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The Missouri Senate today overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system.

But the likelihood that the House will also override the Governor’s veto is virtually nonexistent, according to Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).  He says they just don’t have the votes, even within their own party.

“We would have to first convince our caucus," Jones said.  "And even if we did, we’re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point…that’s a tough vote.”

Bill would require coverage of eating disorders

Feb 29, 2012
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In 1995, Rick Stream's 18-year-old daughter died in bed. For several years she'd been struggling with bulimia and that night her heart finally heart stopped beating, weakened from low potassium levels. Now, Stream is a state representative, and he's sponsoring a bill in the Missouri House that would require health insurance companies to cover treatment for eating disorders -- treatment he says could have saved his daughter's life if his insurance had paid for it.

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  • The Senate passes a bill to push back Missouri's party primary filing deadlines
  • More talk of how to fund reconstruction of I-70
  • Changes to workplace injury laws are making their way through the Missouri legislature
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The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.  The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end in late March.

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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The state Senate is moving quickly to try to postpone Missouri's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the state's new legislative districts.

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  • The state Supreme Court tosses out ethics rules passed by the legislature in 2010
  • Derrick Washington pleads guilty to assault
  • A trial judge throws out a lawsuit concerning the new congressional house districts
  • Attorney General Chris Koster writes to the SCOTUS concerning the federal health care mandate
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Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

The head of Missouri’s Higher Education Department has a good-news prediction for the state’s colleges and universities: a downplay in funding cuts from legislators. By Kirk Wayman in Maryville.

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