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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.
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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
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri Senate approves capital improvements

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed a construction funding bill that includes projects on college campuses and for the Highway Patrol.

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Politics
8:13 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri Senate debates 3-day abortion wait period

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Missouri's Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state's abortion waiting period.

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Politics
8:09 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri Senate considers limits on union fees

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The Missouri Senate has halted debate on legislation that would curb the ability of public employee unions to collect and spend fees automatically deducted from workers' paychecks.

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Faith/Religion
5:45 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Clergy members arrested after protesting in the Missouri Legislature

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  Twenty-three Clergy members were arrested Tuesday during a rally at the capitol. The rally, by the group Missouri Faith Voices, was meant to get state senators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Over 300 members of Missouri Faith Voices gathered in the rotunda for a rally before certain clergy members moved into the Senate Gallery. While, other members showed support outside of the gallery, the select clergy members sang and prayed out loud for about an hour before police arrested them.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri

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A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes bill to create new student standards

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Missouri senators passed legislation that could pave the way for the state to dump new benchmarks for student achievement known as the Common Core Standards.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cannabis extract bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon to veto income tax cut

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will veto an income tax cut that he considers to be "an unfair, unaffordable and dangerous scheme."

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Politics
7:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes gun nullification bill

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Missouri senators have passed legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws and punish federal agents who enforce them.

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Politics
7:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:55 pm

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.

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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
8:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:53 pm

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri considers dumping new education standards

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Some lawmakers hope to make Missouri the second state to drop new education benchmarks and write its own student performance standards.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code

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After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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Politics
3:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries

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County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.

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Education
8:25 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Bond pending in Mo. legislature would help MU renovate STEM facilities

University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo.
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On April 8, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 39, which would appropriate $71.1 million for 47 repair and maintenance projects for the University of Missouri System. That money is part of a larger proposal to borrow $600 million for capital projects at universities statewide.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri Senate backs potential for preschool ratings

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating system by the state, higher education institutions or quasi-governmental entities.

The new legislation leaves intact the prohibition on government involvement but would allow publicly funded preschools to participate in a rating system run by a private or nonprofit group.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

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A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Politics
8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation

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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

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  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill

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Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves limit on union fee collections

The bill would require authorization from public employees before unions spend money taken from paychecks.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require public employees to give annual written authorization for unions to spend money automatically deducted from a person's paycheck.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
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A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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