jay nixon

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.

missouri capitol
Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

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.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

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.

Missouri Capitol
File Photo / KBIA

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.

Jacob Fenston / KBIA

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.

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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.

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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:

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Auditor's Office

 

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.

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

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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.

Nixon signs two bills to assist children in foster care

Jun 13, 2013
jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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.  

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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.

KBIA file photo

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.

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

May 16, 2013

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.

Conner395 / Flickr

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.

File / KBIA

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.

File / KBIA

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.

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

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.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

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.

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.

Gov. Nixon remains opposed to tax legislation

Apr 25, 2013
Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains opposed to a bill that would raise the state sales tax while cutting income taxes for individuals and businesses.

Nixon released a statement Thursday saying that a sales tax increase would shift the tax burden to seniors and veterans on fixed incomes. He said it "is not the right approach to growing our economy or creating jobs."

His reaction comes after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would gradually cut the individual income tax by two-thirds of a percentage point over five years while also reducing business taxes.

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it is expecting more than 1,000 people to rally at the Missouri Capitol in support of Medicaid expansion. The Democratic governor plans to speak at this afternoon's event as part of his effort to expand Medicaid to more lower-income adults as envisioned by the federal health care law.

Republican legislators so far have refused to embrace a Medicaid expansion. And the prospects may be getter dimmer.

Dan Verbeck / KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.

Koster filed a quarterly finance report Monday indicating he had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The Democratic attorney general confirmed last week that he is "making the necessary preparations" to run for governor.

david_shane / flickr

The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.

File photo / KBIA

 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill today that authorizes tax incentives for large sporting events and for some charitable donations. 

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing to push for a Medicaid expansion, but he's open to alternatives that could use federal money to buy private insurance for lower-income adults.

Missouri Capitol
File Photo / KBIA

The Missouri House has passed a nearly $25 billion budget that would fund modest increases for public education, but not the Medicaid expansion sought by Gov. Jay Nixon.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri House has rejected another Democratic effort to add a Medicaid expansion to the state budget.

The House opened debate Tuesday on the state's 2014 budget by defeating an effort to send the budget back to a committee in hopes of adding more than $900 million of federal funds to expand Medicaid for low-income adults.

The defeat of Tuesday's motion was almost a foregone conclusion in the Republican-led House, because the House Budget Committee had previously rejected the Medicaid expansion.

Pages