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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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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation limiting the authority of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

(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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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