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Senate panel eyes transportation sales tax idea

Missouri Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe expects his committee this morning will endorse two proposed constitutional amendments to improve state funding for transportation improvements.

Nixon keeps pushing for expansion of Medicaid

Gov. Jay Nixon observed the nation’s income tax deadline day Tuesday by arguing, again, that Missouri lawmakers are hurting the state’s economy with their refusal to expand Medicaid, as envisioned by the federal health care law.

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State Senate remembers some former members

For a little over 30 minutes Monday afternoon at the Missouri Capitol, the names of 60 former state senators were read one-by-one, in a roll call one last time.

Senators pay homage to their predecessors

Missouri senators will pause today to remember 60 former members who have died since May 1987.

Tort reform stalls in Missouri Senate

After Supreme Court rejected the 2005 limits, lawmakers resume debate over damage caps

Missouri senators spent more than six hours last week debating the need for limiting the damages someone can win in a malpractice lawsuit. But they didn’t reach an answer.

Nixon cuts education funding by $22 million

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he has to cut $22 million in state funding to education, because Missourians are buying fewer lottery tickets and gambling less at the casinos.

House, Senate trade criminal code bills

Key members of each chamber will meet to hammer out differences

Missouri lawmakers moved two steps closer to rewriting the state’s criminal laws Thursday, when the House and Senate each passed a version of the bill and sent it to the other chamber.

Green orders new trial in arson case

Kurt Steidley will get a second trial on the state’s charge that he set a fire that caused heavy damage to his business, Everhart’s Sporting Goods, 2436 Missouri Blvd., on Jan. 1, 2011.

Senators hear testimony on 'gay' discrimination

Missouri’s economy would be helped if lawmakers made it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, state Sen. Jolie Justus told a committee Wednesday afternoon.

PSC looks for answers in unusual cases

Missouri’s five-member Public Service Commission is trying to figure out how to handle what Commissioner Steve Stoll called its “unusual” cases — Noranda Aluminum’s twin requests that the PSC rule that Ameren Missouri is taking in more revenue than allowed in its current rate structure, and for the PSC to reduce the rates that Noranda now pays for Ameren’s electricity.

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