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House committee softens asbestos bill

Just before legislative spring break, the House Judiciary Committee passed a softened version of a bill that would reform asbestos- and silica-related litigation. The committee adopted two amendments to the bill that made it slightly more palatable to its critics. ...

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Bill would allow summary judgments instead of full hearings

The bill wouldn’t do much to line lawyers’ pockets, but it could save their clients a lot of time and energy. The House last week approved a bill that would allow the Administrative Hearing Commission and similar panels to issue ...

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Blunt says state contractor apparently hired illegal immigrants

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday, March 6 that dozens of suspected illegal immigrants working with falsified documents for a state janitorial contractor have been detained, and the state has canceled the contract of the company that hired them. Blunt ...

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Loudon wants taxpayers to avoid excess liability exposure

(MOLW) A Senate bill that would change the way discrimination claims are filed in Missouri got some unwelcome attention from a Senate committee last week, as it came in the wake of the resignation of a state Cabinet member accused ...

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to campaign finance law

A judge considered last Tuesday whether legislators violated procedural restrictions in passing a law that removed campaign contribution limits. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan heard arguments in the case but did not rule. He asked attorneys to submit proposed ...

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Judge orders Medicaid funding restored for medical equipment

A federal judge has ordered the state to restore Medicaid coverage for medical equipment for a month and to submit a new plan for what will be covered. The state cut the program in 2005, dropping coverage for such things ...

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Task force takes aim at mortgage fraud

Aiming to discourage mortgage fraud, a state agency has created a special task force to educate lenders, consumers and real estate agents about the crime. The initiative in the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration dovetails with legislation ...

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Lawmakers propose ban on gun seizures during emergencies

Some gun advocates are concerned a flood, earthquake or other emergency could wash away gun-owner’s rights. Bills that already have cleared House and Senate committees would bar state and local officials from restricting the lawful possession of a gun. State ...

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Lawmaker wants to keep Missouri from federal ID requirements

A Missouri lawmaker is balking at a federal law that requires all states to meet certain standards in issuing driver’s licenses by mid-2008. The federal Real ID Act was passed after learning that some Sept. 11 terrorists had obtained legitimate ...

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Missouri lawmakers try again to ban sexually oriented billboards

Denied once in court, Missouri lawmakers are making another attempt to restrict signs and billboards advertising sexually oriented businesses. The Senate gave initial approval on Tuesday, Feb. 27, to legislation that would prohibit such businesses from using any sexually oriented ...

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Minimum-wage backers claim food servers getting shortchanged

The drafters of Missouri’s new minimum wage law claim thousands of food servers are being shortchanged on their paychecks because of the way state labor officials are interpreting the minimum wage requirements. Missouri’s minimum wage rose from $5.15 to $6.50 ...

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