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Lincoln County case could impact past high profile cases
For several years, jurors in Lincoln County could opt-out of jury service, by paying a $50 administrative fee and pledging to do “community service.” The issue of improper jury selection has reached the Missouri Supreme Court.
Report pans public and private infrastructure
A new report from Missouri members of the American Society of Civil Engineers says the state’s economy won’t improve without fixing the “inadequate infrastructure system” first.
Several times during the Missouri Legislature’s last two weeks of the 2013 session, Gov. Jay Nixon accused lawmakers of adding “$38 million to build a state office building for bureaucrats that I didn’t ask for.”
Linda Heckman heads the Jefferson City High School math department, several miles north on Route B.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe just finished his third regular legislative session. Kehoe sponsored several bills, including a couple of major proposals that, ultimately, drew vote-stopping, filibuster opposition from members of his own party.
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature’s 6 p.m. deadline Friday afternoon, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status for security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
State Rep. Jay Barnes and Sen. Will Kraus agree — they encourage Gov. Jay Nixon to sign the veterans courts bill the Legislature sent him this week.
‘Monumental task’ will get high priority in 2014
Supporters of an effort to rewrite and reorganize Missouri’s criminal code said Wednesday the clock — and the size of the bill — kept them from passing the bill this year.
State employees came closer Tuesday to keeping concealed weapons in their vehicles on state-owned or leased parking lots.
Going into the last week of this year’s legislative session, Missouri lawmakers will take a look at financial problems with the state’s Second Injury Fund.
“Missouri is far behind the rest of the country” when it comes to early voting and campaign finance and ethics laws, new Secretary of State Jason Kander told fellow lawyers last week at the Missouri Bar’s spring meeting.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said Friday he’s still planning to cut the State Library’s staff. Local librarians complained that Kander made the decision without consulting them.
Kehoe says now is time for discussions
Using unexpected extra government revenue, Missouri lawmakers added $38 million to construct a state office building for, as Gov. Nixon describes it, "bureaucrats I didn't ask for."
Unless something changes in the next few weeks, some Revenue Department Motor Vehicle Division employees will be laid off as of July 1.
While Gov. Jay Nixon had some strong words to say about portions of the $25 billion state budget that Missouri lawmakers passed this week, he seemed pleased with their education spending plan.
The Missouri Legislature’s final budget, sent to Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday evening, made no changes to the state employees’ pay plan the governor proposed last January.
Plans to repair parts of the Missouri Capitol and build a new state office building at the MSP Redevelopment site cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and went back to the House because of some technical changes.
Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.
State Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, wants lawmakers to change the way Missouri government treats some sex offenders. Instead of treating all sex offenders the same, Hinson’s bill proposes to create three tiers of sex offenders.
One Senate amendment means the House will have to vote, again, on Rep. Jeanie Riddle’s bill requiring a doctor to be present when a woman takes an abortion pill like RU-486.
It will be next week before Missouri senators may consider a massive bill rewriting and reorganizing the state’s criminal code.
Centennial ceremony commemorates Capitol groundbreaking
No shovel was used and no dirt was turned — this time.
Almost two months ago, state Sen. Jolie Justus was pretty sure “the crime bill is looking more like a 2014 project” than winning passage this year.
But revenue must be available before expenditures are made
State House officials will hold a noon ceremony Monday, marking the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for construction of the Missouri Capitol — the new building required after a Feb. 5, 1911, lightning strike and fire destroyed its predecessor.
Planning and design also announced for new Fulton State Hospital
Thanks to a substantial increase in Missouri government’s income, state lawmakers now are planning a new state office building in Jefferson City, repairs and improvements to the Capitol and a start to replacing the Fulton State Hospital.
For the past four months, emergency response and security plans for schools and other public buildings have been “open records” in the state, available for review by anyone who asks to see them, because the law that made that information a closed record expired last Dec. 31.
State senators should endorse two different proposals aimed at improving economic development efforts in Missouri, witnesses said during a Wednesday afternoon committee meeting. But the Senate’s Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee took no action on the bills after the hearing.
A House-passed bill would make it clear that four Mid-Missouri counties (and 14 others around the state) would have to pay the state auditor if that agency does an “outside” audit of the county’s business.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said late Wednesday his proposal to allow Missouri's regulated electric companies to add a surcharge to customers' bills isn't dead. But it never came to a vote Wednesday.
Separate bill would make daylight savings time year-round
The committee voting took longer than its hearing on a House-passed bill involving firearms. Under current law, Missourians must be at least 21 to get a concealed weapons permit, but the proposed law would drop that to 19.
Jefferson City lawyer James D. Barding appeared in U.S. District Court today, after being indicted by a federal grand jury for marriage fraud conspiracy.
Missouri law allows doctors and patients to communicate by video-conferencing “to improve the health status of a patient.”
Although the House passed the bill two months ago, a Senate committee heard testimony Monday afternoon on the bill changing some of the language in Missouri’s human rights law, including its workplace discrimination language.
Only three weeks to go.
The last time a Cole County native — Henry J. Westhues — became a Missouri Supreme Court judge, Paul Wilson’s parents had been married about two years.
Several state senators on Thursday received a black-and-white, two-sided, apparently photocopied flier questioning the politics of a company that supports a change in Missouri’s franchising law.
If Gov. Jay Nixon signs his name to the bill state senators approved Thursday morning, Linn State Technical College will get to change its name next year.
A high school girl told Missouri senators Wednesday they need to require the state’s public school districts to have policies about bullying — and to do something when bullying happens.
The Missouri House said three weeks ago it likes the idea, and Wednesday afternoon, the state Senate’s Education Committee was asked to OK a bill letting public school districts hire their own police officers.
Missouri government employees are being discriminated against, state Rep. Jeanie Riddle told a Senate committee Tuesday — and she wants to change that.
Barring a successful appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court — or a rehearing by the appeals court in Kansas City — Jeffrey Luke Moad, now 27, Eugene, never can be tried again for manslaughter in the Feb. 14, 2006, death of Laura “Katie” Winfrey, 18, New Bloomfield.
Although the state government’s final budget won’t be written until the conference committee meetings likely to begin next week, the fate of state employees’ pay seems settled.
After hearing testimony on a House-passed bill that would change election laws, members of the state Senate’s Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee were told they’ll be asked next week to approve a changed version of the bill.
Both the federal and state governments require contractors to pay the “prevailing wage” on public construction projects, such as schools, municipal buildings and sewer systems.
Paul Wilson has been working since January and, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman noted, already has “participated in hearing or deciding more than two dozen cases.”
Lincoln University Curators voted Thursday to increase student testing and health insurance costs, even though they voted to hold in-state, undergraduate tuition rates at the same level as this current year.
Lincoln University students who come to Jefferson City from another state will see tuition increases this fall, but Missouri residents’ undergraduate tuition is staying the same, at $205 for each credit hour.
Marie Peoples has been Cole County’s Health director for almost 21⁄2 years. “A defining moment (of my life) that stands out to me was when I wrote in my 6th grade essay that I wanted to become an oceanologist,” Peoples told Lincoln University students at Thursday morning’s Honors Convocation