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Wagner, Haahr pushing new penalties for sex trafficking

Wagner, Haahr pushing new penalties for sex trafficking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two of Missouri’s lawmakers are pushing bills in their respective chambers to try to bring down the sex trafficking trade in the U.S., which amounts to a $9.5 billion dollar industry every year. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, took a break from Washington D.C. politics today to come and testify before a


Keaveny shoulders non-discrimination fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For years, former Senate Minority Leader, Jolie Justus, pushed for Missouri to outlaw discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. Justus has left the chamber, a victim of term-limits. But Sen. Joe Keaveny, the new minority leader, has promised to take up Justus’ long-held mantle. Keaveny, a Democrat from St.


Cookson wants to improve education by raising teachers’ salaries and more

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Steve Cookson, a former superintendent from Ripley County, filed 5 bills before leaving the Capitol last week, all addressing education. “I believe our greatest investment is in our children,” Cookson, a Republican, said. “The closer we can invest our resources in our children, the better product we receive in the classroom. I


Republicans look to open door for new Voter ID laws

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House gave initial approval to a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters on the ballot, would open the door for lawmakers to establish strict requirements that voters present valid photo ID’s in state elections. Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, is managing HJR1, which would amend the state constitution and


Blunt, Curtman tout new restrictions on government-funded ads

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Senator Roy Blunt descended on the state capitol today to support a measure from Rep. Paul Curtman that largely mirrors Blunt’s own bill in the U.S. Senate. Curtman’s bill is HB 430, “The Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2015,” and would require state government departments to indicate in “certain educational and


Schmitt spars with Democratic mayors over court reforms

Saint Louis, Mo. — Sen. Eric Schmitt strode into the 2015 legislative session with a municipal court reform bill guaranteed to win him plenty of attention in light of the unraveling events in Ferguson. Schmitt’s bill is now poised to move through the House despite pushback from Mayors across North County St. Louis. Schmitt has


2016 Statewide Tip Sheet

JEFFERSON CITY — Now that the 2015 legislative session has started the 2016 announcements are already flying and speculation is ramping up. The Missouri Times decided to update our statewide tip sheet. U.S. Senate Republicans Senator Roy Blunt. Senator Blunt’s team doesn’t make mistakes that make him vulnerable to a serious challenge from either side. He has


PSC prepares for a week of Empire Electric hearings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) will be focusing on a case regarding increased rates for Empire District Electric Company consumers this week, starting with a technical conference tomorrow in the Governor’s Office Building and ending with a public hearing on Friday. Case ER-2014-0351, regards Empire Electric’s authority to file tariffs to

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TWMP discusses transportation, Right to Work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Just before the snow buried much of the state and cancelled official legislative actions for Monday, a few Missouri lawmakers came on This Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the state’s roads and the cars driving on them. Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, spoke at length about his position on Tesla,