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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.

Politics
8:12 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Mo. House Committee Considers Bill To Revoke Public Assistance To Some Immigrants

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Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:36 pm

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Democrats critique transportation sales tax

Missouri House Democrats are expressing concerns about a proposal to increase the state sales tax by a penny to boost funding for transportation projects.

Senators last month approved a proposed a 1-cent sales tax that would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade to fund state and local transportation projects.

The tax would require voter approval and would go back on a statewide ballot after 10 years.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House OKs measure targeting UN agreement

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The Missouri House has approved legislation barring state or local officials from adopting policies outlined in a 1992 United Nations document that could affect private property rights.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. workers could keep gun in locked cars

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The Missouri House has advanced legislation guaranteeing state workers the right to keep firearms in their vehicles on state property when they're on the job.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Higher initiative fraud penalties passes Mo. Senate

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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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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate bill lets pharmacies refuse to stock drugs

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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.

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Politics
9:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes GOP Medicaid Reform Bill, Defeats Another Expansion Attempt

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Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 11:46 pm

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

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

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Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:01 pm

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

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Politics
5:39 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses bill to extend age children can re-enter foster care

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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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Politics
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. House backs new tax incentives for businesses

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
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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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Politics
3:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. House backs measure aimed at child sex abuse

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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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Agriculture
8:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. House OKs farming constitutional amendment

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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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Politics
9:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

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

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