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Greitens taps Comer to head Dept. of Natural Resources

Greitens taps Comer to head Dept. of Natural Resources

Gov. Eric Greitens announced Carol Comer will direct the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in a social media posting Wednesday. Comer served last as the commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) since 2015 under Vice President-elect Mike Pence. “Carol is incredible, and we are so excited about having her on board,” Greitens said

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Democrats question feasibility of Greitens’ State of the State proposals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After Gov. Eric Greitens first State of the State speech — which can be read here — Democratic leadership in the House and Senate wondered how Greitens would pay for many of his proposals, especially since he did not go into detail about his budget priorities. “Breaking with generations of past

Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, renews his call for a vote on HB 60.

House passes HB 60 to limit lobbyist gifts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has made good on the promise to pass an ethics reform bill in the 2017 legislative session. Fresh off of a long weekend, Missouri’s House of Representatives returned to session late Tuesday afternoon to overwhelmingly pass a measure seeking to put limits on lobbyist gifts. The bill, HB

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Holden backs Trump’s pick for China ambassador

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – News broke in early December that President-elect Donald Trump selected Terry Branstad to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China. “Governor Branstad obviously is Iowa’s longest-serving governor, someone who has considerable public policy experience but also someone who has a lot of experience and great grasp of trade issues, agriculture issues,

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TWMP: Rehder, right-to-work, and ethics

Rep. Holly Rehder joins This Week in Missouri Politics as host Scott Faughn’s special guest to discuss her right-to-work bill that will be debated on the floor next week. She outlines the benefits of right-to-work, why the issue is so contentious, and how it will make Missouri more competitive in attracting businesses. “We are looking

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House perfects lobbyist expenditures bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has taken the next step in their fight for ethics reform. House members on Thursday perfected HB 60, an ethics bill focused on changing the rules as they apply to gifts from lobbyists. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, received first-round approval from the House by

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MRTA lobby day cancelation raises concerns about new Capitol security measures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA) announced Wednesday afternoon they would cancel their seventh annual lobby day at the Missouri Capitol. The reason? An announcement on the MRTA website said it was “due to increased security measures by the new administration.” The Office of Administration installed three metal detectors at three

Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House continues to push ethics reform forward in the early days of the legislative session. House Bill 60, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, was the first bill to reach committee, as the House Committee on General Laws held its first hearing on Monday, hours before the inauguration ceremony. HB

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Eric Greitens becomes the next governor of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The sun broke through the clouds just before noon time on a frigid day in Jefferson City as thousands gathered on the South Lawn of Missouri’s Capitol to welcome the state’s 56th governor, Eric Robert Greitens. After the swearing in of Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Attorney General Josh Hawley, Secretary of State

Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Ethics reform takes center stage on Inauguration Day as Greitens signs executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ first order as the head of Missouri will be to bring ethics reform to his new office. “We just promised the people of Missouri that we’re going to get to work, and now, we’re here to get to work,” Greitens said. “We promised in this campaign that we

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