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Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Senate passes state budget

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  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
5:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools

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  A Missouri Senate committee has slashed the amount of money that’s to be used to keep Normandy schools open the rest of the school year.   

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Politics
3:47 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Mo. bill would give flexibility on executions

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A Missouri state senator wants to give the Corrections Department flexibility on how it carries out executions.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the department to execute inmates by any lawful means. Current law permits executions only by lethal gas or chemicals.

Schaefer, of Columbia, says legal questions over Missouri's current use of pentobarbital shouldn't be used to block capital punishment in the state. He says his bill would give the department the necessary flexibility to carry out death sentences.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses gun constitutional amendment

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to a proposed amendment to the state's constitution that would increase protections for gun owners.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mo. senator concerned about Fulton hospital bonds

Downtown Fulton
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A key Missouri senator is raising concerns about Governor Jay Nixon's plan to issue $198 million of bonds for new mental hospital facilities.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mo. lawmakers, governor $370M apart on budget

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Governor Jay Nixon's budget if they don't want to go along with his financial assumptions.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Candidates prepare for 2016 statewide elections

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While statewide elections are still three years away, with the exception of auditor whose term ends in 2014, many candidates have already announced their intention to run.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Schaefer calls on Koster to investigate Maryville case

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State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who represents Boone and Cooper counties, suggests Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster could open an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in northwest Missouri.

Schaefer said Wednesday that an independent review of the evidence is needed after the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped charges against teenagers accused in a sexual assault of two younger girls.

Schaefer is a Republican running for attorney general in 2016. Koster is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.

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PM Newscasts
5:16 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

PM Newscast for September 18, 2013

  Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • MU Provost Brian Foster to retire
  • An update on the 9-1-1 call center
  • State Sen. Kurt Schaefer to run for Attorney General
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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Schaefer to run for Attorney General

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State Senator Kurt Schaefer has become the first big-name Republican to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General’s race. He is in his second and final term in the Missouri Senate.  

He made headlines earlier this year when he held hearings on the Department of Revenue’s practice of scanning the documents of driver’s license applicants, and its decision to release the names of Missouri’s concealed-carry weapons holders to a federal investigator.  

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Columbia’s state lawmakers share highlights from the 2013 legislative session

Reps. Chris Kelly, Caleb Rowden and Sen. Kurt Schaefer
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  Missouri's 2013 legislative session came to a close Friday evening after deliberation of state Medicaid expansion, tax credit reform and gun control.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:17 am
Wed May 22, 2013

As Missouri's Medicaid awaits reform, health centers continue to serve uninsured

This week on KBIA’s talk show Intersection, host Ryan Famuliner sat down with State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) to discuss the legislative session that ended on Friday. One of the main things on the show’s agenda was, of course, Medicaid expansion – or lack thereof.

Famuliner asked the panelists why the expansion failed to pass. 

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Intersection
1:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Mo. legislators review Missouri’s 2013 legislative session

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Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:09 pm

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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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
4:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sen. Schaefer blocks vote on bill for higher ed funding based on performance

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A Missouri senator blocked a vote on a bill that would base some state funding for Missouri public universities on performance standards and career placement.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, blocked the Senate vote Thursday. He says the Legislature should spend more time studying the effects of the proposed higher education funding formula before voting. Lawmakers have until fiscal year 2015 to put the formula in place.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. senators holding hearing on driver's licenses

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A Missouri Senate panel has scheduled four public hearings on new procedures for people seeking driver's licenses and concealed gun identification cards.

The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to hold hearings Friday in Springfield and Saturday in Kansas City. Additional hearings are scheduled for April 26 in Cape Girardeau and April 27 in O'Fallon.

Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer says he wants to hear from the public before lawmakers decide on the budgets for the departments of Revenue and Public Safety.

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NPR Story
8:29 am
Thu April 18, 2013

ATF Denies It Requested Missouri Conceal Carry List

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Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:53 am

(Updated to include response from Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders. 

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF says it never sought Mo. concealed guns list

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The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

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Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:19 pm

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. official hesitant to stop copying gun permits

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Some Missouri senators are pressing the state's driver's license agency to stop collecting documents from people with concealed gun permits.

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Politics
8:38 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State senators approve bill banning DOR from scanning source documents

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Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:39 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Politics
8:18 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Senate panel considers Mo. open records measure

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A Missouri Senate committee has heard testimony on legislation aimed at strengthening the state's open meetings and records law.

Sponsoring Sen. Kurt Schaefer said during a hearing Wednesday one significant change focuses on complaints about violations.

Schaefer says current law puts the burden on complainants to show that a violation occurred. His legislation would require the governmental body to prove during legal proceedings that a meeting, record or vote was properly closed.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Airplane concerns stalls Mo. cabinet nomination

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Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee for a top administration post is stalled in Missouri's Senate over the purchase of a $5.6 million state plane.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Legislators question state's purchase of $5.6M airplane

Governor Jay Nixon
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Some Republicans in the State Senate are expressing outrage that the Missouri Highway Patrol spent more than $5.5 million on a new airplane that could be used by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other elected state officials. 

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Sen. Schaefer's bill would eliminate solid waste management districts

Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer.
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A bill pre-filed in the State Senate would eliminate the 20 solid waste management districts in the state, and lower the landfill fees that fund them.

The management districts, most of which cover multiple counties, help local entities get grants to help pay for recycling programs or other efforts to divert material from landfills.

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Politics
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19

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Incumbent State Senator Kurt Schaefer met rounds of applause from family and supporters for his victory over challenger Mary Still at his watch party in Columbia’s Holiday Inn Expo Center.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Still wants to advocate for higher education in State Senate

Mary Still faces new challenges this year with redistricting
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KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviewed State Representative Mary Still, who is running for the 19th District State Senate seat against incumbent Republican Kurt Schaefer. 

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Politics
12:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Schaefer says Nixon, not Mo. Senate, is responsible for education cuts

KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviewed State Senator Kurt Schaefer, who is running for re-election in the 19th District of the state Senate. His challenger is Democratic State Representative Mary Still.

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Politics
11:59 am
Fri October 19, 2012

State and local candidates forum sees comment from Still, Schaefer

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Candidates vying for office faced off at a State and Local Candidates Forum in Columbia last night.  

The candidates sat at a table and debated issues such as tax regulations, road repair, and education.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer, the incumbent candidate for the 19th District seat, spoke about the importance of cooperation among government officials.

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