Politics & Issues

Petition Signatures Amendment
11:11 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Mo. proposal calls for more petition signatures

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

A Missouri lawmaker wants organizers of initiative petitions to collect signatures from all of the state's congressional districts before their measures go on ballots.

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Mo. Presidential Primaries
5:51 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Mo. Senate considers moving primary date to March

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

Missouri lawmakers are considering moving back the state's 2012 presidential primaries.

A bill by Republican Sen. Kevin Engler, of Farmington, would change next year's primaries from early February to early March.

Missouri has held presidential primaries in February under a state law.

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MO Statehouse
5:39 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Elk damage would be covered by Mo. if bill becomes law

Mo. Dept. of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation would have to reimburse landowners for any damage caused by the reintroduction of elk, under a bill filed this week in the State Senate.

If passed, the state would be liable for damage to crops, pastures, livestock, buildings and other property, as well as injuries in traffic crashes caused by elk.

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Robin Carnahan / Fox News
2:51 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Robin Carnahan can use legal expense fund for Fox suit

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan waves to the crowd during an election night watch party in St. Louis on Nov. 2, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Federal Election Commission says Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan can set up a legal defense fund to help cover $85,000 of costs from a copyright lawsuit brought by the Fox News Network.

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Constitutional Convention
12:49 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Federal repeal measure divides Mo. conservatives

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A proposal seeking a constitutional convention to allow states to repeal federal laws has divided some conservatives in the Missouri House.

The resolution by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes urges Congress to call a convention to draft a constitutional amendment allowing states to repeal federal laws, if two-thirds vote to do so.

But debate stalled on the measure this past week without reaching a vote.

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Local Control Passes in First Round
12:23 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

St. Louis police local control vote today in Mo. House

State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) speaks on her bill to return control of the Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis to the city.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the Metropolitan Police Department to the city of St. Louis.

The department has been under state control since the Civil War.

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MO Statehouse
5:26 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Mo. House committee passes bill restricting "late term" abortions

Mo. House Health Care Policy committee prepares to vote on the "late term" abortion bill.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House committee has passed a bill that would bar abortions of fetuses 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 is a medical threat to the mother.

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Religious Schools, Public Funding
10:47 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.

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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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