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To PQ or not to PQ: The Senate’s battle for tradition

To PQ or not to PQ: The Senate’s battle for tradition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – 2017 has been a dream session for Missouri Republicans. Riding the coattails of President Donald Trump’s victory, Missourians elected both Republican supermajorities and a Republican governor for the first time in state history. Since then, Missouri has seen several core conservative ideas passed through the legislature, including the controversial issue of

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Schaaf calls on Governor Greitens to bring ethics reform as promised

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – His voicemail flooded, calls around the clock, and his personal cell phone number made public… it was not a good weekend for Sen. Rob Schaaf. But just days after being attacked on social media and on the Senate floor for his ethics, Schaaf has turned the tables, now calling out the man

Sen. Rob Schaaf announces he will no longer oppose Rep. Holly Rehder's PDMP bill April 4, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

This Week in the General Assembly: Week of April 17

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This week in the Missouri legislature, the House perfected a number of bills this week and signed off on a few resolutions, while the Senate signed off on two House Bills, 51 and 34. The Senate appropriations committee was the thing everyone was watching for, as they continued their efforts to

Missouri's state auditor Nicole Galloway addresses members of the media during a press conference over the findings of her team's audit of Sunshine Law compliance in local government. BEN PETERS/MISSOURI TIMES

Dept. of Revenue turns over documents to Auditor’s Office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just a day after receiving a subpoena issued by State Auditor Nicole Galloway, the Department of Revenue has turned over documents requested by her office. According to a release from the Auditor’s Office, the department delivered a stack of documents to them Thursday afternoon. “After weeks of my staff requesting the

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Weigh station bill dies on House floor despite FBI inquiry

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The latest victim in ongoing push vs. shove taking place in the Missouri Capitol is Rep. T.J. Berry’s HB 306. The bill, which sought to address concerns about conflicts of interest in Missouri’s weigh station industry, was defeated in the Missouri House by a vote of 60-82 on Thursday afternoon. The

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PSC declares it does not have EVF authority

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It seems that the Missouri Public Service Commission will not be regulating electric vehicle charging stations in Missouri. The PSC on Wednesday denied a request by Ameren for a pilot program to install and operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the Interstate 70 corridor, saying they lack the statutory authority

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Alternative fuels showcased at Capitol, proponents call them solutions to state funding issues

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hundreds turned out Wednesday afternoon for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Odyssey Day, the focus of which is to highlight alternative fuels and technological advances. The event, hosted at the Missouri State Capitol by by both the St. Louis and Kansas City Clean Cities Coalitions, sought to give the public

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Kansas regulators deny Great Plains-Westar merger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a stunning move, Kansas regulators denied Great Plains Energy’ acquisition of Westar Energy. The proposed $12.2 billion sale would have allowed for the acquisition of Kansas’ largest electric company by a Missouri utility company. The decision came down Wednesday afternoon, as the Kansas Corporation Commission delivered their verdict in what

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Galloway puts Department of Revenue in crosshairs with subpoena

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued a subpoena to the Missouri Department of Revenue in an effort to force them to turn over information concerning their management of income tax refunds. Galloway’s office issued the subpoena late Wednesday morning after they reportedly waited more than six weeks for the requested

Attorney General Josh Hawley at the Federalist Society's Capitol Forum Jan. 23, 2017

Attorney General’s office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran case, citing Greitens’ executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has recused itself from handling a U.S. Supreme Court case due to a conflict of interest. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia will argue before the nation’s highest court challenging the state’s denial of an application for a grant from the Department of Natural Resources to resurface its preschool playground.

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