Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to keep safety protocols secret

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog

BELLERIVE – Gov. Jay Nixon called on Missouri lawmakers Friday to renew an exemption in the state’s open records law that prevents the release of safety and security procedures at facilities such as hospitals and power plants.

“These security plans are important and it’s important to keep them secret,” he said during a press conference in the student center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “You don’t hand the keys to your house or the security code to the burglar.”

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month has sparked discussion about school safety, but security protocols for such government buildings as public schools are open records in Missouri. That’s because the Sunshine Law exemption that closes those records expired Dec. 31.See sections 18 and 19 of the law that allows for certain government meetings and records to be sealed.

Lawmakers in Washington reject pay-raise proposal

Missouri News Horizon
Ahead of Monday’s fiscal cliff deadline, President Barack Obama signed an executive order late last week allowing for a small pay increase for members of congress and other elected official.

The timing could not have been any worse. Just days later, those very same lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert tax increases and sweeping spending cuts, likely to damage public approval of the body even more.

Congress passes legislation basing WWI memorial commission in Kansas City

— Legislation has passed both chambers of the U.S. Congress establishing Kansas City as the host city for the World War I centennial commission.

The bill, which was passed by the Senate last month, received final approval from the U.S. House Sunday night with bipartisan support.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who joined Sen. Roy Blunt in pushing the legislation in the Senate, said the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is the “perfect location to headquarter this important work.”

If approved by the president, the bill will establish a 12 member commission that would be tasked with developing and executing the nation’s effort to commemorate 100 years since World War I.

Lawmaker proposes expanding arming teachers with guns

Missouri News Horizon
— Less than a week after an act of gun violence killed 20 students and eight teachers at a school in Newtown, Conn., a Missouri lawmakers has proposed expanding gun rights for teachers in the classroom.

State Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, filed legislation Tuesday to allow educators to carry concealed weapons inside Missouri schools.

The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibits individuals from carrying weapons inside schools without a license to do so. But even with a license, the law bans anyone allow anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from discharging weapons inside schools.

Rate hike for Ameren customers - Average $10 increase per month

Missouri News Horizon
If you’re an Ameren Missouri customer, your bill is about to go up. The Missouri Public Service Commission has granted the utility a 260-million dollar rate increase for Ameren’s electric customers.

That figures out to about ten dollars a month for an average residential customer.

New Missouri drug, firearm and abortion laws take effect this week

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After months of hearings, debates and filibusters, a slew of new laws went into effect in Missouri this week. From synthetic substances and electric cars to adoptions and concealed carry rules, the new laws cover a wide swath of policy areas.

Here are some of the notable changes most likely to impact the everyday lives of Missourians:

Concealed carry age lowered