Missouri

Business - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Business In Missouri The MISSOURI Supreme Court rules that the city of St. Louis may legally raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2018. Business interests had sued to block the ordinance, saying it violated a 2015 state law that sets the minimum...

Business - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

North Dakota Rejects HB 1263 The NORTH DAKOTA House rejects HB 1263 , which would have raised the Flickertail State minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 an hour, starting in 2018 with annual adjustments for cost of living increases beginning a year later...

Politics In Brief - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

MO Enacts Right-to-Work Law MISSOURI Gov. Eric Greitens (R) signed legislation swiftly passed by the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly making it the 28th right-to-work state. Supporters say the law, barring unions from making workers...

Business - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

Utah Approves HB 40 The UTAH House approves HB 40 , which eliminates a loophole in Beehive State law that allows a payday lender to offer loans that last longer than the 10 week maximum allowed by law. It moves to the Senate (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE). ...

Budgets In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

Indian Gaming Boosting OK Economy Native American tribes have paid the state of OKLAHOMA over $1 billion in exclusivity fees since 2006, according to a report from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. The report also indicated that tribal gaming...

Business - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Missouri Approves HB 91 The MISSOURI House approves HB 91 , so-called right-to-work legislation that would bar union workplaces from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. It moves to the Senate (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH)...

MO Supreme Court Clears $15 Min Wage Measure For KC Ballot | 01-20-2017

In 2015 a grass-roots group gathered enough signatures for a public vote on raising Kansas City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. But Judge Justine Del Muro of the 16th Circuit Court in Jackson County blocked the proposal from going on the...

New GOP Majorities Push Dem-Unfriendly Agenda: | 01-13-2017

Republicans won control of a few more governors’ offices and state legislative chambers in November, giving them command of both branches of the government in states where Democrats had previously maintained footholds, including Iowa, Kentucky,...

Budgets In Brief - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

VMT Tax Still Possibility in MA Despite MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) veto in August of a provision in a road funding bill passed by state lawmakers providing for a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax pilot program, the state hasn’t...

Immigration - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The MISSOURI Supreme Court rules that a Show Me state law barring undocumented immigrants from being granted bail is unconstitutional. The court noted that the state constitution guarantees that “all persons” not charged with capital offenses...

GOP Gains More Governorships | 11-11-2016

In another huge electoral night for Republicans, the GOP picked up three additional governorships, with at least one more race too close to call. The party gained the chief executive office in three states previously held by Democrats – Vermont...

Only The Usual Disruptions On Election Day | 11-11-2016

Election Day didn’t come off entirely without a hitch last week. Among the more consequential occurrences was the breakdown of a computerized voter registration system in some precincts of Durham County, North Carolina, causing long lines in some...

Governors In Brief - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

Oregon Elects First LGBTQ Governor OREGON Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) re-election marks the first time an openly LGBTQ person has been elected governor in any state. Brown is bi-sexual. She was looking to fill out the remainder of former Gov. John...

Voters In MO To Consider Ban On Sales Tax Expansion | 11-04-2016

For 45 states and over 10,000 local jurisdictions, sales taxes provide a key source of revenue. But those taxes apply mainly to goods in most states. As the nation has shifted to a service-based economy, however, states have sought to expand their sales...

Budgets In Brief - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

VW Settlement to Offset Budget Cuts in MO MISSOURI Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said the state will use the first $8.7 million share it received from Volkswagen as part of a settlement over the German carmaker’s emissions cheating scandal to offset earlier...

Citizen Initiatives Push Ballot Measures Left This Year | 10-14-2016

In addition to state legislative elections that could flip party control of 18 chambers across the country, 157 statewide ballot measures will also be contested in 35 states on Nov. 8. The measures include an unusually high number of citizen initiatives...

MO Lawmakers Override Gov Nixon Vetoes | 09-16-2016

The GOP-dominated Missouri Legislature last week overrode 13 of the 20 vetoes issued this session by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) The measures lawmakers overrode include SB 656 , which allows most adults to obtain a lifetime concealed carry weapons permit while...

Politics In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

MO Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto of Photo ID Bill MISSOURI’s Republican-controlled General Assembly voted last week to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1631 , a bill requiring voters to show a government-issued photo...

Business - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Business In Missouri A MISSOURI court rules that electric automaker Tesla cannot bypass having dealerships to sell its cars directly to consumers. Cole County Judge Daniel Green ruled that Show Me State officials erred by allowing Tesla to sell cars...

Lightest Of The Light Govs | 09-02-2016

If you don’t want to hear an honest answer, you had better not ask Missouri Lt. Governor candidate Jake Wilburn a question. Wilburn, who is running a write-in campaign for the position, minces no words when it comes to his disdain for the office...

Politics In Brief - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Judge Approves Watered Down TX Voter ID Law U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos approved a plan last week eliminating the mandatory requirement for TEXAS voters to present an ID before casting a ballot in the November election. The change, necessitated...

States Starting To Bet On Daily Fantasy Sports | 08-05-2016

Seven states - Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia - have passed laws this year aimed specifically at legalizing daily fantasy sports (DFS) games on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. In addition, Kansas enacted...

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Has Some Successes, Momentum | 08-05-2016

The daily fantasy sports industry had a few wins this spring in its first full year of pushing to make its games explicitly legal across the country. And while the question of whether the games are legal remains unclear in much of the nation, and their...

MO State Workers Nation’s Poorest Paid | 08-05-2016

Missouri state employees are the lowest paid in the nation, according to a report from the office of Gov. Jay Nixon (D). The report revealed that the base salary for 37,906 Missouri prison guards, social service employees and other state workers is more...

Nixon For The Defense | 08-05-2016

Public defenders everywhere know the job comes with burdens and challenges rarely seen by their private sector brethren. Number one on that list is the funding to pay for what they do. Nobody knows this better than Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri...

Crime & Punishment - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Crime In AR The ARKANSAS Supreme Court upholds the Razorback State’s execution secrecy law, which keeps confidential information about lethal injection drugs and suppliers (WASHINGTON POST). MO Gov Signs HB 1562 MISSOURI Gov. Jay Nixon...

Health & Science - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

NC Gov Signs SB 734 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs SB 734 , which will allow Tar Heel State residents to obtain the anti-overdose drug naloxone without a prescription. The law takes effect immediately (CHARLOTTE NEWS & OBSERVER). ...

Potpourri - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

SCOTUS Upholds Firearm Law The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a federal law barring those convicted of domestic abuse from possessing firearms. The ruling allows similar laws in 34 states and the District of Columbia to remain in place (NPR.ORG). HI...

Business - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1404 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1404 , which requires large daily fantasy sports operators to be licensed by the state, with smaller operators required only to register with state officials. The bill’s other...

Education - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1423 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1423 , which bars software vendors from selling student-specific data or from using that data to create individual student profiles or for targeted advertising. Vendors will also be...

Health & Science - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

NJ Assemble Approves AB 457 The NEW JERSEY Assembly approves AB 457 , which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible to be treated with marijuana. It moves to the Senate (NORTHJERSEY.COM). CO Gov Signs HB 1436 ...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

Social Policy - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

MA Approves SB 735 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 735 , a bill that would ban discrimination in public accommodations or businesses. The measure moves to the House (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]). CA Approves AB 1732 The CALIFORNIA...

Budgets In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

KS Passes Unbalanced Budget KANSAS lawmakers ended their 2016 session by passing a $6.3 billion budget for next fiscal year that is roughly $22 million out of balance. Their budget bill ( SB 249 ) calls on Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to come up with...

They Should Have Asked for Change | 04-29-2016

And from the sublime to the ridiculous, there’s this. As the Associated Press reports , Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal led a filibuster of a tax bill she opposed last week by reading for almost an hour from a self-help book co-written by rapper...

Health & Science - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CT Approves HB 5053 The CONNECTICUT House approves HB 5053 , which would limit most initial prescriptions for opioids to a seven-day supply and require first-responders to carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone. The bill, which would also require the...

Business - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

CA AB 908 Signed by Gov CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 908 , which will expand the Golden State’s paid family leave wage replacement levels from 55 percent of income to either 60 percent or 70 percent depending on the worker’s...

Governors In Brief - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

Edwards Issues LGBT Order LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) issued Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 , which protects LGBT state employees and contractors from being fired, discriminated against or harassed based on their gender identity or sexual...

Budgets In Brief - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

NE Legislature Passes LB960 - Infrastructure Bank Bill NEBRASKA lawmakers approved a bill ( LB 960 ) allowing the state to use $400 million over the next 17 years from the gas tax increase approved by the Legislature last year and $50 million from...

Speak Clearly or Not At All | 04-08-2016

Having really, really lousy ideas is one thing; using terrible grammar is even worse. So says Missouri Rep. Tracy McCreery, a St. Louis-area Democrat who recently filed a resolution ( HR 1220 ) urging her colleagues to stop using the word “physical”...

MO House Reverses Gov’s Budget Restrictions | 04-01-2016

Last month, Missouri lawmakers invoked for the first time the power they were granted by voters in 2014 (Amendment 10) to overturn gubernatorial budget restrictions. With bipartisan support the state’s Republican-led House voted to release $575...

Social Policy - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

Social Policy In AL The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously reverses an ALABAMA Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother who had split with her partner. Social Policy In GA The couple legally adopted...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

But Can You Return It? | 02-04-2016

Lobbyists give lawmakers gifts. It’s as regular as the sun rising in the east. For the most part that means meals, sports tickets, yada, yada, yada. But if Missouri Rep. Bart Korman gets his way, that list of reportable gifts will soon grow to include...

Politics In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

ND Tribe Challenges voter ID Laws Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have filed a lawsuit against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) alleging that recent changes to the state's voter ID laws infringe on their right...

Politics In Brief - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

Revolving-door Bill on Move in MO A MISSOURI House panel unanimously approved a measure that would bar lawmakers, state officials and gubernatorial appointees from working as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office. The ban would not apply to...

Nixon Issues Equal Pay Order | 12-18-2015

Saying “It’s 2015, and it’s time to start getting results,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) earlier this month issued an executive order (EO 15-09) directing Show Me State government agencies under his control to root out gender-based...

If We Want Your Opinion, Still Shut Up | 11-13-2015

Most women endure “mansplaining” with the grace and tolerance said mansplainers rarely exhibit on their own. But United States Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has about had enough. In a recent video clip for “The Late Show with Stephen...

Budgets In Brief - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

MI passes transportation funding legislation MICHIGAN’s House and Senate narrowly passed a $1.2 billion road-funding package that will cost the state’s motorists about $20 more to register their vehicles and $1.17 more to fill their cars’...