Missouri Senate

Politics
2:55 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. Senate panel backs 911 tracking on cellphones

A Missouri Senate panel has backed tracking emergency calls.
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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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Politics
8:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Legislation addresses impact of foreclosure on neighbors

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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.

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Education
4:22 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation

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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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on K-12 funding formula changes

Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
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Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate.  

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PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Newscast for April 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. 
PM Newscasts
5:50 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Newscast for April 5, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • 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. 
Education
4:08 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Missouri Senate considering higher education budget increases

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

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Senator seeks Social Security number restriction

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
1:24 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education cuts

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to follow the House's lead by holding funding flat for public universities.
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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.

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NPR Story
5:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mo. Senate overrides veto on workers' comp, but the House likely won't

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 4:04 pm

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.”

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Politics
5:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Rallies draw thousands to Missouri Capitol

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 1:32 pm

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.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

McCaskill to run for re-election

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.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri lawmakers back corrections overhaul plans

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

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Business
4:48 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri Senate passes workplace discrimination measure

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

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PM Newscasts
5:44 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Newscast for March 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.
Politics
2:46 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses Iran contracting legislation

Missouri senators endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran.

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PM Newscasts
5:40 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Newscast for February 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.

 

Politics
2:27 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. state senate backs new robocall limits

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.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

State senator backs new distracted driving charge

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.

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PM Newscasts
5:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Newscast for February 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.
Politics
3:03 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. Senator wants I-70 toll road debate

Mo. State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) wants to debate a measure allowing I-70 to become a toll road.
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A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Newscast for February 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.
Politics
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Missouri senator urges later candidate filing period

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
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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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Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate Democrats end filibuster

The Missouri Capitol building, where Senate Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.
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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.

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PM Newscasts
5:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Newscast for February 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
Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. senators scuttle Nixon's nominee

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
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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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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri Rep. Wallingford to run for state Senate

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Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.

Politics
11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Business community seeks to reform workers' comp system

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A new bill moving through the Missouri Senate aims to reform workers' compensation in the state. Backers say the move is badly needed to improve the business climate in Missouri. But there is little consensus on the specifics.

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Politics
6:25 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Missouri Senate Leader Wants to End Special Session

The head of the Missouri Senate has announced he’s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week. 

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