Politics & Issues

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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Mo. Auditor
3:36 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mo. auditor Schweich issuing subpoena over financial records

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich at today's press conference regarding the financial records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he’s issuing a subpoena to the Finance Division of the State Department of Insurance, in order to force them to release records on banks, savings and loans, and other financial institutions across the state.

Finance Division officials have so far refused to release documents on their reviews of financial institutions, saying that state law bars them from doing so.  But Schweich says the records are needed to see if banking regulators are doing their jobs properly.

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Photo ID
8:13 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Missouri House passes photo ID resolution

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed constitutional amendment that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls has passed the Missouri House.

The resolution’s sponsor, State Representative Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia), argued that a photo ID is a better method of identification that a utility bill, which is allowed under current law.

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death of Osama Bin Laden
4:10 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Missouri veterans say U.S. mission continues, despite Bin Laden's death

Maj. John Gillum of the Mo. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve receives a Silver Star banner and certificate from Gov. Jay Nixon. Gillum says America's mission in Afghanistan isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Some military veterans from Missouri say America’s mission in Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t over, just because Osama Bin Laden is now dead. 

Major John Gillum of Jefferson City served in Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Army Reserve and the Missouri National Guard.

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