Missouri Statehouse http://kcur.org en 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 Mo. Senate Blocks 72-hour Abortion Waiting Period http://kcur.org/post/mo-senate-blocks-72-hour-abortion-waiting-period-0 <p>Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while it's Senate counterpart is stalled.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:12:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52220 at http://kcur.org Nixon Questioned Again About Presidential Aspirations http://kcur.org/post/nixon-questioned-again-about-presidential-aspirations <span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His itinerary Friday included a live webcast with Politico senior political correspondent Alex Burns.&#160; During the interview Burns mentioned a headline in a Missouri newspaper that read: "Is Jay Nixon Considering a Presidential Bid?", then asked Nixon directly if he is. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:17:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51729 at http://kcur.org Nixon Questioned Again About Presidential Aspirations Two 'Border War' Bills Introduced In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/two-border-war-bills-introduced-missouri <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:22:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50871 at http://kcur.org Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting http://kcur.org/post/hands-missouri-high-five-may-soon-be-official-state-greeting <p>A freshman state representative&nbsp;from the St. Louis area has introduced a bill in the House that would make the high-five the official greeting in the state of Missouri.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:14:01 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50574 at http://kcur.org Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting Missouri Chamber Of Commerce Says Students Are 'Falling Behind' Digitally http://kcur.org/post/missouri-chamber-commerce-says-students-are-falling-behind-digitally <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:14:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50563 at http://kcur.org New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature http://kcur.org/post/new-website-tracks-life-bills-missouri-legislature <p>A <a href="http://mobilltracker.org/#categories">new website</a> unveiled Tuesday will track the life of some bills introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate during the 2014 legislative session.</p><p><a href="http://mobilltracker.org/#categories">MOBillTracker.org</a>, created by Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, will track bills in five categories: health; elections and ethics; guns; education; jobs; and the economy. There is a sixth category that will track bills that have seen recent action.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:32:01 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50397 at http://kcur.org New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature Opponents Of Photo ID Bill Dominate Missouri Senate Hearing http://kcur.org/post/opponents-photo-id-bill-dominate-missouri-senate-hearing <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;">A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:01:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50377 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-have-you-ever-tried-get-out-speeding-ticket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>An effort to increase speed limits in Missouri has us curious about your history with speed in the Show-Me state.</p><p>Missouri could become more lead-foot friendly if a proposal to increase the maximum speed limit on rural interstates, from 70 to 75 mph, makes it through the Missouri Legislature this year.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:51:43 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50363 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket? Missouri Lawmakers Look At Revamping Student Transfer Law http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-look-revamping-student-transfer-law <p>Five bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:29:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50145 at http://kcur.org Nixon Proposes $278M For Education In 2014 State Of The State http://kcur.org/post/nixon-proposes-278m-education-2014-state-state <p>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.</p><p>The speech received cheers and standing ovations from fellow Democrats, but stony silence from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:53:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50093 at http://kcur.org LIVE BLOG: Missouri State Of The State 2014 http://kcur.org/post/live-blog-missouri-state-state-2014 <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivered his sixth State of the State address Tuesday evening at the Statehouse in Jefferson City, Mo. He presented his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and called for an increase of $278 million to K-12 schools and a freeze on undergraduate tuition.&nbsp;</p><p>His speech was followed by the Republican response, delivered by House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/">Saint Louis Public Radio&nbsp;and the Beacon</a>&nbsp;live-blogged the speech. You can follow along below.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:36:11 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Kelsey Proud 50069 at http://kcur.org LIVE BLOG: Missouri State Of The State 2014 Missouri House Speaker Urging Medical Malpractice Caps http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-speaker-urging-medical-malpractice-caps <p>The Speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.</p><p>Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Jones says without the cap, millions of dollars could be shifted from patient care to legal defense costs.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:20:31 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49898 at http://kcur.org Missouri Campaign Finance Proposal Offers Sweeping Changes http://kcur.org/post/missouri-campaign-finance-proposal-offers-sweeping-changes <p>Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, released a proposal Tuesday to change Missouri's&nbsp;campaign finance regulations. But, it is a long-shot in the Republican-led legislature.</p><p>In the first part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with Kander&nbsp;about his goals with the proposal and what the biggest problems are.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Jason Kander</strong>, Missouri Secretary of State</li></ul> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:21:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49797 at http://kcur.org Missouri Campaign Finance Proposal Offers Sweeping Changes Kander Introduces Sweeping Ethics Reform For Missouri http://kcur.org/post/kander-introduces-sweeping-ethics-reform-missouri <p>Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has unveiled a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year. It includes restoring campaign contribution limits, banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials, and requiring a 3-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists.</p><p>Kander says if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:27:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49798 at http://kcur.org Missouri Legislators Discuss Right-To-Work Bill http://kcur.org/post/missouri-legislators-discuss-right-work-bill <p>A bill that would turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.</p><p>As written, the so-called “Freedom to Work Act” would bar workers from being required to engage or cease engaging in labor union activities as a condition for employment.</p><p>Greg Johns with the group Missourians for Right to Work cites Oklahoma as an example of where it has worked.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:04:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49734 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Defends State Board Appointment http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-defends-state-board-appointment <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice last month to fill a vacancy on the State Probation and Parole Board with State Rep. Dennis Fowler. Fowler then gave up his seat in the Missouri House for the appointment. He also happens to be one of the 15 House Republicans who voted against overriding Governor Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax cut bill last year.</p><p>Nixon told reporters Thursday that Fowler’s vote had nothing to do with his Parole Board appointment.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:17:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49569 at http://kcur.org Missouri Lawmakers Head Back To Statehouse This Week http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-head-back-statehouse-week <p>Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the start of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>This year's session will likely look a lot like last year’s session; there will be lots of so-called unfinished business on the minds of Republican leaders as they begin the regular session on Wednesday.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Jones says they’ll again pursue a major tax cut.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:02:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49323 at http://kcur.org Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients http://kcur.org/post/missouri-audit-alleges-misuse-ebt-cards-some-welfare-recipients A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The audit centers on the use of </span>EBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (electronic benefit transfer) cards from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a federal program administered on the state level in all 50 states.&#160; <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">Missouri Auditor Tom </a></span><a Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:32:39 +0000 Marshall Griffin 48526 at http://kcur.org Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients Missouri Senate Boeing Bill Passes House Committees http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-boeing-bill-passes-house-committees <p>Two Missouri House committees have passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, which now heads to the full House for floor debate.</p><p>Much of Thursday's discussion focused on a handful of amendments the Senate added to the bill,&nbsp;including one that requires Boeing to report each year on its efforts to hire women and minorities, and another that would require the 777-X project to be profitable in ten years.</p><p>House Member Anne Zerr, who’s handling the Senate bill, says she thinks the additional language makes it better.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:33:17 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47916 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Passes $150 Million Boeing Tax Break Deal http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-150-million-boeing-tax-break-deal <p>Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to land production of Boeing's 777X passenger jet is two steps closer to success, as the&nbsp;Missouri Senate&nbsp;gave it both first-round and final approval Wednesday.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:17:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47855 at http://kcur.org Missouri Lawmakers Move Forward On Tax Breaks For Boeing http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-move-forward-tax-breaks-boeing <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">Legislation that would provide tax breaks for Boeing to build its 777X passenger jet in Missouri was passed Tuesday night by two legislative committees.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:38:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47791 at http://kcur.org Mo. Lawmakers Start Work On Boeing Proposal Despite Questions http://kcur.org/post/mo-lawmakers-start-work-boeing-proposal-despite-questions <p>Missouri's special legislative session kicked off late Monday afternoon, as lawmakers officially began work on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to land&nbsp;Boeing's contract to build the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newairplane.com/777x/">777X passenger jet</a>.</p><p>The Missouri House briefly convened around 4:00 p.m. and adjourned for the day roughly 10 minutes later. Republican Speaker Tim Jones said afterwards that the Governor has been mum so far on the total projected cost of the Boeing project and the projected return on investment.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:48:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47723 at http://kcur.org Missouri Will Accept Joint Returns From Married Same-Sex Couples http://kcur.org/post/missouri-will-accept-joint-returns-married-same-sex-couples <p>The Missouri Department of Revenue must now accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples, following an executive order issued Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>Gov. Nixon says the order is necessary for two reasons – because Missouri law requires married couples who file joint federal tax returns to also file joint state returns, and because of the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent decision to recognize same-sex marriages, even for couples living in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:21:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46887 at http://kcur.org Missouri Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply http://kcur.org/post/missouri-moving-forward-executions-despite-secrecy-over-drug-supply <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;">A month ago, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/">St. Louis Public Radio</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug-why-change-plans"><font color="#0c4ca2">reported</font>&nbsp;on the questionable manner</a> in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:29:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 46845 at http://kcur.org Missouri Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply Missouri Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-reject-medicaid-expansion <p>An interim committee of the Missouri Senate has adopted a draft report with recommendations on reforming the state’s Medicaid system, but the report specifically leaves out the possibility of Medicaid expansion.</p><p>The Republican chair of the committee, Gary Romine of Farmington, says Medicaid must be reformed before any expansion can be considered. Democrats balked at that position, but then said they’d back the committee’s report if they could add language reflecting that the majority of public testimony collected called for expanding Medicaid.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:22:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46824 at http://kcur.org Audit Finds No-Bid Bonds Cost Missouri Taxpayers $43 Million http://kcur.org/post/audit-finds-no-bid-bonds-cost-missouri-taxpayers-43-million <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Index.aspx">Republican&nbsp;State Auditor Tom&nbsp;Schweich</a>&nbsp;cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:57:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46756 at http://kcur.org See Which Missouri Legislators Took Gifts From Lobbyists http://kcur.org/post/see-which-missouri-legislators-took-gifts-lobbyists <p></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:03:34 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Briana O'Higgins 46357 at http://kcur.org See Which Missouri Legislators Took Gifts From Lobbyists Ex-Congressman Ike Skelton Remembered At Funeral Service http://kcur.org/post/ex-congressman-ike-skelton-remembered-funeral-service <p></p><p>Missouri’s former Congressman Ike Skelton was buried in his home town of Lexington, Mo. Monday, amid the kind of military honors normally reserved for generals and admirals.</p><p></p><p>Skelton served 17 terms in Congress from Missouri’s 4th District, many of them as powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.</p><p>He died of pneumonia last week at age 81.&nbsp;</p><p>Skelton championed a strong American military. It was fitting his funeral service was at Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:31:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 46320 at http://kcur.org Ex-Congressman Ike Skelton Remembered At Funeral Service Missouri House Committee Examines Medicaid http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-committee-examines-medicaid <p>An interim Missouri House committee has resumed examining the state’s Medicaid system this week. Lawmakers spent part of Tuesday taking a closer look at how some other states with GOP-led legislatures have expanded Medicaid</p><p>Committee member Chris Molendorp was the only House Republican to support Medicaid expansion during this year’s legislative session. He says Missouri should consider adopting Florida’s practice of using Medicaid to cover so-called wrap-around services, such as providing transportation for kidney dialysis patients.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:15:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46019 at http://kcur.org