Politics & Issues

Nixon vetoes bills
5:45 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Nixon vetoes workplace discrimination and workers' comp bills

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed two workplace-related bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this year.  They are the first vetoes issued this year.

First, he vetoed the House version of the workplace discrimination bill, which would have redefined discrimination as a “motivating factor” instead of a “contributing factor” in any action taken by an employer against a worker.  The Senate version of the bill is still alive, however.  It was sponsored by State Senator Brad Lager (R, Savannah).

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MO Statehouse
4:21 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Voter photo ID lawsuit heard in Jefferson City

(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

A lawsuit seeking to block a proposed constitutional amendment regarding voter identification in Missouri was heard today in Cole County.

The ballot measure was passed last year by the General Assembly and is scheduled to go before Missouri voters in November.  If approved, it would clear the way for lawmakers to pass enabling legislation to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.  Tony Rothert is an attorney with the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He calls the ballot measure misleading.

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Hall of Famous Missourians
11:25 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Mo. House Dems propose rules for induction into Hall of Famous Missourians

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
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Missouri House Democrats are proposing new criteria and a requirement for bipartisan approval before people are inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians - a reaction to criticism of the selection of Rush Limbaugh for the honor.

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legislative spring break
7:42 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Mo. lawmakers leave Capitol for spring break

iPad photo of (l-r) Mo. House Majority Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville), and Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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Gun owner discrimination
3:38 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Mo. House votes to add gun owners to state's protected groups

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Legislation that would add gun owners to the state’s list of protected minority groups has passed the Missouri House.

Under the bill, gun owners who carry their firearms with them in a lawful manner (i.e. possess a concealed-carry permit) cannot be fired, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against.  It was sponsored by State Rep. Wanda Brown (R, Cole Camp).

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Workplace Discrimination
1:21 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Mo. Senate sends workplace discrimination measure to Gov. Nixon

Ceremonial doors of the Mo. Governor's office inside the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has sent the House version of the workplace discrimination bill to Governor Jay Nixon.

Senate Democrats spent five hours Wednesday blocking the bill before sitting down.  Today, there was no debate, only a 23 to 8 straight party-line vote.  Brad Lager (R, Savannah) handled the bill in the Senate.  He says he fully expects the governor, a Democrat, to veto the bill.

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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Cuts to public colleges reversed, aid for blind sharply trimmed in panel-approved spending plan

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s budget for next year.

Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put $6 million back into it from another source.  Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) chairs the Budget Committee.

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worker's compensation
3:43 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. Gen. Assembly sends workers' comp bill to Gov. Nixon

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has sent its first bill to Governor Jay Nixon (D) this year, which would revamp the state’s workers' compensation system.

The House passed the bill today, while the State Senate passed it last month -- it passed both chambers on partisan votes.  The bill would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and would restore workers’ comp coverage of occupational diseases.  State Rep. Dave Schatz (R, Sullivan) argued that it would give Missouri a more business-friendly climate that would be less subject to massively expensive court judgments.

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Hall of Famous Missourians
3:05 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. House Dems: don't allow installation of Limbaugh bust in state Capitol

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Updated 5:15 p.m. with information about Gov. Nixon's perspective.

After sending a letter Tuesday in opposition to the installation of a bust of radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians, Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives have taken their opposition a step further.

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Immigrant Rally
4:01 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Rally at Mo. Capitol to oppose "anti-immigrant" bills

About 300 people rallied outside the Mo. Capitol against 2 immigration-related bills.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration.

Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill that would require all law officers to check the immigration status of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally (SB 590).  Vanessa Crawford is Executive Director of the group Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.

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