Marshall Griffin http://kcur.org en Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget http://kcur.org/post/nixon-cuts-more-1-billion-fy2015-state-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/6-24-2014%2C_Nixon_announces_cuts_prior_to_signing_budget.JPG" alt="" /><p><em>Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.</em><p><em>Updated at 3:21 p.m. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:27:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 57855 at http://kcur.org Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law http://kcur.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-revamping-missouris-funeral-protest-law <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/Mo._Capitol_in_August_2.jpg" alt="" /><p>Missouri Gov. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:22:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 57756 at http://kcur.org Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law Missouri Conservation Commission Tries To Stop Chronic Wasting Disease In Wild Deer http://kcur.org/post/missouri-conservation-commission-tries-stop-chronic-wasting-disease-wild-deer <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/Ian Sane)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201201/doeFlickrIan_Sane.jpg" alt="" /><p>Missouri's Conservation Commission voted unanimously Friday to adopt a list of recommendations designed to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from captive white tail deer to the wild population.<p>The recommendations primarily target privately owned fields, pens and reserves where trophy deer are raised to be hunted.&#160; <spa Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:01:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 57021 at http://kcur.org Missouri Conservation Commission Tries To Stop Chronic Wasting Disease In Wild Deer 'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal http://kcur.org/post/right-farm-tour-hits-jefferson-city-former-lt-gov-criticizes-proposal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the &quot;right-to-farm&quot; constitutional amendment in Jefferson City." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:37:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 56782 at http://kcur.org 'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week http://kcur.org/post/missouri-right-farm-supporters-launch-pr-campaign-week <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201104/5-Angus_cattle_DSC_0586.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of the proposed "right to farm" amendment to the Missouri constitution will begin stumping for the proposal around the state this week.</span><p>Four members of Missouri's congressional delegation, all Republicans, are scheduled to rally support for the measure this week: U.S. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:20:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 56667 at http://kcur.org Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact http://kcur.org/post/mo-house-sends-student-transfer-bill-gov-nixon-private-option-intact <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/HouseChampersStateofState2011Greenblatt400_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><em><strong>(Updated 10 a.m. Friday, May 16)</strong></em><p>The Missouri House has passed the so-called student transfer fix, sending it to Gov. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:59:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55829 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact Lawmakers Call On Nixon To Sign Student Transfer Fix; Would End Free Transportation http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-call-nixon-sign-student-transfer-fix-would-end-free-transportation <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Mo__Capitol_in_FebMG__1.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. Thu, 15 May 2014 13:57:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55763 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers Call On Nixon To Sign Student Transfer Fix; Would End Free Transportation Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option http://kcur.org/post/negotiations-completed-over-student-transfer-bill-includes-private-option <em><strong>(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)</strong></em><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:45:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55644 at http://kcur.org Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option Missouri Senate GOP Makes Deal With Democrats, 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period, Early Voting Passed http://kcur.org/post/mo-senate-gop-makes-deal-democrats-72-hour-abortion-waiting-period-early-voting-passed <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Tue, 13 May 2014 12:47:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55645 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate GOP Makes Deal With Democrats, 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period, Early Voting Passed Legislature Sends FY2015 Budget To Gov. Nixon, Touts Education Spending http://kcur.org/post/legislature-sends-fy2015-budget-gov-nixon-touts-education-spending <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Mo._Capitol_in_August_2.jpg" alt="" /><p>House and Senate members have sent the remainder of the bills that make up Missouri's state budget to Gov. Fri, 09 May 2014 09:16:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55469 at http://kcur.org Legislature Sends FY2015 Budget To Gov. Nixon, Touts Education Spending House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget http://kcur.org/post/house-senate-negotiators-finish-work-missouri-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 07 May 2014 19:00:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55376 at http://kcur.org House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget Medicaid Expansion Supporters Disrupt Missouri Senate http://kcur.org/post/medicaid-expansion-supporters-disrupt-missouri-senate <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Members of Mo. Senate pause and watch a group of protesters chant slogans calling for Medicaid expansion. Nearly two dozen were arrested, but they were released shortly afterward." data-attribution="Credit Marie French, St. Wed, 07 May 2014 12:56:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55352 at http://kcur.org Medicaid Expansion Supporters Disrupt Missouri Senate Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill http://kcur.org/post/misssouri-senate-overrides-veto-tax-cut-bill-house-delays-vote-until-tuesday <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Mo._Capitol_in_August.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Missouri House acted quickly Tuesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a tax-cut bill that is estimated to cut the state's revenue by about $620 million a year when fully implemented.<p>The House obtained the exact number of votes needed — 109 — with the help of one Democrat, Rep. Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55301 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-state-budget-negotiations-over-final-version-are-next <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via flickr/jimbowen0306)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201202/mo._state_capitol.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday, after taking care of the first five bills on Monday. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:12:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54997 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal http://kcur.org/post/mo-senate-passes-scaled-backed-transportation-sales-tax-proposal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="I-70 in Columbia" data-attribution="Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/I-70_in_Columbia%2C_via_Flickr-KOMUnews_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltx Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:11:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54996 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:40:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54933 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week http://kcur.org/post/budget-student-transfers-transportation-tax-fill-missouri-lawmakers-plates-week <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/JCP2011032203_UPI-Bill_Greenblatt_0.jpg" alt="" /><p>It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the Missouri Senate is scheduled this evening to begin debates on the 13 bills making up the state budget, and they may actually try to pass them all tonight, according to Appropriations ch Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:38:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54870 at http://kcur.org Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure http://kcur.org/post/comprehensive-rewrite-missouri-criminal-code-passes-easily-future-unsure Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to rewrite the state's criminal code for the first time in more than 30 years. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:04:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54755 at http://kcur.org Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee http://kcur.org/post/impeachment-hearings-against-gov-nixon-underway-mo-house-committee <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, presents his article of impeachment before the Mo. House Judiciary Cmte. on Apr. 23, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:42:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54694 at http://kcur.org Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day http://kcur.org/post/e-cigarette-bills-pass-missouri-house-and-senate-same-day <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:46:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54381 at http://kcur.org E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature http://kcur.org/post/medicaid-expansion-stalled-not-dead-missouri-legislature <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (Flick/Mark Coggins)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/hospital.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/04/MedExFeat.mp3" class="asset-audio">Radio version of Medicaid feature 4-16-2014</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work on swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:15:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54321 at http://kcur.org Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature Early Voting Gets First-Round Approval In Missouri House http://kcur.org/post/early-voting-gets-first-round-approval-missouri-house <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201312/votingbooths.JPG" alt="" /><p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two measures to establish early voting, also known as "advance voting."<p>The first, House Joint Resolution 90, would allow for early voting if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:12:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54319 at http://kcur.org Early Voting Gets First-Round Approval In Missouri House Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers http://kcur.org/post/nixon-blasts-tax-cut-bill-sent-him-missouri-lawmakers <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year&#039;s tax cut bill, SB509." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/4-16-2014%2C_Nixon_presser_on_passage_of_SB509_0.JPG" alt="" /><p>A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:12:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54320 at http://kcur.org Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers Missouri House Endorses Transportation Tax Vote http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-endorses-transportation-tax-vote <p>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.</p><p>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</p><p>“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.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:12:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53863 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-committee-begins-reviewing-state-budget-passed-house <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:59:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53840 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon http://kcur.org/post/breast-feeding-protection-bill-sponsored-ailing-lawmaker-sent-gov-nixon <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City" data-attribution="Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/Rory-Ellinger-D_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:01:10 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53513 at http://kcur.org Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon Missouri House Approves Budget For FY2015 http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-approves-budget-fy2015 <p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year’s state budget.</p><p>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</p><p>“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.’”</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:48:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53216 at http://kcur.org A Look At What's In Store For The Second Half Of The Missouri Legislative Session http://kcur.org/post/look-whats-store-second-half-missouri-legislative-session <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:56:28 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53161 at http://kcur.org A Look At What's In Store For The Second Half Of The Missouri Legislative Session Missouri Lawmakers Talk About What’s Next As Spring Break Begins http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-talk-about-what-s-next-spring-break-begins <p>The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.</p><p>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.&nbsp; Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:49:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52635 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015 http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-committee-passes-state-budget-fy2015 <span style="line-height: 1.5;">House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. &#160;If Gov. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:16:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52576 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015