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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)

As one special session ends, Greitens strongly suggests more still to come

As one special session ends, Greitens strongly suggests more still to come

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first extraordinary session came to an end Friday afternoon as the Senate sent an unaltered House bill to bring jobs relief to the Bootheel to the governor’s desk. It remains to be seen whether or not it was the last extraordinary session of the 2017 interim. When speaking with host

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Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An extraordinary session came to an end on Friday, as the Senate passed a utility bill aiming to help bring hundreds of jobs to Missouri’s Bootheel without any changes. Senators spent hours debating HB 1, a bill seeking to give the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) special authority to offer a

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Commerce committee sends HB1 to the floor unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment has signed off on a bill seeking to bring jobs to southeastern Missouri, despite a number of concerns. After hours of testimony, the committee finally passed HB 1 unchanged with a vote of 10-1. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was the

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

House complies with half of Greitens’ call, rejects other half

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passed Rep. Don Rone’s bill 120-17 with several small amendments, but it lacks language that would give utilities the ability to look at increasing rates for grid modernization which would potentially jeopardize the bill in the Senate. Speaker Todd Richardson thanked the House Utilities Committee and members of

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

House considering changes to Rone’s steel mill bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House moved slowly off the starting blocks Wednesday morning as the full body convened. The chamber spoke amongst themselves and undertook last minute negotiations that could see several amendments added to the bill that would match the second part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for an extraordinary session. Speaker Todd

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Bootheel jobs bill passes House committees with ease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The legislature’s crusade to bring an estimated 500 jobs to the bootheel is moving forward in the State Capitol as Missouri’s special session continues. Rep. Don Rone’s bill, HB 1, is expected to hit the House floor Wednesday after surviving two different House committees on Tuesday afternoon. Rone’s bill seeks to

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Greitens attacks ‘career politicians’ at special session rally

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Roughly 300 people joined Gov. Eric Greitens at his rally Tuesday afternoon to pass legislation he promises will bring a steel mill to Southeast Missouri. Young Republicans, local voters, GOP state representatives and a significant number of Missourians from the Bootheel all cheered as he descended the stairs on the north

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Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House strictly gaveled in and out until Tuesday at the start of this week’s extraordinary legislative session, multiple senators took the opportunity in the upper chamber to voice their concerns about Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for more time in Jefferson City. Some feared the ramifications of his call could open

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Up Close and Personal with Rep. Robert Cornejo

Rep. Robert Cornejo made his bid for House Speaker right at the tail-end of session, becoming the first official candidate for what’s expected to be a tight leadership race when current Speaker Todd Richardson term limits at the end of the 2017 session.  He currently chairs the House General Laws Committee, one of the more wide-ranging

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Over 500 attend Rep. Rone and Gov. Greitens jobs rally

NEW MADRID, Mo – During a rainstorm, a crowd swelling to over 500 gathered on the site of the now-shuttered Noranda aluminum smelter to show support for the jobs bill that Gov. Eric Greitens has called a special legislative session to consider. Several state representatives attended the rally in the warehouse in sight of where

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