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8:19 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill

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Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:48 am

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.

The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts.  Provisions within Senate Bill 493 include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.

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11:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers considering payday loan changes

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Missouri lawmakers are considering an overhaul of the state's payday loan industry that would give borrowers more time to pay back a loan.

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8:14 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Mo. Senate to take up gun nullification bill

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Missouri senators are expected to pass legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing some federal gun laws.

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5:40 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Mo. Senate debates longer wait for abortions

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The Missouri Senate has taken up a proposal to lengthen the waiting period for abortions from the current 24 hours to 72 hours.

The state's informed consent law mandates a waiting period for a woman to have an abortion after initially seeing a doctor. Women with medical emergencies would remain exempt.

The Senate began debate on the bill Wednesday but adjourned for the day without taking a vote. Separate legislation also has been endorsed by a House committee.

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5:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-discrimination LGBT bill introduced again in Mo. House, Senate

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Only a day after Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay, the wheels were already turning in the state capitol.

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8:49 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Senate Strips Gun Theft Reporting Amendment From Nullification Bill

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Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:03 am

The Missouri Senate has stripped an amendment from the gun-control nullification bill that would have required an individual to report a stolen gun within 72 hours.

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8:41 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Mo. Senate to hear from wrongfully convicted man

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A state Senate panel is scheduled to hear testimony from a Missouri man who spent 15 years of his life behind bars for a wrongful conviction.

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8:15 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Mo. criminal code bill headed to Senate floor

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Missouri Senate leaders say legislation to revamp the state's criminal laws could be debated on the floor this week.

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8:32 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Senate Endorses Gun Control Nullification Bill

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Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:24 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws.

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8:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses rules oversight change

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a constitutional amendment that would protect legislative oversight of proposed rules and regulations.

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8:20 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mo. Senate bills would curb insurance navigators

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Legislation requiring health insurance navigators to take an exam and undergo a background check is advancing in the state Legislature.

Senators also voted Tuesday to move forward with a measure that would let people collect up to $50,000 in a lawsuit if a navigator unlawfully releases personal information about a client.

Navigators help consumers sign up for health plans on the exchange marketplace.

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5:13 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Mo. Senate passes mammogram legislation

A bill requiring women to be notified about additional screening after mammograms has passed the Missouri Senate.
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Women with dense breast tissue would have to be notified about the need for additional screenings at their mammograms under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.

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8:15 am
Thu February 6, 2014

GOP led Mo. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion

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The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.

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8:03 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mo. Senate panel backs gun law nullification bill

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.

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9:05 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bill could exempt sales tax on cars at least 10 years old

If it goes through, they wouldn't have to pay taxes on this gem.
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Buying an older car could become more economical in Missouri.

A state senator filed a bill Thursday that would exempt decade-old cars from sales taxes on the titling of the motor vehicle. Under the bill, a 2004 model bought in 2014 would be exempted from sales taxes.

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7:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Full Mo. Legislature to debate incentives for Boeing

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A Missouri Senate committee has advanced legislation offering up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades for Boeing to build a commercial airplane in Missouri.

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9:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Plans falter for meeting of Mo. gov., lawmakers

Governor Jay Nixon
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Plans may be falling through for a meeting between Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers to discuss potential Medicaid changes.

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4:50 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. Senate leader releases new gun legislation

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A Missouri Senate leader has put forth a new, pared-back proposal dealing with the enforcement of federal gun control laws.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard released a draft Thursday of proposed legislation for the 2014 session seeking to nullify federal gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

The new proposal comes about six weeks after Richard and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey voted against an attempted veto override of a bill addressing the same subject because of concerns about its constitutionality.

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7:49 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Sen. Kehoe says he will run for second term

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Current Republican Senator Mike Kehoe announced Wednesday morning he will be running for a second term in the 2014 election.

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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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3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass changes to workers' comp claims

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replenishing an insolvent state fund for disabled workers and changing the way people get compensation for job-related illnesses.

The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.

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8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate

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Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:57 am

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.

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8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House

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Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:45 am

Early this morning, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would fix the state's ailing Second Injury Fund.

The fund is designed to help disabled workers who suffer a second work-related injury.  It began running out of money after lawmakers eight years ago capped the surcharge businesses have to pay into it.  Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), would temporarily increase the surcharge.

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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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6:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prevailing wage exemption for maintenance projects likely dead following Mo. Senate filibuster

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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:34 pm

It appears that Democrats in the Missouri Senate have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.

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5:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill lets foster care kids re-enter system

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Children leaving Missouri's foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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4:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. Senate panel backs funding for First Steps

The Missouri Senate is currently going through the state's 2013 proposed budget.
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A Missouri Senate panel had endorsed a new funding source for a program that serves developmentally disabled children.

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3:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. House passes $1.2 billion bonding initiative

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The Missouri House has passed a $1.2 billion bonding initiative that would finance construction and repairs at public buildings across the state.

The House's 136-23 vote sends the measure to the Senate. But with only one week remaining in the legislative session, the proposed constitutional amendment appears unlikely to win final approval. If it did, the measure would go before voters in 2014.

Supporters cite a backlog of building needs at state facilities and note that low interest rates make this a good time to borrow money.

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8:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. Senate passes income tax cut to counter Kan.

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation phasing in a potential $700 million income tax cut for businesses and individuals.

The legislation approved 24-9 Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate is intended to counteract a large income tax cut that took effect this year in Kansas. The bill now goes to the House.

It would gradually cut the individual income tax by one-half of a percentage point and the corporate income tax by three percentage points over a decade. But each incremental cut would take effect only if annual revenues rise by at least $100 million.

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8:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Targeted Prevailing Wage Bill To Gov. Nixon

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Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:54 pm

The Missouri General Assembly has sent Governor Jay Nixon (D) legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.

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