A federal judge previously dismissed Kinder's lawsuit, and that decision is on appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. Kinder says eight of those 21 states are within the 8th Circuit.
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.
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.
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.