Missouri legislature 2013

Gov. Nixon signs Missouri bill dealing with welfare benefits

Missouri welfare recipients now barred from using those funds at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes gun bill; House Speaker might seek override

The bill would have made it a misdemeanor crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce any federal gun regulations that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms."

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes database of worker's compensation claims

The governor said such a database is "an affront to the privacy of our citizens and does not receive my approval."

Gov. Nixon vetoes Missouri unemployment legislation

Gov. Nixon in his veto message pointed to several examples of situations in which unemployment benefits could be denied under the legislation.

New Missouri House committee to study House operations

House Speaker Tim Jones said the House needs "an honest assessment" on everything from its operating rules to its administrative polices and its workplace conditions for staff and lawmakers.

Nixon cites cost estimates, sales tax hikes as among reasons for tax-cut veto

The governor also listed funding for education, public safety and social services among other reasons for vetoing the income tax cut bill Wednesday.

Gov. Nixon vetoes income tax cut as 'fiscally irresponsible'

Gov. Jay Nixon called the bill an "ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment" that would be at the expense of the budgets of public school and public safety.

Rep. Chris Kelly discusses 2013 legislative session with constituents

Five days after the 2013 state legislative session ended, Rep. Chris Kelly shared his thoughts on the session Tuesday night at the Columbia Public Library.

Missouri motorcycle riders had good legislative year

If Gov. Jay Nixon signs bills covering motorcyclists, the riders won't be singled out in police checkpoints, and May will be motorcycle awareness month. However, a longstanding effort to change the state's motorcycle helmet law stalled again this year.

Missouri House speaker plans legislative tour

Rep. Tim Jones will use the upcoming tours to discuss legislation approved in the just-completed session and the items that will need work next year.

Missouri bill would analyze eating disorder coverage

The bill would require the Joint Committee on Legislative Research to do an actuarial analysis of the costs associated with the potential coverage mandate.

Missouri lawmakers to study issues before 2014 session

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.

Analysis: Missouri GOP success in eye of beholder

Republican leaders declared the session "historic" and "monumental," but the success depends on decisions of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri legislature nears mandatory quitting time

Republican legislative leaders already were declaring the session a success.

Missouri lawmakers approve veterans court measure

The state already has a small number of what are known as veterans treatment courts that handle cases involving current and former military personnel with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Missouri bill would restrict use of welfare at liquor stores, casinos

The bill would restrict the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash benefits on items marketed exclusively for adults. It has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval. 

Missouri sheriffs would print gun permits under bill sent to Gov. Nixon

County sheriffs already have responsibility to review concealed weapons applications, applicants' backgrounds and issue the paper permits. 

Missouri House passes new tax credit plan

The plan is a final offer to state senators, who would have to pass it before 6 p.m. Friday if it is to go to Gov. Jay Nixon. 

Missouri lawmakers say criminal code overhaul must wait

The measure is the product of a Missouri Bar committee charged with updating the criminal code for the first time since 1979.

Missouri bill allows return of printed state manual

It had been printed every two years until a 2010 law barred its continued paper publication. The intent was to save about $1.7 million in costs.