Marshall Griffin

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

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Missouri Statehouse
8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tax Cut Language Replaced With Tax Credit Language In Senate Bill

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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

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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
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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.

Government
5:27 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kander Introduces Sweeping Ethics Reform For Missouri

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.

Kander says if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best.

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Government
8:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Missouri Legislators Discuss Right-To-Work Bill

A bill that would turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

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.

Greg Johns with the group Missourians for Right to Work cites Oklahoma as an example of where it has worked.

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Government
8:17 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Gov. Nixon Defends State Board Appointment

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.

Nixon told reporters Thursday that Fowler’s vote had nothing to do with his Parole Board appointment.

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Government
7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Missouri House Considers Funds To Assess Success Of Common Core

A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core standards. The standards are designed to implement consistent nationwide standards in math and language arts.

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the committee Tuesday that implementing Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:02 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Head Back To Statehouse This Week

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the start of the 2014 legislative session.

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.

House Speaker Tim Jones says they’ll again pursue a major tax cut.

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Government
7:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 6:42 pm

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.

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Government
9:54 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Proposal To Slow Student Transfers Expected In January

A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area may be considered by the Missouri General Assembly next year.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Nixon Announces Bond Issue For New State Psychiatric Hospital

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced plans to use a bond issue to pay for construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Fulton.

Fulton State Hospital opened in 1851 and is the oldest state mental hospital west of the Mississippi River. Nixon says the bond issue will be part of his overall state budget request for next year, and that it’s sorely needed to rebuild an aging and sometimes dangerous facility.

“Based on workers’ compensation costs, it’s far more dangerous to work here at Fulton than any Department of Corrections facility,” said Nixon.

Government
8:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Missouri Senate Boeing Bill Passes House Committees

Two Missouri House committees have passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, which now heads to the full House for floor debate.

Much of Thursday's discussion focused on a handful of amendments the Senate added to the bill, 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.

House Member Anne Zerr, who’s handling the Senate bill, says she thinks the additional language makes it better.

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Government
8:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Missouri Senate Passes $150 Million Boeing Tax Break Deal

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to land production of Boeing's 777X passenger jet is two steps closer to success, as the Missouri Senate gave it both first-round and final approval Wednesday.

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Government
7:38 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Move Forward On Tax Breaks For Boeing

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for Boeing to build its 777X passenger jet in Missouri was passed Tuesday night by two legislative committees.

First, the Missouri Senate Committee on Economic Development passed their version of the bill, followed a few hours later by the House Economic Development Committee passing its version.  There are no major differences in the two – both would provide $150 million in incentives to Boeing to build the 777X at its campus near Lambert Airport. 

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