State Government

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MU students push for student curator right to vote

Abigail Thomas, a member of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, testified in favor of the bill that would grant the student member on the board of curators a vote on university issues. Photo by Youyou Zhou/Missouri News Horizon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — University of Missouri students appeared before state lawmakers Tuesday to seek a louder voice in guiding the university.

Senate passes telemarketing restrictions - Stop wasting my cell minutes

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Pesky sales calls may soon be a thing of the past for Missouri cell phone users.

Missouri House education committee approves omnibus bill

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -  It looks like the Missouri House of Representatives’ top education priorities will come out in one large package in which it appears there’s plenty to like, and dislike.

Missouri House passes legislaion - Read in english or don't drive

MissouriNews Horizon JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri House of Representatives Thursday passed legislation that would require state driver’s license examinations, written and driving, be given in English only.

It marks the second year in a row the Republican dominated House of Representatives has moved the bill forward. A similar measure died in the state Senate last year.

Missouri Senate debates contraception bill

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

Senate to standardize the length of time lights stay yellow

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senator with notoriously pointed views on traffic signals, has passed a bill through the state Senate to standardize the length of time lights stay yellow at intersections throughout the state.

Big government in action - House bill seeks to restrict tanning bed usage for teenagers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several members of the Missouri House of Representatives are looking to place age limits on the use of tanning beds, with the limits aimed squarely at teenage girls.

Committee considers changes to sex offender registry

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would greatly reduce the number of persons on the state’s sex offender registry and restrict public information about those that remain.

Senate gives initial approval to workers’ comp reform

By Tim Sampson
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first round approval and is expected to pass later this week a bill changing the rules for the state’s worker’s compensation program.

Missouri Senate jumps into contraception debate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Like millions of young lovers on Valentine’s Day, the issue of contraception wasn’t far from the minds of Missouri state senators on Tuesday.

Senator tackles healthcare’s low-wage trap

Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, appears before the Missouri Senate health committee to discuss his bill aimed at tackling Medicaid's "low-wage trap." Photo by Youyou Zhou (Missouri News Horizon).

HOMEOWNER ALERT: Attorney General outlines mortage settlement

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri homeowners who did business with any of the nation’s five biggest mortgage banks could be in line for some relief under Missouri’s share of a national settlement against the companies.

Attorney General Chris Koster Thursday announced that Missouri’s share in a nationwide settlement against the mortgage giants at $196 million. Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial represent about 65 percent of the mortgage holders in the state of Missouri according to Koster.

Nixon reduces proposed cuts to higher education

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon is back peddling this week, amending his proposed budget to add an additional $40 million higher education.

Missouri Republican voters back Santorum, but will it matter

BY TIM SAMPSON
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.Rick Santorum may have won over Missouri Republican presidential voters on Tuesday, but he doesn’t have a single delegate to show for it.

Ameren Missouri files for 14.6 percent rate increase

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
- The state’s largest utility is asking for a rate increase to cover the costs of infrastructure upgrades, higher fuel prices and environmental improvements.

14-hour filibuster in Mo. Senate forces workplace discrimination compromise

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democrats and members of the Missouri legislative black caucus tried to make good on their promise to block passage of legislation that would roll back Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards to the 1960s, but ultimately were only able to compromise the bill.

Rep. Dieckhaus unveiles legislation doing away with tenure for veteran teachers

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Calling it “a foundation for improving our public schools,” Rep. Scott Dieckhaus, R-Washington, Wednesday unveiled legislation that would do away with tenure for veteran teachers.

Dems block Mo. ‘paycheck protection' bill

Union supporters rallying at the Missouri State Capitol last year. Photo by Tim Sampson/Missouri News Horizon

Senate dealing with unaccredited schools - Sen. Cunningham more money for charter schools

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City public schools have only been officially unaccredited for a month, but lawmakers in the state capitol are already weighing drastic plans to help students move forward.

Missouri lawmakers move briskly during first month back

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

The Missouri General Assembly is moving with unaccustomed speed through this year’s legislative agenda.

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