casey guernsey http://kbia.org en New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency http://kbia.org/post/new-mo-house-panel-probe-agriculture-agency <p>A new Missouri House committee will look into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations against former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler. He says the new investigatory committee will be led by Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon replaced Hagler as department director Oct. 11. That was one day after a high-ranking department employee resigned while distributing a letter alleging Hagler created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:12:52 +0000 Person: Associated Press 43306 at http://kbia.org New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency Missouri moves to lift ban on foreign farm owners http://kbia.org/post/missouri-moves-lift-ban-foreign-farm-owners <p>A last-minute move by Missouri lawmakers could make it easier for a Chinese conglomerate to buy one of the biggest pork producers in the U.S.</p><p>Legislators agreed on their final day of work in May to remove a ban on foreign ownership of agricultural land in Missouri. That change sets a foreign ownership limit at 1 percent of the state's agricultural land, subject to approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:16:31 +0000 Associated Press 35680 at http://kbia.org Missouri moves to lift ban on foreign farm owners Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-passes-bill-criminalizing-enforcement-federal-gun-laws The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.<p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB170&#38;year=2013&#38;code=R">House Bill 170</a>&#160;also makes it a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, for anyone to try and use a federal law to seize any firearm, clip or ammunition owned by a Missouri resident.&#160; In addition, an individual who wants to privately buy or sell a firearm, and who is not a licensed gun dealer,&#160;would be&#160;exempt from any f Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:51:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32632 at http://kbia.org Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws Mo. House endorses anti-drone measure http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-endorses-anti-drone-measure <p>The use of manned or unmanned aircraft for criminal investigations or surveillance of farms would be barred in Missouri under a <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/perf/HB0046P.htm" target="_blank">bill advanced by the House </a>without receiving prior consent.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:50:33 +0000 Lukas Udstuen & Associated Press 31494 at http://kbia.org Mo. House endorses anti-drone measure Mo. Dept. Of Revenue: 'We're Not Sending Copies Of Citizens' Documents To DC' http://kbia.org/post/mo-dept-revenue-were-not-sending-copies-citizens-documents-dc The head of the <a href="http://dor.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Revenue</a> says his agency is&#160;not forwarding electronic copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government.<p>Director Brian Long told the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability&#160;that once he heard the allegations, he questioned other officials and employees within the Department of Revenue about it.<p>“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. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:33:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30266 at http://kbia.org Mo. Dept. Of Revenue: 'We're Not Sending Copies Of Citizens' Documents To DC' Missouri House advocates school prevailing wage opt out http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-advocates-school-prevailing-wage-opt-out <p>The Missouri House voted Wednesday and today to approve a house bill that allows rural schools to opt out of paying prevailing wage for public construction projects.</p><p>House Republicans and Democrats held opposite attitudes on the bill, but they bill got secondary approval and now is moving to the Senate.</p><p>Prevailing wage is a wage requirement meant to protect local construction industries when public construction projects are conducted.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:37:47 +0000 Laishi Zhou 29682 at http://kbia.org Missouri House advocates school prevailing wage opt out Study shows gun homicides up after repealed permit law http://kbia.org/post/study-shows-gun-homicides-after-repealed-permit-law <p></p><p>A new Johns Hopkins University study suggests a connection between decreased gun regulations and increased crime in Missouri.</p><p>Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase law in 2007. That means that you don’t need a sheriff’s permit to buy a gun.&nbsp; Johns Hopkins researcher Daniel Webster said after this law was repealed, homicides jumped by 25 percent in the state [<a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/2-12-13WebsterTestimony.pdf">PDF</a>]. Many other states still require a sheriff’s permit, which Webster said is a good idea. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:58:32 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 29046 at http://kbia.org Study shows gun homicides up after repealed permit law