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8:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri senator sets aside domestic violence bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Democratic senator has set aside a bill guaranteeing time off work for domestic violence victims after Republicans removed a section they said could have led to lawsuits against businesses.

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8:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate seeks tax break for exercise

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation intended to restore a tax exemption for exercise.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New estimate puts Missouri tax cut bill at $620M

Missouri Senate floor
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri Senate income tax cut plan at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Mo. Senate could resume debate on criminal code

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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Politics
7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. Senate passes voting, traffic bills

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday that would impose tougher penalties on drivers who run stop signs, if they cause crashes resulting in injury or death.

The legislation would increase fines and require the suspension of driver's licenses in certain cases of failing to yield the right of way. The bill would set a minimum fine of $500 and raise the maximum to $1,000 instead of the current $200 for violations resulting in injuries. For serious injuries, there would be a new minimum fine of $1,000, and the maximum would rise to $3,000 from the current $500.

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7:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. Senate considers tax cut

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A proposed tax cut is once again moving forward in the Missouri Senate after it was rewritten yet again. The bill had stalled after its sponsor, Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, offered a substitute that conformed to conditions that Democratic Governor Jay Nixon said were necessary for him to sign it.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House passes state budget, headed to Senate

Missouri House Floor
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The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public schools to increases in state revenue.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. Senate approves public building funding

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Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could help finance hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements to state buildings.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses tax cut

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Missouri senators have endorsed an income tax cut that could eventually waive an estimated $464 million a year in state revenues.

The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would cut taxes by half of the amount originally proposed by a Republican-led committee. It could gradually cut the state's top individual income tax rate to 5 and a half percent from the current 6 percent.

It also could phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual income tax returns, and add a $500 tax deduction for lower-income individuals.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bill would shorten time to collect unemployment when state's rate is low

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would tie the amount of weeks a person can receive unemployment insurance to the state's jobless rate.

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Politics
7:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses food stamp, car sales bills

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to give food stamp users an incentive to buy healthy foods at farmers markets.

Under the bill advanced Tuesday, the state would create a test program for participating markets where food stamp users could be reimbursed up to $10 per week for buying meat, fruit and vegetables.

The provision was attached to a broader bill that would give a state and local sales tax exemption for goods purchased at farmers markets.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Missouri Senate panel endorses tobacco settlement fix

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A Missouri Senate panel has endorsed legislation that seeks to recoup money from a settlement with tobacco companies.

Under the settlement, Missouri expected to get $130 million this year. But it will likely get less than half because of an arbitrator's ruling that state officials failed to diligently enforce the settlement a decade ago.

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Politics
7:23 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Voting machines, tax credits on legislative agendas

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines. Under the bill, voters could only use electronic machines that produce a paper trail of marked votes. All other types of electronic voting machines currently in use for elections could still be used, but could not be replaced once they malfunction.

The legislation given first-round approval Monday also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections. It needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.

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Politics
7:16 am
Tue March 25, 2014

GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion

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Several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.

Five GOP senators took to the Senate floor Monday as the Legislature returned from spring break to say they will block any attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility during the session that ends in mid-May.

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3:56 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs cellphone tower measures

The four measures signed Thursday would limit the ways local governments impose regulations on cellphone towers.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation limiting the authority of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri Senate begins criminal code debate

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The Missouri Senate began work last week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nieves Drops Re-Election Bid, Sets Off GOP Jockeying For Job

Brian Nieves

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:16 pm

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Senate approves bill changing unemployment benefits

The legislation would change the definition of misconduct and how some Missouri workers collect unemployment benefits from the state.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Proposed minimum wage hike advances in Missouri

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A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that could raise Missouri's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Changes Focus To Tax Credit Reform, Sparks GOP Fight

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 10:38 am

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Gov. Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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8:08 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:48 pm

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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Education
5:28 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

MU students present research at Capitol for Undergraduate Research Day

University of Missouri senior Amber Forbis presents a poster about her work to a spectator of Undergraduate Research Day at the Missouri State Capitol on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
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Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce

The bill approved by the Missouri House comes after the Senate voted to pass a similar bill last week.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Mo. Senate to resume debate on abortion measure

The Senate Majority Leader says legislation to extend Missouri's abortion waiting period will be debated this week.

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Business
6:14 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Legislation for truce between Missouri and Kansas business passes Senate

The border competition between Missouri and Kansas businesses would be held to a truce following legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri senators have passed legislation proposing a truce with Kansas in the battle for businesses in the Kansas City area.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Proposed amendment would limit budget cuts made by governors

The measure would block any budget decision made by the governor that would hold back money allocated to pay a public debt.
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Missouri governors would be barred from making budget cuts to schools under a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate.

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Education
5:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Senate approves student transfer bill

The bill approved by the Missouri Senate would allow for students to transfer schools within their own district, or outside their district with certain conditions.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri senators have approved legislation that would control student transfers from the state's most troubled school districts.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bill linking tax brackets to inflation passes House

The bill heading to the Senate would connect individual income tax brackets to inflation beginning in 2015.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that could lower taxes for many Missourians by linking the state's tax brackets to inflation.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House approves voter ID requirement bill

Two bills changing identification requirements for Missouri voters head to the Senate following approval in the House. Missourians would then vote on the constitutional amendment requiring photo ID.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

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9:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours

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Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:01 am

(Story updated at 5:42 p.m. to include today's 3rd-read vote by the full Senate that sent SB 493 to the Missouri House.)

After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri's student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.

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