Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.

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Politics
7:43 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:31 pm

Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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Politics
8:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:40 am

Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.

Origins and journey of 'Right to Farm'

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Politics
3:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget.

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:58 pm

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.

Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the "Right to Farm" constitutional amendment that's on Missouri's August 5th ballot.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:08 am

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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Business
4:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:30 pm

A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Those donations and the incentives would go toward renovating the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch. 

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget

State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:23 pm

A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month.

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Politics
7:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the "right-to-farm" constitutional amendment in Jefferson City.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:06 pm

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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NPR Story
3:29 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 5:01 pm

Supporters of the proposed "right to farm" amendment to the Missouri constitution will begin stumping for the proposal around the state this week.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate

Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, is leaving the Missouri General Assembly later this year.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:34 pm

Northwest Missouri will have a new state senator next year, as Brad Lager prepares to leave office.

The Republican from Savannah can't run again because of term limits, but he says he's ready for the next chapter in his life -- which for now does not include politics. 

Lager sat down recently with St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin to talk about his time in office and about what he considers to be roadblocks toward making Missouri better. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon

Credit david shane / flickr

  The proposed student transfer fix is now on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.  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.  Republican Rick Stream of St. Louis County handled the bill in the House. 

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Politics
8:19 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Fellow Democrats call on Nixon to pass controversial student-transfer bill

Mo. Senators Jamilah Nasheed (left), D-St. Louis, and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, call on Gov. Nixon to sign the student transfer bill into law.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. It includes a provision that would end free transportation for transfer students -- a provision that would make it harder for students from failing schools to actually attend other districts.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:04 pm

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.

Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.

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Politics
8:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:19 pm

  Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri's criminal code to become law without his signature.

Nixon says the 645-page bill contains drafting errors that could weaken both DWI laws and laws to combat methamphetamine production.

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Missouri Senate tackles early voting, abortion bill and voter ID in final week of session

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget

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.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:27 am

House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 3:47 pm

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.

The House obtained the exact number of votes needed — 109 — with the help of one Democrat, Rep. Keith English of Florissant.  He joined all of the chamber's 108 Republicans.

The House joined the Senate, which voted 23-8 on Monday to override the governor's veto, which he issued last week.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet

State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, answers questions regarding the article of impeachment he filed against Mo. Gov. Nixon.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:50 pm

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon but has yet to vote on them.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, says he'll seek input from the rest of the committee before deciding whether to hold a vote on the three impeachment articles.

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Education
7:54 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix

Normandy schools have been heavily impacted by Missouri's student transfer law.

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:32 am

 The Missouri House has passed an amended version of a Senate bill designed to lessen the impact of the state's student transfer law.

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Politics
7:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:55 pm

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Senate passes state budget

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday.  Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He 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.  Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Big City Mayors Speak Out Against Gun Nullification Bills At Missouri Capitol

(l-r) KC Mayor Sly James and STL Mayor Francis Slay appear at Mo. Capitol to speak out against effort by GOP lawmakers to pass gun control nullification legislation.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:15 pm

The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City traveled to the the Missouri Capitol Monday to speak out against legislation to nullify federal gun laws within the Show-Me State.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, a Democrat, calls the legislation  "absurd, embarrassing and reckless."

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:53 pm

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Politics
8:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:41 pm

It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.

First, the Missouri Senate is scheduled this evening to begin debates on the 13 bills making up the state budget, and they may actually try to pass them all tonight, according to Appropriations chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee

State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, presents his article of impeachment before the Mo. House Judiciary Cmte. on Apr. 23, 2014.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:30 pm

Hearings began Wednesday on three articles of impeachment against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 5:08 am

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.

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Education
8:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:36 pm

Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:49 pm

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill

Credit File photo / KBIA

  The Missouri Senate has finally passed a tax cut bill, after different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the fellow GOP sponsor and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  The bill now on its way to the Missouri House would cut the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5-and-a-half percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on business income.  The changes would not take effect until 2017.  The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit. 

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Politics
9:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:40 pm

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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