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House Budget hearing intensifies as lawmakers question use of Capitol improvement bonds to fund security upgrades

House Budget hearing intensifies as lawmakers question use of Capitol improvement bonds to fund security upgrades

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tension grew in the House Budget Committee Tuesday afternoon when lawmakers’ questioned the Office of Administration’s budget noted Capitol improvement bonds were used to pay for the new security upgrades inside the Missouri State Capitol. Members of the committee balked at the thought that some of the $40 million in bonds approved

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About Last Week: Behind the Senate’s Fight Over the Right of Recusal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The State Senate ground to a halt Jan. 30 over a confluence of issues coming together to manifest themselves in a six-hour debate over whether a senator has the right to recuse themselves over a potential conflict of interest. Some stories are too complex to fit in a social media post, and this

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Greitens signs right-to-work bill into law, marking turning point for Missouri organized labor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an abandoned factory in Springfield and a business park in Poplar Bluff, Gov. Eric Greitens held ceremonial signing ceremonies celebrating the first bill of his tenure as governor, one that could arguably prove to be the most monumental of his entire term in office. Sen. Dan Brown’s SB 19, the

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Slay endorses Krewson as she gains momentum in mayoral race

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made an official endorsement for his replacement: frontrunner Alderman Lyda Krewson. The announcement came via a television ad Thursday morning. Krewson also continues to lead in the race, according to the latest weekly Missouri Times poll. In fact, the alderwoman grew her lead four points over the rest of

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

House passes right-to-work bill, Greitens expected to sign Friday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Union workers filled the House galleries Thursday morning only to witness one of the most devastating defeats for organized labor in Missouri history. The House passed Sen. Dan Brown’s SB 19, the right-to-work bill, with a vote of 100-59. Gov. Eric Greitens will likely sign the bill Friday. The day was a long

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Greitens’ budget calls for more than $500 million in cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For weeks, people have speculated as how much money Gov. Eric Greitens would need to cut in order to balance the state’s budget. Now, the answer has arrived. Two weeks after his State of the State address, Greitens unveiled his budget for the 2018 fiscal year while speaking at the Nixa Early Childhood

House Committee on General Laws hears eight bills on ethics reform on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

House Democrats look to hold Greitens accountable with ethics bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Democrats are looking to hold Gov. Eric Greitens accountable on his repeated promises to “drain the swamp” and rid Missouri of “politics as usual.” The minority party filed six bills that appeared before the House General Laws Committee Tuesday night, aimed at addressing issues of corruption in the state government.

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Greitens criticizes Hoskins, Wieland for HCR 4 votes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens released a scathing indictment of the Senate for their seven-hour long debate over a concurrent resolution Monday night to reject a pay raise for elected officials. In particular, he called out Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial for their ‘no’ votes on the rejecting the

Members of the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics gather on Tuesday morning for a hearing on two bills concerning lobbyist gifts.

Senate committee compares House and Senate bills on lobbyist gift restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a long night of debate on the Senate floor, members of the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics took up the issue of ethics reform once again. Tuesday morning’s hearing consisted of the presentation of two bills, Sen. Mike Kehoe’s SB 305 and Rep. Justin Alferman’s HB

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Senators reject pay increases, accuse Gov. Greitens of using intimidation tactics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – What began as a debate over a resolution that would give lawmakers and state officials a pay raise quickly became a heated and tense affair as senators called on Gov. Eric Greitens to apologize for his alleged use of “strong-armed tactics”. The resolution in question was HCR 4, which concerns pay

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