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A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.

The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."

Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November.
Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.
 

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.


If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the Governor to appoint a temporary placeholder who would not be eligible to run in the special election.  House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s not a deliberate swipe at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

Jay Nixon
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Governor Jay Nixon is voicing opposition to House Republicans’ plans to allow teachers in Missouri to carry guns in classrooms. 

In a letter to the state’s public school superintendents, Nixon says the proposal would put children at risk and take away the authority of local school districts to keep guns out of classrooms. 

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A Missouri House committee plans to review the effectiveness of the state's job-creation incentives.

State Rep. Jay Barnes says his committee will look into the Missouri Quality Jobs program and other economic development tax credits when the Legislature convenes in January. Barnes is a Republican from Jefferson City and chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability.

Bukowsky drops out of District 47 race

Jun 22, 2012

Just 24 hours after she was nominated as the Republican candidate to the Missouri House representing the newly created District 47, Columbia, Mo. Defense Attorney Jennifer Bukowsky has decided to drop out of the race.

Newscast for Friday, June 15, 2012

Jun 15, 2012
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Baby foxes born at Endangered Wolf Center
  • New House committee to examine state contracts
  • For Father's Day weekend, a Christian film on fatherhood

A new temporary committee has been created in the Missouri House to examine how the Governor’s Office of Administration (OA) awards government contracts.

The Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting may also be used to recommend new legislation for next year’s regular session.  State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) will chair the committee.  She says last year’s controversy surrounding former Medicaid contractor SynCare LLC played a part in the committee’s creation.

Newscast for May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri lawmakers negotiate the final version of the state budget.

 

  • A petition to raise the minimum wage in Missouri has reached the secretary of state.

 

  • A Missouri House committee backs legislation that would change restrictions on who may ride with permit drivers.

 

 

Newscast for May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses.
  • Warming temperatures could cause more unhealthy air.
  • Petitions submitted for Missouri tobacco tax increase.
  • Missouri hospitals reporting shortages of pharmaceutical drugs.

Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses.

House narrowly passes teacher layoff bill

May 4, 2012

The Missouri House passed legislation yesterday that would bar school administrators from using teacher seniority in layoffs. Under the bill, teachers' performance would need to be the most important factor in those decisions.

Newscast for May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Republican member of the Missouri House announces he is gay, opposes "don't say gay" legislation.
  • The Missouri House passes a funding plan for veterans homes.
  • Toughened anti-bullying legislation endorsed in the Missouri House.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.

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Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.

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Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

 

The Missouri House has approved legislation that could make it harder for employees to be shielded from retaliation by their employer for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.

In an 86-66 vote Thursday, the House approved a measure that limits "whistleblower" status to employees who report or refuse to carry out illegal acts. The bill also caps the amount of punitive damages a person can recover if a company retaliates against the whistleblower.

Newscast for April 24, 2012

Apr 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Ameren shareholder proposals voted down. 
  • Missouri House votes to further study state pay.
  • Missouri House gives first-round approval for tanning restrictions. 
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds.  

Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent. The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.

The Missouri House has voted to give a special committee more time to find ways to boost the salaries of state employees.

The Missouri House has passed legislation that seeks to both bar and criminalize enforcement of the 2010 federal health care law. 

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cell phone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

Newscast for April 11, 2012

Apr 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Pretrial motions end in the Ryan Ferguson case.
  • The Missouri House passes a bill to change the state's workers' comp system.
  • Some state senators balk at changing gubernatorial election rules.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.

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Legislation that would require teachers to work more years in a school district before earning tenure has received first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.

Newscast for April 5, 2012

Apr 5, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri employers barred from identifying workers by the last four their Social Security numbers.
  • Missouri Senate considering increasing funding for elementary and secondary schools.
  • Missouri House approves legislation designed to help students attend schools closest to them.
  • Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to double the amount of time public school teachers to earn tenure from five years to ten years. 
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A proposal to limit teen access to tanning beds has divided Missouri House members over rival concerns about cancer and government mandates.

Newscast for March 26, 2012

Mar 26, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri House yet to consider education bill
  • Attorney general holds town-hall meetings for homeowners
  • Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia
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There are less than two months left in this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly, and House Republicans still haven’t scheduled debate on a wide-ranging public school bill.

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • State Sen. Jason Crowell objects to the state's 2013 budget.
  • Missouri newspaper publishers could have to pay more for supplies.
  • The state House gives approval to legislation that would restrict lawsuits against businesses.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.

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