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Feb 26, 2020

Punitive damages bill passes under cover of filibuster

A 20-hour filibuster halted an asbestos bill in the Missouri Senate, but senators have advanced separate legislation that changes punitive damages. Following a debate that ran from mid-afternoon on Feb. 25 until 10:30 the following morning, lawmakers put aside the asbestos bill. The Senate then immediately turned to the punitive damages bill, which lawmakers and […]

Apr 30, 2009

Senate shelves bill to alter court plan

After a legislative push to alter the Nonpartisan Court Plan faltered on Wednesday, opponents of how some judges are selected in Missouri see the initiative petition process as the vehicle to achieve their aims. A proposed constitutional amendment altering the so-called “Missouri Plan” failed to come to a vote on Wednesday after opponents of the […]

Apr 29, 2009

Plan bill gets its day

Sen. Jim Lembke (pictured) championed reform of the Nonpartisan Court Plan on the floor of the Missouri Senate on Wednesday. It was the first time the controversial proposal had been debated by the full Senate. Lembke, a Republican from Lemay, took charge in shepherding a proposed constitutional amendment altering the plan used to choose judges in various parts of the state. And the longtime oppon[...]

Mar 24, 2009

Coerced abortion bill derailed in state Senate

Proponents of abortion rights are a minority in the Missouri Senate. But the small group of lawmakers proved on Monday that they could still pack a powerful punch. That’s because several Democratic state senators derailed legislation – at least for now – creating the crime of “coercing” an abortion. Now bill proponents say they will […]

Mar 24, 2009

Coerced abortion bill faces uncertain future

Proponents of abortion rights are a minority in the Missouri Senate. But the small group of lawmakers proved on Monday that they could still pack a powerful punch. That’s because several Democratic state senators derailed legislation – at least for now – creating the crime of “coercing” an abortion. Now, bill proponents say they will […]

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