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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new federally run website.

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Politics
8:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Springfield hospital blames layoffs on Mo. medicaid expansion delay

Ozarks Community Hospital says it will lay off up to 60 of its employees in the Springfield area.

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Education
8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Missouri Department of Revenue to be audited

Missouri State Capitol
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Missouri tax officials are getting audited. 

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm"

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Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming.

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Politics
9:07 am
Thu May 29, 2014

In Missouri Senate, Justus Went From Partisan To Pragmatist

Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, will leave the Missouri Senate later this year. She reflected on her time in state legislative office before the end of this year's session.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:59 am

The Missouri Senate had seven new members after the smoke cleared from the 2006 election cycle. Only two served for the maximum time allowed under term limits – Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and state Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah.

The two lawmakers are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Justus entered the General Assembly as a combative fighter who fought tooth-and-nail against the Republican majority. Lager, who was arguably more conservative than his Republican counterparts, seemed on a course for higher office.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate

Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, is leaving the Missouri General Assembly later this year.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:34 pm

Northwest Missouri will have a new state senator next year, as Brad Lager prepares to leave office.

The Republican from Savannah can't run again because of term limits, but he says he's ready for the next chapter in his life -- which for now does not include politics. 

Lager sat down recently with St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin to talk about his time in office and about what he considers to be roadblocks toward making Missouri better. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Bill would create new committee on criminal justice

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Missouri lawmakers would create a permanent joint committee on the state's criminal justice system under bills awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The panel would review criminal laws, law enforcement, prison issues and state efforts related to terrorism and homeland security. The committee would include members of the House and Senate, with the state's chief justice, the state auditor and the attorney general as ex officio members.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Nixon Warns Of Huge Cuts In Local Services Because Of Legislature's Last-Minute Tax Cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon says local fire departments and fire districts will lose money because of last-minute tax breaks approved by the General Assembly.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:57 pm

(Updated Thursday, May 29)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says that local governments stand to lose almost as much money as the state because of a final tax-cutting spree by the General Assembly before it adjourned earlier this month.

All told, Nixon said Wednesday, local jurisdictions around Missouri — from city halls to fire districts, libraries and ambulance services — could lose $351 million in annual sales tax revenue because of “a grab bag of giveaways’’ approved by legislators.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Bill would change oversight of unlicensed child care centers

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Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Missouri tax breaks: Expansion? Or clarification?

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Missouri lawmakers approved special tax breaks this year that could benefit pizza parlors and power companies, clothes cleaners and computer data centers. And that's just the start of it.

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Politics
8:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

We Asked Five Questions About Missouri's Legislative Session; Here Are The Answers

This year's legislative session is in the books. But it's possible that a veto of the school transfer bill could put this year's session in to overtime.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 10:18 pm

Few could accuse the Missouri General Assembly of languishing during its last few days of session.

In fact, the legislature’s last dash was something of a whirlwind: It featured fierce debates over bills about student transfers and abortion restrictions. Lawmakers also sent proposals on a transportation tax and early voting procedures to the November ballot. Other efforts fizzled out, including last-minute pushes to expand and reconfigure the state’s Medicaid system.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon

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  The proposed student transfer fix is now on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.  In addition to allowing individual school buildings to be accredited instead of districts as a whole, the bill would also allow some students to transfer from unaccredited public schools to private, nonsectarian schools.  Republican Rick Stream of St. Louis County handled the bill in the House. 

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Politics
6:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons

Bobby and Christie Clark share a late afternoon snack of frozen chicken fingers inside their Sedalia, Mo., home on Monday, April 21, 2014. Christie and her two kids receive food stamps, but Missouri denies Bobby access because of his drug felony.
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UPDATE (Associated Press):

On May 15, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that could potentially allow people convicted of drug felonies to qualify for food stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.

Drug felons are currently banned for life from the aid program. But the bill would allow them to receive the benefit if they have completed or been determined by the state not to need a substance abuse program. It would not apply to people with three or more felony drug convictions.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session

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Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16.

As Missouri senators and representatives put the finishing touches on their work, we took a look at some of the biggest bills this legislative session. This edition of Talking Politics looks into the abortion wait-time bill, the student transfer bill and the override of Nixon's veto on an income tax decrease.

 

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Face Last-Minute Load Of Bills, On Topics Old and New

Inside the dome of Missouri Capitol

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:46 pm

With fights over tax cuts and budgets out of the way, the Missouri General Assembly appears poised to spend its final week focusing on some familiar topics: guns, abortion and voting rights.

    

Measures to restrict enforcement of federal laws, triple the waiting period for an abortion and to ask voters to mandate photo IDs at the polls are among the hot-button proposals expected to eat up some of legislators’ precious floor time during the final five days.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget

Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:27 am

House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital

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  Missouri legislative budget leaders have embraced a financing plan for a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

The proposal calls for issuing bonds through the Missouri Development Finance Board and paying them off over 25 years. The upcoming year's budget would include $14.2 million for payment on bonds. House and Senate negotiators are working today on a final version of next year's state budget.

The financing proposal approved today by the lawmakers follows Governor Jay Nixon's plan for the project.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 3:47 pm

The Missouri House acted quickly Tuesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a tax-cut bill that is estimated to cut the state's revenue by about $620 million a year when fully implemented.

The House obtained the exact number of votes needed — 109 — with the help of one Democrat, Rep. Keith English of Florissant.  He joined all of the chamber's 108 Republicans.

The House joined the Senate, which voted 23-8 on Monday to override the governor's veto, which he issued last week.

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers endorse March presidential primary

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Missouri would hold presidential primary elections in March instead of February under a bill on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Health
7:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers pass notice requirement for mammograms

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would require a notice be provided to women following mammograms.

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Politics
7:50 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri budget negotiators face Friday deadline

Missouri Capitol
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The state Senate's budget chief says there are no plans to revise Missouri's financial projections despite a recent decline in tax revenues.

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Politics
8:14 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Missouri lawmakers plan override vote on tax cut

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Missouri lawmakers could decide this week whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Senate passes state budget

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  The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday.  Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He offered an amendment to create a line item in the Department of Social Services’ budget for extra Medicaid dollars to be drawn down if lawmakers ever decide to expand Medicaid.  Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Nixon responds to Norquist's comments

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  In Springfield Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon continued to rally support for his expected veto of an income tax cut bill. He questioned the credibility of outside interests that are campaigning for a veto override. The Democratic Governor’s statements came a day after Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist joined Republican House Speaker Tim Jones to challenge Nixon’s arguments on SB 509, which was passed two weeks ago.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit

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  Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could make it harder for people to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for repeated absences or other alleged misconduct.

The House passed the bill Tuesday by a 107-45 vote. Because it already had cleared the Senate, the measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales

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  Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would let retailers sell beer by the bottle.

Stores currently must sell beer in packages containing at least three bottles. The newly passed legislation would allow sales of single bottles, cans or pouches of beer.

The change would take effect in 2015.

The state Senate approved the bill on a vote of 31-1 last month. The House passed it Tuesday on a vote of 143-1, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

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  Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum-security psychiatric facility and the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. Patients include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment, and people found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.

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Politics
8:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:41 pm

It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.

First, the Missouri Senate is scheduled this evening to begin debates on the 13 bills making up the state budget, and they may actually try to pass them all tonight, according to Appropriations chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Private school option spurs opposition ed. bill

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A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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