Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
5:58 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Legislative walkout unlikely in Missouri

Protesters demonstrate at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison.
AP photo/Andy Manis

Missouri legislative leaders don't expect walkouts by Democrats in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states over labor union issues to happen here.

Democrats and union leaders in the Show-Me State are opposing legislation in the State Senate that would make Missouri a right-to-work state.

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Stouffer for Sec. of State
9:51 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Stouffer to run for Mo. secretary of state

Republican Mo. state Sen. Bill Stouffer. (via Flickr/MoBikeFed)

Updated 5:40 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011.

A State Senator from rural western Missouri has announced he'll seek the Republican nomination for Secretary of State next year.

Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.

He made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year, losing the GOP nod to Vicky Hartzler in Missouri's 4th District.  Hartzler later unseated incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton.

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MO Statehouse
5:13 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Mo. Senate passes photo I.D. requirement for voters

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The proposed constitutional amendment was passed without debate along party lines, with all seven Democrats voting "no" and all Republicans present voting "yes."

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MO Statehouse
4:27 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Mo. House votes to change workplace discrimination 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)

The Missouri House has voted to change the state's laws about workplace discrimination.

In a 95-59 vote Thursday, the House passed legislation that would change the legal standard people must meet when alleging in a lawsuit that they were fired for discriminatory reasons. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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MO Statehouse
7:27 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

STL Police local control bill hits snag in Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that would restore local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, but not before adding a provision that could also kill it.

The amendment would reduce the number of city aldermen in St. Louis to 14, and the number of wards from 28 to seven.

The move comes one day after a related bill easily passed the Missouri House.

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MO Statehouse
4:51 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Schweich wants to review Mo. state agencies

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich
Mo. State Auditor's office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.

The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies.  Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.

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Large-Scale Farms legislation
3:16 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Mo. Legislature endorses limits on hog farm suits

(via Flickr/ **Maurice**)

Missouri lawmakers have endorsed legislation intended to limit lawsuits against large-scale animal farms.

Bills given initial approval Wednesday in the House and Senate would affect nuisance lawsuits against the owners of land used for agricultural purposes such as animal or crop production.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in Missouri in recent years alleging that odors from large barns of hogs are a nuisance to neighbors.

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Governor's Travel
1:15 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Mo. House wants details of gov. travel put online

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri House members have voted without dissent to require information about the governor's travel to be posted on a state website.

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"Fair Tax"
11:21 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Mo. House panel backs tax proposal on party vote

(Flickr Creative Commons User JD Hancock)

A House committee has voted along partisan lines to advance a proposal eliminating Missouri's income taxes and replacing them with a higher sales tax.

The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.

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Local Control Passes in the House
11:43 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Mo. House passes local control of STL Police bill

For the first time ever, the Missouri House has passed legislation to give the city of St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

The vote was 109 to 46 in favor, and the bill now goes to the Missouri Senate.

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