Politics & Issues

Single audit
10:31 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Audit finds problems with state oversight of federal money

An audit released today finds that several state agencies in Missouri have not adequately kept track of how federal stimulus dollars are being spent.

The state has spent about $2.6 billion in money received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

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MO Statehouse
4:24 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court hears case that could affect McKee's NorthSide project

Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over the constitutionality of a state tax credit which has enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

McKee has so far received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide development project.

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Missouri Unclaimed Property
2:11 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

There's about $600 million in unclaimed property in Mo. Treasurer Zweifel's office. Is some of it yours to claim?

Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel views pieces on display from the Unclaimed Property vault on March 22, 2011. More than 1,200 safe deposit boxes were turned over to him this year to be added to Unclaimed Property.
(Office of Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel)

Missouri residents are being urged to find out if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state. Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office currently holds around $600 million in unclaimed cash and merchandise. The items include World's Fair tickets, bank notes from the early 1800's, and unclaimed war medals.

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Federal Health Care Law
11:31 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Mo. AG: Health care overhaul has uncertain legal status

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

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the federal health care law's legal fate is still uncertain.

Koster's statement comes in response to three Republican officials who asked him whether he thought the law could be enforced in Missouri.

Two federal judges upheld the health care overhaul. A third struck down the insurance requirement, and a fourth ruled the entire law is unconstitutional. Appeals courts will consider those rulings.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
4:42 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Nixon names legislative redistricting panels

A map of Missouri's current nine congressional districts.
(Screenshot via Mo. Sec. of State website)

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed the members of two bipartisan commissions that will redraw Missouri's legislative districts based on the 2010 census.

The Missouri Constitution requires the governor to appoint a panel of five Republicans and five Democrats to redraw state Senate districts, and a panel of nine Democrats and nine Republicans to redraw the House districts.

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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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