missouri general assembly http://kbia.org en Mo. House rejects override of House Bill 253 http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-rejects-override-house-bill-253 <p>During the start of the legislature's veto session today, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on House Bill 253, a contentious bill that would have lowered income taxes. Critics of the bill alleged that the tax cuts would send the state into debt.</p><p>The vote had 94 votes in favor to 67 against, but 109 votes were needed to override the veto. As a result of the vote, the Senate will not consider overriding Gov. Nixon's veto.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:52:52 +0000 Casey Morell 40340 at http://kbia.org Mo. House rejects override of House Bill 253 Missouri General Assembly focuses on teacher shortages http://kbia.org/post/missouri-general-assembly-focuses-teacher-shortages <p>As the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education considered teacher tenure and human resources in a hearing Tuesday, a report by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows a teacher shortage in specific areas for the 2013-2014 school year.</p><p>A total of 11 areas had teacher shortages in Missouri:</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:43:45 +0000 Ben Turner 40272 at http://kbia.org Missouri General Assembly focuses on teacher shortages Nixon doesn't plan to call for special legislative session http://kbia.org/post/nixon-doesnt-plan-call-special-legislative-session <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to call a special legislative session to craft a new version of a bill cutting income taxes.</p><p>Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said today that trying to put together a new bill at the last moment would be an irresponsible approach to a complex issue.</p><p>Nixon vetoed a bill earlier this year that would cut income taxes. Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to consider overriding that veto.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:42:55 +0000 Associated Press 39971 at http://kbia.org Nixon doesn't plan to call for special legislative session New Mo. House committee looks at government efficiency http://kbia.org/post/new-mo-house-committee-looks-government-efficiency <p>A new Missouri House committee focused on government efficiency is apparently taking its mission to heart.</p><p>The Interim Committee on Improving Government Responsiveness and Efficiency has scheduled hearings for Monday and Tuesday at the state Capitol.</p><p>It plans to start each hearing with public testimony. But it has posted a notice that people should limit their remarks to four minutes.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:29:23 +0000 Associated Press 37489 at http://kbia.org New Mo. House committee looks at government efficiency Nixon considers abortion bill http://kbia.org/post/nixon-considers-abortion-bill <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is considering legislation that would require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.</p><p>The Republican-led Legislature approved the measure this year. Supporters say the requirement would prohibit abortions using telemedicine and protect a woman's health and safety by ensuring the prescribing physician is present. Critics, however, say the process is safe and that the legislation is a further effort to restrict access to abortion services in Missouri.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:55:08 +0000 Associated Press 36932 at http://kbia.org Nixon considers abortion bill Gov. Nixon considers bills on cash advances, abortion http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-considers-bills-cash-advances-abortion <p>New legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon could give people running short of money a new alternative for getting some quick cash.</p><p>A bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.</p><p>Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of around $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:26:27 +0000 Associated Press 35585 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon considers bills on cash advances, abortion Bill expands opportunities for physician assistants in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/bill-expands-opportunities-physician-assistants-missouri <p></p><p>Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/sumpdf/HB0315T.pdf">A bill headed to the Governor’s desk</a> would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care.Physicians Assistants are trained health workers who practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor. Their training is shorter than that of a doctor, but they do exams, prescribe drugs and diagnose and treat illnesses. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:29:09 +0000 Elana Gordon 33847 at http://kbia.org Bill expands opportunities for physician assistants in Missouri With 1 Week Left, What Remains For Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session? http://kbia.org/post/final-week-missouris-2013-legislative-session-arrives <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived.&#160; The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday.&#160; St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2013/05/FinalW_web_version.mp3" class="asset-audio">2013 Final Week feature</a><p><strong>Nixon vs. Mon, 13 May 2013 12:26:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33617 at http://kbia.org With 1 Week Left, What Remains For Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session? Home foreclosure legislation puts city, state governments at odds http://kbia.org/post/home-foreclosure-legislation-puts-city-state-governments-odds <p></p><p>The Missouri senate passed legislation Monday that would prevent local municipalities from making laws regarding mediation in home foreclosures.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:04:34 +0000 Russell Chapin 33509 at http://kbia.org Home foreclosure legislation puts city, state governments at odds Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon http://kbia.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-25-billion-state-budget-gov-nixon Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D).<p>However, he's not happy with how the Republican-led <a href="http://moga.mo.gov/">General Assembly</a> pulled portions of it together.&#160; In order to fund several state programs in the budget, including one that aids developmentally disabled children, House and Senate Republicans chose to fund them by passing <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&#38;BillID=18649863">a separate bill</a> that eliminates a tax credit for low-income seniors w Fri, 10 May 2013 14:07:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33505 at http://kbia.org Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon Mo. bill would nullify federal gun control laws http://kbia.org/post/mo-bill-would-nullify-federal-gun-control-laws <p>The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would nullify federal gun control laws and allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons.</p><p>The measure passed 116-38 by the House on Wednesday would declare all federal laws regulating guns to be unenforceable within Missouri's borders.</p><p>The legislation would also allow guns less than 16 inches to be openly carried even in localities that have ordinances prohibiting open-carry. It would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 13:38:11 +0000 Associated Press 33433 at http://kbia.org Mo. bill would nullify federal gun control laws Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Targeted Prevailing Wage Bill To Gov. Nixon http://kbia.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-targeted-prevailing-wage-bill-gov-nixon The Missouri General Assembly has sent <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&#160;legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.<p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB34&#38;year=2013&#38;code=R">House Bill 34</a> would eliminate the prevailing wage in third and fourth-class rural counties, and only for school construction and other public works projects.&#160; It was sponsored by&#160;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&#38;district=002">State Representative&#160;Casey Guernsey</a> (R, Bethany), who represe Tue, 07 May 2013 13:58:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33281 at http://kbia.org Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Targeted Prevailing Wage Bill To Gov. Nixon Analysis: Mo. Medicaid debate gets hyperbolic http://kbia.org/post/analysis-mo-medicaid-debate-gets-hyperbolic <p>If Missouri expands Medicaid health coverage for lower-income adults, could it create a crisis for public schools?</p><p>If Missouri fails to expand Medicaid, could it result in millions of Missourians' tax dollars going to health care in other states?</p><p>Both claims have been made at the Missouri Capitol by opponents and supporters of a proposed Medicaid expansion. But the claims might be exaggerated.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:25:16 +0000 Associated Press 31290 at http://kbia.org Analysis: Mo. Medicaid debate gets hyperbolic Missouri Lawmakers Discuss 2nd-Half Priorities As Legislative Spring Break Arrives http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-discuss-2nd-half-priorities-legislative-spring-break-arrives <P>Spring break has arrived for Missouri lawmakers, as they take a week off before returning to Jefferson City on March 25th.</P> <P>They’ll have plenty of items on their plate when they get back -- among the House’s priorities is&#160;debating and voting on the state budget, which still does not include Medicaid expansion. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:24:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30555 at http://kbia.org Missouri Lawmakers Discuss 2nd-Half Priorities As Legislative Spring Break Arrives