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Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes right-to-work legislation

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Thursday that would have made Missouri the 26th right-to-work state, and it’s unclear whether proponents will be able to muster enough support in the Republican-led Legislature to override the veto. The governor, a ...

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South Carolina governor to speak at Hanaway fundraiser

Facing a potentially crowded GOP primary in 2016, Missouri gubernatorial hopeful Catherine Hanaway now has backing from South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley is scheduled as the keynote speaker during a fundraiser for Hanaway set for June 18 at ...

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Missouri Senate hires attorney for ‘harassment complaint’

The Missouri Senate has hired a lawyer in response to a “workplace harassment complaint.” A document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows the Senate hired the attorney May 7. The legal fee agreement didn’t give additional details regarding the ...

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Cornejo enters race for Missouri House majority leader

St. Peters Rep. Robert Cornejo has entered what could be a crowded race for Missouri House majority leader. Cornejo told The Associated Press on Thursday he’s running for the position, which became vacant after former House Speaker John Diehl resigned ...

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Legislators pass on dozens of Ferguson-inspired bills

Missouri’s legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It ended Friday with the Senate again shut down ...

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Time limits on ballot language challenges sent to governor

The Missouri Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon a measure Friday that supporters say would make things easier for county clerks and prevent reprinting costs when ballot measures are changed by courts close to an election. Opponents of the measure charge ...

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Gov. Nixon OKs easing taxes for Missouri-based companies

Service and technology companies based in Missouri will have the option of calculating their taxes in a way that supporters of the measure say avoids double taxation. Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Wednesday that gives more companies a tax ...

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Lawmakers OK financial fraud measure for seniors

Financial professionals who suspect an older Missouri resident or person with a disability is the target of financial fraud would have broader authority under a measure headed to the governor. The Missouri Senate voted 33-1 Wednesday on a measure that ...

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Student transfer law goes to governor

A plan aimed at fixing Missouri’s troubled student transfer system passed the Legislature on Tuesday, despite expanded options for charter and virtual schools and other concerns that meant the House only narrowly approved the measure. At issue is a 1993 ...

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Republicans in Senate push to rein in city actions

Missouri’s GOP-led Senate expanded a House bill on Tuesday that would ban municipalities from barring the use of plastic bags and also stop cities and towns from increasing their minimum wage — a move some Democrats criticized as inhibiting local ...

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Missouri Senate amends bill to limit unemployment benefits

Senate changes have delayed a final vote on a bill that would tie the number of weeks Missourians can receive jobless benefits to the state’s unemployment rate. Tweaks made on Monday include changing how the average unemployment rate is calculated. ...

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