Marshall Griffin

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.

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8:46 am
Fri April 18, 2014

E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 10:47 pm

The Missouri Senate and Missouri House have both passed bills to ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:27 pm

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NPR Story
8:12 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Early Voting Gets First-Round Approval In Missouri House

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:19 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two measures to establish early voting, also known as "advance voting."

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NPR Story
8:12 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 5:08 am

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Transportation Tax Vote

Legislation that would let voters decide if they want to create a temporary one-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

The proposed constitutional amendment would be in effect for 10 years and would need to be reauthorized by voters to stay in effect beyond that. It’s sponsored by Republican Rep. Dave Hinson of Franklin County

“The people all across the state realize we have a transportation infrastructure need, no matter if you think it’s for roads, bridges, or any other type of multimodal transportation,” said Hinson.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:49 pm

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:01 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:40 pm

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri House Approves Budget For FY2015

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year’s state budget.

House members spent most of the day bringing up amendments they hoped to add on to the budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid. Both failed, and both were sponsored by Democrat Jill Schupp of St. Louis County

“Ladies and gentlemen, when rural hospitals close, actions here today will be remembered," said Schupp. "I have a list of over 100 organizations from communities all over the state – these are all the groups that say, ‘it’s time to expand Medicaid.’”

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Missouri Statehouse
7:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Look At What's In Store For The Second Half Of The Missouri Legislative Session

Missouri Legislators are back at the Statehouse this week to start work on the second half of the 2014 session.
Credit jimmywayne / Flickr

The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway.  Leaders in both chambers and from both parties remain focused on crafting a state budget and on easing the burden of the state's student transfer law – but they remain divided on expanding Medicaid.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at what we can expect to see during the final eight weeks of session.

Medicaid Expansion a 'nonstarter'

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Government
6:49 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Talk About What’s Next As Spring Break Begins

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, touted the passage of several of his priorities, including photo voter ID legislation, conscientious objections to certain medical procedures, and ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas.  Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:16 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015

Mo. House Budget Cmte. working on the state's 13 bills that make up FY2015 budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

The roughly $28 billion spending plan still includes a funding increase for the state's K-12 schools, which would be around $122 million if projections by House and Senate Republican leaders turn out to be correct.  If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue picture turns out to be correct, then K-12 spending would increase by $278 million.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tax Cut Language Replaced With Tax Credit Language In Senate Bill

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Governor Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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Government
1:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

The Mo. House
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:24 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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Government
5:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri House Passes Photo ID Requirement For Voting

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Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:40 pm

The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation that would usher in photo ID requirements for voters.

First, the House passed HJR 47, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls. This proposed amendment would also need voter approval.

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Missouri Statehouse
9:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours

Bubbles | sxc.hu

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:01 am

(Story updated at 5:42 p.m. to include today's 3rd-read vote by the full Senate that sent SB 493 to the Missouri House.)

After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri's student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.

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Government
12:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill

Mo. Capitol
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:48 am

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.

The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts.  Provisions within Senate Bill 493 include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:53 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:27 pm

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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Government
8:17 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Nixon Questioned Again About Presidential Aspirations

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, talking to reporters in 2013. During a visit to Washington DC today he was asked by Politico if he plans to run for president.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is attending the National Governors Association's winter meetings in Washington DC this weekend, and once again he's been questioned about his political future.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:18 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Wide-Ranging Student Transfer Bill Passed By Mo. Senate Committee

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:53 am

Nine bills that either directly addressed or were related to school transfers and accreditation were combined into one bill and passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate's Education Committee.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:07 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills

Mo. House floor
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two separate but similar tax-cut bills.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Senate Strips Gun Theft Reporting Amendment From Nullification Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:03 am

The Missouri Senate has stripped an amendment from the gun-control nullification bill that would have required an individual to report a stolen gun within 72 hours.

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Government
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:51 pm

Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in Missouri.

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Government
9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Senate Endorses Gun Control Nullification Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:24 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two 'Border War' Bills Introduced In Missouri

Two bills that would each try to end the so-called “border war” among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees. The identical bills would bar incentives designed to poach businesses from Kansas to Missouri.

Backers of the two bills say the proposal would take effect only if Kansas enacts a similar law to discourage its businesses from luring companies on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:17 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation that would bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.

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Education
8:14 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Missouri Chamber Of Commerce Says Students Are 'Falling Behind' Digitally

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is, quote, “falling behind” when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students.

Missouri Chamber CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me state, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

“If we hope to keep pace with the changing landscape in education, we need to start by opening up virtual pathways to give our students more options for learning and success,”said Mehan. 

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Government
8:01 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Bill Dominate Missouri Senate Hearing

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Government
8:29 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Look At Revamping Student Transfer Law

Five bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:53 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon Proposes $278M For Education In 2014 State Of The State

Increased spending on education and another call to expand Medicaid highlighted Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State Address before the Missouri General Assembly Tuesday.

The speech received cheers and standing ovations from fellow Democrats, but stony silence from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:09 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Nixon Expected To Call For School Funding, Medicaid Expansion

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State Address Tuesday, during which he’ll officially unveil his proposed budget for next year.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders to not cut taxes.

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