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8:16 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills

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Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two separate but similar tax-cut bills.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-discrimination LGBT bill introduced again in Mo. House, Senate

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Only a day after Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay, the wheels were already turning in the state capitol.

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Politics
9:06 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill

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Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:51 pm

Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in Missouri.

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8:53 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Mo. House panel endorses photo-ID bill

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A Missouri House committee has endorsed legislation requiring voters to show official photo identification at polling places.

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Politics
8:13 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill would make Mo. lawmakers follow Sunshine Law

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Some Missouri House members have filed legislation that would make them subject to the state's open-records law.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mo. House endorses prescription drug database

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Missouri House members have endorsed the creation of a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Panel OKs proposal over Mo. gov.'s budget power

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A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at giving lawmakers a check on the governor's budget power.

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Panel mulls proposal over Mo. gov.'s budget power

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A Missouri House committee is considering legislation aimed at curbing the governor's budget power.

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Politics
9:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

House Speaker To Deliver GOP Response To Governor's State Of State Address

Tim Jones

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 4:30 pm

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has been tapped to deliver the Republican response to next Tuesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

Jones had been on the short list for the response, usually delivered within minutes of the governor's annual speech. Others believed to be in the running had been Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who has delivered the response several times since Nixon took office, and state Auditor Tom Schweich, who’s running for re-election this fall.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. House committee discusses social services department

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A Missouri House interim committee tasked with looking at how efficiently state government operates spent Monday scrutinizing the Department of Social Services.

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Politics
8:25 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. House passes bill to stop document scanning

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
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The Missouri House has approved legislation barring the state Revenue Department from scanning the personal documents of drivers' license applicants into a state computer system.

The House passed the measure 118-40 on Tuesday. It now returns to the Senate.

The Revenue Department began scanning documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons permits, in December. Agency officials say it provides more security to licensing. But Republican lawmakers objected to the procedures and argue it is an invasion of privacy.

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Politics
6:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prevailing wage exemption for maintenance projects likely dead following Mo. Senate filibuster

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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:34 pm

It appears that Democrats in the Missouri Senate have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. House passes $1.2 billion bonding initiative

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The Missouri House has passed a $1.2 billion bonding initiative that would finance construction and repairs at public buildings across the state.

The House's 136-23 vote sends the measure to the Senate. But with only one week remaining in the legislative session, the proposed constitutional amendment appears unlikely to win final approval. If it did, the measure would go before voters in 2014.

Supporters cite a backlog of building needs at state facilities and note that low interest rates make this a good time to borrow money.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House, Senate Negotiators Approve Final Version Of FY2014 Mo. Budget

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:29 am

Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.


The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.  It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Governor Jay Nixon (D), which disappointed committee member and State Senator Kiki Curls (D, Kansas City).

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House panel advances gun rights amendment

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A Missouri House committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting gun rights.

The amendment approved on Tuesday would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the legislation would protect against proposed gun control laws at the state and federal level.

Politics
8:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Targeted Prevailing Wage Bill To Gov. Nixon

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Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:54 pm

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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Politics
4:49 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers must finalize budget this week

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Missouri lawmakers have until Friday to finalize the state's roughly $25 billion operating budget.

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1:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mo. House endorses tax break for gun manufacturers

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Firearms manufacturers looking to relocate to Missouri could collect a tax credit under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.

The tax incentive endorsed Tuesday would expire in six years and be capped at $3 million annually. Gun and ammunition manufacturers would be able to claim the credit on withholding taxes from creating new jobs.

Politics
3:52 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House passes another gun rights bill

The new bill reduces the presence of the state Department of Revenue pertaining to conceal carry applications.
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The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mo. House panel OKs plan to stop document scans

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure to stop the state Revenue Department from scanning driver's license applicants' personal documents.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Proposed Mo. bill to have employers check employees' legal status

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The Missouri House has approved legislation requiring employers to use a federal system for checking potential employees' legal resident status.

Missouri already requires public and private employers that receive loans, contracts or grants from the state to participate in a federal work authorization program. The bill would extend the requirement to all Missouri employers.

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Education
11:45 am
Thu April 25, 2013

House bill would bar schools from starting classes before September

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A State House Representative introduced a bill today that may change school calendars across Missouri, but would affect school districts differently.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

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Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:31 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.

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8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Sends Amended Income Tax Cut/Sales Tax Hike Back To Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:02 am

The Missouri House has passed a Senate bill that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making a few changes.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. House bill bars copying death scene photos

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar the public from making copies of gruesome crime scene photos and videos.

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Politics
9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Bill to fund construction projects at colleges, parks sent back to Mo. house committee

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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The Missouri House has sent back to a committee a proposal to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund construction projects at college campuses, parks and other state facilities.

House member Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, says the proposal needs adjustment and that working it out at the committee level would save time.

The bonding package would need voter approval if it clears the Legislature, which adjourns May 17. The House Budget Committee will re-examine the bonding measure, and Kelly says the full chamber could vote on it next week.

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8:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Legislation Transfering Conceal Carry Process From DOR To Local Sheriffs Endorsed By Mo. House

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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would overhaul the state’s conceal carry process.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House OKs tougher abortion drug rules

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation requiring the prescribing doctor to be present when a woman takes any drug to induce an abortion.

The bill received first-round approval 119-41 on Wednesday. It needs another vote to move to the Senate.
Sponsoring House member Jeannie Riddle, a Republican from Mokane, says the legislation is intended to protect women's health and safety. Opponents said the goal appears to be more restriction of abortion.\

Politics
8:52 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House backs tax credits overhaul

The Missouri House has backed a tax credit overhaul that is sharply different from a Senate version.
A bill given initial approval 120-31 Wednesday night would set much higher caps than the Senate on the amount of tax credits that can be approved annually for the renovation of historic buildings and development of low-income housing.

Unlike a bill passed previously by the Senate, the House version would combine several existing business incentives into a new program with greater flexibility for state economic development officials to award tax credits.

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8:42 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House endorses sweeping gun proposals

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The Missouri House has preliminarily approved sweeping measures that would expand gun rights in the state and allow certain school officials to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

The bill would allow appointed "protection officers" to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a valid permit and register with the state Department of Public Safety. The officers would also be required to complete a training course established by the peace officer training commission.

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