Marshall Griffin

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

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8:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Missouri Legislators Send Workers’ Comp Bill To Governor’s Desk

Missouri Capitol
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Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House.  It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

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9:24 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Legislators Send Governor Nixon Bill Banning Document Scans

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A bill is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon that would forbid the Missouri Department of Revenue from scanning and storing source documents of driver’s license and non-driver’s license applicants. 

Last month, Governor Nixon ordered the agency to cease scanning documents of conceal carry weapons applicants, but scanning for other license applicants continues. 

The bill approved Wednesday was sponsored in the Senate by Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit.  He says he thinks the Nixon will sign the bill.

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Government
10:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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9:23 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Final Version Of Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Missouri Senate

Early this morning, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would fix the state's ailing Second Injury Fund.

The fund is designed to help disabled workers who suffer a second work-related injury.  It began running out of money after lawmakers eight years ago capped the surcharge businesses have to pay into it.  Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp, a Republican from Wentzville, would temporarily increase the surcharge.

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8:45 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Missouri Senate Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.

The tax would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless voters renew it. Five percent of revenues raised would be designated for cities and another five percent for counties to pay for local transportation needs.  Those factors were not enough to sway several Republicans, including Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who conducted a filibuster Tuesday night.

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Government
8:42 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.

House and Senate Republicans voted to do away with the so-called "Senior Citizens Circuit Breaker" as a means of shoring up funding for the First Steps program, which aids children with developmental disabilities. 

In his veto letter, Nixon voiced disapproval of using money designated for seniors for other purposes, and stated that the bill contained no tax credit reforms. 

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Government
3:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

With 1 Week Left, What Remains For Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session?

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:00 am

The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived.  The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.

Nixon vs. lawmakers, tax credit reform

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Government
9:47 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon

The floor of the Missouri House during the legislative session.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would limit labor unions' ability to deduct dues and fees from the paychecks of public employees.

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Government
9:41 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Nixon Criticizes Tax Cut Bill, DMV Funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missoui Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, delivered a mixed report card Friday on the state budget and other bills passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly this week.

While he complimented lawmakers for increasing funding for K-12 schools and higher education, he also criticized them for passing legislation that would cut state income tax rates for individuals and corporations.  He told reporters that the bill would gut state revenues by more than $800 million.

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Government
9:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Missouri General Assembly Sends $25 Billion Budget To Governor

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  However, he's not happy with how the Republican-led General Assembly pulled portions of it together. 

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Government
9:16 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Scaled-Back Tax Cut Bill Sent To Missouri Governor

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A proposal to cut state income taxes in Missouri for both individuals and businesses is on its way to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Government
9:47 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Nixon Threatens Layoffs Over DMV Budget Squabble

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is threatening to lay off state workers unless Republican lawmakers fully fund the Missouri Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicles Division for a full fiscal year.

The warning comes one day after House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to only fund the state division for eight months, as a means of pressuring state Revenue officials to stop scanning and storing source documents of driver's license applicants.  Nixon, a Democrat,  says he'll treat the 8-month appropriation as a full year's funding if GOP leaders don’t reverse themselves.

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Government
11:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Negotiators Approve Final Version Of Missouri Budget

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Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.

The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.  It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, which disappointed committee member and State Senator Kiki Curls, also a Democrat, from Kansas City.

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Government
9:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Missouri Legislature Sends Prevailing Wage Bill To Governor

The Missouri General Assembly has sent Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.

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Government
9:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Jones: Attempt To Access CCW List Part Of House Investigation

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.

Republican House Speaker Tim Jones has formed a committee he says will thoroughly investigate the Department of Revenue's scanning of source documents for driver's license and conceal carry applicants, and the release of the state's conceal carry weapons (CCW) holder list to the federal government.

Jones says the committee is necessary because the Nixon administration has not fully cooperated with lawmakers' efforts to get answers to everything that's happened and why.

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Government
9:22 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Missouri House Adds Governor’s Amendment To Capital Improvements Bill

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The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Government
9:13 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Missouri House Votes To Repeal Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

House Bill 555 would lift the mandatory helmet requirement for motorcycle drivers and passenger who are at least 21 years of age or older.  It would remain in effect for those under 21.  The sponsor is Republican Rep. Eric Burlison from Springfield, he says the data he’s seen indicates that most motorcycle deaths are from torso injuries, not head trauma.

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Government
9:14 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Federal Investigator Testifies About Receiving Conceal Carry List

(l-r) Soc. Security investigator Keith Schilb and Special Agent in Charge Troy Turk are sworn in at a Missouri Senate Appropriations hearing on May 1st, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

Keith Schilb of the Social Security Administration's Inspector General's office told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.  He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.

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9:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Electric Surcharge Bill Stalls In Missouri Senate

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Government
9:39 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Missouri House Passes Another Bill To Reform Gun Laws

The Missouri House in session on April 30th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue.

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Government
9:34 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Medical Malpractice Cap Bill Stuck In Missouri Senate

Efforts in Missouri to restore caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are in limbo.

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9:31 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Missouri House Endorses Criminal Code Overhaul

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would overhaul Missouri’s criminal code has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Government
9:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Bill Restricting Use Of Abortion-Inducing Drugs Passes Missouri Senate Committee

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A Missouri Senate Committee has passed legislation that puts restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs. 

The bill would require the prescribing doctor to be physically present whenever a patient takes RU-486 or any other medication designed to terminate a pregnancy.  Supporters say it’s designed to prevent so-called “web-cam abortions,” in which a doctor at another location instructs the patient on taking the medicine.

Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life testified in favor of the bill before the vote.

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Government
9:12 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Missouri House Rejects Senate’s Budget, Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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Government
9:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Missouri House Passes Bill Allowing Guns In Parked Cars On Business Property

The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that expands the rights of gun owners, less than 24 hours after passing legislation aimed at blocking the federal government from enforcing federal gun laws in the Show-Me State.

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Government
9:28 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Missouri House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.

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Government
9:27 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Alternate House Medicaid Proposal Dead In Missouri

An alternate Medicaid expansion bill that contained some reforms sought byMissouri House Republicans is all but dead this year.

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Government
9:25 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Missouri House Sends Amended Tax Bill Back To Senate

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The Missouri House has passed a Senate bill that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making a few changes.

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Government
9:40 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Missouri House Endorses Transferring Conceal Carry Process to Sheriffs

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would overhaul the state’s conceal carry process. 

The bill would eliminate conceal carry endorsements in favor of conceal carry permits, which would be issued by county Sheriff’s offices instead of the Department of Revenue. 

It’s sponsored by GOP House Member Rick Brattin of Cass County.

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