Politics & Issues

Missouri "Facebook" law
5:29 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Mo. Senate backs revision to teacher-Facebook law

(via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz)

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation revising a contentious new state law that limits teacher communications with students over the Internet.

The bill given initial approval Monday would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students. The provision already had been temporarily blocked by a judge last month because of free-speech concerns.

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Mo. House / Special Session
1:20 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Local control, other measures, get first-round Mo. House approval during special session

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

 The Missouri House of Representatives today gave both first-round approval AND passage to several pieces of notable legislation, after suspending its rules to allow for both to take place in the same day:

  • Local control of the St. Louis Police Department endorsed

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would end the state's oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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Local Control / Special Session
4:22 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Mo. House committee passes legislation on local control of St. Louis police

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that would return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city has easily passed a Missouri House committee.  Also, the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, a long-time foe, is now supporting the bill.

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Special Session / Tax Credits / Aerotropolis
11:15 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Mo. Senate delays debate on business incentives

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/dbking)

The Missouri Senate has postponed debate on the massive tax credit bill which includes $360 million for a cargo hub at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Debate was set to begin this morning, but some senators asked President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) for more time to read the 268-page bill, which he granted.

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Aerotropolis opposition
4:12 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Tea Party members oppose Aerotropolis at Mo. Capitol

Carolyn Scism of St. Charles, Missouri, holds a sign at Wednesday's rally at the Missouri statehouse.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

About 30 Tea Party members held a brief rally today inside the Missouri Capitol, where they called on lawmakers to reject the Aerotropolis proposal.

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MO Statehouse: Adult business restrictions
12:22 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

State high court hears arguments on adult business restrictions

The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to new restrictions on adult businesses like strip clubs.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of new restrictions on strip clubs, adult video stores, and other adult businesses.

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MO Statehouse: Rainy day fund
12:02 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Silvey pushes to expand special session call

A GOP state lawmaker wants colleagues to consider tapping the rainy day fund to pay for disaster relief, including from the May 22 tornado in Joplin. Damage from that tornado is pictured here on May 24.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House regarding the use of the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund.

The first would authorize $150 million to be used to match FEMA expenditures on tornado and flood damage across the state.  The second bill would set up a joint House-Senate committee to oversee the use of Rainy Day funds for natural disasters.

They’re sponsored by House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).  He wants Governor Jay Nixon (D) to expand the call of the special session to include both bills.

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Teacher/student online contact
11:56 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Showdown looming between Mo. Senate, Nixon, over social media language

The Mo. Capitol at dusk
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri State Senator who sponsored the measure strictly limiting teacher-student contact via Facebook and other social media has filed legislation she says will clear up any confusion over the new law.

The issue was added Tuesday to the call of the special session by Governor Jay Nixon (D), but in his call the governor only stipulated that the language in question be removed, not replaced with new language.

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Special session opposition
4:47 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Crowell slows down Mo. special session

State Sen. Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) criticizes Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's "micromanaging" of the special session, which began today.
(Harrison Sweazea/Mo. Senate)

A State Senator from Cape Girardeau today delayed the start of the special session by three hours, then continued to slow the process down after bills were allowed to be introduced.

Republican Jason Crowell is objecting to what he calls a “micromanaged" list of priorities by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Missouri special session
4:55 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Mo. special session could last up to 2 months, UMSL prof. says

Mo. Capitol at dusk
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri lawmakers are set to return to the State Capitol next week for a special legislative session.

Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders estimate it’ll take no more than two weeks to debate and pass bills dealing with a dozen issues, including air cargo tax credits, social media communications between teachers and students, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.

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