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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Bills favorable to Mo. motorcycle riders sent to Gov. Nixon

Missouri motorcycle riders had several favorable bills sent to Gov. Jay Nixon during this year's legislative session, but a big priority still did not pass.

Lawmakers passed bills that would declare May motorcycle awareness month and would prevent police from setting up "motorcycle-only" checkpoints.

Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Columbia’s state lawmakers share highlights from the 2013 legislative session

Reps. Chris Kelly, Caleb Rowden and Sen. Kurt Schaefer
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  Missouri's 2013 legislative session came to a close Friday evening after deliberation of state Medicaid expansion, tax credit reform and gun control.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nixon to decide on unemployment measure

Credit File / KBIA

Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to comply with federal mandates for Missouri's unemployment benefits system.

The measure also could make it more difficult for workers to receive jobless benefits if they are let go after an unapproved absence or if they knowingly violate a company rule.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue May 21, 2013

After threatening resignation if key bills failed, Grisamore now says he's staying put

Missouri House Communications

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:51 pm

A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

"Missouri Works" works its way through the legislature

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Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation consolidating four of the state's business incentives.

The newly created Missouri Works program would be modeled after the current Quality Jobs program, which would come to an end.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislation would help match special needs students with scholarships

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Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would require education officials to seek grants and donations to help children with special needs such as autism.

Financial resources could be devoted to scholarships or clinical trials for behavioral interventions. Scholarships could be used to help students attend a public school outside the student's home district or a private school.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Tax credit overhaul a no-go this session

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Missouri senators have given up their attempt to pass an overhaul of the some of the state's tax credit programs for businesses and developers.

Supporters of the bill set it aside Friday after Republican Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, spoke against it for an hour in a filibuster that could have otherwise continued until the session's mandatory end at 6 p.m. The legislation would have created tax incentives for international air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in startup technology companies.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Last minute politics: finding funding after a veto

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation that could patch a hole in the state budget for early childhood programs and health care for the blind.

A bill given final approval Friday would transfer $55 million from general revenues into a new fund to finance the programs. The move was necessary because the 2014 budget passed last week by lawmakers called for funding the programs with savings from the repeal of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Lawmakers hope third time's the charm for use tax

Missouri lawmakers have voted for a third time to reinstate local taxes on cars, trucks and boats bought from out-of-state dealers or in private transactions.

The state Supreme Court struck down such taxes in 2012 but said a local "use tax" could be levied on such purchases if local voters approved. Legislators approved proposals to reverse the ruling's effect last year and again this year. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session

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The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session.

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Education
8:10 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Missouri teachers file lawsuit over language in ballot initiative

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Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:57 pm

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Politics
8:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Fulton mental health, parks and Capitol building would get improvements with House-approved plan

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:52 pm

The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Politics
8:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

State House votes to repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet law

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:01 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue April 30, 2013

State budget rejected by House, another Medicaid expansion attempt defeated

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:17 pm

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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Politics
8:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Packing and parking: Bill would allow guns in parked cars on business property

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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 6:40 pm

Floor debate on House Bill 372


The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that expands the rights of gun owners, less than 24 hours after passing legislation aimed at blocking the federal government from enforcing federal gun laws in the Show-Me State.

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