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4:49 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers must finalize budget this week

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Missouri lawmakers have until Friday to finalize the state's roughly $25 billion operating budget.

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4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. Senate passes bill for school personnel to carry concealed weapons

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

The Senate voted 26-6 Thursday to pass the measure. It now heads back to the House for further consideration.

The bill would allow school employees to voluntary become "protection officers" if they have a valid concealed weapons permit and undergo training for the position.

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5:18 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation

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Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap.

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5:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. Senate passes tax breaks for developers

The Missouri Senate has again passed legislation curbing tax breaks for developers while creating new incentives for exporters and high-tech industries.

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4:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mo. House panel OKs plan to stop document scans

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure to stop the state Revenue Department from scanning driver's license applicants' personal documents.

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8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Dead For 2013 Mo. Regular Session

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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:29 am

An alternate Medicaid expansion bill that contained some reforms sought by Missouri House Republicans is all but dead this year.

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8:20 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. Senate budget cut may miss target

Missouri senators trying to target budget cuts at the agency that issues driver's licenses may have instead blocked funding for the registration of boats and mobile homes.

The Senate passed a budget plan late Monday that eliminates the entire $3.5 million allotment for the Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Division.

During debate, senators said the proposed cut could halt the issuance of driver's licenses. They described it as negotiating leverage to get additional information from state officials about the data collected from driver's license applicants.

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8:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Legislation Transfering Conceal Carry Process From DOR To Local Sheriffs Endorsed By Mo. House

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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would overhaul the state’s conceal carry process.

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10:03 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. House committee hears testimony on state welfare contract

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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:43 am

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. Senate budget plan notable for zeros

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
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Missouri senators are considering a roughly $25 billion budget plan that may be most notable for what it doesn't contain.

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8:40 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. Senate budget plan notable for zeros

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri senators are considering a roughly $25 billion budget plan that may be most notable for what it doesn't contain.

Senate debate on the budget is scheduled to begin late Monday, with some of the most agreeable items up first. Those include a $66 million increase in basic aid for public schools and a $34 million increase for public colleges and universities.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. Senate backs $15M of aid after Joplin tornado

Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could provide $15 million to Joplin to rebuild street curbs and gutters that were damaged as a result of the 2011 tornado.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday would fund disaster recovery projects by redirecting money from other areas of state government. Among the entities that would lose money are the state insurance department and an agency that helps finance health and educational facilities.

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8:52 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House backs tax credits overhaul

The Missouri House has backed a tax credit overhaul that is sharply different from a Senate version.
A bill given initial approval 120-31 Wednesday night would set much higher caps than the Senate on the amount of tax credits that can be approved annually for the renovation of historic buildings and development of low-income housing.

Unlike a bill passed previously by the Senate, the House version would combine several existing business incentives into a new program with greater flexibility for state economic development officials to award tax credits.

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3:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mo. bill would allow college visit for foster kids

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would require older children in foster care to visit colleges.

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9:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Senate backs farmers' rights amendment

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
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The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers' rights.

The legislation originally would have barred voters from passing initiatives that would infringe on farmers' rights. But that portion was removed after opposition from senators concerned about blocking the petition process.

Politics
9:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mo. bill excuses nursing moms from jury duty

Legislators in Jefferson City are grappling over how the state--if at all--should implement new federal health care laws.
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Nursing mothers could be excused from jury duty under legislation given initial approval by the Missouri Senate.

A bill endorsed Monday would expand protections in Missouri law that already allow mothers to discreetly breast-feed in public places. The bill adds expressing breast milk to the list of protected activities and prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances restricting breast-feeding mothers.
Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.

Politics
8:36 am
Tue April 9, 2013

It May Be Too Late To Revise Mo. Criminal Code This Year

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 7:17 pm

Nearly a full month of hearings wrapped up Monday into a Missouri Senate bill that would revise the state’s criminal code, but it may already be too late to get the bill to the Governor’s desk this year.

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9:11 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to take up state budget

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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A Missouri Senate panel is preparing to begin drafting its plan for the roughly $25 billion state operating budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week to begin work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions between the department and Republican senators over new driver's license procedures.

Politics
3:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Higher initiative fraud penalties passes Mo. Senate

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People who fraudulently sign petitions for ballot initiatives could face stiffer penalties under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 30-3 Thursday for a bill that would make petition signature fraud a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $25,000.

Violators currently can face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The legislation now goes to the House.

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2:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate bill lets pharmacies refuse to stock drugs

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.

The legislation passed the Senate by a 24-9 vote Thursday and now heads to the House.

Sponsoring Sen. David Sater is a Republican pharmacist from southwest Missouri who describes the legislation a business freedom issue. Sater says some states have mandated that birth control or emergency contraception be stocked by pharmacies. But he says a pharmacy — like a clothing store — should be free to sell what it chooses.

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5:50 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. Senate passes prescription reform bill

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  The Missouri Senate unanimously passed a bill today allowing pharmacists to issue small prescription refills of emergency medication without a doctor's order.

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8:50 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. House Passes State Budget, Mo. Senate Threatens To Delay DOR Budget

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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.


While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.  There’s an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the increase still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.  Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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9:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Analysis: Mo. Senate bills could raise tax revenue

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The Missouri Senate has passed an unusually large number of tax cuts, credits, deductions and increases at the midway mark of the legislative session.

The bottom line could be a net gain in state revenues, if all the proposed changes become law.

A calculation prepared for The Associated Press by former legislative tax analyst Brian Schmitt shows that Missouri may reap $355 million in 2016, with that gradually decreasing to $118 million by 2019.

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3:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate passes union paycheck deduction bill

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The Missouri Senate has approved legislation requiring public employee unions to seek annual consent to automatically deduct fees from members' paychecks.

The bill also would require the unions to seek consent for spending members' fees on political contributions.

Public safety unions representing first responders would be exempt and not have to seek consent from members under the Senate bill.

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3:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate passes transportation sales tax

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The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed 1-cent sales tax to fund state and local transportation projects.

The tax would require approval by Missouri voters and go back on a statewide ballot after 10 years.

Officials estimate the tax would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade with 10 percent dedicated to local transportation needs.

The proposal now goes to the House after clearing the Senate Thursday on a vote of 24-10. All the opponents were Republicans.

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8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

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Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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9:33 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives First Approval To Scaled-Back 'Paycheck Protection Bill'

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 2:09 pm

The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a scaled-backed version of the so-called Paycheck Protection bill.

The original bill would have barred unions from automatically withholding dues from the paychecks of public employees, but Senate Democrats spent nearly ten hours Monday night and Tuesday morning blocking the bill. The filibuster ended when the bill was changed to allow annual consent for withholding union dues from paychecks.

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9:33 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Medical Conscience' Bill Receives 1st-Round Approval From Mo. House

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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:55 pm

Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.

Health care workers could refuse to participate in procedures or research that violates their religious, moral or ethical principles under a measure passed by the Missouri House.

The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.

Earlier story:

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5:39 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses bill to extend age children can re-enter foster care

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The age older youth could re-enter foster care would be raised from 18 to 21 under new legislation approved by the Missouri Senate on Thursday.

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9:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Analysis: Mo. tax plan may save little for many

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The typical Missouri household might have relatively little to gain from a Senate-endorsed overhaul of the state's tax policies.

The proposed mixture of income tax cuts and sales tax hikes could save a few dozen dollars annually for a family of four earning just slightly more than Missouri's median household income of about $45,000.

Wealthier taxpayers, particularly those running their own businesses, might save a lot more. Yet seniors reliant on Social Security benefits could pay more.

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