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  Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that will set a limit to awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The Missouri Senate approved a $400,000 cap in damages for botched medical procedures and a $700,000 cap in catastrophic injuries. They also agreed to raise an existing cap on wrongful death cases from $350,000 to $700,000.

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The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals.

The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases.

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A Senate bill intended to fix issues with Missouri's student transfer law could cost more than $200 million to implement next fiscal year. 

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The Missouri House or Senate will not consider any new bills to address concerns by the U.S. Justice Department over the operations of the Ferguson Police Department.  That’s because it’s now too late to file any new legislation this year.  Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey says a few already-filed Ferguson-related bills are being worked on.

“You’ll see some debate on the floor and some other issues associated with the aftermath of Ferguson,” Dempsey said.

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Two state senators proposed bills to reduce the sentencing for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday.

Under the current law, the sentence is life in prison without parole for all convicted persons under the age of 18. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 could also be sentenced to death.

The Supreme Court ruled both of these sentences as unconstitutional in separate cases. Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, proposed bills to reduce these sentences.

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It’s still not against the law in Missouri for an employer to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis is sponsoring the latest effort to change that, and his bill is currently being considered by a Senate committee. 

 

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Today the Missouri Senate voted 26-8 in favor of legislation that would prevent changes to ballot measures within about two months of an election.

Current law allows measures to be finalized anytime within 180 days of an election. Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee's Summit, is sponsoring the bill and says it’s aimed at saving the state money for reprinting ballots if there are changes close to an election.

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Law enforcement groups say public access and retention of footage from police cameras should be limited to protect privacy and contain costs.

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A proposal to cut the amount of time someone can be on welfare has first-round approval from the Missouri Senate. 

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The Senate has approved Governor Jay Nixon's appointment of Nia Ray as director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. 

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A bill to create incentives for Missouri's dairy farmers has won approval from state senators. 

House Endorses Measure Aiding Missouri Dairy Farmers

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  Assistance for Missouri's dairy farmers appears to be one of the first bills the Legislature will send to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The House gave initial approval to the dairy farm bill Wednesday and the Senate is expected to pass its version Thursday.

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  Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions.

Missouri Credit Union Association lobbyist David Kent said during yesterday’s legislative hearing that without a change, there could be a chilling effect on loans in Missouri.

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Missouri voters have handed Republican state lawmakers an immense amount of power.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans are expected to hold on to their majorities in the Missouri House and Senate, but the strength of their numbers could determine how much they can accomplish.

Half of the 34 Senate seats and all 163 House seats are up for election Tuesday.

(Updated 8:35 p.m., Wed., Sept. 10)

The Missouri House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s line-item vetoes of more than 50 items in the state's current budget, although both sides agree the overrides may not be enforceable.

The House spent more than six hours dealing with the issues. The Senate swiftly followed suit with a barrage of votes Wednesday night.

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.

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

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

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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