Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
5:34 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Mo. House committee passes balanced budget amendment proposal

Mo. House Budget Committee considers resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A resolution that would launch a new attempt to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has passed a Missouri House committee.


The measure is sponsored by State Representative Dwight Scharnhorst (R, Valley Park).

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MO Statehouse
5:46 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Two state buildings evacuated in Jefferson City due to snow on roofs

One of two DHSS buildings in Jefferson City evacuated due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.
KRCG-TV

Two state office buildings in Jefferson City were evacuated today, due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.


More than 550 people work in the two buildings, which house the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

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MO Statehouse
4:21 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow removal in Mo. will likely cost more than $8 million

As of today, the Missouri Department of Transportation has used plows and salt spreaders like these to spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads to fight this week's major winter storms. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri will likely spend more than $8 million removing snow from highways that fell during this week's major winter storms.

As of Thursday, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews have spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads, and have put in more than 40,000 hours of overtime.

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Robin Carnahan / Fox News
2:49 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Carnahan, Fox News settle Mo. Senate race lawsuit

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan waves to the crowd during an election night watch party in St. Louis on Nov. 2, 2010. Carnahan has settled a lawsuit with the Fox News Network about one of her campaign ads. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan has settled a lawsuit with the Fox News Network alleging copyright infringement by one of her campaign ads.

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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Nixon releases $10 million for school buses in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released an additional $10 million withheld from school bus funding for Missouri's public schools this year.

Nixon initially ordered $70 million withheld from K-12 transportation funding, citing dwindling revenues.

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Texting While Driving
9:32 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. Senate gives first-round approval to extend texting ban

(via Flickr/OregonDOT)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand the texting-while-driving ban to all motorists, not just those ages 21 or younger.

Although the bill passed, some senators opposed to the ban attached two amendments that have nothing to do with texting-while-driving, in an effort to kill the bill.  But both were vehicle-related, so supporters changed the bill's title to include various topics related to motor vehicles. 

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MO Statehouse
6:08 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. lawmakers give in to blizzard

The severe winter storm dumps several inches of snow in Missouri's capital city.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

One day after deciding to remain in session despite the severe winter storm, Missouri legislative leaders have reversed course.


The House will conduct non-voting technical sessions that only require a handful of lawmakers to attend.

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MO Statehouse
7:56 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Mo. General Assembly to remain in session despite blizzard

Mo. House members stand at ease while leaders discuss what to do about the approaching winter storm.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri General Assembly will remain in session this week, despite the approaching winter storm that's predicted to dump lots of snow and ice across the state.


A number of lawmakers, including House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), say that since they're already in Jefferson City, they might as well get some work done.

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MO Statehouse
12:23 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Bill would boost Mo. penalties for human trafficking

Democratic Rep. Jason Kander on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 27, 2011. (Courtesy Tim Bommel and the House Communications Office)
Tim Bommel House Communications Office

A state representative has announced plans to introduce a bill to increase penalties for human trafficking convictions in Missouri.

Democratic Rep. Jason Kander said the measure he plans to introduce this week would boost Missouri penalties for human trafficking to the same level as federal statutes. He said federal penalties for human trafficking range from fines to five years and up to life in prison. Most Missouri human trafficking penalties go up to 15 years in prison.

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Auditor
2:59 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Mo. auditor Schweich to rate agencies, poor to excellent

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich. (via Office of the Auditor)
State Auditor's office

New Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich plans to rate the entities he audits on a scale of excellent to poor.

Schweich said Friday his grading scale is intended to provide an evaluation that's easy to understand both for the general public and the agency being audited. He hopes the new system will provide some context about the severity of problems that get pointed out in audits.

The best rating will be excellent, followed by good, fair and poor.

He plans to start using the rating scale for audits released in February.

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