Stories by Bob
They’ve come to Missouri's Capitol for years. But events of the past couple weeks have put the legislative interns program in a spotlight few wanted to see or experience.
Missuri Supreme Court hears 2 cases on same issue
Lawyers for two prison inmates told the Missouri Supreme Court this week their clients should be released from prison now that they successfully completed a state-run one-year treatment program — even though a different law says they must stay in prison at least two years.
In connection with child abuse investigation
Judge had tossed child abuse case against former Eldon coach
Missouri Home Care Union members and their supporters stood outside Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office for more than an hour Wednesday, urging him to order their new contract be put in place.
Rule changes ahead?
Three Jefferson City School Board members spent more than an hour Wednesday morning talking about whether the “Open Forum” portion of board meetings needs to be changed.
A national report confirms what state officials have been saying for some time: Missouri’s roads and bridges are deteriorating — especially in the state’s rural areas.
Blair Oaks High School’s 100 graduates heard a lot about “family” during Sunday night’s Commencement Ceremony.
Long-time Missouri Capitol observers kept saying they never had seen the type of filibuster the Senate’s Democrats launched during the session’s final three days. And both parties accused the other of stopping action on bills that still needed to be debated.
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased.
Senate meets for less than 45 minutes on Thursday
The Missouri Legislature came to a standstill Thursday, jeopardizing scores of bills with just one day left in the session, as the Republican House speaker announced his resignation amid a scandal and Senate Democrats blocked all debate because of lingering animosity over a bill limiting union powers.
Among the 175 bills and resolutions still waiting for the Missouri Senate’s approval today — the Legislature’s last day for the 2015 session — is the federal reimbursement allowance, or FRA, that means more than $3.6 billion in Medicaid funding for the state budget.
State of inaction
With only three days to go before the end this year’s General Assembly, state senators on Wednesday took no votes on any bills.
For the entire legislative session, state Sen. Mike Parson has prohibited people from using cameras or audio recorders at meetings of the Small Business, Industry and Insurance Committee he chairs.
Missouri’s Health and Senior Services department doesn’t have the authority to propose raising the base wage home health attendants are paid in the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Program, members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) said Tuesday.
With several hundred union members watching from the Senate gallery and on closed-circuit TV screens in a couple of hearing rooms, Missouri senators Tuesday evening halted an 8½-hour debate, then passed and sent back to the House a bill that would add Missouri to the list of 25 “right-to-work” states.
Issue could be debated today
State Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard said last week debating a right-to-work bill was a top priority for this, the General Assembly’s last week.
When the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules meets this morning, they should approve a proposed rule affecting home health care wages.
Three of four prominent education lobbying groups want Gov. Jay Nixon to veto the schools transfer bill lawmakers passed last week.
Last week, some state workers rallied at the Truman State Office Building and met with Missouri lawmakers in the Capitol, delivering a message that they need better wages and a long-term plan to get there.
Missouri lawmakers sent the state budget bills to Gov. Jay Nixon two weeks ago, so they would have time in their final days to override any line-item vetoes he might make.
Senate debates issue day after judge rules it’s illegal
Missouri lawmakers apparently are reaching the same conclusion as Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green: Awarding Revenue department fee offices based on a promise to pay the state a portion of the office income is illegal.
Lincoln University would get more than $4 million from one of the budget bills the state Senate passed Wednesday and sent back to the House.
Although it has almost no chance of passing this legislative session — which must end by 6 p.m. May 15 — state Sen. Rob Schaaf asked a Senate committee Wednesday to support his “Missouri Anti-Corruption Amendment” and put it on next year’s ballot so the people can vote on it.
Lawmakers sent Sen. Jeanie Riddle’s bill to let the state investigate complaints of children being abused by other children to Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday.
Missouri students at school and employees at work would be able to protect their personal passwords, under a House-passed bill waiting for Senate debate.
The medical doctors, osteopaths and nurses all agree — Missouri law should allow the state's Professional Registration division’s boards and commissions to give educational opinions.
Missouri state senators soon could be asked to slow down the rate of growth in the number of licensed professions in the state.
‘Prosperity’ group opposes tax increase
A report released Thursday outlines numerous reasons for Missourians to support increasing the money available for building and maintaining the state’s highway system. But Americans For Prosperity-Missouri (AFP) says a proposed tax increase is a “big government solution” when the Legislature should have looked for other options.
Report cites poor conditions, need for better transportation funding
A 22-page report says the poor condition of Mid-Missouri roads costs area drivers more than $1,300 each year in additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-caused lost time and wasted fuel and the financial cost of traffic crashes.
A Mid-Missouri woman indicted for growing marijuana in her home in October 2012 has asked Circuit Judge Dan Green to throw out that charge.
Four Jefferson City area lawmakers said Wednesday the Public Service Commission made a bad decision in its Ameren Missouri rate case ruling.
When she was in high school, Lucile Bluford decided she wanted to be a reporter.
Missouri’s Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Tuesday that a state law blocking some malpractice lawsuits doesn’t violate the state Constitution.
Since the 1970s, two dozen Missouri state representatives’ offices in the Capitol have been on mezzanine levels that people can reach only if they climb a set of stairs.
New Auditor Nicole Galloway announced the appointment of two stop staffers to her new administration.
Former deputy auditor denies her statement he resigned
Nicole Galloway officially became Missouri’s 38th auditor Monday afternoon, during a brief ceremony in the hallway just outside the auditor’s office in the Capitol.
The Missouri Senate on Monday gave first-round approval to Sen. Jeanie Riddle’s bill requiring child care centers to notify parents if there are students who haven’t gotten their immunizations against common childhood diseases — if the parents request that information.
State Sen. Bob Dixon is concerned for the future of Legislative Research — and told his colleagues last week its budget changes could affect the Legislature’s operations.
A late morning rain may have cut a few projects off before they were done, but a number of people likely would say today that they spent several hours Saturday making Jefferson City a better place.
Suspect held without bail for murder that occurred about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
Lawmakers complain Nixon backing compromise at expense of consumers
The five-member PSC tentatively voted last Wednesday to give Noranda Aluminum Co. another break in the rates it pays for the electricity to operate its aluminum smelter in the Missouri Bootheel, potentially leading to higher rates for other Ameren customers.
Most Missouri state government employees got a pay raise on Jan. 1 , but they won’t be getting another in the new budget the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday.
Audit: Governor still spending money from other departments
Gov. Jay Nixon’s office and Mansion operations continue to spend money lawmakers budgeted for other state offices and agencies, the state auditor’s office said Wednesday.
Has Larry Gene Welch served enough time in prison that he should be released before the end of his original sentences?
Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, thinks making Interstate 70 into a toll road is a better transportation improvement option than raising Missouri’s fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon.
It’s been six months since St. Mary’s Hospital moved to its new home on Mission Drive just east of Missouri 179.
The St. Louis County group Returning Government to the People said Tuesday it is appealing last week’s Cole County circuit court ruling blocking its proposed campaign finance reform amendment.
Attorney General Chris Koster and his staff will defend the Missouri Senate in the lawsuit Progress Missouri filed last week, accusing the Senate of violating Missouri’s “Sunshine” law.
In February 2012, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce sentenced Alyssa Bustamante to life in prison — with the possibility of parole — to be followed by a separate, 30-year sentence.
Cole County prosecutors Friday charged Jacob C. Cardwell, 32, California, with resisting a lawful traffic stop — a Class D felony that, if there’s a conviction, could result in a sentence of up to four years in prison.