Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
4:39 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Mo. House GOP touts accomplishments at 2011 halfway point

House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) addresses reporters after the House adjourned for spring break.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The halfway point of Missouri’s legislative session has arrived, as lawmakers take a week off for spring break.

Before leaving town, Republican leaders in the House trumpeted their first-half accomplishments to reporters.

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MO Statehouse
6:00 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Mo. House passes "late term" abortion ban

Mo. House members during floor debate on the "late term" abortion bill.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to ban so-called “late term” abortions in the Show-Me State.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.

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Concealed Gun Legislation
2:51 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Mo. House approves concealed gun legislation

(via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Missouri House members have approved legislation expanding the state's concealed gun laws.

The measure would lower Missouri's minimum age for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun from 23 to 21 years old. It also would allow legislative staff members and statewide elected officials who have permits to carry concealed guns in the Capitol.

Lawmakers who have permits already can bring a concealed weapon to their meetings.

The legislation was approved 117-38 on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.

Workers' Compensation
12:29 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Mo. Senate approves workers' compensation changes

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

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prevent employees from suing co-workers for on-the-job injuries.

The measure also states that some occupational diseases, including those caused by asbestos exposure, would be covered by the state's workers' compensation system.

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MO Statehouse
5:56 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Filibuster of jobless benefits continues in Mo. Senate

Mo. Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is leading the filibuster.
Mo. Senate

A group of fiscally conservative Missouri senators is continuing to block legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits, even though Senate Republican leaders support the bill.

State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the filibuster for weeks.  He says rejecting the money would send a message to Washington that it needs to reign in spending.

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MO Statehouse
5:53 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Mo. House committee quickly passes state budget

A sign sitting outside State Rep. Silvey's office this session sums up the mood toward any proposed budget increases this year.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The House Budget Committee has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

The process of voting 13 budget bills out of committee is often raucous and can take several days to do.  This year, it only took an hour, with each budget bill passing overwhelmingly.

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MO Statehouse
11:06 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Mo. House panel backs governor on busing aid

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Updated 3:29 p.m. March 15, 2011 with information from committee meeting.

A Missouri House committee has opted not to try to increase funding for school busing and the state's A+ scholarship program.

Some lawmakers had distributed amendments Tuesday that would have provided about $35 million of additional money for public school transportation. But the committee did not vote on any of those amendments Tuesday.

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Sharia law & Missouri Courts
2:38 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Mo. lawmakers propose ban on Islamic law

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)

Missouri lawmakers have proposed legislation aimed at preventing Missouri courts from applying laws from foreign countries and those based on Sharia, the Islamic religious law.

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Proposition B
4:28 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed controversial legislation that would reverse portions of Proposition B

Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs per operation and requires adequate food, water and outdoor access.

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MO Statehouse
3:24 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Mo. Senate approves workplace discrimination bill

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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The Missouri Senate has approved legislation changing the rules for lawsuits by people claiming they were fired because of discrimination.

Missouri law now requires such workers to prove that discrimination was a "contributing" factor in a firing.

The Senate bill would require a showing that discrimination was a "motivating" factor. It would also limit the amount of damages that could be awarded in such cases.

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