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February 23, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 23, 2012
MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members
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Headline: St. Louis County senators lose in the latest Senate redistricting map [Entered: 02/23/2012]
By Jordan Shapiro and Andrew Weil
Two of the legislature's leading conservative voices are the losers in the new state Senate map released early Thursday morning, Feb. 23.
The maps released by a bipartisan commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon moved Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-St. Louis County, whose term expires this year, into a district where she could not run for re-election.
"I am not drawn anywhere. I am in nowhere land," Cunningham said.
Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, would still live within his current district, but he would be facing a more Democratic-leaning electorate. Like Cunningham, Lembke's term expires this year.
"I am very surprised and disappointed," Lembke said.
Senators are elected for four-year terms. Half of the seats go up for election every two years. This year, odd-numbered districts are up for election. Cunningham currently represents the 7th Senate district. Under the new map, Cunningham would live in ... continued
February 17, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 17, 2012
Headline: Missouri's Supreme Court throws out a major section of Missouri's ethics laws [Entered: 02/17/2012]
In a unanimous decision, the state's high court threw out a package of ethics laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2010.
The measure imposes penalties on lobbyists for filing false information, gives the Missouri Ethics Commission power to launch its own investigations, requires electronic filing of more campaign finance reports and restricts the transfer of funds between political committees.
The provisions had been passed after stories of a federal grand jury investigation into former House Speaker Rod Jetton and campaign contributions. Supporters argued the heightened exposure of campaign contributions would balance the legislature's earlier action that removed the cap on campaign contributions.
But Missouri's Supreme Court held Tuesday [Feb. 14] that the legislature had violated a state constitutional provision that prohibits expanding a bill beyond its original topic.
The original bill covered only state contract bidding and procurements.
"The multiple provisions relating to campaign finance, ethics and keys to the capitol dome are not logically connected ... continued
February 10, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 10, 2012Headline: Discrimination lawsuit restrictions pass the House and Senate [Entered: 02/10/2012]
February 9, 2012Tax Debate at Capitol
The debate to replace the state's income tax with a sales tax was very interesting at MPA's Day at the Capitol.
You can access presentations from each side following the links below.