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Mo. Special session
5:32 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Mo. special session lives on, but lawmakers remain divided

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

The special legislative session in Missouri did not come to an end today, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they would go home if an agreement on a wide-ranging tax credit bill wasn’t reached by today's adjournments.

Instead, both chambers will hold technical sessions, where just a handful of lawmakers gavel in for a few minutes and then adjourn.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says his chamber will only meet in technical sessions until an agreement is reached on tax credits, or until time runs out in early November, whichever comes first.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 23, 2011

Attorney General Chris Koster has announced that he will seek another term in 2012.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Koster announces re-election bid

Missouri Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster is running for a second term. Koster's campaign said today that he had announced his re-election bid at the home of the Jackson County Democratic Party chairman.

Koster says under his leadership the attorney general's office helped prosecute crime, tackled fraud and tried to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from breaching a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri.

No Republican candidate has announced plans yet to run for attorney general next year.

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tax credit battle
2:33 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Mo. House, Senate attempting 11th hour tax credit deal

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

Updated at 6:29 p.m.

A Missouri House committee has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the passage of the wide-ranging tax credit bill that lawmakers have been battling over throughout the special legislative session.

The House Economic Development Committee adjourned for the day without taking it up for a vote, which means the full House cannot vote on it Friday unless it suspends the rules.  Chairwoman Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles) says the bill is just not ready to be voted on, as House and Senate negotiators are nowhere near an agreement.

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Mo. special session falling apart
11:39 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Mo. Special session may end Friday with nothing passed

Mo. Capitol
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The special legislative session called by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) could end as soon as Friday without any legislation being passed.

House and Senate leaders continue to butt heads over what should and should not be included in the wide-ranging tax credit bill, and that includes the compromise version that House leaders announced that they’ve reached with the governor.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says the chances of reaching a compromise by Friday look very slim.

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Special session
11:53 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Mo. House leaders announce "compromise" on tax credit bill

Missouri House leaders have announced "a compromise proposal" on the tax credit bill that's become stalled during the ongoing special legislative session.

In a press release issued today, State Representatives John Diehl (R, Town and Country) and Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles) said that they had worked with Governor Jay Nixon (D) on crafting an alternate proposal.  However, the press release contains no details on what's in it.  Zerr says she cannot disclose what's in the compromise because it's still being worked on.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A key MO. House member says the special legislative session on job-creation may end unless a consensus can be found in the next two days.
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Special legislative session may end unless consensus found in 2 days

Supporters and opponents of the scaled-down tax credit bill spent more than six hours Monday trying to make their respective cases to a Missouri House committee.  Senate leaders slashed $300 million  from the Aerotropolis proposal before passing it, and say that the Compete Missouri provision in the bill can more than make up for the deleted warehouse incentives. 

David Kerr, who heads the state's Economic Development department, testified in favor of the bill.

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MO Statehouse
3:46 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Mo. House committee passes "Facebook fix"

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A Missouri House committee has unanimously passed legislation that would remove confusing language from a new state law regarding the use of social media between teachers and students.

The bill was passed last week by the Missouri Senate.  It’s being handled in the House by State Representative Chris Kelly (D, Columbia).

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MO Statehouse: Aerotropolis, Joplin relief
1:09 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Senate passes scaled-back Aerotropolis; tax relief for Joplin businesses delayed

The state Senate is unlikely to take up a measure that would provide relief to businesses destroyed by natural disasters, like the Home Depot in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated 5:32 p.m. with reaction from the Mo. House Speaker

A measure that sharply reduces the amount of tax credits available to support the creation of an international cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is in the hands of the Missouri House.

The State Senate approved the measure this morning.

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Missouri "Facebook" law
11:05 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Mo. Senate passes revision to teacher-Facebook law

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Missouri senators have overwhelmingly passed a bill revising a new law that restricts teachers' online conversations with students.

The legislation would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students, such as sending private messages on Facebook. Senators voted 33-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivering the annual State of the State Address on January 19, 2011. Missouri lawmakers are meeting September 14, 2011 to consider overriding vetoes by Nixon.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. lawmakers meeting to discuss Nixon veto override

Missouri lawmakers are convening today in an annual session to consider overriding vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon vetoed 14 bills approved during this year's regular session.

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