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Blunt signs bill closing insurance records

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation last week closing records about consumer insurance complaints, but he softened the impact by ordering the Insurance Department to produce public summaries of the complaints. The governor’s executive order also requires the department to modify ...

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Company hired to handle background checks

State officials are hoping a private company hired to help handle fingerprint scans for background checks will reduce the time it takes to obtain results. In recent years, the state has added many more people to the list of those ...

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Religious display on solid ground

A monument displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Missouri Capitol appears to be on firm legal ground after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar display at the Texas Capitol. The divided Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of displaying the ...

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Printing mistake removes authority to tax

A printing mistake appears to have removed Congress’ authority to tax in Missouri. A recently updated version of the Missouri and U.S. constitutions, published by the Missouri secretary of state’s office, is missing the page that grants Congress the power ...

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Juvenile system now open

Child abuse, neglect and foster care hearings, previously held secretly in most courtrooms, are now open to the public. Most court records in child welfare cases also will be open beginning with cases filed July 1, though the child’s name ...

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State pulls contract for Medicaid transportation company

The state is ending its contract with a Lake St. Louis company to provide medical transportation services to Medicaid recipients. The state has been contracting with Medical Transportation Management Inc. on a monthly basis since a dispute a year ago ...

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Law charges fee for probation and parole

People placed on probation or parole could soon be charged a monthly fee to help cover the costs of their supervision. Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation last week authorizing the new fee, which is expected to eventually generate about $7 ...

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New fireworks law requires more licenses

A new state law could take some sparkle out of Fourth of July celebrations this year. The law, which passed in the last legislative session, requires anyone who wants to shoot Class B fireworks, the kind that go off after ...

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All must prove legal status to get driver's license

Under a new state law, everyone in Missouri will need to show proof he or she is legally in the country to get or renew a driver’s license. Starting July 1, everyone obtaining or renewing a driver’s license, nondriver’s license ...

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Ban reinstated on development tax breaks

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated a 2002 law banning tax incentives for flood plain development in St. Charles County. The high court’s unanimous ruling reversed a Cole County judge’s decision that the provision had no constitutional connection to the bill’s ...

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Reconsideration ordered on parking tag fee

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court last week to reconsider whether Missouri can charge the disabled an annual fee of $2 for parking tags. The question is whether the fee violates a federal law barring discrimination against ...

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