Politics & Issues

Lake of the Ozarks Water Quality
4:31 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Koster gives recommendations for improving water quality at Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. (Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking steps he hopes will improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of Missouri’s most popular tourist destinations.

Read more
Smoking at the Mo. statehouse
11:40 am
Tue January 25, 2011

ADA complaint filed against Mo. House smoking policy

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices - a move challenged by an ADA lawsuit. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The recent move of Missouri House of Representatives members to vote in favor of continuing to allow smoking in their Capitol building offices has drawn some criticism - in the form of a formal complaint.

Rossie Judd of Fenton, Mo. has filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint against the policy, saying in her complaint that it denies her "meaningful access to the House of Representatives" as a result.

Read more
MO Statehouse
7:32 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House to debate drug testing bill this week

State Rep. Ellen Brandom (R, Sikeston)
Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House is expected to debate legislation this week that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients in Missouri.


The bill would target applicants and recipients of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) who are classified as work-eligible.

Read more
MO Statehouse
5:43 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House members propose education reforms

(l-r) State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis), Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), State Rep. Scott Dieckhaus (R, Washington, Mo.)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic House members gathered today to unveil several proposals they say will improve K-12 education in Missouri.

The idea getting the most attention is school choice - allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better-performing schools statewide.

Read more
Mo. Voter ID
5:07 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law

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

An attorney who successfully challenged Missouri's photo ID law for voters in 2006 plans a new legal argument if the requirement is revived.

Read more
MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Nixon talks education with reporters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, spent some time today discussing education issues with reporters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon spent a few minutes with reporters in Jefferson  City today, answering questions about education and other topics.

Read more
MO Statehouse
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

Read more
State of the State
10:31 am
Thu January 20, 2011

2011 Missouri State of the State Address

As seen through a door, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on January 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon is calling for cuts to higher education, fewer state jobs, and holding public school funding at its current level in his proposed state budget for next year. But he kept his State of the State Address upbeat while acknowledging that Missouri is still in a financial hole.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

Read more
State of the State
11:35 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Missouri State of the State Highlights

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he is introduced before delivering the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the Statre Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Tonight Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gave his annual speech to the Missouri General Assembly - the State of the State address. 

We'll have a full report from our statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin tomorrow during Morning Edition, but here are the highlights of tonight's event and corresponding issues, along with key points from the Republican response given by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Read more
MO Statehouse
4:50 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to allow local control of St. Louis Police Dept.

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle. (St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.

Read more

Pages