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Missouri Ethics Commission looks to provide answers about Amendment 2

Missouri Ethics Commission looks to provide answers about Amendment 2

Throughout the 2016 election, campaign finance was a constant topic of controversy. Until 2016, Missouri was just one of a handful of states with no limits on campaign contributions or lobbyist gifts, having abolished donation limits in 2008. But the November passage of the Missouri State and Judicial Campaign Contribution Limits Initiative, also known as Constitutional

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PSC finalizes format for Grain Belt hearings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Missouri Public Service Commission prepares for a series of public hearings in counties affected by the proposed Grain Belt Express Line, the commission met on Wednesday to finalize details. Only four members of the commission were attendance; Commissioner Bill Kenney was absent. Eight hearings have been scheduled in Buchanan,

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PSC tackles 15 orders and tariffs before Thanksgiving holiday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission’s final meeting before the Thanksgiving holiday featured an unusually high amount of tariffs and new orders on the agenda. Although four of the members were only able to attend by phone, it didn’t take long for the commissioners to work through each order, approving all 15

Rep. Elijah Haahr listens to members of the Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force during the final meeting. (Ben Peters/ Missouri Times)

Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force meets for final time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force has made large strides in the ongoing fight against forced prostitution and other forms of human trafficking in Missouri, but Tuesday’s meeting at the state capitol marked the final time in which the group will meet. The task force was first established in 2015, and

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MHDC tax credits help launch senior citizen affordable housing development

WASHINGTON, Mo. – Work is officially underway on a new affordable housing project for seniors in Franklin County. Local elected officials joined the CEO of United Healthcare earlier this month to break ground on the Riverbend Estates Senior Community, a new 42-unit affordable housing development for senior citizens. Seniors who meet the qualifying income guidelines

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PSC renews United Way’s 2-1-1 service, reluctantly approves Raccoon Creek rate increase

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Public Service Commission has approved United Way of Greater Kansas City, Inc.’s request to continue serving as an information and referral service provider, providing 2-1-1 service to the area. United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that connects people to a number of resources, including counseling, health clinics,

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PSC questions jurisdiction over electric car charging stations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It looks like Ameren’s plan to install electric car charging stations will be put on hold until they can decide whether they have jurisdiction over the pilot program. The Public Service Commission on Wednesday agreed to suspend the requested tariff that would have authorized a pilot program in the Show Me

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Emery discusses updates on utility ratemaking and modernization

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lawmakers met Tuesday in Jefferson City for the second of two meetings of the Senate Interim Committee on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment. Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, chairs the committee. After an initial meeting spanning over the course of two days in late August, Tuesday’s meeting focused on testimony from Public

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Questions arise if OPC complaint was politically motivated

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On April 26th, two documents were filed a block away from each other and now, seven months later, there is a dispute arising over whether or not they were related. In the Capitol, Rep. Rocky Miller’s HB 2689, which would reform some of the government regulations Missouri utility companies are forced

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MHTF meets to discuss legislative issues, potential recapture of funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee held their quarterly meeting Wednesday in Jefferson City. Leaders from community services providing housing and other support services met with staff from the community initiatives of the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) to discuss new legislation and updates on trust fund spending. Megan Word,

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