Missouri Senate

House and Senate budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what’s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement: finding a way to fund veterans’ homes.

The House this week passed legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.  The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.  House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey accuses Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer of playing games:

 

The Missouri House has approved legislation that could make it harder for employees to be shielded from retaliation by their employer for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.

In an 86-66 vote Thursday, the House approved a measure that limits "whistleblower" status to employees who report or refuse to carry out illegal acts. The bill also caps the amount of punitive damages a person can recover if a company retaliates against the whistleblower.

Newscast for April 25, 2012

Apr 25, 2012

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UMSL to hold an interdisciplinary conference on "consilience."

The UM System president's house needs $88,000 worth of additional repairs and renovations.

Legislation moving through the state Senate that would make cellphone companies share 911 call information.

A state Senate panel considers legislation that would make CPR a requirement for Missouri high school students.

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training a requirement for graduating from high schools.

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Phone companies would have to help Missouri law enforcement agencies locate cellphone callers in emergency situations, under legislation moving through the state Senate.

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County assessors would have to consider the impact of foreclosures and bank sales on the real estate market when they set the value of a property, under legislation that has passed the Missouri Senate.

The Missouri Senate has passed bills that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would also allow the state to take over failing school districts more quickly.

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Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate.  

Newscast for April 12, 2012

Apr 12, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri Senate Committee approves $24 billion budget plan that cuts funding for social services.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon appoints St. Louis trial judge to serve on state Court of Appeals.
  • Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cell phones numbers on No Call List moving forward.
  • State Department of Health and Senior Services confirms seven cases of E. coli. 

Newscast for April 5, 2012

Apr 5, 2012

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  • Missouri employers barred from identifying workers by the last four their Social Security numbers.
  • Missouri Senate considering increasing funding for elementary and secondary schools.
  • Missouri House approves legislation designed to help students attend schools closest to them.
  • Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to double the amount of time public school teachers to earn tenure from five years to ten years. 

The State Senate is considering a budget that would increase funding for elementary and secondary schools and hold higher education funding steady. 

Missouri employers would be barred from identifying workers by the last four digits of their Social Security numbers under a bill in the state Senate.

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Education would be spared from cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth by a Missouri Senate committee.

The Missouri Senate today overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system.

But the likelihood that the House will also override the Governor’s veto is virtually nonexistent, according to Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).  He says they just don’t have the votes, even within their own party.

“We would have to first convince our caucus," Jones said.  "And even if we did, we’re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point…that’s a tough vote.”

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.

Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.  Maggie Karner with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the crowd that President Obama’s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.

“This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door," Karner said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has officially begun her re-election campaign, the first and only Democrat so far in a contest that has attracted several Republicans.

Both the Missouri House and Senate have passed bills that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.

The Missouri Senate has given final approval to legislation changing the rules for lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

Newscast for March 7, 2012

Mar 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Missouri Senate bill supports a change to adoptions in the state's foster care process.
  • Missouri's state auditor weighs a senatorial run.
  • The state Senate endorses legislation that would restrict public contracts with Iran.
  • Women earn only 74 cents to the dollar compared to men in Missouri.
  • Missouri lawmakers send Gov. Jay Nixon a workers' compensation bill.
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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran.

Newscast for February 23, 2012

Feb 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The UM System announces the recipients of a $600,000 research investment.
  • The Missouri Senate passes legislation that would ban "robocalls" from no-call list members.
  • The Missouri House passes legislation that would make English the only language for those wanting driver's licenses.

 

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would forbid automated phone calls known as "robocalls" from going to numbers on the state's no-call list.

Drivers who are distracted while behind the wheel could be charged with a misdemeanor — even if they haven't broken any other laws — under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee.

Newscast for February 22, 2012

Feb 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri leads the U.S. in methamphetamine lab seizures in 2011.
  • A bipartisan commission says it's close to a Missouri Senate District map compromise.
  • A state senator wants the full chamber to debate the I-70 toll road proposal.
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A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

Newscast for February 15, 2012

Feb 15, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Timothy Wolfe reports for his first day as UM System president.
  • Missouri's Senate is in the process of extending the candidate filing deadline.
  • Chris Koster urges action on Missouri's Second Injury Fund.
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A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

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Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

Newscast for February 1, 2012

Feb 1, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Filibuster continues second week
  • The Heart of Missouri United Way adopts a new funding strategy
  • Missouri Republican Senate candidates struggle to match Claire McCaskill's fundraising total
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Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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