Missouri legislature 2013
Campaign finance and ethics reform have taken a secondary position at the Capitol, where much of the focus has been on economic development, taxes and the state's Medicaid health care program for the poor.
After being questioned by senators concerned about Missouri's new licensing process, state licensing officials remain reluctant to halt the practice.
The proposal would redirect $57 million saved by trimming the tax credit to state health, mental health and social services that might benefit seniors and the disabled.
The campuses are designed to help students complete their degrees sooner and land jobs in high-need fields.
The legislation endorsed Tuesday would impose tougher penalties on prisoners than the general public for the crime of second-degree sexual misconduct.
One new panel consists only of House GOP leadership, and it is the only committee that has received meals from lobbyists.
The legislature did not object, so three executive orders by Gov. Jay Nixon will take effect Aug. 208, shifting duties among departments.
The committee agreed to provide a $66 million increase in basic state aid to public elementary and secondary schools on top of a $3 billion core budget.
The legislation endorsed Monday would set up a test program that would provide transportation for children who live more than 50 miles away from their parent's prison to visit them.
Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.
The city removed 14 cats and a dog from Delores Metcalf's home Monday. Police said most of the animals are in fair condition.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week to begin work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Real ID Act is a law passed by Congress in 2005, amidst security concerns from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, that requires standards for identification cards in order to enter federal buildings and board commercial flights.
The measure, which was sent to the House by a 24-9 Senate vote, was touted by its sponsor as a way to protect the rights of business owners.
It would allow veterans to immediately claim the discounted tuition rate despite not having lived in the state previously.
The ad targets legislation scheduled for a House committee hearing Tuesday that would cut income taxes by three-quarters of a percentage point while increasing the sales tax by a half cent.
School districts approaching the limit have turned to alternatives such as tackling major projects in phases, but those approaches can drive up the ultimate cost.
State education officials said the growth in the fund is a result of more children with special needs and an increase in the costs of specialized instruction.
Under a bill passed by the state, a pharmacy could issue medication to a patient if there is a reasonable risk of harm from stopping the medication and if the patient has previously had the same prescription filled at that location.
The tax breaks for benevolent donations took effect immediately. The legislation authorizing the sports incentives won't officially become law until Aug. 28.