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5:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature

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Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.

Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.

Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri Legislature officially ends its 2012 session

Missouri's annual legislative session has officially come to a close.

Lawmakers stopped debating and passing legislation on May 18 in compliance with a constitutional deadline.

But the session officially ended Wednesday, when leaders of the House and Senate signed the bills that passed, delivered them to the governor and banged the gavel for the final time.

A total of 114 bills and proposed constitutional amendments passed the Legislature during its 2012 session.

Gov. Jay Nixon has 45 days to sign or veto legislation.

AM Newscasts
8:49 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Newscast for May 8, 2012

Debate in the Missouri Senate lasted for nearly 12 hours Monday night.
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AM Newscasts
11:26 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Newscast for May 03, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget

Missouri legislators are wrangling over Gov. Nixon's proposed 2013 budget.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents.

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AM Newscasts
8:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Legislation in Jefferson City calls for increased security at the Capitol.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, I'm Scott Kanowsky:

  • Missouri legislators wrangle with state budget.
  • Columbia Police will step up security during spring break.
  • Missouri Senate considers a bill putting more security cameras in the state capitol.
Politics
9:13 am
Thu February 16, 2012

A potential border war between state legislatures

A bill before the Missouri House would prevent the body from giving tax credits moving jobs from Kansas to Missouri.
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A House committee reviews a bill that gives Kansas an ultimatum.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Legislators spar over Obama budget

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised Obama's budget, while federal Republicans blasted it for not closing the country's large deficit gap.
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US Senator Claire McCaskill says President Barack Obama’s budget, which was released Monday, is a workable document.

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
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The debate over President Obama's contraception mandate heated up at Missouri's Capitol today.

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Education
9:19 am
Wed February 1, 2012

GOP state legislators oppose curator appointment

The Capitol building in Jefferson City. GOP legislators are opposing the appointment of a Columbia attorney to the UM System Board of Curators.
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Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre faces obstacles of time and partisan politics in his bid for a permanent seat on the UM System Board of Curators.

Craig Van Matre’s time is running out as a UM curator. He’s held the position since Governor Jay Nixon appointed him last June, but Missouri’s constitution requires a vote on his confirmation by Thursday. Some aren’t keen on making Van Matre a permanent board member.

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Politics
11:11 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Legislature will consider loan interest cap

A payday loan shop window.
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A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans.

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