missouri legislature http://kbia.org en Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes http://kbia.org/post/legislators-may-have-numbers-counter-nixons-vetoes <strong>(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)</strong><p>Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he <em>can</em> outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of bills this session. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:40:31 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 56452 at http://kbia.org Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports http://kbia.org/post/money-money-money-five-things-look-tuesdays-campaign-finance-reports A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/Tracy O)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/money.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And by “getting real,” I mean getting "</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">real</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">expensive</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.”</span><p>Tuesday is the deadline for cam Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:42:51 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 56098 at http://kbia.org Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-vetoes-bill-would-have-limited-health-insurance-navigators <p></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new federally run website. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:45:24 +0000 Associated Press 55760 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators Springfield hospital blames layoffs on Mo. medicaid expansion delay http://kbia.org/post/springfield-hospital-blames-layoffs-mo-medicaid-expansion-delay <p>Ozarks Community Hospital says it will lay off up to 60 of its employees in the Springfield area. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:21:07 +0000 Associated Press 55263 at http://kbia.org Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law http://kbia.org/post/higher-ed-performance-based-funding-becomes-mo-law <p></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:41:12 +0000 Associated Press 54886 at http://kbia.org Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law Missouri Department of Revenue to be audited http://kbia.org/post/missouri-department-revenue-be-audited <p>Missouri tax officials are getting audited.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:57:19 +0000 Associated Press 53829 at http://kbia.org Missouri Department of Revenue to be audited Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" http://kbia.org/post/republican-mo-congressmembers-join-push-right-farm <p></p><p>Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming. Fri, 30 May 2014 13:55:10 +0000 Associated Press 53781 at http://kbia.org Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-justus-went-partisan-pragmatist The Missouri Senate had seven new members after the smoke cleared from the 2006 election cycle. Only two served for the maximum time allowed under term limits – Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.<p>The two lawmakers are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Justus entered the General Assembly as a combative fighter who fought tooth-and-nail against the Republican majority. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:07:05 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 53717 at http://kbia.org In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate http://kbia.org/post/lager-calls-ethics-reform-he-prepares-leave-missouri-senate <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, is leaving the Missouri General Assembly later this year." data-attribution="Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:03:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53716 at http://kbia.org Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate Bill would create new committee on criminal justice http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-create-new-committee-criminal-justice <p></p><p>Missouri lawmakers would create a permanent joint committee on the state's criminal justice system under bills awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>The panel would review criminal laws, law enforcement, prison issues and state efforts related to terrorism and homeland security. The committee would include members of the House and Senate, with the state's chief justice, the state auditor and the attorney general as ex officio members. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:01:59 +0000 Associated Press 53715 at http://kbia.org Bill would create new committee on criminal justice Nixon Warns Of Huge Cuts In Local Services Because Of Legislature's Last-Minute Tax Cuts http://kbia.org/post/nixon-warns-huge-cuts-local-services-because-legislatures-last-minute-tax-cuts <strong>(Updated Thursday, May 29)</strong><p>Missouri Gov. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:48:59 +0000 Jo Mannies 53714 at http://kbia.org Nixon Warns Of Huge Cuts In Local Services Because Of Legislature's Last-Minute Tax Cuts Bill would change oversight of unlicensed child care centers http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-change-oversight-unlicensed-child-care-centers <p></p><p>Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:27:43 +0000 Associated Press 53623 at http://kbia.org Bill would change oversight of unlicensed child care centers Missouri tax breaks: Expansion? Or clarification? http://kbia.org/post/missouri-tax-breaks-expansion-or-clarification <p></p><p>Missouri lawmakers approved special tax breaks this year that could benefit pizza parlors and power companies, clothes cleaners and computer data centers. And that's just the start of it. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:48:44 +0000 Associated Press 53559 at http://kbia.org Missouri tax breaks: Expansion? Or clarification? We Asked Five Questions About Missouri's Legislative Session; Here Are The Answers http://kbia.org/post/we-asked-five-questions-about-missouris-legislative-session-here-are-answers Few could accuse the Missouri General Assembly of languishing during its last few days of session.<p>In fact, the legislature’s last dash was something of a whirlwind: It featured fierce debates over bills about student transfers and abortion restrictions. Lawmakers also sent proposals on a transportation tax and early voting procedures to the November ballot.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Other efforts fizzled out, including last-minute pushes to expand and reconfigure the state’s Medicaid system.</span><p>It’s a lot to take in. Mon, 19 May 2014 13:21:47 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 53153 at http://kbia.org We Asked Five Questions About Missouri's Legislative Session; Here Are The Answers Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon http://kbia.org/post/student-transfer-fix-sent-governor-nixon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The proposed student transfer fix is now on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.&nbsp; In addition to allowing individual school buildings to be accredited instead of districts as a whole, the bill would also allow some students to transfer from unaccredited public schools to private, nonsectarian schools.&nbsp; Republican Rick Stream of St. Louis County handled the bill in the House.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:57:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53016 at http://kbia.org Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons http://kbia.org/post/update-mo-legislature-addresses-unique-food-stamp-ban-drug-felons <div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE (Associated Press):</span></strong></p><p>On May 15, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that could potentially allow people convicted of drug felonies to qualify for food&nbsp;stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:09:06 +0000 Associated Press & Ryan Levi & Mary Kate Metivier 52894 at http://kbia.org UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-end-spring-legislative-session <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16. </span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:02:29 +0000 Kate Grumke 52895 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session Missouri Lawmakers Face Last-Minute Load Of Bills, On Topics Old and New http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-face-last-minute-load-bills-topics-old-and-new With fights over tax cuts and budgets out of the way, the Missouri General Assembly appears poised to spend its final week focusing on some familiar topics: g<span style="line-height: 1.5;">uns, abortion and voting rights.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Inside the dome of Missouri Capitol" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201101/mocapitoldome400flickrjimbowen0306.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/05/2014FinW.MP3" cla Mon, 12 May 2014 12:57:01 +0000 Jo Mannies 52797 at http://kbia.org Missouri Lawmakers Face Last-Minute Load Of Bills, On Topics Old and New House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget http://kbia.org/post/house-senate-negotiators-finish-work-missouri-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 07 May 2014 13:14:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52576 at http://kbia.org House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-embrace-financing-fulton-state-hospital <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri legislative budget leaders have embraced a financing plan for a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.</p><p>The proposal calls for issuing bonds through the Missouri Development Finance Board and paying them off over 25 years. The upcoming year's budget would include $14.2 million for payment on bonds. House and Senate negotiators are working today on a final version of next year's state budget.</p><p>The financing proposal approved today by the lawmakers follows Governor Jay Nixon's plan for the project.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:51:45 +0000 The Associated Press 52545 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-overrides-veto-tax-cut-bill-house-delays-vote-until-tuesday <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Mo._Capitol_in_August.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Missouri House acted quickly Tuesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a tax-cut bill that is estimated to cut the state's revenue by about $620 million a year when fully implemented.<p>The House obtained the exact number of votes needed — 109 — with the help of one Democrat, Rep. Tue, 06 May 2014 14:13:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52522 at http://kbia.org Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill Lawmakers endorse March presidential primary http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-endorse-march-presidential-primary <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri would hold presidential primary elections in March instead of February under a bill on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:27:04 +0000 Associated Press 52516 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers endorse March presidential primary Lawmakers pass notice requirement for mammograms http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-pass-notice-requirement-mammograms <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would require a notice be provided to women following mammograms.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:57:12 +0000 Associated Press 52513 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers pass notice requirement for mammograms Missouri budget negotiators face Friday deadline http://kbia.org/post/missouri-budget-negotiators-face-friday-deadline <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The state Senate's budget chief says there are no plans to revise Missouri's financial projections despite a recent decline in tax revenues.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:50:14 +0000 Associated Press 52511 at http://kbia.org Missouri budget negotiators face Friday deadline Missouri lawmakers plan override vote on tax cut http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-plan-override-vote-tax-cut <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers could decide this week whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:14:26 +0000 Associated Press 52434 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers plan override vote on tax cut Senate passes state budget http://kbia.org/post/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 http://kbia.org Senate passes state budget Gov. Nixon responds to Norquist's comments http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-responds-norquists-comments <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In Springfield Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon continued to rally support for his expected veto of an income tax cut bill. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:26:29 +0000 Scott Harvey 52168 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon responds to Norquist's comments Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit http://kbia.org/post/missouri-bill-could-limit-unemployment-benefit <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could make it harder for people to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for repeated absences or other alleged misconduct.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:23:44 +0000 The Associated Press 52167 at http://kbia.org Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-pass-single-bottle-beer-sales <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would let retailers sell beer by the bottle.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:15:32 +0000 The Associated Press 52165 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales House endorses funding plan for mental hospital http://kbia.org/post/house-endorses-funding-plan-mental-hospital <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:10:52 +0000 The Associated Press 52164 at http://kbia.org House endorses funding plan for mental hospital