Missouri Legislature

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In the first of what may be several visits to highlight his many other vetoes from this summer, Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters in Springfield that he opposes $22 million in new and increased license fees on Missourians. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.

Citing the high cost of gasoline, including a time this week when he says costs in southwest Missouri rose by 10 cents in one day, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is again urging passage of the Gas Accessibility & Stabilization (GAS) Act. KSMU’s Scott Harvey attended a gathering in Ozark to learn more.

Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.

The Governor praised the work of local organizations in their response efforts, including the Red Cross, whose Waynesville shelter housed 27 people Wednesday night. Nixon has called upon the Missouri National Guard for security and traffic control, as numerous streets have been closed, including sections of I-44 earlier this week.

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High water rescues have been among the results of heavy rains in the Ozarks, as several inches have fallen within the last couple of days. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is again calling on requiring a prescription for certain cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Speaking Monday before the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, which is holding their summer training conference this week in Springfield, Koster said that “continued inaction is allowing for a flourishing meth trade in this state.”

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon continues his attack against HB 253, a measure he vetoed in June. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, visits Tuesday to Springfield and Eldon come ahead of a September veto session which could see his decision overturned by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Three southwest Missouri counties are among 27 who’ve been approved for assistance under a major disaster declaration. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

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State entities are adjusting their budgets for the 2014 fiscal year after Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent decision to restrict millions in funding. Despite vetoing HB 253 in June, the Democratic Governor cited cost concerns of the bill, which could be overridden by lawmakers during their September veto session.

Military leaders and state lawmakers and administrators joined Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday as he signed several bills into law aimed to benefit veterans and their families. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) Tuesday criticized state lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

McCaskill said the U.S. transportation system is deteriorating, especially in Missouri, calling the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

A group of Republican lawmakers from southwest Missouri collectively expressed frustration Friday over Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s effort to block subpoenas issued by a House committee. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Republican State Representative Eric Burlison is expressing his disappointment with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto Wednesday of House Bill 253.  KSMU's Scott Harvey reports.

Claiming it will cause irreparable harm to education and vital public services in Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday vetoed House Bill 253, which aimed to gradually reduce corporate and individual income tax rates. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor announced his intentions on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, before reiterating his remarks at a Springfield high school. 

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