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Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP bill as House perfects

Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP bill as House perfects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House perfected Rep. Holly Rehder’s bill to establish a prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) after roughly three hours of deliberation and debate. A vote to pass the bill will likely come during Thursday’s session. The bill, which would create a program to track individuals’ purchases of prescription opiates, has faced

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Parties battle over advancing alcohol measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two distinct groups of alcohol retailers and distributors are fighting over Rep. Robert Cornejo’s bill to allow retailers that sell alcohol, including grocery stores, bars and restaurants and liquor stores to advertise the price of their products. Cornejo’s bill was voted out of the House Legislative Oversight Committee Monday and now

Gov. Eric Greitens announces his pick for the new COO. PHOTO/THE MISSOURI TIMES - BEN PETERS

As other states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republicans stand firmly opposed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While several red states have decided to review whether or not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) following the failure of Congress last week to repeal and replace the controversial law, Republican leaders in Missouri have made it known Medicaid expansion will not take place in the Show-Me

Gov. Eric Greitens signs the Daubert expert witness standard bill March 28, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens signs Corlew’s expert witness standards bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens signed his second bill and his first major piece of tort reform Tuesday morning by putting his signature to Rep. Kevin Corlew’s expert witness standards bill. At Midland Transports in Jefferson City, Greitens said the bill, which would switch Missouri’s expert witness standards bill to the Daubert standard,

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Dillon to run for Senate in SD 16

ROLLA, Mo. – Ryan Dillon, a former aide to former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, has solidified his intention to run for Senate in Missouri’s 16th District, which includes several prominent Mid-Missouri towns and areas like Rolla, Camdenton, Waynesville, Salem, St. James, Fort Leonard Wood and the southern half of the Lake of the Ozarks. Dillon

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Judge rules changes must be made to Kander’s right-to-work ballot language

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A judge has ordered changes made to ballot language written by former Secretary of State Jason Kander regarding 2017 initiative petitions that would essentially repeal right-to-work in Missouri. Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem ruled Thursday that while Kander had used unbiased language at the time he drafted the language for the initiative

Sen. Ed Emery testifies on his bill SB 98 Feb. 21, 2017.

Emery’s collateral source bill faces further hurdles despite early passage through Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ed Emery’s collateral source rule change bill made it through the Senate in February and it finally received a hearing in the Special House Committee on Litigation Reform Monday afternoon. But even while Republicans in both chambers have supported the tort reform measure, SB 31 could still be in jeopardy.

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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of March 20

Gov. Eric Greitens this week made headlines with his explicit endorsement of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare after President Donald Trump, the health insurance plan which would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with new rules and regulations. As of the writing and reporting of this article,

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Five Questions with… Rep. Hannah Kelly

With the legislative session taking a week-long hiatus for spring break, we sat down with five of the new freshmen legislators to discuss their perspectives after working in the Capitol for the first half of session. The fifth and final piece in this Q&A series features five questions with Rep. Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove. The Missouri

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