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.
But the likelihood that the House will also override the Governorâ€™s veto is virtually nonexistent, according toÂ Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).Â He says they just donâ€™t have the votes, even within their own party.
â€śWe would have to first convince our caucus," JonesÂ said.Â "And even if we did, weâ€™re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this pointâ€¦thatâ€™s a tough vote.â€ť
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.Â Maggie Karner with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the crowd that President Obamaâ€™s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.
â€śThis 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.
Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the billâ€™s sponsor.Â But that doesnâ€™t mean they wonâ€™t try blocking the bill again.
Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the billâ€™s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment â€“ that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.Â She says, though, that the billâ€™s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.
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.
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.
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.