Politics & Issues

Missouri Redistricting
12:11 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Mo. House OKs another proposed redistricting map

The congressional district map adopted as an amendment to legislation today by the Missouri House of Representatives.
(Missouri House Communications)

Missouri House members have voted to approve another congressional redistricting proposal just a few hours after negotiations over a map broke down with senators.

The House endorsed another map by voice-vote on Friday. House supporters say it was designed to address a couple senators' concerns over other redistricting proposals.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
6:22 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Mo. House, Senate negotiators fail to agree on redistricting maps

(l-r) State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and State Rep. John Diehl (R, Town and Country), at the start of a long night of failed negotiations.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

House and Senate negotiators have failed to reach an agreement on a congressional redistricting map before today’s self-imposed deadline.

Republican House leaders had wanted a compromise map ready to pass before Easter Weekend, in order to have time to override a potential veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon during the regular session.

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Mo. Governor's Travel
2:37 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Auditor Schweich raises concerns over Mo. Gov. Nixon's travel costs

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(via Office of the Auditor)

Another auditor is criticizing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's administration for billing a state agency over travel costs.

The audit released Thursday by Republican Auditor Tom Schweich found $1,630 was charged to the Division of Workforce Development, in the Department of Economic Development. Nixon and a labor department official promoted a program administered by the workforce division. The audit said documents for the flight showed no division staff came along.

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Domestic Violence
1:54 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. Senate unanimously backs tougher domestic violence laws

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Legislation overhauling Missouri's domestic violence laws for the first time since the 1970s has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

Thursday's vote was 33-0. The bill now goes to the House.

Among other things, the wide-ranging measure would require that state prosecutors rather than local authorities handle cases involving repeat domestic violence offenders.

It would also exempt victims from paying filing fees when they ask a court to enforce a protection order.

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MO Statehouse
12:35 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. House takes the day off, again

Mo. House of Representatives
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

For the second time this week, the Missouri House has taken a day off from floor action.

And once again, it’s tied to the struggle between the House and Senate over congressional redistricting.

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MO Statehouse
12:19 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. Senate passes FY2012 budget

The Missouri Senate has passed the state budget for next year.

The Senate’s $23.2 billion spending plan cuts the state’s higher education budget by 4.8 percent, and provides an additional $20 million for school bus funding.  Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) sponsored the budget bills in the Senate.

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Shrinking the Missouri House
11:27 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. Senate passes plan to shrink House

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A proposed constitutional amendment that would shrink the size of the Missouri House from 163 members to 103 has passed the Missouri Senate.

If it passes both chambers, the measure would go before voters next year.

State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) says the downsizing would not happen right away.

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Dog breeding law
1:01 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Dueling Prop B rallies held in Mo. capital as Nixon weighs options

Several hundred people attended a rally at the State Capitol calling on Gov. Nixon to sign SB 113, which would roll back many of the provisions in Proposition B.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

As Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighs his options on a bill to roll back voter-approved dog breeding regulations, supporters and opponents of Proposition B staged dueling rallies a few blocks from each other in Jefferson City.

Several hundred people gathered outside the State Capitol to urge the governor to sign a bill passed by the Missouri House and Senate that would remove the 50-dog per breeder limit and relax provisions for living space and veterinary exams.

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Aerotropolis bill
9:55 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Aerotropolis bill before Mo. Senate committee

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

After easily passing the House last week, a Missouri Senate committee is now considering a bill designed to make Lambert Airport an international air cargo hub.

The so-called Aerotropolis bill would provide around $480 million in tax credits to companies that develop air cargo facilities at or near Lambert.  Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the committee that the bill is about more than just doing business with China.

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MO Statehouse
7:39 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Nuclear site permit may be dead for 2011

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear plant
Ameren Missouri

Legislation that would allow Missouri utility customers to be billed for a site permit for a second nuclear reactor may be dead for the session.

The measure had recently been added to a separate bill dealing with utility deposits and the Office of Public Counsel.

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