Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
3:27 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Mo. Senate and House committee pass photo I.D. requirement for voters

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls is advancing in both chambers of the General Assembly.


First, a Missouri House committee this morning passed a resolution that would put the photo ID question before voters as a constitutional amendment, along with a bill that would implement the amendment into state law if passed.

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MO Statehouse
5:57 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Mo. lawmakers push anti-bullying legislation

(l-r) State Representatives Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) and Sara Lampe (D, Springfield) tout their respective anti-bullying bills.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Two bills making their way through the Missouri House would target bullying in public schools across the state.


State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) is sponsoring one of them.  It would require all K-12 schools to issue a statement prohibiting bullying and to install procedures for reporting and investigating incidents of bullying.

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Mo. Auditor
3:04 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Mo. auditor Schweich to examine local license offices

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (Office of the Auditor)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is looking into the local offices that issue Missouri vehicle and driver's licenses.

Schweich said Monday his audit will examine the Department of Revenue's process for awarding contracts to run the offices. He also plans to review the operating procedures of some of the 183 license offices.

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Board of Education
11:06 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Dooley advisor Jones nominated to Mo. Board of Education

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)

Mike Jones, Senior policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, has been nominated to the Missouri state Board of Education.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced his nomination via press release today.

 

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Missouri Tax Proposals
4:56 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon criticizes sales tax proposal

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon during his 2011 State of the State address. Nixon said today that proposals to replace the state's income tax with an expanded sales tax is the wrong way to go. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says proposals to replace the state's income tax with an expanded sales tax is the wrong way to go.

Nixon spoke Wednesday to members of The Associated Press and the Missouri Press Association at their annual Capitol media event.

Nixon says the tax proposals would require raising the sales tax and levying it on purchases that currently are not subject to that tax. He says that is not smart.

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Mo. House passes workers' compensation change

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would place diseases contracted on the job under the state's workers' compensation system.

Currently, workers who've contracted illnesses such as Black Lung disease and Mesothelioma are ineligible to receive workers' comp benefits, but they can can sue their employers in circuit court.

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MO Statehouse
9:21 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Mo. House committee hears bill that would end "late term" abortions

House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee heard testimony today on a bill that would make it illegal to abort a fetus deemed capable of living outside the womb.


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

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MO Statehouse
5:48 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Price defends Missouri Plan in State of the Judiciary Address

The Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court urged lawmakers to leave the state's non-partisan court plan alone during his State of the Judiciary Address today at the State Capitol.

Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., spent more than half of his address defending the Missouri Plan.

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MO Statehouse
4:32 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Mo. House committee hears voter I.D. legislation

Mo. House Elections committee hears testimony on legislation to require photo identification be shown before voting.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Critics lined up today at the Missouri Capitol to speak out against legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

A similar law passed in 2006 was struck down by the State Supreme Court.

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Saving for College
1:33 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Missouri college savings plan becomes cheaper for participants

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, left, announces changes to Missouri's college savings plan, MOST 529. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri's college savings plan will now have lower administrative costs.

At a press conference at the University of Missouri St. Louis today, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced a new five-year management agreement with Upromise Investments and Vanguard that will decrease the cost of the MOST 529 plan by 44 percent. The partnership is estimated to save Missourians $18.5 million.

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