paul levota en Senate passes state budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday. &nbsp;Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an&nbsp;indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He&nbsp;offered an amendment to create a line item in the Department of Social Services’ budget for extra Medicaid dollars to be drawn down if lawmakers ever decide to expand Medicaid.&nbsp; Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:39:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52169 at Senate passes state budget Legislature to consider school transfer bill <p>A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.</p><p>If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:14:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45142 at Legislature to consider school transfer bill 2 Mo. lawmakers call for education official to resign <p>Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."</p><p>Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:43:14 +0000 Associated Press 44398 at 2 Mo. lawmakers call for education official to resign Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment <p>The <a href="">Missouri House</a> and <a href="">Senate</a> have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch using "modern methods." Tue, 14 May 2013 21:42:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33731 at Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment 'Paycheck Protection' bill remains stalled in Mo. Senate The <a href="">Missouri Senate</a> spent a few hours Wednesday debating legislation that would bar labor unions for public workers from withholding money from public employees’ paychecks.<p>The so-called <a href=";BillID=16944749">"Paycheck Protection" bill</a> would also require consent from public employees before labor unions can use fees and dues for political purposes.&#160;<a href="">&#160;State Senator Paul LeVota </a>(D, Independence) says the bill should be called “paycheck deception." Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:21:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29630 at 'Paycheck Protection' bill remains stalled in Mo. Senate