Politics & Issues

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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MO Statehouse
2:40 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Tilley: "Thanks, but no thanks" to jobs bill meeting

Missouri House of Representatives Speaker Steven Tilley.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

At least one Missouri legislative leader is so far saying "no" to Governor Jay Nixon's proposed top-level meeting to forge a jobs bill

House Speaker Steven Tilley said any such meeting would be premature while the House and Senate remain at odds over tax credit reform.

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MO Statehouse / Jobs
4:32 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Nixon to invite Mo. lawmakers to meeting to work on jobs bill

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.

The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

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Mo. Voter ID
11:05 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Suit challenges Mo. voter photo ID

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

A lawsuit is seeking to strike down a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a photo identification mandate for Missouri voters.

The measure passed the Missouri General Assembly this session and is scheduled to go before voters in November 2012.

It would ask voters to amend the state Constitution and allow lawmakers to enact early voting laws and photo ID requirements.

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Sprinkler bill vetoed
6:39 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Nixon vetoes bill that would have delayed sprinkler system rule

Gov. Jay Nixon
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would have given residential care centers two more years to install sprinkler systems.

In 2006, 10 residents were killed in a fire at a group home in Anderson that did not have a sprinkler system.

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