Politics & Issues

Dog breeding law
1:01 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Dueling Prop B rallies held in Mo. capital as Nixon weighs options

Several hundred people attended a rally at the State Capitol calling on Gov. Nixon to sign SB 113, which would roll back many of the provisions in Proposition B.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

As Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighs his options on a bill to roll back voter-approved dog breeding regulations, supporters and opponents of Proposition B staged dueling rallies a few blocks from each other in Jefferson City.

Several hundred people gathered outside the State Capitol to urge the governor to sign a bill passed by the Missouri House and Senate that would remove the 50-dog per breeder limit and relax provisions for living space and veterinary exams.

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Aerotropolis bill
9:55 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Aerotropolis bill before Mo. Senate committee

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

After easily passing the House last week, a Missouri Senate committee is now considering a bill designed to make Lambert Airport an international air cargo hub.

The so-called Aerotropolis bill would provide around $480 million in tax credits to companies that develop air cargo facilities at or near Lambert.  Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the committee that the bill is about more than just doing business with China.

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MO Statehouse
7:39 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Nuclear site permit may be dead for 2011

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear plant
(Ameren Missouri)

Legislation that would allow Missouri utility customers to be billed for a site permit for a second nuclear reactor may be dead for the session.

The measure had recently been added to a separate bill dealing with utility deposits and the Office of Public Counsel.

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Proposition B
9:41 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Proposition B supporters, opponents, agree on compromise proposal

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

A compromise has been announced between supporters and opponents of Proposition B on a new proposal to overhaul dog-breeding regulations passed by Missouri voters last year.

The agreement would remove the 50-dog limit, allowing breeders to have as many dogs as they want.

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MO Statehouse
8:39 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Mo. Senator proposes flat tax

State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville) wants Missouri to dump its state income tax in favor of a consumption tax.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

With less than a month to go in this year’s legislative session, another proposal is being made to overhaul Missouri’s tax structure.

The resolution would replace the state’s income tax with a sales tax -- and if passed by lawmakers, it would go before Missouri voters next year.

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Department of Mental Health Audit
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

"Improvements made" by Department of Mental Health following audit review

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

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich announced today that the Missouri Department of Mental Health has "made improvements" after a follow-up of their December 2010 audit.

The "follow-up" is a first for Schweich's office.

According to a press release from the Auditor's office:

In the 2010 audit of DMH, the auditor's office found that for the 3 years ended June 30, 2010, DMH paid employees approximately $47.8 million in overtime department-wide.

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MO Statehouse
7:36 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Some controversial bills sent to Gov. Nixon's desk early enough for veto challenge

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.

They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
6:55 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Mo. House rejects Senate redistricting map, asks for conference

The congressional redistricting map passed Wednesday by the Mo. Senate and rejected today by the Mo. House.
Mo. Senate

The Missouri House has rejected the changes made to its redistricting map by the Senate, which on Wednesday took its own map and substituted it in the House bill before passing it.

The main sticking point appears to be how much of Jefferson County will fall into the rural southeastern Missouri congressional district.

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Unemployment Benefits
2:21 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Gov. Nixon signs bill extending unemployment benefits

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.

Nixon's signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.

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Health Care Taxes
12:58 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Mo. Senate passes extension of health care taxes

(via Flickr/CarbonNYC)

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending several health care taxes that help generate about $3 billion annually for state's Medicaid program.

The special taxes are levied on such things hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. They are used to draw down federal Medicaid money, which is then distributed to health care providers through various programs.

Missouri's health care taxes are to expire Sept. 30.

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