Politics & Issues

Concealed Gun Legislation
12:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed gun age

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would lower the age for getting a concealed firearm permit from 23 to 21.

The conceal-carry language was added onto a larger firearms regulation bill.  The bill's Senate handler, Brian Munzlinger (R, Williamstown) says lowering the concealed permit age to 21 would bring Missouri into line with most other states.

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Welfare Drug Testing
12:32 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. House passes welfare drug testing legislation

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

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.

Under the bill, work-eligible recipients of the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program would lose that assistance for three years if they test positive for drug use or refuse to take a drug test.

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Missouri Lawmaker Term Limits
11:32 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. Lt. Gov. speaks out against term limit change

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the House should not pass legislation that would allow changes to the state's term limits for lawmakers.

Lawmakers currently are allowed to serve about eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. A proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate last month would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years total, with all that time either spent in one chamber or split among the two.

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Local Control
2:11 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. Senate stops short of approving local control legislation

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri Senate last night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Some amendments were added to the local control bill.  They include giving two-thirds of the slots on the police pension board to retired officers and those associated with the police retirement system.  GOP Senator Kevin Engler of Farmington says they held off on first-round approval last night in order to give both sides time to review the changes:

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Missouri Legislature
9:39 am
Mon May 9, 2011

The 2011 Mo. legislative session: what's left in its last week?

A look at the interior of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. This is the last week of the 2011 legislative session for the state's lawmakers.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

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.

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Aerotropolis
5:44 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Nixon confident on Aerotropolis

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
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.

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State budget
4:18 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Mo. budget goes to Gov. Nixon's desk

The operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year is in the hands of Gov. Jay Nixon, shown here making his 2011 State of the State address, at which he also outlined his budget plans.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The $23 billion operating budget for the state of Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

Lawmakers in both chambers gave final approval to the package of bills this afternoon.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
4:02 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Mo. Senate overrides Nixon's veto, redistricting map becomes law

The "grand compromise map," which officially became law this afternoon after both the Mo. House and Senate voted to override Gov. Nixon's veto.
Missouri Senate

The redistricting map passed by the Missouri General Assembly is now law.

This afternoon, the Missouri Senate voted 28 to 6 to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto, meeting the two-thirds majority needed.

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Missouri Redistricting
11:01 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Mo. House overrides governor's redistricting veto

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

The Missouri House has voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto on a proposal to redraw the state's congressional districts.

The House overrode the veto today by a vote of 109-44.

Overriding the veto required a two-thirds majority.

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federal stimulus filibuster
10:17 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

All-night filibuster in Mo. Senate against federal stimulus funds ends

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.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

Updated 1:32 p.m. May 4:

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."

Updated:  7:00 a.m. May 4:

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.

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