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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
Trial date to be set later
Shelley Richter will get a new trial. Five weeks ago, a Cole County jury found Richter guilty of endangering the welfare of a child.
Several state senators said Wednesday they’re not sure if Tuesday afternoon’s defeat of a proposed law affecting investor-owned water companies will have any effect on a similar proposal for electric utilities in Missouri.
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, wants the Senate to join the Missouri House in passing a bill allowing Callaway, Cole and Boone counties to be exempt from the law that prohibits state employees from serving on fire district boards.
State Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer wants state employees' help in the ongoing investigation of the state Revenue department.
A crowd estimated to be at least 1,000 people — and some supporters said more than 1,500 — rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon, urging lawmakers to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program.
Even as Gov. Jay Nixon was announcing his policy change — that the Revenue department no longer would copy and keep concealed weapons license information — Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said several Missouri sheriffs “may be filing complaints against” the state.
Missouri public schools and governments would be allowed to observe and celebrate “Christmas” and other national holidays without trouble, under a House-passed bill heard Tuesday afternoon by the state Senate’s General Laws Committee.
No law was violated when the Social Security Administration asked the Missouri Highway Patrol for state concealed-carry license information, and received it — even though things didn’t follow “normal” procedures, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer told reporters Monday.
Will be rescheduled to October
State Sen. John Lamping worries that another recession could wreak havoc on the state’s pension plans.
The Rev. Charles Jackson challenged his audience Saturday to double the Jefferson City chapter’s membership (to about 1,200), and “to make a change in the next year” in activities and leadership.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer expects to tell reporters Monday morning that he’s learned new information from two federal agencies about the Missouri Revenue department’s collection, and use, of personal information.
House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, wants Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to appoint an independent investigative committee to look into the state Revenue department’s handling of Missourians’ personal information.
Missouri won’t appeal last month’s federal court ruling that blocked enforcement of the 2012 state law, Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday.
With only one “no” vote, the Missouri Senate Wednesday afternoon changed parts of a proposed “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment and sent it back to the House, on a 32-1 vote.
Missouri lawmakers who oppose expanding Medicaid are “behind the curve” set by a sampling of voters 45 years and older, according to a survey released Wednesday by the AARP’s Missouri chapter.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon met with the state Senate’s Republican Caucus Tuesday morning, in his continuing effort to get lawmakers to approve expanding Medicaid in the state.
Last summer, Jefferson City McDonald’s owner Steve Ruprecht got a bill for “an interest payment on unemployment of $2,500,” he told the state Senate’s Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Missouri’s Public Service Commission last week provided answers to state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, on six questions he asked about the proposed electric utility surcharge bill awaiting legislative debate.
Lobbyists for several groups thanked the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon for considering an 1,100-page bill rewriting Missouri’s criminal code — then added some suggestions for more changes.
With only 20 no votes, the Missouri House of Representatives last week sent the Senate a proposed law that would let school districts hire their own police resource officers.
Dave Nichols smiled when asked Friday morning if being Missouri’s new Transportation department director had been on his bucket list. "I like being challenged," he said.