Record number of bills vetoed by Missouri Governor

JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen to set a personal record this year following a legislative session marred by showdowns over tax cuts, school choice and revenue estimates. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed 33 bills — the most in a single year since he took office in 2009. His total is just two[…]

Missouri Dermatologists Help Push Skin Safety Legislation Past Missouri House

Posted by Dave Berry JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet raysunder legislation passed by the state House. The measure would penalize tanning salons $500 every time they provide services to teenagers without parental consent. State health officials would be charged with[…]

Telecom bills moving quickly with broad support

Posted by Dave Berry By Ben Kleine JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two weeks ago, Ewell Lawson, Manager of Government Operations for the Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities was the most vocal opponent of SB 650 and 653, sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah. He was singing a different tune in the House Utilities hearing for[…]

Mo. House backs income tax cut plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation cutting income taxes for businesses.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday in the Republican-led chamber would phase in a 50 percent deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns. It also would gradually cut Missouri’s corporate income tax rate to 3.125 percent from the current 6.25 percent.

Republican supporters contend that a tax cut for businesses could help spur the economy.
But Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon objects to the proposed business tax cut. He says he only would support an individual income tax cut, and then only if various conditions are met to protect funding for public schools.

The House gave first-round approval to the bill on a 104-48 party-line vote. A second vote is needed to send it to the Senate.

Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY • A database could help physicians avoid writing prescriptions for people who may be selling those potentially addictive drugs under a bill approved by the Missouri House.

But senators involved in the issue said there’s little chance of such a measure moving forward.

The bill creates an electronic system to monitor who is being prescribed drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax. Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said keeping people from obtaining large quantities of drugs will save lives.

“People have died from getting prescriptions from people that illegally bough them,” Engler said. “We’re killing people.”

Barnes pushes 4 privacy rights bills

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, even when it comes to corporate or industrial spying, state Rep. Jay Barnes told a House panel Thursday.

He presented four bills before the committee that aim to protect the privacy of Missourians.

The bill that faced the most opposition was one that would prohibit the sharing of personally identifiable information — including the purchasing history — of Missourians without their consent.

It defines personally identifiable information as “any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with a consumer.”

Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said the law would especially come into play with big-box retailers, such as Walmart.