Politics & Issues

Election 2012
12:46 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Mo. House passes March presidential primary bill

(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to move the state's 2012 presidential primary to March 6 instead of Feb. 7 as currently scheduled.

The House gave the bill final approval in a 137-11 vote Friday. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate had already passed the measure.

The legislation would put Missouri in compliance with rules set by the national Democratic and Republican parties.

MO Statehouse
12:04 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Tax incentives unresolved in Mo. Legislature

Missouri state Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A key lawmaker involved in negotiating an overhaul of Missouri's tax incentives says its prospects for passage appear "dismal" on the final day of the legislative session.

Republican House member John Diehl, of Town and Country, has been at the center of compromise attempts involving a bill that would curtail some of Missouri's existing tax credits. The bill also creates new credits intended to attract international trade, amateur sporting events and science and technology companies to
Missouri.

Late-term Abortion legislation
12:27 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Mo. lawmakers pass limits on late-term abortions

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

Note: descriptions of abortion procedures contained in this post may be disturbing to some.

Legislation that would ban so-called “late-term” abortions in Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.

The bill passed today by the Missouri House would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is not viable, or that it constitutes a medical threat to the mother.  The bill was passed by the Missouri Senate last month.

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MO Statehouse
10:48 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Still no deals on tax credits, local control

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Some minor progress, but no breakthrough yet in efforts to pass both the St. Louis Police local control and tax credit legislation.

The Missouri Senate this evening confirmed Governor Jay Nixon’s appointment to the state-run board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department.  Tom Irwin’s appointment is seen as a precursor to implementing local control.

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Concealed Gun Legislation
12:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed gun age

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would lower the age for getting a concealed firearm permit from 23 to 21.

The conceal-carry language was added onto a larger firearms regulation bill.  The bill's Senate handler, Brian Munzlinger (R, Williamstown) says lowering the concealed permit age to 21 would bring Missouri into line with most other states.

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Welfare Drug Testing
12:32 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. House passes welfare drug testing legislation

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.

Under the bill, work-eligible recipients of the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program would lose that assistance for three years if they test positive for drug use or refuse to take a drug test.

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Missouri Lawmaker Term Limits
11:32 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. Lt. Gov. speaks out against term limit change

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the House should not pass legislation that would allow changes to the state's term limits for lawmakers.

Lawmakers currently are allowed to serve about eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. A proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate last month would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years total, with all that time either spent in one chamber or split among the two.

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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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