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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri

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A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri House defeats newborn care legislation

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Missouri's Republican-led House has defeated legislation that would have charged a panel of medical professionals with developing streamlined standards for newborn care.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cannabis extract bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon to veto income tax cut

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will veto an income tax cut that he considers to be "an unfair, unaffordable and dangerous scheme."

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Education
7:54 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix

Normandy schools have been heavily impacted by Missouri's student transfer law.

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:32 am

 The Missouri House has passed an amended version of a Senate bill designed to lessen the impact of the state's student transfer law.

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Politics
7:24 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri House passes payday loan changes

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The Missouri House passed legislation that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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Abortion wait times graphic
7:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

As Missouri considers 72-hour abortion wait time, a look at other states' laws [INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing abortion wait times across the U.S.
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In March, the Missouri House approved a bill that would extend the state's abortion waiting time to 72 hours from 24 hours. If the measure, HB 1307, becomes law, it would put Missouri in company with South Dakota and Utah as the only states with a 72-hour waiting period.

 

Listen to this week's of edition of Talking Politics, and Meredith Turk's report on abortion legislation in Missouri:

Proponents of the bill, argue 72 hours is not too much to wait to receive such a procedure.

“I don’t think 72 hours, 3 days is too much time to bring another life into this world or not," said Tim Jones, Missouri  Republican Speaker of the House. Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute, said it is too much to ask.  

Missouri has just one abortion service provider in St. Louis after Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri lost their doctor, who could perform abortions, in 2011. Having just one location where women may receive abortion care, Nash argues the 72-hour wait time would exacerbate the logistical burden on women who need to travel for abortion services, such as travel, day care, housing and taking off work.

"It is probably not going to sway a woman or affect her decision-making, but it can impact her ability to access abortion care entirely," said Nash. 

  

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code

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After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill

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A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.

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Politics
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy

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The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

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An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Politics
8:03 am
Mon April 14, 2014

11 Missouri lawmakers in right-to-work spotlight

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The quest by House Speaker Tim Jones to pass new limitations on unions has focused attention on 11 of the 108 Republicans in the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

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  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

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Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves limit on union fee collections

The bill would require authorization from public employees before unions spend money taken from paychecks.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require public employees to give annual written authorization for unions to spend money automatically deducted from a person's paycheck.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to nullify federal gun laws

Missouri House members approved a bill allowing citizens to sue federal agents for enforcing gun laws the state considers to be infringement.
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Federal gun laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms would be deemed null and void under legislation passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House sets aside transportation tax increase

The Missouri House tabled a one-cent tax increase for transportation following discussion on funding for bicycle paths.
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A debate on state funding for bicycle paths caused legislation to impose a one-cent tax increase to be set aside in the Missouri House.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mo. House panel endorses payday loan legislation

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A Missouri House panel has adopted a measure that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri bill proposes tax credits for vacancies

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A legislative proposal could cause some Missouri residents to think twice: Would they rather have a representative at the state Capitol or a tax refund?

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mo. House passes drivers' license renewal change

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Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
7:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. House approves Sunday sales of motorcycles

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Missouri House members have approved legislation allowing commercial sales of motorcycles on Sunday.

State law currently bars dealers from selling cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation approved 139-5 on Thursday would repeal that ban — but only for motorcycles.

Some dealerships in western Missouri assert they're losing business to potential customers who visit their showrooms to shop on Sundays, then head across the state line to buy motorcycles in Kansas. Supporters hope the legislation would help Missouri-based businesses compete.

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Politics
7:46 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Missouri House Passes FY2015 State Budget

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Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:12 pm

The Missouri House has passed all 13 budget bills with an estimated $26.6 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

During Thursday's round of budget votes, House Democrats began sharply criticizing this year's budget writing process. Along with Gov. Jay Nixon, they disagree with House Republicans about how much revenue they think the state will take in.  State Rep. Margo McNeil, D-Hazelwood, accused GOP leaders of crafting an unnecessarily low budget.

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Politics
7:29 am
Thu March 27, 2014

House bill could reform websites posting police mugshots

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Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on commercial websites that post police mugshots of people who have been arrested, then demand money to have the photos removed.

A House bill given first-round approval Wednesday would require the operators of such websites to delete the photos for free within 30 days of a request. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Politics
7:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation

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Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.

Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri. The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days.

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Politics
7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

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Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:56 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Politics
7:23 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Voting machines, tax credits on legislative agendas

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines. Under the bill, voters could only use electronic machines that produce a paper trail of marked votes. All other types of electronic voting machines currently in use for elections could still be used, but could not be replaced once they malfunction.

The legislation given first-round approval Monday also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections. It needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.

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Business
7:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Legislature considers sales of motorcycles on Sundays

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The Missouri House has advanced legislation allowing Sunday sales of motorcycles at dealerships.

Missouri law now prohibits the sale of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation would be limited to motorcycles.

Proponents said the measure would make Missouri more competitive with states that allow dealerships to sell motorcycles on Sunday. Some dealers in western Missouri told lawmakers they were losing sales to competitors in Kansas.

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