Legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination in Missouri has been passed by the State House.
House Bill 320 would require that discrimination be a motivating factor in any wrongful action taken against an employee, instead of a contributing factor as it is now. State Representative Brandon Ellington (D, Kansas City) says Missouri’s standard for discrimination should not be lowered.
“We know the potential for discrimination, and to be able to prove that it was a motivational factor is almost impossible," Ellington said. "Discrimination can happen to anybody in this body – it may not be racial, but it definitely could be age discrimination; it may not be age, but it could definitely be sexual discrimination.”
An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.
The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.
Nearly 2.8 million Illinois residents are currently covered by Medicaid, the government health program for the poor and disabled.
Starting in 2014, an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 uninsured Illinois residents would be newly eligible for coverage. The expansion would mainly benefit low-income adults who don't have children at home.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James, flanked by two Mo. House Members, testified in favor of Angel Investment tax credits at a House hearing earlier this month. Today he testified before a Mo. Senate committee in support of that chamber's version of the bill.
Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.
Senate Bill 91 would provide incentives to wealthy investors, dubbed “Angels,” who are looking for start-up opportunities, preferably in high-tech and Internet-based businesses. Kansas City Mayor Sly James was one of several witnesses hoping to persuade committee members to approve the bill.
The Missouri Senate spent several hours last night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to at around 3:30 this morning.
Senate Bill 120 would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing. Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year. Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) criticized the move.
Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.
The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.
The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.
Chart updated at 2:24 to reflect most recent 24 and 48 hour campaign filings.
A week out from the Democratic mayoral primary, incumbent Mayor Francis Slay is maintaining his large financial advantage over challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.
According to campaign finance reports filed Monday evening, in a month long span from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21, Slay spent $479,291. During that same amount of time, Reed spent only a fraction of that at $88,470.