Tom Dempsey

Updated 5 p.m., Wed., May 6 -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had harsh words for the General Assembly’s action to override his veto of a bill that shortens the period for low-income families to receive welfare benefits. The bill also imposes new work requirements.

During a stop in St. Louis, the governor said he didn't object to changing the work requirements. But he did object to the way it was done, which his administration says will result in about 6,500 children getting knocked off the state's welfare rolls.

"You don't move the state forward by taking benefits away from 6,500 kids,'' Nixon said. He explained that there were ways, such as a "protected payee program" that would have penalized the parents, but not the children.

"What did a 5-year-old do wrong?" he asked. "There were a lot of ways where kids didn't have to suffer here."

The head of the Missouri Senate wants the authority to intervene in lawsuits whenever the attorney general chooses not to get involved.

The move follows recent court rulings that declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Missouri Legislative Session Begins Today

Jan 7, 2015
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As Missouri's legislators prepare to begin this year's session at noon today, there are some signs that the partisan gridlock between the Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor is easing.  Phill Brooks reports from Jefferson City.

An indication of maybe a better relationship with the governor came from the Senate's president pro-tem Tom Dempsey.  He's been critical in the past for the governor failing to work with lawmakers, but on that unaccredited school district bill Nixon vetoed last year, Dempsey was upbeat.

On the third stop of a three city tour Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid, indicating his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 will include federal funding that will provide health care for uninsured Missourians; an estimated 300,000 men, women and children. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was at the Springfield event and has this report.