More than sixty percent of Missouri voters favored Proposition E. The resulting enacted law restricts state employees from helping the federal government create a health exchange in the state, a required element of Affordable Care Act.
The change to state water quality standards rules provides greater flexibility in Missouri’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program.
The state's regulations previously allowed no more than three years for a permittee to come into compliance with its NPDES permit.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted proposed changes, allowing longer than three years, to EPA in December for review and approval. The decision to approve the changes was recently announced.
Retired federal chicken inspector Phyllis McKelvey worked with Change.org and Whistleblower.org to gather signatures on a petition opposing the proposed new poultry slaughter rule. She delivered over 177,000 signatures to the U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Washington, D.C. last fall.
Retired federal inspector Phyllis McKelvey spent 44 years looking for blemishes and other defects on chicken carcasses. She started as an inspector’s helper, worked her way up, and in 1998, became part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture trial.
“I was one of the first group of inspectors ever put on HIMP,” she said in an interview from her home in north Alabama.
A Missouri Senate committee is considering whether to renew security exemptions to the state's open records law while requiring more advance notice of public meetings.
Two exemptions expired this year. One covered operational guidelines and policies developed by law enforcement and others for preventing and responding to terrorism. The other dealt with security systems and structural plans for property owned or leased by government agencies.
The Senate measure would renew the exemptions through 2017.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand subsidized child care to more than 2,800 children whose parents are gradually moving up the pay scale at work.
Nixon's proposed budget includes a $6.3 million funding increase for what's described as "transitional child care." The money would allow low-income parents who get raises to continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.