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Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote

Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote

Seventeen community leaders, including commissioners, mayors, and chamber officials, send Libla letter asking economic development bill to be considered PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – With few remaining legislative days left in the session, several economic development bills are on the calendar in the Senate waiting for an up or down vote, including SB 190, which hopes to

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Beyond the Drama: HELP vs. Drivewyze

There are endless rumors every year of FBI investigations and inquiries as the legislative session progresses and lawmakers’ bills begin to die. This year, not only were the rumors true, but FBI agents reportedly showed up to a House committee hearing. There is always drama at the end of a legislative session, add in the

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Constituent contact campaigns fear ramifications of ‘kicking can down the road’ on grid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Constituent coalitions, including the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council (LOREDC), and Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future (MBEF) are pleading with the Legislature not to kick the utility grid modernization down the road, hoping to see Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 190, the Economic Development

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Economic development amendment would add boot heel support for SB 190

NEW MADRID, Mo. – SB 190 seeks to provide the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) new options to rehabilitate the state’s aging electric grid. The bill has already spent several hours on the Senate floor being debated, and now has a new economic development amendment being proposed that could lead to 500-600 jobs being created

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Victory Enterprises earns Pollies in Missouri, Iowa

Victory Enterprises brings home “Pollie Awards” for 2016 Digital and Mail Efforts Davenport, IA. – National political, communications and technology firm Victory Enterprises (VE) received two prestigious Pollie Awards at the American Association of Political Consultants Awards in Huntington Beach, California. “These awards are further proof of the banner year the Victory Enterprises team had in 2016,”

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KCP&L’s track to become Fortune 500 company needs one last Missouri OK, as long as that comes quickly

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – KCP&L’s path to acquiring Westar and together making them Missouri’s newest Fortune 500 company was always going to be challenging, but elected leaders on both sides of the state line were confident that the two companies were better together with Kansas City headquarters than both being acquired and owned by companies

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As EPA stalls on Westlake Landfill, Chappelle-Nadal files massive home buyout bill 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the state budget facing a potential $700 million shortfall, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has filed legislation hoping to see the state buy north of 90 homes, totaling almost $13 million, near the West Lake Landfill. The West Lake Landfill has been in operation for over 50 years, yet last Wednesday, Chappelle-Nadal had

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Austin Chambers: Missouri is the backdrop for another national political star

Missouri has been the backdrop for several of the nation’s leading political figures, from Jack Oliver to Joyce Aboussie to Jeff Roe, and in 2016, Missouri became a big part of the story of a new rising star in national politics: Austin Chambers. Chambers managed the campaign of Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, and is now serving

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Libla to file bill increasing punishment for those who attack law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, announced he will file legislation on December 1st enhancing penalties for those who are convicted of attacking law enforcement officers and first responders. “Our law enforcement officers need to know that members of the Missouri General Assembly have their back,” Libla said. “As Chairman of the Senate

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What is the smart grid and why doesn’t Missouri have one?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Despite most utilities’ efforts to become more efficient under state and federal mandates, Missouri continues to be one of four states left in the union without a smart grid – due to outdated regulations. “Though there has been legislation introduced that addresses these issues, for at least a decade, stakeholders have not

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