Sunday, February 24, 2013
Countless publications have pointed at legislation filed by pro-gun-ownership state Rep. Mike Leara as an example of how polarized the debate is.
Republican Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara of Sunset Hills launched a wave of blog posts and news articles this week (including an earlier article on Patch) when he introduced legislation that, if passed, would criminalize the act of introducing anti-gun legislation. That's right: Proposing a law could get a member of the General Assembly thrown in the slammer. Of course, it won't pass. Even he says so, in a statement widely repeated around the Internet in which he calls the proposed law a "statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians." His proposal would make it a class D felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, to introduce legislation that restricts gun ownership. That has made a list by Politico of …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Missourians will vote Aug. 7 on a constitutional amendment affirming the right to pray in public places.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced that voters will decide on Aug. 7 on a constitutional amendment affirming the right to pray in public places. The summary of the measure on the Missouri House of Representatives website says it "proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen's right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen's right to choose any or no religion." In its summary of the story, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its Political Fix blog that the timing has interesting political ramifications. As reporter Virginia Young wrote: The measure is likely to draw social conservatives to the polls. So from a political standpoint, it stands to reason that Nixon, a Democrat, would want to get it out of the …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Missouri lawmakers made sure you can get liquor at the airport at 4am, but nothing is open.
The Missouri legislature failed to do anything about strengthening state ethics laws, or act on distracted driving with cell phones and texting. Or clean up the Missouri Employers Mutual insurance mess, by getting out of the insurance business. No, lawmakers didn’t do any of that. But legislators were on top of this important issue: The inability to buy liquor at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport at 4am. Yes, they changed the state liquor laws so you can buy a drink at the airport at 4am. In the past, you had to wait until 6am to buy a drink. One problem: There is no business open at 4am that sells liquor by the drink at the airport. Jeff Lea, the communications director at the airport told me the Chilli’s on Concourse C opens at 5am…
Monday, May 16, 2011
A lobbyist recently gave several Christmas hams to elected officials. A recent bill explains the gift.
For years, all of West County—especially Chesterfield—was a patchwork of small family farms. In fact, some of them still exist in Chesterfield. So when West County state legislators voted for a bill that restricted the ability of small farmers to sue enormous hog farm operations, I thought something was amiss. The law limits how much people can win in nuisance lawsuits against livestock and crop producers, which often produce noxious odors and waste run off. The law also stops neighbors from filing claims against a farm for the same conditions over and over. Governor Nixon vetoed the original bill, which passed in April. A compromise bill, which still takes away the rights of small farmers, was signed into law on May 11. The compromise …