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This Week in the General Assembly: May 22, 2017

This Week in the General Assembly: May 22, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The focus of the General Assembly this week was almost exclusively on the utility bill on which the special session was called. The House quickly passed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Rone, working it through committee in a single day before signing off on it the next day. House complies


Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An extraordinary session came to an end on Friday, as the Senate passed a utility bill aiming to help bring hundreds of jobs to Missouri’s Bootheel without any changes. Senators spent hours debating HB 1, a bill seeking to give the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) special authority to offer a


Commerce committee sends HB1 to the floor unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment has signed off on a bill seeking to bring jobs to southeastern Missouri, despite a number of concerns. After hours of testimony, the committee finally passed HB 1 unchanged with a vote of 10-1. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was the


Berry, Kolkmeyer seek meeting on WIMs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two Missouri state lawmakers are looking to begin the conversation anew to the state’s weigh in motion scales (WIM’s). The issue of weight stations in the Show-Me State took the spotlight this session when the issue of Drivewyze and HELP, Inc. became a topic of much contention. Reports of an FBI


PSC gives update on Clean Line case, slaps Summit with $75k fine

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than a few eyes took notice of the listed agenda issued the day before the Missouri Public Service Commission, which included an item that many had been waiting for: the case on the Grain Belt transmission lines. The item in question concerned a notice regarding the case status for the


Bootheel jobs bill passes House committees with ease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The legislature’s crusade to bring an estimated 500 jobs to the bootheel is moving forward in the State Capitol as Missouri’s special session continues. Rep. Don Rone’s bill, HB 1, is expected to hit the House floor Wednesday after surviving two different House committees on Tuesday afternoon. Rone’s bill seeks to


Attendance hits a new low at Governor’s Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With members of the legislature being called back into a special session, it stood to reason that the attendance in Governor Eric Greitens’ Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes would drop from an already lowered attendance rate. But Tuesday’s hearing, which was moved from the usual Monday afternoon time, saw just

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Rone files bill to restore bootheel jobs, but what’s really in the bill language?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday afternoon to begin work on a special session called for by Gov. Eric Greitens in an effort to pass legislation that could potentially return jobs to the bootheel, a region still reeling from the loss of hundreds of jobs when Noranda closed. The newly-drafted

Courtesy of the Luetkemeyer for Senate campaign

Tony Luetkemeyer announces 2018 bid for Senate District 34 seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s 34th Senate District has a new contender for its state senate seat. Tony Luetkemeyer, a conservative resident of Parkville announced his candidacy to replace the term-limited Sen. Rob Schaaf as the new voice for Buchanan and Platte County. The Republican candidate, a cousin once removed from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, is

What is in the future for state employees?

Missouri’s state employees have carried the title of “lowest paid in the nation” for some time now, and while the new governor has stated his commitment to better pay and more jobs in the Show-Me State, it seems that their wait will not be ending anytime soon. Workers have seen raises in 2016, 2012 and 2008,