Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City today for the start of this year’s legislative session. The year 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget. Marshall Griffin takes a look at how the 2012 session may play out.
The city of Columbia has reached a settlement with an inmate that was shoved in a police department holding cell last August. Kenneth Baker filed a motion to dismiss his lawsuit against the city and three police officers.
Reports that Governor Jay Nixon was considering trying to balance the state budget by tapping state universities for about 107 million dollars, including 63 million from the University of Missouri, haven’t been well received. KBIA’s Scarlett Robertson reports the idea appears to be dying down.
By Scarlett Robertson, Columbia MO.
State representative Chris Kelly, a Democrat, says he thinks the plan is inappropriate.
Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 11:41 am
The head of Missouri's Office of Administration is stepping down effective Feb. 1.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons was leaving the position. In a resignation letter dated Monday, Simmons said he was pursuing an "opportunity outside of state government" but did not elaborate.