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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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9:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee

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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:08 pm

Testimony was heard today on legislation that would redefine what constitutes workplace discrimination in Missouri.

If passed, workplace discrimination would have to be a motivating factor, not just a contributing one, in any wrongful action taken against a worker by an employer, which is the current federal standard.  Attorney Rich AuBuchon spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of his former employer, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.  He told the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety that the state’s current definition of discrimination is hurting Missouri’s economy.

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5:12 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill

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Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:44 pm

Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the Missouri House.

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8:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon nixes Ponder's appointment to MU Board of Curators

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Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent.  Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.

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4:58 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hearing On Right-To-Work Bill Draws Hundreds To Mo. Capitol

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Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:01 pm

Supporters and opponents of legislation that would make Missouri a right-to-work state crowded into a hearing room today at the State Capitol.

House Bill 77 would forbid workers from being forced to join unions or pay union dues as a condition of employment.  Greg Hoberock, national chair of Associated Builders and Contractors, testified in favor of the measure.

“I think you need a balance," Hoberock said.  "I don’t think this bill excludes union membership -- I think it give the employee(s) the right to make their own choice to further (their) income and to have a job and to do what they want to do.”

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9:20 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mo. Legislative Black Caucus Opposes Photo Voter I.D. Legislation

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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:19 pm

The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is speaking out against legislation in both the House and Senate that would require voters to show photo ID’s at the polls.

In each chamber there are proposed constitutional amendments that would allow for photo ID requirements, along with accompanying bills that would enact the proposed requirements -- HB 48 and HJR 1 in the Missouri House, and SB 27 and SJR 6 in the Missouri SenateState Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) chairs the caucus.  She and other caucus members say Republicans are trying to suppress the voting rights of minorities, the disabled, the poor and elderly.

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8:08 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Second Injury Fund Debate Begins In Mo. Senate

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Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:07 am

The Missouri Senate spent more than two hours debating legislation Monday that would keep the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund alive.


The proposal being considered would raise fees that businesses across the state currently pay into the fund while placing restrictions on future claims.  State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City) said in floor debate that raising the cap on businesses was a good move, but expressed concern that people with pre-existing conditions would be left out.

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8:07 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Nixon And Mo. Senate Leaders Agree On At Least One Thing: No State $ For A New Rams Stadium

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Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:16 am

Those hoping to keep the Rams in St. Louis should not count on any help from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon or the Republican-led Missouri Senate.

When asked by reporters Monday about efforts to build a new stadium for the Rams, Governor Nixon said that the state is still paying half the cost of the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.

“I don’t have a new stadium in this year’s budget, nor do I have any ongoing discussions on how to do that," Nixon said.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. lawmakers put performance in play for higher-ed funding

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Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:34 am

Updated at 6:03 p.m. to include details on a House-Sen. joint committee's proposal to use performance-based criteria in a new Higher Ed. funding formula.

A joint House-Senate panel is recommending performance play a role in how much money Missouri’s colleges and universities get from the state each year.

Panel members on Monday released a proposed Higher Education funding formula, which would include performance measurement in such things as student enrollment/retention, the number of research programs at an institution, and public service to the surrounding community or state.  State Senator David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) chairs the Joint Committee on Education.

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6:07 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mo. Lawmaker Wants To Lighten First-Time Marijuana Possession Sentences, Expunge Some Records

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Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 5:45 pm

A St. Louis-area State House member is proposing legislation that would lessen penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Missouri, and would allow for some misdemeanor criminal records to be expunged.

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6:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Tax Credits Faring Better So Far This Year In The Missouri Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:06 pm

It appears so far that the Missouri Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

In years past, proposed incentives for such things as historic preservation or amateur sporting events would have faced a filibuster threat from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate.  But the leaders of that group are gone due to term limits, and perhaps that’s why this year’s amateur sports incentives bill was allowed to receive a Senate floor vote.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says the atmosphere has changed.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Mo. Highway Patrol head answers questions about $5.6M state airplane

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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:57 pm

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.  More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.

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5:38 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

House GOP Trying Again To Require Photo ID's For Voting In Mo.

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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:31 am

Republicans in the Missouri House are making another attempt to pass legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

No one testified in favor of the proposal at a House hearing today -- everyone who testified either opposed requiring photo ID’s for voting or were neutral and speaking for informational purposes only.  In addition to mandating photo identification, House Bill 48 would allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to vote with a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until the voter’s identity is verified.  John Scott with the Secretary of State’s office told the House Committee on Elections that Missouri voters would still be disenfranchised.

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Politics
7:50 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Recap: Governor Nixon delivers State of the State address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivers his annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Jan. 28, 2013.
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Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday night's State of the State Address. It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.

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9:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Nixon to call for Medicaid expansion in State of the State address

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will lay out his proposed budget Monday when he delivers his annual State of the State address.

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7:49 am
Fri January 25, 2013

MHTC head proposes 1-cent sales tax to fund I-70 upgrades, fix bridges

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Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:37 am

The head of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has unveiled a plan for funding the state’s aging highways and bridges.

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