Sunday, February 24, 2013
The new District 13 senator has introduced more than a dozen bills and has a number of duties among committees.
While the trip to Jefferson City is not her first, freshman Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, said that it’s a quite different experience as a senator. Walsh defeated Republican Jacquelyn Thomas with more than 80 percent of the vote in the November general election. Previously, she served as a state representative for District 69. “It’s a lot different,” she said. “You have more ability to have an impact on legislation. I can count on one hand my impact in the House.” She hit the ground running in getting into the senate role by introducing more than a dozen bills, including a bill relating to home foreclosures. Senate Bill 336 will help homeowners who are facing foreclosure “to elect to participate in dispute resolution or …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Governor Jay Nixon's decision to veto legislation backed by the Catholic Church has spurred talk of a potential override attempt in September.
Despite a Republican majority in both the Missouri General Assembly and the State Senate, influential Democrats say they believe Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749 would survive a potential override attempt in September. That's one of several findings of the inaugural Blue Arch survey conducted by Missouri Patch sites. More than 50 influential Democrats, primarily from the St. Louis area, but not exclusively, were asked using an automated survey tool what they thought about a variety of questions tied to the Governor's action on the bill, which would in part, allow health care providers, and health care sponsors, among others to decline or refuse "coverage for, abortion, contraception, or sterilization in a health plan if such …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Area State Senator Jane Cunningham was hospitalized overnight in Jefferson City after feeling light-headed Wednesday at the state capitol.
Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) should be back at the State Capitol following a brief hospitalization overnight Wednesday. Cunningham's Chief of Staff, Kit Crancer, told Patch Thursday morning "the Senator is doing well and will be released later today." According to the Twitter account for the Missouri State Senate, members in the chamber were updated on her health this morning and learned that she would return to the Capitol Thursday. Cunningham represents the City of Hazelwood as part of her district, which will be eliminated in its current state through redrawn maps, come the November election. Because of this, she is not running for re-election since state legislative redistricting essentially left her without …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The State Senator represents Hazelwood as part of her district and was reportedly feeling light-headed Wednesday.
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting State Senator Jane Cunningham, (R-Chesterfield) was hospitalized Wednesday evening. Her Chief of Staff, Kit Crancer, told Patch late Wednesday he took Cunningham to Saint Mary's Hospital and she was admitted. The reason: she was feeling light-headed during a debate on education. "I expect that she'll be fine," he said via email. The AP says Cunningham was undergoing tests Wednesday night. The state legislative session ends Friday. Cunningham represents the City of Hazelwood as part of her district, which will be eliminated in its current state through redrawn maps, come the November election. Sign up for the Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.
Monday, October 17, 2011
State Senate to decide Monday on conference committee fate for economic development bill.
Members of the Missouri State Senate will be back at work Monday, with the clock ticking down on time left in the special session called by Governor Nixon. Lawmakers have until November 6 before the session expires, by statute. Monday afternoon, the State Senate will gavel into session to consider the fate of Missouri's Presidential primary. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, once a House bill to move the primary to March stalled in the Senate, the state GOP decided to move to a caucus system to protect Missouri's number of delegates. Senators will also vote on whether to send economic development legislation, which includes the so-called "Aerotropolis" China Hub bill to a conference committee to resolve differences with the House …