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8:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Senator cites Sam in call for anti-bias bill

Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri senator is calling on the Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation in light of a former University of Missouri football player's decision to publicly come out as gay.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon calls for protections for gay workers

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the state's Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the measure's chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.

Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.

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9:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee

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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:08 pm

Testimony was heard today on legislation that would redefine what constitutes workplace discrimination in Missouri.

If passed, workplace discrimination would have to be a motivating factor, not just a contributing one, in any wrongful action taken against a worker by an employer, which is the current federal standard.  Attorney Rich AuBuchon spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of his former employer, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.  He told the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety that the state’s current definition of discrimination is hurting Missouri’s economy.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House panel talks change to worker lawsuits

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for high school graduates, beginning in the fall of 2014.
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A Missouri House committee is considering legislation making it harder for employees to win lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

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Politics
8:45 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Legislators review re-worked workplace discrimination bill

A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill. 

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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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Politics
10:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon and lawmakers at odds over legislation

Legislators and Gov. Nixon are sparing over bills reforming voter identification and workplace discrimination.
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Missouri Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appear headed for a debate over workplace discrimination laws and a requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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AM Newscasts
9:02 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Newscast for February 9, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he knew about a possible settlement of a nationwide mortgage fraud lawsuit for some time.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison
  • A workplace discrimination reform bill passes the Missouri Senate
  • Gov. Jay Nixon on his recent decrease in cuts to higher education
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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Politics
10:40 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Legislative Black Caucus fights workplace discrimination bills

Missouri Capitol building
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The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. As St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us, both Senate and House bills would redefine discrimination as a motivating factor in actions taken against an employee:

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Politics
11:01 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in the State Senate

A group of Democratic State Senators is blocking a bill that would redefine Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards.  They believe the bill will undo nearly a half-century of civil rights progress.

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AM Newscasts
10:27 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Newscast for January 26, 2012

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • $27 million in grant money to health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt
  • Missouri democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in State Senate
  • ACLU sues St. Louis for inmate grievances
  • Big trucks on small roads--cattlemen vs. MoDOT
Politics
12:48 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

State legislators consider changing workplace discrimination rules

The capitol building, Jefferson city
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Legislation that would change Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards is getting attention this week by both State House and Senate members.

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