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.
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:
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.
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.
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.