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9:33 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. panel OKs transportation sales tax increase

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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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.

Politics
9:29 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. House panel backs bill nullifying gun regs

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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.

Science, Health and Technology
9:11 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. House panel to consider Medicaid expansion

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.

Politics
9:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill

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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:24 pm

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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Politics
10:03 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Mo. House Dem proposes ban on anti-union measures

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
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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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Politics
9:43 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses bill to allow gun safe course

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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.

Politics
9:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

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Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 10:47 pm

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.

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Politics
9:24 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. Senate approves unemployment changes

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.

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8:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Sen. Committee Considers Bill That Would Eliminate Prevailing Wage Rule

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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 7:49 pm

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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Politics
8:18 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. House to mull photo ID requirement for voting

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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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.

Politics
5:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House panel talks change to worker lawsuits

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for high school graduates, beginning in the fall of 2014.
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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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Politics
8:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mo. House to take up voter photo ID requirement

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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.

Politics
9:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mo. House panel to take up 'right to work' bill

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
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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.
 

Politics
8:09 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Special-elections bill gets first-round approval in House

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Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:43 pm

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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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Nixon says arming teachers would put kids at risk

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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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