Marshall Griffin

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

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Missouri Statehouse
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Legislative Measure To Bar Jayhawks Specialty Mo. License Plate

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The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate. The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:19 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Rush Bust: En Route To Capitol?

Sculptor E. Spencer Schubert working on the bust of Rush Limbaugh.
Note: Posted on Schubert's website, but taken down; retrieved by Huffington Post

Rumors swept the Missouri Capitol that the bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was being delivered today, along with the bust of former slave Dred Scott.

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Missouri Statehouse
11:17 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Missouri Representative Explains 'Don't Say Gay' Announcement

A Republican member of the Missouri House came out of the closet this week during a press conference on a bill that would limit public schools from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom. 

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Missouri Statehouse
7:26 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Rejects Senate Budget Bills

The Missouri House rejected most of the budget bills passed last week by the Senate.  The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations. 

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Missouri Statehouse
7:24 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon Wants Money For Vets’ Homes, Blind Pensions

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to fund veterans’ homes, pensions for the blind and other specific needs in the still-unfinished state budget. 

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Health
6:36 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds Rally At Missouri Capitol, Contraception Bill Moves Forward In Senate

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control. 

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Health
5:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Birth Control Restriction Bill Passes Out Of Senate Committee

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A State Senate committee has passed legislation that would allow employers in Missouri to refuse insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations – that is, if providing coverage for those services would violate the employer’s religious beliefs.

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Health
6:11 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill Aims to Limit Executive Authority in State Health Exchange

A State Senate committee heard testimony today on legislation designed to block Governor Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange. 

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Government
3:26 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Preview: Missouri Legislative Session

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City on Wednesday for the start of this year’s legislative session. 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget.

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KCUR News
10:14 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Missouri Attorney General Endorses Health Law Challenge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House are pleased, but not impressed, with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster's decision to file a legal brief in support of Florida's lawsuit challenging the federal health care law.

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KCUR News
4:51 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Missouri House To Look At Cigarette Tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes in Missouri have been filed in the State House. Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

One bill would raise the tax by 12 cents a pack, while the other would raise it by a dollar per pack.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley remains opposed to raising taxes on anything, cigarettes included, but says he won't block either bill.

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KCUR News
10:02 pm
Sat January 15, 2011

Smoking Still Allowed In Missouri House Capitol Offices

Jefferson City, MO – Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted Thursday to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

Smoking is already banned on the House floor and in the public viewing chambers above. But an attempt was made Thursday to extend that ban to the entire House side of the State Capitol, including the individual offices of every House member. The measure was sponsored by Democrat Jeanette Mott Oxford of St. Louis.

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KCUR News
10:49 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Missouri House OKs Measure Challenging Health Law

Jefferson City, MO – The Republican-dominated Missouri House has passed a non-binding resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The measure calls on Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster to join with other states in suing over the federal health care law passed last year, or to file a separate suit.

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Missouri Governor Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill and "thumbing her nose at the clear will of Missourians."

The State GOP also accused Governor Jay Nixon of ducking the issue altogether.

Nixon did respond to a question about the ruling during a press conference in Columbia on Monday.

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KCUR News
10:06 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Bill Would Bar Missouri Pharmacies From Being Required to Sell Morning After Pill

Kansas City, MO – Pharmacies in Missouri would not be required to stock the "morning after" pill and could not be sued for it, under legislation proposed in the Missouri House.

The bill is sponsored by State Representative David Sater (R, Cassville), who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years. He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the pill, but would guarantee their right not to if the owners so choose.

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KCUR News
5:30 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

MO Lawmakers Scrutinize State Medicaid Structure

Jefferson City, MO – Some Missouri lawmakers are questioning the way Medicaid benefits are doled out.

Currently, three state agencies -- The departments of Social Services, Health and Senior Services, and Mental Health -- disperse the bulk of Medicaid payments to clients.

Ryan Silvey of Gladstone, the incoming House Budget Committee chair, says that may have to change.

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KCUR News
4:42 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

GOP Expands Majority in Missouri General Assembly

Jefferson City, MO – The Republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly has grown larger, particularly in the (Missouri) House. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports.

Republicans picked up 17 seats in the State House, beating ten incumbents and winning seven open seats held by departing Democrats. That means they'll now hold 106 seats to the Democrats' 57. The new GOP caucus has also elected new leaders, choosing Steven Tilley of Perryville as the next Speaker of the House.

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KCUR News
4:08 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Missouri Election Officials Expect 51 Percent Turnout

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri election officials are predicting 51 percent of Missouri voters will cast ballots in the general election next Tuesday. Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State's office says that number is about average for a non-presidential election year. But she also warns that long lines are possible late in the day.

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KCUR News
2:52 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Nixon Stumps for Senate Hopeful Robin Carnahan

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a rare campaign appearance Monday for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan (Secretary of State, running for US Senate) at an event near Kansas City (Excelsior Springs). The governor has been mostly avoiding the campaign trail this year, which he suggests can also be a winning strategy. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin explains.

Nixon says he can best help Democrats running for office by doing his job as governor.

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KCUR News
9:59 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Koster Joins Other Attorneys General in Foreclosure Investigation

Jeffrson City, MO – Attorneys general in all 50 states are jointly investigating whether mortgage companies mishandled documents that resulted in hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures across the country.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says it appears that some foreclosure affidavits were signed without confirming whether the information contained in them was accurate, a process known as "robo-signing."

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KCUR News
5:20 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Voting Registration Deadline Passes; Officials Turn to Absentee Voting

Jefferson City, MO – The deadline to register to vote in Missouri this year has passed. State officials now turn their attention to absentee voting and making sure people's addresses are correct. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports.

Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State's office says Missourians who want an absentee ballot mailed to them have until October 27th to request one.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

More Support Available for Missourians with Developmental Disabilities

Jefferson City, MO – Some Missourians with developmental disabilities will now be able to receive services while living at home, thanks to a new county, state and federal partnership.

The program will provide up to $12,000 per year per person for 470 disabled Missourians in 37 counties, including several in the Kansas City region.

Roger Garlich, with the State Department of Mental Health, says the program includes about 18 services.

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KCUR News
4:53 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

National Database Reveals How Candidates are Likely to Vote

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's congressional candidates have been added to a national database whose creators say will show voters where they're likely to stand on national issues. It's called Vote Easy, and it was set up by Montana-based Project Vote Smart.

Adelaide Kimball is a board member and senior advisor for the group. She says most candidates don't like telling voters how they would vote on such issues as abortion, immigration and gun control.

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KCUR News
4:05 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Rain Doesn't Delay Crop Harvests in Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – The heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of the Midwest have so far not delayed crop harvests in Missouri. Last year's drenching rains led to late corn and soybean harvests and prevented farmers in Missouri from planting winter wheat. Gene Danekas with the U.S.D.A. says this year's situation is not as severe.

"42 percent, almost half of the corn, has been harvested, that's well over 3 weeks faster than we were last year," says Danekas. "I know there's some wet fields, especially after this last week, so that'll probably slow them down somewhat."

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KCUR News
7:33 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Judge to Rule on Missouri's Sexually Oriented Business Law

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge may decide Friday (August 27) whether a new law that places restrictions on sexually-oriented businesses in Missouri can take effect Saturday as planned.

The new restrictions include a ban on full nudity and alcohol sales at strip clubs, limit where new clubs and adult video stores can locate, and require them to close at midnight.

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KCUR News
7:30 am
Fri August 27, 2010

New Health Plan for Missouri Workers Upsets Union Leaders

Jefferson City, MO – Union leaders in Missouri are not happy with a new health insurance plan for state employees. It replaces the current co-pay system with one that requires state workers to pay deductibles. Richard von Glahn is with the Missouri State Workers Union.

"We are frustrated because state employees are gonna be faced with higher out-of-pocket health care costs the Missouri legislature continues to choose policies that balance our revenue crisis on the backs of state workers," says von Glahn.

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KCUR News
4:54 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Video Pulled from Blunt's Site

St. Louis, MO – A short video featuring an interview with Missouri Democratic Senate nominee Robin Carnahan combined with a photo of World Trade Center rubble has been removed from Republican Roy Blunt's YouTube site. The clip contains a radio interview, in which Carnahan says she would not try to tell New Yorkers whether or not a mosque should be built near the site of the 9-11 attack. When St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin asked Blunt about the video, Blunt objected to the question:

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Missouri Statehouse
10:35 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Nixon Allows Abortion Language Bill to Become Law

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed and vetoed several bills Wednesday, the final day for action on legislation passed during the 2010 regular session.

First, Governor Nixon signed legislation creating new ethics rules. It restricts money transfers between political committees and allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch its own investigations, instead of waiting for complaints to be filed by others. But it does not restore campaign contribution limits, which Democrats had been calling for.

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Missouri Statehouse
10:11 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Nixon Still Pondering Bills Before Deadline

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been signing dozens of bills into law since the regular legislative session ended in May. But two controversial bills remain unsigned as the deadline approaches.

One of those bills deals with ethics. Provisions include restricting political committee-to-committee money transfers and allowing the Ethics Commission to launch investigations. The other bill would expand the information women must be told 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Governor Nixon says he's been pretty busy lately.

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Missouri Statehouse
1:20 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Missouri Senate Update

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Senate leaders are bypassing a committee that's blocking legislation to provide auto incentives during the ongoing special session.

Republican Chuck Purgason, chair of the senate's Fiscal Oversight committee, is blocking a vote on the House bill that contains both incentives for Ford Motor Company and tax breaks for underground data centers. So Senate leaders have crafted a separate bill that excludes the data centers. It's sponsored by Republican Luann Ridgeway of Platte County:

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