Politics & Issues

Education Funding
1:47 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs education funding legislation

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands in Jan. with students after outlining his plan that would include low-income students in the A-plus Community College scholarship program. Nixon signed legislation today regarding education funding in Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing the use of $189 million in federal education money to fill shortfalls in state funding.

Nixon signed the measure Monday at a high school in Linn, about a half-hour east of Jefferson City.

The federal money won't yield a net increase in the funding of local school districts. But it will help avoid a reduction in basic state aid to schools during this and future academic years.

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Missouri Redistricting
5:22 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Nixon focused on natural disasters, holds comment on redistricting map

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

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is not commenting yet on whether he intends to sign or veto the congressional redistricting map passed this week by the Republican-led Missouri House and Senate.

When asked by reporters in St. Louis, Nixon replied that he’s been too busy dealing with natural disasters to spend any time on the map that reduces Missouri’s congressional districts from nine down to eight.

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Workplace Discrimination
2:12 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Mo. Gov. vetoes workplace discrimination measure

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

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Friday on workplace discrimination laws, saying it would scale back protections that took decades to gain.

The Democrat took the action outside St. Louis’ Old Courthouse, where the famous Dred Scott case was tried.

The bill requires workers who claim discrimination in wrongful firing lawsuits to prove that bias was a "motivating" factor, not just a "contributing" factor as the law now states.

Nixon said it would be a step backwards.

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sTL police local control
6:20 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

STL Police local control legislation still awaits Mo. Senate action

Two bills continue to sit in the Missouri Senate that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, despite last week’s announced agreement between Mayor Francis Slay (D) and the Police Officers Association.

The compromise would give police officers collective bargaining rights, preserve police pensions, and preserve officers’ ranks, salaries and benefits once they become city employees.  There would also be a no-strike clause.

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Peter Kinder
2:19 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Mo. auditor's office to review Kinder's travel

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri State Auditor's office is reviewing a reimbursement payment Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder made earlier this week.

Kinder wrote a personal check for $52,320 - up from the $35,050 he initially said he would reimburse the state.

Kinder has said all of the travel and associated costs were for legitimate state business.

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Tax Credit System
10:37 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Mo. Senate gives first-round approval to overhaul state tax credit system

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

Early this morning, the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a major overhaul of the state's tax credit system.  

The wide-ranging bill would phase out numerous incentive programs while reducing others.  Among those being partially eliminated is a tax break enabling low-income senior citizens to offset either property taxes or monthly rent payments.  It's sponsored by GOP Senator Chuck Purgason of Howell County.

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Missouri congressional Redistricting
7:21 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Mo. lawmakers send "grand compromise" redistricting map to Gov. Nixon

The "Grand Compromise Map" as agreed upon today by negotiators in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate.
(Missouri Senate)

Nearly a week after failing to agree on a congressional redistricting map, House and Senate negotiators unveiled a compromise which both chambers passed Wednesday night.

The “grand compromise map” resolves sticking points over how to divvy up Jefferson County among three congressional districts and St. Charles County among two.

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Proposition B / Dog Breeding Legislation
6:58 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Nixon signs compromise version of dog-breeding bill

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs the "Missouri Solution," flanked l-r by State Rep. Paul Quinn (D, Monroe City) and Mo. Dept. of Agriculture Director Dr. Jon Hagler.
Governor's Press Office

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) this evening signed into law a compromise dog-breeding bill, the result of last week’s agreement between some supporters and opponents of voter-approved Proposition B.

First, Nixon signed a bill this morning that stripped several regulations out of Prop B, including the 50-dogs-per-breeder cap and requirements for larger cages and annual veterinary exams.

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Proposition B / Dog Breeding Legislation
3:26 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Dog-breeding legislation moves through Mo. legislature

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

Updated 6:38 p.m.:

Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a new version of a bill rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding.

Wednesday's quick action by the state House and Senate came after Nixon began the day by signing a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last November.

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Proposition B / Dog Breeding Legislation
10:36 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Gov. Nixon signs changes to Mo. dog-breeding law

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing part of a voter-approved dog-breeding law in an agreement with lawmakers to consider more changes to breeder regulations.

Nixon signed the legislation Wednesday. It eliminates a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various requirements on dogs' living conditions. Instead, breeders would need to provide appropriate space for dogs based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture. Operators would pay more for licenses and help finance a program that crack down on unlicensed breeders.

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