Missouri Senate

Government
12:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill

Mo. Capitol
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Missouri And Kansas Lawmakers Tackle New Sessions

Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Jan 13 for the new legislative session.
Credit stgermh / Flickr-CC

When lawmakers go back to work in Kansas and Missouri, they’ll have some hot issues to keep them warm.

On Monday's Up to Date, state lawmakers from both Kansas and Missouri join us to talk about those contentious topics. In Kansas, the buzz centers around school funding and how the state’s Supreme Court could change the budget for education.

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Government
9:47 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Missouri Senate Votes To Overhaul Prevailing Wage

The Missouri Senate has passed a House bill that would overhaul the state’s prevailing wage for public works projects. 

Under current state law, the prevailing wage paid to workers of a certain trade is calculated based on surveys from contractors on a public works project.  The bill approved by the Senate last night would instead require wage surveys to be split between union and non-union employers, and the prevailing wage would be set by the group that reported more hours of work. 

Republican Dan Brown of Rolla handled the bill in the Senate.

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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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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues

Missouri capital building

Things have been heating up in Jefferson City during this legislative session

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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
9:37 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Missouri Legislative Session At The Half

Missouri Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Mo.
Wikipedia Commons

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
9:40 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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Headlines
9:47 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senate Passes Tax Overhaul

Over objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Senate has passed a tax overhaul that would cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars annually for residents and businesses. It would also boost sales taxes.

The legislation is promoted by supporters as the most dramatic change to Missouri’s tax policies in decades. It’s prompted by a desire to compete with sweeping income tax cuts in Kansas.

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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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Government
9:39 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Missouri Senate Moves To Lower Tax Credits

The Missouri Senate has passed a wide-ranging tax credit bill that drastically lowers the caps on Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing programs.  It would cap Historic Preservation incentives at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and Low Income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year, instead of the current $190 million. 

The bill is now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones has indicated that he and other House leaders don’t like the drastic cuts.

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Government
9:18 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Senate Works Late On Tax Credit Bill

Missouri State Capitol building.
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The Missouri Senate spent several hours Tuesday night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to around 3:20 Wednesday morning.  The Senate bill would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.

Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $45 million  a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $50 million a year. 

The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County.

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Government
4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Proposed Legislation Would Require Gun Owning Parents To Notify Schools

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.

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Government
2:17 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff'

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, says that falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, the deep program cuts, and big tax increases set to hit January 1st wouldn’t be as dramatic as some people imagine.

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Election 2012
5:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battle Comes To An End In US Senate Race

Suburban Missouri has been a battleground in the U.S. Senate race. KCUR’s Frank Morris was in Chesterfield, outside St. Louis, with the Akin campaign, before he conceded to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

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Government
4:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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Government
8:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

McCaskill And Akin Face Each Other In Final Debate

Incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign Thursday night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed.

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Government
4:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ad Watch: Missouri Senate Race

Claire McCaskill in a campaign ad.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will lock horns with Rep. Todd Akin in the second and final debate tonight.

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Headlines
9:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

State Senator shuts down debate on veterans’ homes.  Action is needed soon to pass a tax plan in Kansas this year. It’s a daily wrap up of headlines from KCUR.

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KCUR News
6:41 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Blunt beats Purgason, prepares to battle Carnahan

In the race to replace retiring Missouri Senator Kit Bond, Roy Blunt, a congressman from southwest Missouri, won a nine-way Republican Senate primary over tea party contender Chuck Purgason. Blunt had 71 percent of the vote to Purgason's 13 percent. But Purgason says the race was worth the effort.

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