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Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Missouri Student Transfer Law Gains Initial Approval

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two proposals aimed at addressing concerns with Missouri's student transfer law gained initial approval from the state House and Senate Tuesday. The current transfer law allows students in failing districts to switch schools at the expense of their home district, which has meant financial hardships for some schools when students flock elsewhere

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Claire McCaskill
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Senator McCaskill Supports Opening Trade With Cuba

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) —U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is supporting legislation to end the trade embargo with Cuba. The Democrat affirmed her support of opening trade today after a recent trip to the country

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Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

First Abortion-Related Bill Moves Through Missouri Legislature

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first abortion-related bill to move forward in the Missouri Legislature this year is a measure to require annual inspections of abortion providers. The Missouri House voted 119-35, giving initial approval yesterday to a bill requiring clinics providing abortions to be inspected each year

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Missouri Rep Pushes For Choice Between Paper And Plastic

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — One Missouri lawmaker says a consumer should choose between paper and plastic. He is bucking national trends and trying to stop cities and towns from banning or issuing fines for use of plastic bags

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Missouri Senate Passes Measure to Modernize Missouri’s Welfare Policies

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri Senate voted this week to advance a bill that will strengthen the state’s efforts to fight poverty. Senate Bill 24, known as the Strengthening Missouri Families Act, will modify provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said to be able to give TANF dollars to Missouri families, the state receives a federal block earmarked for assistance

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Rep. Diane Franklin
Missouri House Rep. Diane Franklin (Courtesy of Missouri House)

Preschool and Daycare Centers May Be Required To Release Immunization Records

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker wants to require preschools and daycare centers to tell parents if there are other children attending who have not been vaccinated. The bill filed Tuesday by Representative Diane Franklin would require public and private facilities to inform parents they can request information about immunization exemptions of other children enrolled

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Missouri Lawmakers Consider Virtual School Options

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers this week are expected to consider a measure to give students more options to attend virtual schools for free. A Senate panel last week approved a bill that would allow students in failing districts and surrounding schools to attend online schools

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Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Missouri Lawmakers Pushing Ahead With Sales Tax Exemptions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican lawmakers are pushing ahead with sales tax exemptions and a requirement that businesses be notified when the application of the tax code changes. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed several tax-related bills last year and the Legislature did not override them

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The Paper or Plastic Question Could Be Thing Of The Past

Mona Shand

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Paper or plastic? Environmental advocates hope the answer will soon be "neither" if the Columbia city council passes a measure designed to encourage the use of reusable bags.

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Nathan Beard
State Rep. Nathan Beard (Courtesy of Missouri House)

Missouri House Rep Nathan Beard Will Serve on House Veterans Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Nathan Beard will serve on the House committee responsible for addressing issues important to Missouri’s more than 550,000 veterans. Beard was appointed by House Speaker John J. Diehl, Jr. to s

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