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Missouri Legislature
5:47 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Decision not to intervene in same-sex marriage rulings sparks legislation by Senate leader

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:44 pm

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.

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Missouri Legislature
7:34 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Missouri House passes voter photo ID bills; critics call proposal 'racist'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 5:11 pm

(Updated 5:51 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 19 )

The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation to require voters to show government-approved photo identification at the polls.

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Arts News
11:08 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Arts Leaders Seek Funding — And Respect — At The Missouri State Capitol

ArtsKC sponsored a bus for arts advocates to travel to Jefferson City. At sunrise, it left from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:33 am

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is like an art museum unto itself, with its famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton and dramatic bronze statues everywhere. But when it comes to public funding for the arts, that’s at the bottom of lawmakers’ priority list.

On Wednesday, more than a hundred arts advocates from all over the state went to Jefferson City to try to change that. Here's a run-down of how it went.

The Day

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Missouri Legislature
5:28 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Missouri House Approves Right-To-Work Bill, But Margin Not Veto-Proof

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Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 1:55 pm

(Updated 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12)

For the first time ever, the Missouri House has approved a right-to-work bill that curbs union rights.

But the House’s 92-66 vote Wednesday afternoon was far short of the number – 109 -- needed to withstand a likely veto by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat with close union ties.

Final House approval came Thursday morning. The  measure now moves to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future and a possible Democratic filibuster.

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