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Jim Lembke

Apr 10, 2011

Senate OKs plan to shrink House

Missouri senators has endorsed a plan to downsize the state Legislature by cutting 60 members of the state House.

Nov 8, 2010

Lembke will introduce Court Plan resolution

A proponent of altering the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan said he will introduce a resolution in the next legislative session to change the system for selecting some of the state’s judges.

Jun 8, 2010

Politicos to square off over red light cameras

A state senator and a St. Louis alderman with opposing views on red light cameras will face off tomorrow night in the Central West End.

May 28, 2010

No-show in municipal court will equal fine

The Board of Aldermen passed a bill today that makes failing to appear in municipal court a municipal violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

May 4, 2010

Red Light, Green Light

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Isom and police chiefs from elsewhere in the St. Louis region are among those launching a statewide effort in support of red-light cameras.

Jan 4, 2010

Court plan bills could be DOA in Legislature

The Missouri Senate tackled alterations to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan for the first time last year. But after the measure failed to come to a vote in the Senate, legislative prospects are dim this year for changing the system for choosing certain judges. House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says he won’t even assign any […]

Dec 3, 2009

Federal scale proposed for judges’ salaries

A state senator from St. Louis is proposing to tie compensation of Missouri judges to the pay of their federal counterparts. State Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, introduced a change to the state’s constitution earlier this week that would eliminate the current system that determines judges’ salaries through the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation […]

May 15, 2009

Omnibus judiciary bill squeaks by

The 2009 legislative session ended with an unexpected gift for the courts and the Bar: the last-minute resurrection and passage of a wide-ranging judiciary bill, the first such bill to pass in at least four years.

May 6, 2009

HJR 10 rears its head again

Debate over a proposed constitutional amendment altering the way the state chooses some of its judges has come back up for debate. The proposed constitutional amendment altering the so-called “Missouri Plan” failed to come to a vote last week after opponents of the measure engaged in a filibuster, a procedural maneuver where lawmakers try to […]

Apr 30, 2009

Senate shelves Plan bill

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[...]

Apr 29, 2009

Court Plan reform debate begins in Senate

The Missouri Senate began debate Wednesday on substantial changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, the first time such alterations have been debated in the Missouri General Assembly’s upper chamber. “I won’t call it the Nonpartisan Court Plan, because it’s not nonpartisan, it’s very partisan. It’s very political,” said the bill’s Senate handle[...]

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