Marshall Griffin

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

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Government
9:45 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Missouri House Committee Hears Testimony On State Welfare Contract

Jennifer Tidball and Brian Kinkade of the Mo. Dept. of Social Services answer questions before the House Govt. Oversight Committee on April 22nd, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Government
8:11 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Missouri House Passes '2nd Amendment Preservation' Bill After Gun Rights Rally

Roughly 300 people attended a rally Thursday to support legislation to expand gun owners' rights in Missouri. HB 436 passed the Mo. House shortly after the rally ended.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed the so-called Second Amendment Preservation Act, less than 24 hours after it received first-round approval from the same body.

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Government
9:23 am
Thu April 18, 2013

ATF Denies It Requested Missouri Conceal Carry List

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders. 

State Senator Kurt Schaefer said Tuesday that while reviewing documents from the Department of Revenue they found an email request for the list as part of a, quote, “joint venture” between the Social Security Administration and the ATF. 

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Government
9:33 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Nixon: Scanning, Retaining Of Concealed Carry Documents To End

The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s.  This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.

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Government
9:30 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Nixon Addresses 1,000+ Medicaid Expansion Supporters At Missouri Capitol

People crammed inside the Mo. Capitol Rotunda for a rally on Apr. 16, 2013, in which Gov. Jay Nixon called for expanding Medicaid.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 crammed into the Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Tuesday to hear Governor Jay Nixon (D) call for expanding Medicaid to an additional 300,000 residents, nearly 260,000 of them by next year.

He told the crowd that the people he wants to add are those with low-paying jobs that don’t include health coverage.

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Government
9:25 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) holds a press conference in his office on Apr. 16, 2013, where he states that ATF took part in the request for Missouri's CCW list. To Schaefer's right is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R).
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Government
3:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Brian Long Resigns As Director Of Mo. Dept. Of Revenue

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:19 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced that Brian Long has resigned as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR). The resignation is effective immediately.

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Government
2:48 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:48 am


Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention today Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.


Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.

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Government
7:40 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Bill Barring DOR From Scanning Source Documents

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Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:39 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Government
10:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Too Late To Revise Missouri's Criminal Code?

A Missouri Senate committee has wrapped up nearly a full month of hearings into a bill that would revise the state’s criminal code.  It would create a new class of felonies and misdemeanors, give judges more flexibility in sentencing, and modernize the language used in the criminal code. 

The bill is sponsored by Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus.

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Health
9:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Report Finds 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Insurance Subsidies

More than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible to receive government subsidies to purchase private health insurance, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Families USA.

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Government
4:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sales Tax Collections Could Extend to Vehicles Purchased Outside Of Mo.

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Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Governor Jay Nixon that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval. 

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Government
9:27 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Nixon: 'Missouri Dept. Of Revenue Is Not Forwarding Info On Citizens To DC'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) talks to reporters following his meeting with House Republicans on Apr. 3rd, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is not forwarding information on applicants for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry endorsements to the federal government.

He became exasperated with reporters who asked questions about the controversy during a press conference today at the State Capitol.

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Government
9:25 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Nixon Meets House Republicans To Talk Medicaid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and staff members head to a meeting with House Republicans at the State Capitol on Apr. 3rd, 2013, where he discussed his plans for Medicaid expansion.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says it’s possible that he could support the House Republicans’ alternate Medicaid proposal, if some crucial changes are made.

He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system.  Nixon told reporters afterwards that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $32,500 for a family of four.

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Government
9:22 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Missouri House Committee Passes GOP Medicaid Reform, Defeats Expansion Attempt

Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight and Accountability discusses HB 700 before voting 7-2 to pass it.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed the Republicans’ alternative to the Medicaid expansion being sought by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Government
4:28 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri

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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts. 

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Government
9:57 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Says Same Sex Marriage Should Be Up To States

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government. 

Jones was asked by reporters about US Supreme Court arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and about whether the GOP majority was interested in moving legislation that would make it illegal in Missouri to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation. 

Jones indicated that he’s not going to take any action to encourage the bill’s passage.

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Government
10:22 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Missouri House Passes $25 Billion Budget

The spending plan adds an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the spending hike still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.
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Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.  While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.

The nearly $25 billion spending plan adds an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the spending hike still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula. 

Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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Government
10:10 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Labor Union Members Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 200 labor union members rallied outside the Missouri Capitol on March 27th, 2013, voicing opposition to "anti-worker" bills in the Missouri House and Senate.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

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Government
9:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Missouri House Targets Department Of Revenue For Cuts

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The Department of Revenue was targeted during Tuesday’s budget debates in the Missouri House over its practice of scanning documents for driver’s license and conceal-carry applications. 

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Government
9:30 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Missouri House OKs Budget, Rejects Medicaid Expansion

The Missouri Capitol at night.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for Fiscal Year 2014, while House Republicans beat back three attempts to expand Medicaid.

The first attempt was made Tuesday morning, in the form of a motion to send House Bill 1 back to committee and add $940 million to it for Medicaid needs.  The motion was made by State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart).

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Government
9:33 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Missouri GOP Floats Alternative Medicaid Proposal

Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.  The bill would expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 180,000 Missourians while removing about 44,000 children from the Medicaid rolls.

The bill is being offered by House Republicans as an alternate to Democrats’ call to expand Medicaid.  In addition to changing coverage, private insurers would compete to provide coverage for Medicaid recipients, who could then get cash incentives for staying healthy and avoiding costly medical procedures. 

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Government
9:37 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Missouri Legislative Session At The Half

Missouri Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Mo.
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At approximately the half-way mark for its 2013 session, the Missouri General Assembly has in some ways performed as expected, but has also delivered some genuine surprises.

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Government
9:47 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Foiled Again

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It was not a good day for backers of Medicaid expansion, as the proposal suffered setbacks on both sides of the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday.

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Government
9:40 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

A rack of US Department of Agriculture bonus commodities is empty at the Saint Louis Area Food Bank’s warehouse in Earth City.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Government
2:27 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Amateur Sporting Events Legislation Sent To Governor

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for amateur sporting events held in Missouri has become the first one sent to Governor Jay Nixon during the 2013 regular session. 

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Government
9:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Revenue: 'We're Not Sending Copies Of Citizens Documents To DC'

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Revenue Deputy Director John Mollenkamp and Director Brian Long testify before Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight on March 11, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The head of the Missouri Department of Revenue says his agency is not forwarding electronic copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government.

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Government
7:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Medical Conscience' Bill Receives 1st-Round Approval From Mo. House

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would allow medical workers to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

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Government
3:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Home Brewers Bill Passes Mo. Senate

Chris Prewitt KCUR

Legislation that would allow home brewers to bring home-made beer to festivals has passed the Missouri Senate. 

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