Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse/ Supreme Court applicants
12:48 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Three women, 10 men vying for seat on Mo. Supreme Court

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Thirteen people have submitted applications to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.

The three women and 10 men are vying for the seat of Judge Michael Wolff, who will retire August 11th. They are:

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Mo. Auditor / Tom Schweich
1:50 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Mo. auditor acknowledges campaign finance error

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has acknowledged that his campaign failed to follow a state law requiring quick reporting of certain campaign contributions.

The law requires statewide officeholders to report contributions greater than $500 to the state Ethics Commission within 48 hours of receiving them, if those donations occur while the Legislature is in session or the governor is considering whether to sign or veto bills. The governor had until Thursday to act on bills.

MO Statehouse / health care
4:37 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Mo. enacts states' health care compact

(via Flickr/rosmary)

Missouri now has a law on its books allowing it to join with other states in ignoring requirements of the new federal health care law. But the Missouri statute may never have much of an effect, because it requires Congress to first sign off the creation of the multistate health care compact.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday allowed the Missouri legislation to become law without his signature.

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Tilley for Lt. Gov. / Election 2012
4:05 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Tilley formally announces run for Mo. Lt. Gov. in 2012

A screen capture of a video from newly-announced Lt. Gov. candidate Steven Tilley.
(Screen capture via TeamTilley.us)

As we told you about briefly this morning, Republican Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has officially announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor.

Tilley, an optometrist from Perryville, has been a State Representative since 2005, and spent four years as Majority Floor Leader before becoming Speaker.  He says his experience as a lawmaker is a big asset, as the Lt. Governor serves as the official head of the Missouri Senate.

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MO Statehouse/Late-term abortions
1:14 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Nixon will let late-term abortion restrictions take effect without signature

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

Updated 2:05 p.m. with comment from Nixon.

Updated 4:19 p.m. with comment from Planned Parenthood and Rep. Tim Jones.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he will let a controversial measure that puts further restrictions on abortions performed after 20 weeks become law without his signature.

The state already bans late-term abortions unless the life or health of the mother is in danger. That includes mental health.

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MO Statehouse/Bill action
3:29 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Nixon signs doctor discipline, high school athlete concussion bills

With a day left to act, Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed three more bills into law. He still must decide on nearly 20 others.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

With just a day left to take action, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed three more pieces of legislation.

They are:

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MO Statehouse
3:56 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 6 bills into law, OKs drug testing for some welfare recipients

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

Updated 5:37 p.m. to reflect implications of other bill signings regarding human trafficking and domestic violence.

According to a press release, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has signed 6 bills into law this afternoon.

Here's a roundup of some of the issues addressed by some of the laws, followed by a full list of those signed below:

Drug testing for some welfare recipients (HB 73)

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Disaibility rights
12:27 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Nixon signs disability rights legislation

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon presents Shawn D'Abreu, a lobbyist for Paraquad, with copies of disability rights legislation that Nixon signed at Paraquad on Tuesday.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A package of bills that Gov. Jay Nixon says is about "dignity and practicality" for the 100,000 Missouri individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability is now law.

Gov. Nixon signed the legislation today at Paraquad, one of the largest centers in the country dedicated to helping disabled individuals live independently. Its founder, Max Starkloff, died Dec. 27.

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Grain dealers bill signed
6:31 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs grain dealers measure into law

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation implementing new regulations for grain dealers in Missouri.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law legislation designed to protect Missouri farmers from dishonest or financially struggling grain dealers.

The measure comes out of what state officials call the largest grain fraud scheme in Missouri history:  Prosecutors charged Cathy Gieseker with defrauding 180 grain farmers out of at least $27 million as her business went under.  She pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and is now in prison.

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MO Statehouse
5:02 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 22 bills into law, vetoes seven

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

Will be updated.

Updated 5:17 p.m. with concealed gun law information.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday afternoon that he has signed 22 bills and vetoed seven others.

One of the bills signed into law, House Bill 294, lowers the minimum age for obtaining a concealed guns permit to 21. The minimum age had been 23 - said by the National Rifle Association to be the highest in the country - since Missouri adopted its concealed weapons law in 2003.

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