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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Mo. auditor says new law gives more flexibility

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says a newly enacted law will give him greater flexibility in determining when and how to audit governmental agencies.

Schweich said Monday that the measure regarding the auditor's authority updates the state's World War II-era statutes and increases accountability in government. He said it clarifies the legality of many things the office already does, such as performance audits of agencies.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill last Friday without much comment.

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Politics
7:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Mo. counties will be able to enact burn bans

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Missouri counties will be allowed to approve ordinances enacting burn bans when the state fire marshal determines doing so would be appropriate.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law broad legislation that included the burn ban issue.

Burn bans approved by counties could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail for any violations. Burn bans also could prohibit use of skyrockets and missiles, but not other consumer fireworks.

The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.

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Politics
7:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Lawmakers limit State Highway Patrol's spending power

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State lawmakers have limited the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol over frustration concerning the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.

A new law taking effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.

The new restrictions come after lawmakers complained that they were not told in advance about the patrol's purchase last December of a new $5.6 million airplane. Records show that Nixon has flown on the plane frequently.

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Politics
7:03 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Political group wants Nixon to override tax veto

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A new political group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override the governor's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports a cut in income taxes.

The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.

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Business
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Mo. business incentives to be streamlined

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Missouri's main business incentives are getting a makeover.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday that consolidates four of the state's current incentives into a new program dubbed "Missouri Works."

The new program is modeled after a current set of incentives called "Quality Jobs" in that it offers tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health benefits.

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Education
6:58 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Linn State to get a new name

Missouri's only state-funded, two-year technical college is getting a new name. Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday that will change the name of Linn State Technical College to the State Technical College of Missouri.

The name change for the central Missouri school will take effect July 1, 2014. The college offers certificates and associate degrees with an emphasis on industrial and technology programs.

Politics
6:55 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Nixon considers abortion bill

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is considering legislation that would require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the measure this year. Supporters say the requirement would prohibit abortions using telemedicine and protect a woman's health and safety by ensuring the prescribing physician is present. Critics, however, say the process is safe and that the legislation is a further effort to restrict access to abortion services in Missouri.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Nixon shows no support for gas chamber execution method

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he does not support the gas chamber method to execute prisoners according to KMOX. The issue of lethal injection in death penalty cases has been tied up in courts. Last week, Attorney General Chris Koster suggested Missouri use gas chambers for prisoner executions. He says state statutes allow for either method of execution. 

When Governor Nixon was asked about Koster's suggestion at a press conference Tuesday, he said Missouri does not have a gas chamber and issues related to the death penalty need to be worked out in the courts. 

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

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Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 8:51 am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. "Blue Book" could return in print

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The Missouri "Blue Book" is a page closer to marking its return to paper.

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that allows the secretary of state to provide an electronic copy of Missouri's official manual to a nonprofit organization. That group then can publish and sell the book in a paper format.

The official state manual, commonly known as the "Blue Book," had long been printed every two years — until a 2010 law barred its paper publication. The intent was to save about $1.7 million in costs.

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Politics
7:18 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. GOP leaders question Nixon's budget cuts

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Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to make budget cuts based on concerns that the Legislature might do something that could reduce future tax revenues.

Nixon's recent announcement of $400 million of spending restrictions is the latest example of how he has tested the constitutional boundaries of a governor's authority to control the budget.

Nixon says he has clear legal authority, but Republican legislative leaders contend he does not.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nixon vetoes Mo. lending, voting measures

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.

The two bills were among four vetoed by Nixon on Tuesday.

Nixon criticized the measure that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nixon vetoes changes to Mo. sex offender site

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the names of people who committed offenses as juveniles off Missouri's public sex offender registry.

The governor said Wednesday the legislation is too broad and would apply to anyone regardless of the crime that was committed. Nixon says crime victims would have been deprived the chance to be heard before someone's name is removed from the public websites, which are aimed at protecting the public.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon vetoes bill making worker compensation claims available to employers online

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation today that would have created an online database of workers' compensation claims and made it accessible to employers.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill changing underage gambling laws

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have changed the penalties for youths trying to get into casinos with fake IDs.

Nixon said in a veto message Monday that the bill would have weakened laws that keep minors out of casinos. Missouri law already bars people younger than 21 from the gambling floor. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to show a false ID at a casino.

The legislation would have lowered that to an infraction but imposed a mandatory $500 fine.

The bill was backed by the casino industry.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Gov. Nixon signs random assortment of eight bills into law

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the "paycheck protection" bill Tuesday, but he also signed legislation covering a broad range of issues.  The bills and a short description are summarized in a news release on Governor Nixon's website:

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit questions Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of new airplane

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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PM Newscasts
5:17 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Newscast for June 17, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's first piece of legislation in Washington
  • Kansas City loses thousands of jobs over past decade
  • Gov. Nixon contemplates cash-advance bill

Politics
4:27 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Nixon considering cash-advance bill

Gov. Jay Nixon
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People running short of money could have a new alternative for getting some quick cash under legislation pending before Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

The bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.

Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of about $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Nixon signs two bills to assist children in foster care

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Governor Jay Nixon signed two bills today to better assist children in foster care with the transition to adulthood. 

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Politics
5:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Nixon speaks out again about tax cut bill veto

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Governor Jay Nixon continues to speak out against the tax cut bill he vetoed last week, in the hopes that any override attempt this fall will fail.  

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Nixon weighs gun legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deciding whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.

The legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.

Nixon has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon considers tougher legislation on sexual crimes

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is considering measures that could send more people convicted of sexually violent crimes to prison with longer sentences.

Lawmakers sent Nixon measures to redefine rape and other violent crimes in an effort put more people behind bars on felony convictions.

Supporters say the measures would increase protections for sexual assault victims. But the state public defender system argues that more people behind bars for longer terms will cost taxpayers.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. bill would limit Highway Patrol purchases

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate declines in April

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House not giving info on gun database access

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The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Nixon denounces partial funding of license agency

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers that he’ll lay off state workers if full funding isn’t restored to the budget for the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicles division.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. Senate passes funding for hospital, Capitol

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The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Mo. Senate Republicans

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:18 am

Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years.  Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit is handling the measure in the Senate.

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