Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. House endorses drug testing for welfare recipients

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.

The bill would require work-eligible recipients and applicants of the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance.

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Texting While Driving
10:37 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. Senate panel approves bill banning texting for all drivers

A bill approving the banning of texting for all drivers, not just those aged 21 and younger, has been approved by the Missouri Senate. (via Flickr/MrJasonWeaver)

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that bars all drivers from texting while driving.

Currently, only drivers 21 years old and younger are prohibited from sending cell phone text messages while driving.

But what's the problem with that system according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol?

It's hard to tell how old a driver is if an officer sees them texting.

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MO Statehouse
6:45 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Hearings on bills to repeal Proposition B begin in Mo. House

Dog owners and animal rights activists crowd into a Mo. House hearing room during a hearing for bills that would repeal or scale back Prop. B.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A series of public hearings began today for legislation that would repeal, amend, and place exemptions on Proposition B.

Missouri voters narrowly approved the measure in November.

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Lake of the Ozarks Water Quality
4:31 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Koster gives recommendations for improving water quality at Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. (Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking steps he hopes will improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of Missouri’s most popular tourist destinations.

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Smoking at the Mo. statehouse
11:40 am
Tue January 25, 2011

ADA complaint filed against Mo. House smoking policy

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices - a move challenged by an ADA lawsuit. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The recent move of Missouri House of Representatives members to vote in favor of continuing to allow smoking in their Capitol building offices has drawn some criticism - in the form of a formal complaint.

Rossie Judd of Fenton, Mo. has filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint against the policy, saying in her complaint that it denies her "meaningful access to the House of Representatives" as a result.

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MO Statehouse
7:32 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House to debate drug testing bill this week

State Rep. Ellen Brandom (R, Sikeston)
Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House is expected to debate legislation this week that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients in Missouri.


The bill would target applicants and recipients of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) who are classified as work-eligible.

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MO Statehouse
5:43 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House members propose education reforms

(l-r) State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis), Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), State Rep. Scott Dieckhaus (R, Washington, Mo.)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic House members gathered today to unveil several proposals they say will improve K-12 education in Missouri.

The idea getting the most attention is school choice - allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better-performing schools statewide.

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Mo. Voter ID
5:07 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law

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

An attorney who successfully challenged Missouri's photo ID law for voters in 2006 plans a new legal argument if the requirement is revived.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Nixon talks education with reporters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, spent some time today discussing education issues with reporters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon spent a few minutes with reporters in Jefferson  City today, answering questions about education and other topics.

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MO Statehouse
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

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