Politics & Issues

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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Proposition B
9:41 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Proposition B supporters, opponents, agree on compromise proposal

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

A compromise has been announced between supporters and opponents of Proposition B on a new proposal to overhaul dog-breeding regulations passed by Missouri voters last year.

The agreement would remove the 50-dog limit, allowing breeders to have as many dogs as they want.

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MO Statehouse
8:39 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Mo. Senator proposes flat tax

State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville) wants Missouri to dump its state income tax in favor of a consumption tax.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

With less than a month to go in this year’s legislative session, another proposal is being made to overhaul Missouri’s tax structure.

The resolution would replace the state’s income tax with a sales tax -- and if passed by lawmakers, it would go before Missouri voters next year.

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Department of Mental Health Audit
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

"Improvements made" by Department of Mental Health following audit review

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich announced today that the Missouri Department of Mental Health has "made improvements" after a follow-up of their December 2010 audit.

The "follow-up" is a first for Schweich's office.

According to a press release from the Auditor's office:

In the 2010 audit of DMH, the auditor's office found that for the 3 years ended June 30, 2010, DMH paid employees approximately $47.8 million in overtime department-wide.

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