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Higher initiative fraud penalties passes Mo. Senate

Apr 4, 2013
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People who fraudulently sign petitions for ballot initiatives could face stiffer penalties under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 30-3 Thursday for a bill that would make petition signature fraud a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $25,000.

Violators currently can face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The legislation now goes to the House.

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.

The legislation passed the Senate by a 24-9 vote Thursday and now heads to the House.

Sponsoring Sen. David Sater is a Republican pharmacist from southwest Missouri who describes the legislation a business freedom issue. Sater says some states have mandated that birth control or emergency contraception be stocked by pharmacies. But he says a pharmacy — like a clothing store — should be free to sell what it chooses.

A Missouri House committee has passed the Republicans’ alternative to the Medicaid expansion being sought by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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The age older youth could re-enter foster care would be raised from 18 to 21 under new legislation approved by the Missouri Senate on Thursday.

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The Missouri House has endorsed the creation of several new tax breaks intended to lure high-tech businesses and foreign trade to the state.

House members gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill authorizing $60 million of tax credits for international exporters over the next eight years. They also gave initial approval to bills creating tax credits for investors in high-tech startup businesses and authorizing state and local sales tax breaks for computer data centers.

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Missouri House members have given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at helping child sex abuse prosecutions.

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers.
The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."

House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.

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A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposed 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to boost funding for transportation.

The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would require approval in a statewide vote and expire after 10 years.

Proponents estimate the higher sales tax would raise nearly $8 billion over 10 years for transportation projects.

The measure would dedicate 10 percent of the extra revenue to local transportation needs and freeze the state's gas tax rate while the higher sales tax was in effect.

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Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.

The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.

The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.

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Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led Legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the Missouri House.

If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.  The sponsor, State Representative Andrew Koenig (R, Winchester), says House Bill 179 stresses academic freedom.

“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.  "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.”

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Missouri House Democrat's plan would send colleagues to prison for proposing legislation limiting collective bargaining rights.

Representative Jeff Roorda of Barnhart introduced the bill Friday in response to a Republican House member's proposal to jail lawmakers for introducing gun control measures.Roorda says he was "inspired" by the GOP approach to protecting gun rights and he wants to do the same for unions. Representative Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, is sponsoring the bill banning gun-control legislation.

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Missouri first-graders could see an addition to their curriculum under a bill given first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would give school districts the option to teach a National Rifle Association-sponsored gun safety program to students in first grade. It would also allow schools to implement a training program for teachers and other personnel on responding to intruders.

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.


House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

People fired for sleeping on the job and missing work could have a harder time getting unemployment benefits under a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the definition of "misconduct" in the workplace. The change would make it harder for people to qualify for unemployment insurance after they are fired.

Supporters say the bill will protect businesses from liability and give them more freedom to fire employees who misbehave at work.

Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a State Senate committee.


The state calculates various wages that are to be paid in each county and in St. Louis for construction trades on building projects.  The sponsor, State Senator Dan Brown (R, Rolla), says eliminating prevailing wage requirements would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.

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The Missouri House is expected to consider a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls.
State lawmakers have debated the concept previously, but this is the first time Republicans have held a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. In the past, discussion generally fell along party lines with Republicans favoring the idea and Democrats opposing it.

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A Missouri House committee is considering legislation making it harder for employees to win lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

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Legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at polling places is scheduled for debate in the Missouri House.
House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.

Republicans argue the measure is needed to cut down on voter fraud. Democrats contend the photo ID requirement is aimed at disenfranchising voters.

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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.

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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.

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