legislature http://kbia.org en Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature http://kbia.org/post/mo-gop-claims-veto-proof-majority-legislature <p>Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.</p><p>Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.</p><p>Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:44:42 +0000 Associated Press 24194 at http://kbia.org Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature Missouri Legislature officially ends its 2012 session http://kbia.org/post/missouri-legislature-officially-ends-its-2012-session <p>Missouri&#39;s annual legislative session has officially come to a close.</p><p>Lawmakers stopped debating and passing legislation on May 18 in compliance with a constitutional deadline.</p><p>But the session officially ended Wednesday, when leaders of the House and Senate signed the bills that passed, delivered them to the governor and banged the gavel for the final time.</p><p>A total of 114 bills and proposed constitutional amendments passed the Legislature during its 2012 session.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon has 45 days to sign or veto legislation.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:40:15 +0000 Associated Press 15028 at http://kbia.org Missouri Legislature officially ends its 2012 session Newscast for May 8, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-8-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including: Tue, 08 May 2012 13:49:47 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 13752 at http://kbia.org Newscast for May 8, 2012 Newscast for May 03, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-03-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including: Thu, 03 May 2012 16:26:30 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 13485 at http://kbia.org Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-gives-initial-approval-2013-budget <p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.&nbsp; As St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:56:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10937 at http://kbia.org Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget Newscast for March 21, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-21-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, I&#39;m Scott Kanowsky:</p><ul><li>Missouri legislators wrangle with state budget.</li><li>Columbia Police will step up security during spring break.</li><li>Missouri Senate considers a bill putting more security cameras in the state capitol.</li></ul> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:51:43 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 10936 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 21, 2012 A potential border war between state legislatures http://kbia.org/post/potential-border-war-between-state-legislatures <p>A House committee reviews a bill that gives Kansas an ultimatum. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:13:17 +0000 8923 at http://kbia.org A potential border war between state legislatures Legislators spar over Obama budget http://kbia.org/post/legislators-spar-over-obama-budget <p>US Senator Claire McCaskill says President Barack Obama&rsquo;s budget, which was released Monday, is a workable document. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:22:03 +0000 Bill Raack 8759 at http://kbia.org Legislators spar over Obama budget Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan http://kbia.org/post/controversy-jefferson-city-over-obama-contraception-plan <p>The debate over President Obama&#39;s contraception mandate heated up at Missouri&#39;s Capitol today. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:08:18 +0000 8755 at http://kbia.org Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan GOP state legislators oppose curator appointment http://kbia.org/post/gop-state-legislators-oppose-curator-appointment <p>Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre faces obstacles of time and partisan politics in his bid for a permanent seat on the UM System Board of Curators.</p><p>Craig Van Matre’s time is running out as a UM curator. He’s held the position since Governor Jay Nixon appointed him last June, but Missouri’s constitution requires a vote on his confirmation by Thursday. Some aren’t keen on making Van Matre a permanent board member.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:19:13 +0000 Nick Gass 8048 at http://kbia.org GOP state legislators oppose curator appointment Legislature will consider loan interest cap http://kbia.org/post/legislature-will-consider-loan-interest-cap <p>A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:11:02 +0000 Associated Press 6982 at http://kbia.org Legislature will consider loan interest cap