Politics & Issues

Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

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 today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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MO Statehouse
8:26 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to require drug testing for welfare recipients

Members of the House Committee on General Laws passed legislation requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits on Wed. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits.


Members of the House Committee on General Laws took testimony from supporters and opponents before casting their votes.


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MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Missouri adopts policy for red-light cameras

New standards for red-light cameras were approved unanimously today. (St. Louis Public Radio)

A uniform policy for the use of traffic enforcement cameras was approved unanimously today by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

The new standards require that all tickets for red-light violations be issued by an actual police officer.

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MO Statehouse
7:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. Senate holding "Rebooting Government" meetings

For the second year in a row, the Missouri Senate is seeking direct public input for ways to, in its words, "reboot government."


Senate members are holding seminars this week to discuss the ideas sent in via email.


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MO Statehouse
2:28 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. House OKs measure criticizing health care law

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 passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The resolution also urges Missouri's attorney general to defend a voter-approved law that bars the government from requiring people to have health insurance or penalizing them for not having it. The federal law requires that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.

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Recount Bill
11:31 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts

Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?

Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.

Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.

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MO Statehouse
3:47 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tom Schweich sworn in as Mo. State Auditor

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich is sworn into office by Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. of the Eastern District State Appeals Court. Holding the Bible during the ceremony are Schweich’s daughter Emilie and son Tom Jr. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri has a new State Auditor.

Tom Schweich was sworn in today during a ceremony inside the State Capitol Rotunda. 

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis lawmaker seeks to block pay raises for judges

Legislation that would block pay raises for judges in Missouri has been introduced in the State Senate.


The raises were recommended by a special commission to bring salaries for state judges closer to their federal counterparts.


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Judicial Pay Raises
1:29 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Mo. lawmaker Lembke trying to block judicial pay raise

Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, on April 13, 2010. (via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

The Missouri state budget is already due for more cuts this year, and that's the reason Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, cites for filing a resolution to block a recommended pay raise for judges.

The Associated Press reports that "Judges have argued for several years that higher salaries are needed to persuade qualified people to serve as judges instead of working as private-sector attorneys where they might earn more money."

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MO Statehouse
6:53 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Tea Party rally at Mo. State Capitol

Lawmakers weren't the only ones filing into the Missouri Capitol today.


Around 200 people attended a Tea Party rally inside the Capitol Rotunda.  Most of the speakers sounded off on national issues, primarily taxes and the Democratic agenda.


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