Missouri Legislature

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Danisha Hogue / KSMU

Over 30 officials gathered at the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s office Friday to recognize State Sen. Bob Dixon.

The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is honoring the Springfield lawmaker with Legislator of the Year. The award is intended to recognizable his work with criminal justice reform and advocacy for victims’ rights.

“It’s an honor and I certainly appreciate it very much. I was very glad to be able to get the work done.” “The state association was a tremendous help in making sure the legislation passed,” said Dixon.

For roughly a decade, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee was a firm opponent of campaign donation limits. When he voted to get rid of contribution curbs as a Republican state senator in 2006 and a Democratic state senator in 2008, he believed that an unlimited system would give Missourians a better sense of where money came from and where it was going.

But  Chris Koster abandoned his long-standing opposition to donation limits earlier this year and threw his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment that limits contributions to $2,600 for state-based offices. He says that the current system where million-dollar donations are relatively commonplace is completely out of control.

The first of six ballot measures before Missouri voters this November has not generated any controversy – so far. Constitutional Amendment 1 would renew the state's parks and soils tax for another 10 years. 

Missouri's current state budget is taking another hit.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that he's withholding $57.2 million from several state agencies and programs after lawmakers on Wednesday overrode vetoes he made on two tax breaks.

So far, Missouri voters will decide six ballot questions this fall. The deadline for issues to be certified for the Nov. 8 ballot was Aug. 30.

That number could rise to seven if a judge rules to validate about 2,200 more signatures gathered for a proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana.