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Speaker Todd Richardson addresses the media after the close of the 2017 session May 12. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day

House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day

House Democrats cite dysfunction for low number of bills Just moments after House Democrats scored two unexpected victories in the house, Speaker Todd Richardson emerged into the House Lounge with his caucus in tow to explain on the major policy changes the Republican supermajority has effected sine Jan. 4. “For nearly a decade, Missouri’s conservative majorities

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West Lake buyout bill dies in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s crusade to provide funding for the buyout of homes in Spanish Village came to an end on the final day of session as SB 22 died in the Senate on a 65-79 vote. After Rep. Mark Matthiesen failed to amend the bill to remove a provision of the

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Special Session: Does it need to happen?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rumblings of a special session in the Capitol have grown louder as the end of session has neared, and especially since the Senate dramatics have dominated most policy discussions in the last month. Contention between the House and the Senate on if and or how to fund senior services in the

Rep. Kevin Corlew discusses his Daubert standard expert witness bill Jan. 23, 2017.

REAL ID passes through the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians will soon have the option to use their driver’s license to board airplanes and go on military bases, though not as soon as 108 representatives would like. Rep. Kevin Corlew’s REAL ID bill passed through the House late Thursday evening by a wide 112-39 margin, with members of the house’s

Rep. Joe Don McGaugh on the House floor (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Comms)

Collateral source makes it to Greitens in final days of session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most impactful pieces of tort reform to emerge from the General Assembly this year passed out of the House Thursday afternoon in the final leg of its journey to the governor’s desk. Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 31, which would change the collateral source rule, was approved by representatives

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PDMP headed to conference after all

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring plan continues to whiplash in the House, as the sponsoring representative moved Thursday to again refuse the Senate position on the bill. The House first rejected the Senate’s position on HB 90 April 18 after a heavily amended version came back from the Senate that

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Contreras to lobby for construction firm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Pat Contreras, a 2016 Democratic candidate for State Treasurer, will join McCownGordon Construction, a Kansas City-based construction firm as part of their project development team. Contreras will be focused in the firm’s downtown Kansas City office, but he will often work with state legislators and the Missouri government. “We are very pleased to

Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, listens to Kerry Messer from Missourians for Personal Safety testify on behalf of his bill.

House Conservative Caucus reaffirms opposition to PDMP bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House’s informal Conservative Caucus, made up of Republicans with a libertarian bent, will not support Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring act, which yesterday saw its conference committee dissolved. Despite changes made to the bill in the Senate by libertarian-esque conservatives in the upper chamber, representatives in the caucus said

Rep. Mark Ellebracht reads his letter asking Gov. Eric Greitens to veto SB 43 May 10, 2017. (Travis ZImpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Democrats ask Greitens to veto discrimination bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Democrats made one final, desperate attempt to defeat SB 43 Wednesday morning by gathering outside of Gov. Eric Greitens’ office to deliver letters urging him to veto the bill. Each representative wrote their own letters stating their opposition to the legislation. Rep. Mark Ellebracht read from his own letter, elucidating

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