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9:03 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Why some of Missouri's black politicians are reacting to Nixon's handling of student-transfer bill

Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says "minorities have been grossly disappointed" by the impact some of Gov. Jay Nixon's past actions.
Credit Missouri Senate

A long-simmering feud between Gov. Jay Nixon and some black politicians, going back to his days as Missouri’s attorney general, flared up again in Jefferson City this week, fanned by the debate over school transfer legislation.

But not all African-American officials are taking sides against the governor. Some, especially in the state House, are urging Nixon to veto the student transfer bill, because they consider its changes in the transfer law harmful to black students.

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4:40 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:19 pm

Reading of remonstrance on Senate floor, and statement from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal

A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

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8:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 2:02 pm

Legislation is moving through the Missouri Senate that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.

State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring Senate Bill 251.  He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it) into state statute," Kraus said.  "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at:  amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or) to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.”

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2:20 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on gubernatorial election change

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
David Shane Flickr

Some senators are balking at a proposal to make Missouri's gubernatorial elections more like presidential ones.

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9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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9:11 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate Democrats end filibuster

The Missouri Capitol building, where Senate Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.

Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

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PM Newscasts
5:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Newscast for February 1, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Filibuster continues second week
  • The Heart of Missouri United Way adopts a new funding strategy
  • Missouri Republican Senate candidates struggle to match Claire McCaskill's fundraising total