Politics & Issues

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.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

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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English-Only Drivers' Tests
3:12 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests

(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license tests to be given in English only.

Supporters say doing so would help immigrants assimilate easier into American culture and promote safety, since road signs in Missouri are in English.

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Missouri House of Representatives
10:34 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Mo. hospitals charge state different rates for rape kits

Mo. State Rep. Chris Kelly.
(Office of Chris Kelly)

The amount Missouri hospitals charge the state for examinations to collect evidence from sexual assault victims varies widely between hospitals.

Lawmakers say the state should set a cap on the rates it pays.

Data from the Department of Public Safety shows the state paid $35.40 for a lab test at a Kansas City hospital and more than $1,500 for an examination at a Harrisonville hospital. The state paid an average of about $784 per examination last year.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate

Sen. JIm Lembke (R, Lemay), one of two Senators leading a filibuster of the local control bill in the Mo. Senate.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

Legislation that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has stalled in the Missouri Senate

Two St. Louis-area Senators, Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), began a filibuster of the bill today.

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Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
5:31 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Mo. Senate endorses repeal of dog breeding law

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

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would reverse portions of Proposition B, a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters last year to regulate dog breeders.

The bill would do away with Proposition B’s limit of 50 dogs per breeder, and changes the name of the law from “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” to “Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.”

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MO Statehouse
5:52 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Mo. House committee hears bill to ban red light cameras

Testimony was heard in Jefferson City today on legislation that would outlaw the use of red light cameras in Missouri.

The bill is sponsored by State Representative Paul Weiland (R, Imperial).  He called red light cameras a gimmick for boosting revenue, saying that cities that use them fine violators without adding points to their driving records.

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