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Mo. 2012 legislative session
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Missouri legislative session heads into homestretch

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers continue debating bills in the closing minutes of the 2012 regular session.

Among the bills passed so far today is one that would require legislative approval before a health care exchange can be created in Missouri.  State Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) accused Governor Jay Nixon (D) of trying last year to create an exchange via executive order.

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Morning Round-up
9:22 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An interior view of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Workers' comp, civil lawsuits top priorities for business groups this legislative session

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuitsas their top priorities in the legislative session that starts at noon today.

Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association and other groups outlined their priorities at a news conference Tuesday.

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Special Session
6:35 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Wrapping up Missouri's 2011 special legislative session

A very contentious special legislative session ended with a whimper in Jefferson City this week.  It was dominated by seven weeks of head-butting over a wide-ranging tax credit bill that in the end boiled down to a long-running battle between the Missouri House and Senate over whether tax credits should have expiration dates.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at what happened.

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Slay on special session
4:11 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Slay blasts lawmakers for do-nothing special session

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mayor Francis Slay is fuming over the results of the just-concluded special session.

"Goodbye state legislators. Thanks for (almost) nothing," the mayor tweeted this afternoon, a day after the state Senate adjourned without taking action on a large economic development package and a measure that would end more than 150 years of state oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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Mo. Special Session over
12:35 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Mo. Senate ends special legislative session, tax incentives bill dead

Pres. Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) talks with reporters after adjourning the Mo. Senate from the special legislative session.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri’s special legislative session is over.

President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) adjourned the Missouri Senate exactly seven weeks after lawmakers returned to Jefferson City.  Only two bills were passed, the “Facebook Fix” and a high-tech jobs measure – but the top priority, an economic development bill, died because House and Senate leaders couldn’t agree on expiration dates for historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, October 24, 2011

Members of the Texas Rangers celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 to take game 2 of the World Series in St. Louis on October 20, 2011.
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Cardinals lose Game 4

Derek Holland gave the Texas Rangers’ bullpen a much-needed break last night while helping the Rangers even the World Series at two games apiece. Holland came within two outs of a two-hit shutout while striking out seven as the Rangers bounced back from Saturday's 16-7 loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. He faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a hit after Lance Berkman's leadoff single in the fifth. Holland struck out seven, walked two and was aided by a pair of double-play grounders.

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MO Statehouse / MOSIRA
3:23 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

MOSIRA signed into law, designed to lure science and technology companies to Mo.

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing state money to help new companies doing business in science or technology fields.

The measure signed Friday creates a fund to offer incentives to companies that conduct research or make products related to agricultural biotechnology, veterinary medicine, biochemistry, forestry, homeland security, information technology and pharmaceuticals. The fund would be overseen by the Missouri Technology Corp.

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MO Statehouse / Special Session
10:18 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Missouri Senate leader Mayer to end special session without approval of business incentives

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

The head of the Missouri Senate has announced he’s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week.

President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) believes it’s too late to pass any kind of economic development bill before the session expires in two weeks.  Despite Thursday’s move by the Missouri House to appoint lawmakers to negotiate a final version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill, Mayer says any agreement must include 7-year expiration dates, or sunsets, on historic preservation and low income housing tax credits.

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Tax credit review
6:49 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mo. House endorses 4-year reviews of tax credits

Mo. House of Representatives
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require all tax credits to undergo a regular review process.

If it succeeds, each tax credit would have to be voted on by the full General Assembly every four years.  The resolution is the House’s alternative to expiration dates for tax credits favored by the Missouri Senate.  It’s sponsored by House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

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Mo. Special session
4:43 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mo. House seeks compromise with Senate on tax credit bill

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has done an about-face and now wants a joint committee to negotiate a final version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill that has divided the House and Senate throughout the ongoing special session.

House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) had suggested weeks ago that a conference committee wasn’t necessary and that any differences on tax credits could be worked out during floor debates.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter), meanwhile, had pushed for going to conference because that’s the normal route for reaching compromise on bills.  Tilley says he’s decided to take Mayer at his word.

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