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2:44 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gov. Nixon's nominees delayed in Senate panel

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at a past event.
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Nominations for key boards and positions in state government are being stalled in a Senate committee.

Senators said Wednesday that a lack of communication with Gov. Jay Nixon's administration was to blame for the delay. Committee chairman Sen. Tom Dempsey says the nominations of Richard Fordyce as agriculture director, Gregg Smith as highway commissioner, and Joseph Driskill and Victor Lenz as education board members are stalled for at least one week.

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3:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

McKenna confirmed as Mo. labor department director

Ryan McKenna
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Former state Sen. Ryan McKenna has won Senate confirmation as director of Missouri's labor department.

Senators approved McKenna's appointment Thursday without any discussion.

McKenna resigned from the Senate in December after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him as head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Democrat from Jefferson County began the new job last month but needed Senate confirmation to remain in the post.

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4:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives

A top senator says he supports special tax incentives to entice the Boeing Co. to build a new airplane in Missouri.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Friday that it should be "a no-brainer" for lawmakers to authorize incentives for Boeing. He says it could mean thousands of jobs and a massive boost to the economy.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he's working quickly and aggressively to lure Boeing. Missouri is competing with several other states to produce the Boeing 777X. Nixon says a decision could come as soon as January.

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4:50 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. Senate leader releases new gun legislation

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A Missouri Senate leader has put forth a new, pared-back proposal dealing with the enforcement of federal gun control laws.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard released a draft Thursday of proposed legislation for the 2014 session seeking to nullify federal gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

The new proposal comes about six weeks after Richard and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey voted against an attempted veto override of a bill addressing the same subject because of concerns about its constitutionality.

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4:35 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mo. lawmakers to study failed measures before 2014 session

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Missouri's legislative session is over, but the work may continue for some lawmakers.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.

A joint panel of Senate and House members could look into potential changes to the Medicaid health care program for the poor.

Another committee could study potential projects to be included in a bonding proposal that would be put before voters.

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8:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session

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The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session.

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3:07 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Mo. unlikely to follow Michigan lead on union law

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Missouri Republican leaders say it would be difficult to follow Michigan's lead in passing a "right-to-work" law that prohibits union dues as a condition for employment.

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8:23 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate

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Changes in Missouri's tax code will be near the top of the agenda for Republicans in the state Senate during the 2013 session.

Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, is expected to be elected as presiding officer when the Senate convenes in January. He says majority party Republicans want to act quickly on legislation to provide "income tax relief." The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.

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4:27 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Republicans choose Dempsey as Mo. Senate president

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.

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5:01 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

MO Senate passes workplace injury changes

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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9:02 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Lawmakers to address work-related injury fund

The Second Injury Fund is currently $160 million in the red.

Legislation has been filed in both the Missouri House and Senate to address the state’s Second Injury Fund, which provides payments to workers with prior disabilities who are injured on the job.  But the fund has been losing money for years.

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