tesla electric car Monday to the Missouri Capitol
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 13)

With Tesla electric cars parked in front of the Missouri Capitol, legislators have found themselves in an unexpected battle over a provision in a Senate bill that the automaker says would effectively kill its Missouri operations.

The provision would prohibit vehicle manufacturers, such as Tesla Motors, from selling products directly to customers -- requiring them instead to set up dealerships.

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Missouri 2014 Legislative Session
10:21 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Face Last-Minute Load Of Bills, On Topics Old and New

Inside the dome of Missouri Capitol
Credit (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

With fights over tax cuts and budgets out of the way, the Missouri General Assembly appears poised to spend its final week focusing on some familiar topics: guns, abortion and voting rights.

    

Measures to restrict enforcement of federal laws, triple the waiting period for an abortion and to ask voters to mandate photo IDs at the polls are among the hot-button proposals expected to eat up some of legislators’ precious floor time during the final five days.

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