The last week of the 2011 Missouri legislative session has arrived. Some major issues have already been resolved. Lawmakers have passed the state budget, forced changes to dog breeding regulations in Proposition B and overridden the governor’s veto of the state’s congressional redistricting map - but there are still plenty of issues waiting for action.
Gov. Jay Nixon (D) presents a proclamation to China's Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong, in February. The governor says he's confident that tax breaks to benefit a proposed China hub will clear the General Assembly this session
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he's confident his office can reach agreement with state House and Senate members over a series of tax breaks - known as "Aerotropolis" - designed to boost St. Louis as a hub for Chinese cargo.
State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), debating on the Senate floor back in March. Lembke was one of four senators who blocked a capital improvements bill in an attempt to reject $41 million in federal stimulus funds.
Credit Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a capital improvements bill containing federal stimulus funds was "political theatrics."
McCaskill, a Democrat, says she understands that the four Republican Senators are trying to send a message to Washington, and that message has been received loud and clear.
"The people that they're really filibustering against are the people of Missouri, because those projects that are funded are creating jobs," McCaskill said. "Our economy is recovering and most importantly it's funding public education in Missouri."
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A group of four Republican senators have ended their all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.
They began blocking the bill Tuesday afternoon after their attempt to shrink the bill by $41 million was rebuffed by the Senate.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he’s issuing a subpoena to the Finance Division of the State Department of Insurance, in order to force them to release records on banks, savings and loans, and other financial institutions across the state.
Finance Division officials have so far refused to release documents on their reviews of financial institutions, saying that state law bars them from doing so. But Schweich says the records are needed to see if banking regulators are doing their jobs properly.
Maj. John Gillum of the Mo. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve receives a Silver Star banner and certificate from Gov. Jay Nixon. Gillum says America's mission in Afghanistan isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
Herbert Kuebler of Jefferson City, who served as an Army medic during World War Two. Kuebler suggests that Bin Laden's death could trigger more enemy resistance in Afghanistan.
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands in Jan. with students after outlining his plan that would include low-income students in the A-plus Community College scholarship program. Nixon signed legislation today regarding education funding in Mo.