Politics & Issues

Aerotropolis bill
10:37 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill

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

The Missouri House has passed the Aerotropolis bill, which is designed to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a global air freight hub.

The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
10:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. Senate committee passes House redistricting map

The GOP-crafted congressional redistricting map has passed the Senate Redistricting Committee 4-3.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week has narrowly passed a State Senate committee.

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Federal Health Care Law
10:18 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Koster: federal insurance mandate unconstitutional

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Updated 4:35 p.m. April 11, 2011 with comment from Jones and Tilley.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Congress overstepped its constitutional powers under the commerce clause when it mandated that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Koster says he filed a document (see below) Monday with a federal appeals court supporting a Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care law.

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missouri congressional redistricting
1:05 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Mo. GOP redistricting maps may face filibuster

The GOP redistricting map passed this week by the Mo. House
Mo. House of Representatives

Another filibuster in the Missouri Senate may be brewing, this time over redistricting.   

Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) says he expects fellow GOP Senator Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) to try and block the redistricting map passed this week by the House, and possibly the Senate version as well.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
2:57 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Filibuster on unemployment benefits in Mo. Senate ends with deal

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talks to reporters after agreeing to end a filibuster that blocked $105 million in extended federal jobless benefits.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Four Missouri State Senators have ended their filibuster of legislation to draw down $105 million in extended federal unemployment benefits.

On Wednesday, the four senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), had offered to end their filibuster if Governor Jay Nixon (D) would reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Late-term Abortion legislation
11:38 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. Senate passes late-term abortion bill

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)

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation imposing more restrictions on late-term abortions.

The legislation would remove a general exception for a woman's health from a current state law banning abortions of viable fetuses. Instead, the legislation would allow such abortions only when the woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.

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Missouri House of Representatives
10:58 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. 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 Missouri House committee has rejected a proposal to downsize its own chamber.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have reduced the state House from 163 members to 103 members starting in 2015. A House committee voted Thursday to reject the plan.

Critics have expressed concerns that the smaller number of lawmakers would mean the public would not be as effectively represented.

Supporters say that reducing the number of lawmakers would help state government save money.

Aerotropolis Bill
9:47 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. House endorses "Aerotropolis" bill

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

The so-called Aerotropolis bill has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.   If passed, it would provide up to $480 million in tax credits to encourage global air trade via St. Louis, including incentive for companies to build storage facilities near Lambert International Airport.  It’s sponsored by GOP House Member Caleb Jones of Moniteau County.

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Missouri Congressional redistricting
8:24 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Mo. House endorses GOP redistricting map

The GOP redistricting map was adopted today by the Mo. House.
Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a Republican-proposed map that would redraw the state’s congressional districts, reducing them from nine to eight.

It eliminates the St. Louis-area district currently held by Democrat Russ Carnahan.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
10:44 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Group of Mo. Senators will end filibuster if Gov. Nixon rejects $300 million from D.C.

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
(via Flickr/FiredUpMissouri)

A group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Missouri Senate are willing to end their filibuster of a bill to draw down federal unemployment benefits, if Democratic Governor Jay Nixon agrees to reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.   

Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the effort.  He says the $300 million covers several “pork barrel pet projects.”

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