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The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has picked its next leader.

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During the start of the legislature's veto session today, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on House Bill 253, a contentious bill that would have lowered income taxes. Critics of the bill alleged that the tax cuts would send the state into debt.

The vote had 94 votes in favor to 67 against, but 109 votes were needed to override the veto. As a result of the vote, the Senate will not consider overriding Gov. Nixon's veto.

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As the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education considered teacher tenure and human resources in a hearing Tuesday, a report by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows a teacher shortage in specific areas for the 2013-2014 school year.

A total of 11 areas had teacher shortages in Missouri:

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to call a special legislative session to craft a new version of a bill cutting income taxes.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said today that trying to put together a new bill at the last moment would be an irresponsible approach to a complex issue.

Nixon vetoed a bill earlier this year that would cut income taxes. Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to consider overriding that veto.

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A new Missouri House committee focused on government efficiency is apparently taking its mission to heart.

The Interim Committee on Improving Government Responsiveness and Efficiency has scheduled hearings for Monday and Tuesday at the state Capitol.

It plans to start each hearing with public testimony. But it has posted a notice that people should limit their remarks to four minutes.

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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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New legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon could give people running short of money a new alternative for getting some quick cash.

A 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 around $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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Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. A bill headed to the Governor’s desk would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care.Physicians Assistants are trained health workers who practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor. Their training is shorter than that of a doctor, but they do exams, prescribe drugs and diagnose and treat illnesses.

The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived.  The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.

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The Missouri senate passed legislation Monday that would prevent local municipalities from making laws regarding mediation in home foreclosures.

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would nullify federal gun control laws and allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

The measure passed 116-38 by the House on Wednesday would declare all federal laws regulating guns to be unenforceable within Missouri's borders.

The legislation would also allow guns less than 16 inches to be openly carried even in localities that have ordinances prohibiting open-carry. It would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.

The Missouri General Assembly has sent Governor Jay Nixon (D) legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.

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If Missouri expands Medicaid health coverage for lower-income adults, could it create a crisis for public schools?

If Missouri fails to expand Medicaid, could it result in millions of Missourians' tax dollars going to health care in other states?

Both claims have been made at the Missouri Capitol by opponents and supporters of a proposed Medicaid expansion. But the claims might be exaggerated.

Spring break has arrived for Missouri lawmakers, as they take a week off before returning to Jefferson City on March 25th.


They’ll have plenty of items on their plate when they get back -- among the House’s priorities is debating and voting on the state budget, which still does not include Medicaid expansion. Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says the federal health care law does not require states to add more people to the Medicaid rolls.