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4:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House endorses June primary election date

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The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.

Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.

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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
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Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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6:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House passes state budget, headed to Senate

Missouri House Floor
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The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public schools to increases in state revenue.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House bill bars points on traffic camera tickets

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Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.

Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House approves bill targeting synthetic drugs

The new legislation would add substances to the list of what the state considers to be synthetic marijuana.
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The Missouri House has approved new legislation taking aim at synthetic drugs.

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Education
7:25 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. education committee releases report

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A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.

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Politics
7:49 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Missouri lawmaker resigns amid criminal case

Former Missouri House member Steve Webb
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A three-term state lawmaker has resigned from the Missouri House amid charges of stealing and campaign finance violations.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Doctors propose pilot program for Mo. Medicaid

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Some doctors are proposing to make Missouri's Medicaid program a little more like a health club.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Plans falter for meeting of Mo. gov., lawmakers

Governor Jay Nixon
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Plans may be falling through for a meeting between Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers to discuss potential Medicaid changes.

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Politics
8:28 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. House committee to continue Medicaid hearings next month

Two days of hearings into Missouri’s Medicaid system were wrapped up Wednesday by a House interim committee tasked with crafting reforms that could also include a moderate increase in coverage.  

Committee members have been examining how some GOP-led state legislatures have expanded Medicaid, but several Republicans remain opposed to approving any expansion until reforms are put in place. 

Keith Frederick of Rolla said doing so would load the cost onto future generations and would be akin to  “financial child abuse.” 

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Politics
7:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Mo. House committee continues Medicaid hearings

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An interim Missouri House committee has resumed examining the state’s Medicaid system this week. 

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Politics
3:47 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Rep. Hoskins picked by GOP for Mo. House post

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.
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Missouri House member Denny Hoskins says he has been chosen by Republican colleagues as their nominee for the second-ranking position in the chamber.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Mid-Missouri residents can weigh in on Medicaid reform this weekend

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
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The House interim committee on Medicaid reform is holding a hearing in Columbia on Saturday. The hearing will be the third in a series of six throughout the state where the public is encouraged to give personal testimony about the state’s Medicaid program.

Republican Rep. Noel Torpey of Independence is the committee chair. He says every testimony the group has received so far has been in favor of Medicaid expansion.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue July 23, 2013

State House committee tackles Department of Social Services, hears allegations of abuse

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Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.

The hearings began with a critique of the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Dan Amsden with the group Spending Oversight Council testified that DSS officials are doing a poor job of preventing non-eligible people from receiving welfare benefits, and of tracking those who no longer need them.

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Politics
7:29 am
Mon July 22, 2013

New Mo. House committee looks at government efficiency

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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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Education
7:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House interim committee to examine education

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Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood. The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee. House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee.

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Politics
7:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Speaker Jones wants to examine Medicaid reform

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones formally announced the creation yesterday of two interim committees that will look at ways to reform the state’s Medicaid system. 

One committee will have House members and selected citizens team up to research ways to improve Medicaid.  They will then hand off their findings to the other committee, which will make recommendations for next year’s legislative session.  Jones said they’re taking a thorough approach to fixing a broken system.

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Politics
7:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. House to study its own operations

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The Missouri House is creating a committee to study itself.

House Speaker Tim Jones says he has formed a new committee to examine the operations of the House of Representatives and recommend potential changes to the way it conducts business.

The panel will have a long name. It’s called the Interim House Committee on Legislative Institutional Infrastructure and Process. It will be led by Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, a Republican from St. Louis County.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Fulton mental health, parks and Capitol building would get improvements with House-approved plan

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Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:52 pm

The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Politics
8:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

State House votes to repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet law

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Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:01 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. Senate passes tax breaks for developers

The Missouri Senate has again passed legislation curbing tax breaks for developers while creating new incentives for exporters and high-tech industries.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House votes to look at Medicaid expansion next year

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After declining to expand Medicaid coverage this year, the Missouri House has passed a bill that would create a committee to study the issue next year.

The House passed the measure 133-27 yesterday. It would create a joint committee of House and Senate members to look at ways to "transform" the state's Medicaid program. The committee would begin at the end of the current session until the 2015 session's start in January.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

$1.2 billion bonding measure for college campus projects gets Mo. House panel approval

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The Missouri House Budget Committee has endorsed a proposed $1.2 billion state bonding proposal that could pay for projects on college campuses, state parks and state facilities.

The budget panel endorsed the revised bonding proposal Thursday after the full House voted to send the measure back to committee for some adjustments.

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8:50 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. House Passes State Budget, Mo. Senate Threatens To Delay DOR Budget

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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.


While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.  There’s an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the increase still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.  Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lawmakers could see term limits lengthened

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Missouri lawmakers could serve longer in the House or Senate but not spend more overall time in the state Legislature under a term limits proposal that has gained first-round approval.

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Politics
5:37 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Missouri House advocates school prevailing wage opt out

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The Missouri House voted Wednesday and today to approve a house bill that allows rural schools to opt out of paying prevailing wage for public construction projects.

House Republicans and Democrats held opposite attitudes on the bill, but they bill got secondary approval and now is moving to the Senate.

Prevailing wage is a wage requirement meant to protect local construction industries when public construction projects are conducted.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. Senate sends tax credit overhaul to House

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Missouri senators have passed legislation scaling back tax breaks for developers and offering new incentives for high-tech businesses and world trade.

The Senate's 27-7 vote earlier today sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

House GOP Trying Again To Require Photo ID's For Voting In Mo.

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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:31 am

Republicans in the Missouri House are making another attempt to pass legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

No one testified in favor of the proposal at a House hearing today -- everyone who testified either opposed requiring photo ID’s for voting or were neutral and speaking for informational purposes only.  In addition to mandating photo identification, House Bill 48 would allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to vote with a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until the voter’s identity is verified.  John Scott with the Secretary of State’s office told the House Committee on Elections that Missouri voters would still be disenfranchised.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Mo. lawmakers open 2013 with plans for tax cuts

Now open for business.
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Missouri lawmakers have convened their 2013 session with Republican supermajorities controlling both the House and Senate.

Republicans have made tax cuts one of their top priorities for the 97th General Assembly, which runs until May 17.

They also plan to pursue business-friendly changes to the state's legal system, a bonding proposal for colleges, job-protection changes for public teachers and potentially a new transportation funding plan.

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