Todd Richardson

On The Trail
11:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Why Missourians Keep On Amending State Constitution

Missouri lawmakers placed more constitutional amendments on the ballot this year than in previous election cycles.
Credit Tim Bommel, House Communications

With dozens of sections and subsections, it wouldn’t be that easy to fit the Missouri Constitution in a shirt pocket. 

In the past 10 years, 24 amendments have been proposed to Missouri's constitution. Not all of those propositions passed, but the Show Me State’s constitution has been changed more often than the federal one. (The U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times.)

This year’s election cycle featured more constitutional amendments on the ballot – nine – than any time in last decade. Three of them passed in August, and four more will be decided Tuesday.

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Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund
5:02 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House.  It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

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Welfare Contract
5:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. House Committee Hears Testimony On State Welfare Contract

Jennifer Tidball and Brian Kinkade of the Mo. Dept. of Social Services answer questions before the House Govt. Oversight Committee on April 22nd, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Conceal Carry documents
5:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Revenue: 'We're Not Sending Copies Of Citizens' Documents To DC'

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Revenue Deputy Director John Mollenkamp and Director Brian Long testify before Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight on March 11, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The head of the Missouri Department of Revenue says his agency is not forwarding electronic copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government.

Director Brian Long told the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability that once he heard the allegations, he questioned other officials and employees within the Department of Revenue about it.

“I was repeatedly and independently assured that these scanned source documents, as part of the license process, are not, nor is there any plans, to share them, again, with the federal government or any third-party vendor," Long said.

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Mo. Statehouse
5:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mo. Lawmakers Begin Pre-Filing Bills For 2013 Session

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

Members of the Missouri Senate have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.

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Voter photo ID bill
4:09 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. House passes voter ID bill

Missouri House chamber.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Before the vote, Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  State Representative Todd Richardson (R, Poplar Bluff) disagreed.

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