tom dempsey http://kbia.org en Gov. Nixon's nominees delayed in Senate panel http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixons-nominees-delayed-senate-panel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nominations for key boards and positions in state government are being stalled in a Senate committee.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Senators said Wednesday that a lack of communication with&nbsp;Gov</span>. Jay Nixon's administration was to blame for the delay. Committee chairman Sen. Tom Dempsey says the nominations of Richard&nbsp;Fordyce&nbsp;as agriculture director, Gregg Smith as highway commissioner, and Joseph&nbsp;Driskill&nbsp;and Victor&nbsp;Lenz&nbsp;as education board members are stalled for at least one week.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:44:41 +0000 Associated Press 47362 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon's nominees delayed in Senate panel McKenna confirmed as Mo. labor department director http://kbia.org/post/mckenna-confirmed-mo-labor-department-director <p></p><p></p><p>Former state Sen. Ryan McKenna has won Senate confirmation as director of Missouri's&nbsp;labor department.</p><p>Senators approved McKenna's appointment Thursday without any discussion.</p><p>McKenna resigned from the Senate in December after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him as head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Democrat from Jefferson County began the new job last month but needed Senate confirmation to remain in the post.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:37:24 +0000 Associated Press 46755 at http://kbia.org McKenna confirmed as Mo. labor department director Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-leader-backs-boeing-incentives <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A top senator says he supports special tax incentives to entice the Boeing Co. to build a new airplane in&nbsp;Missouri.</span></p><p>Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Friday that it should be "a no-brainer" for lawmakers to authorize incentives for Boeing. He says it could mean thousands of jobs and a massive boost to the economy.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:24:36 +0000 Associated Press 44246 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives Mo. Senate leader releases new gun legislation http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-leader-releases-new-gun-legislation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A Missouri Senate leader has put forth a new, pared-back proposal dealing with the enforcement of federal gun control laws.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:50:15 +0000 Associated Press 43062 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate leader releases new gun legislation Mo. lawmakers to study failed measures before 2014 session http://kbia.org/post/mo-lawmakers-study-failed-measures-2014-session <p>Missouri's legislative session is over, but the work may continue for some lawmakers.</p><p>Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.</p><p>A joint panel of Senate and House members could look into potential changes to the Medicaid health care program for the poor.</p><p>Another committee could study potential projects to be included in a bonding proposal that would be put before voters.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:35:36 +0000 Associated Press 34069 at http://kbia.org Mo. lawmakers to study failed measures before 2014 session Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-leader-says-criminal-code-revision-12-b-bond-issue-dead-session <p></p><p></p><p>The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session. Tue, 14 May 2013 13:30:11 +0000 Associated Press 33687 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session Mo. unlikely to follow Michigan lead on union law http://kbia.org/post/mo-unlikely-follow-michigan-lead-union-law <p>Missouri Republican leaders say it would be difficult to follow Michigan's lead in passing a "right-to-work" law that prohibits union dues as a condition for employment. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:07:33 +0000 Associated Press 25764 at http://kbia.org Mo. unlikely to follow Michigan lead on union law Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate http://kbia.org/post/tax-changes-atop-2013-agenda-missouri-senate <p>Changes in Missouri's tax code will be near the top of the agenda for Republicans in the state Senate during the 2013 session.</p><p>Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, is expected to be elected as presiding officer when the Senate convenes in January. He says majority party Republicans want to act quickly on legislation to provide "income tax relief." The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:23:26 +0000 Associated Press 25063 at http://kbia.org Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate Republicans choose Dempsey as Mo. Senate president http://kbia.org/post/republicans-choose-dempsey-mo-senate-president <p>The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:27:55 +0000 The Associated Press 24252 at http://kbia.org Republicans choose Dempsey as Mo. Senate president MO Senate passes workplace injury changes http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-passes-workplace-injury-changes <p>The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:01:08 +0000 Associated Press 8964 at http://kbia.org MO Senate passes workplace injury changes Lawmakers to address work-related injury fund http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-address-work-related-injury-fund <p>Legislation has been filed in both the Missouri House and Senate to address the state&rsquo;s Second Injury Fund, which provides payments to workers with prior disabilities who are injured on the job.&nbsp; But the fund has been losing money for years. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:02:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8922 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers to address work-related injury fund