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Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House and Senate remain at odds over senior services, Missouri’s disabled and elderly at risk

House and Senate remain at odds over senior services, Missouri’s disabled and elderly at risk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With less than 24 hours to come to an agreement on how to fund nursing care for roughly 8,000 elderly and disabled Missourians, it seems that the House and the Senate have reached an impasse. The Senate, while working late last week to approve the state’s $27.8 billion budget, also passed

Rep. Joe Don McGaugh on the House floor (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Comms)

Collateral source makes it to Greitens in final days of session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most impactful pieces of tort reform to emerge from the General Assembly this year passed out of the House Thursday afternoon in the final leg of its journey to the governor’s desk. Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 31, which would change the collateral source rule, was approved by representatives

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Hundreds of jobs in Missouri’s bootheel at stake as session winds down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –With less than 48 hours left until the end of the legislative session, the entire bootheel is watching the Missouri State Capitol. If an economic development bill passes, it’s likely to green light approximately 300 jobs that would replace the hundreds of jobs lost when the Noranda plant in New Madrid County

Rep. Holly Rehder dissolves the conference committee on HB 90, her PDMP bill, May 9, 2017. (Ben Peters/MISSOURI TIMES)

PDMP falters at finish line as Rehder dissolves conference committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an unexpected move Tuesday evening, Rep. Holly Rehder dissolved the conference committee for her bill to institute a statewide prescription drug monitoring plan, effectively accepting the Senate changes to the bill. Rehder evidently thought passing this version of the PDMP bill was the best she could do, especially after she

Gov. Eric Greitens signs right-to-work into law Feb. 6. 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

A look at Greitens’ legislative promises in the last week of session

With the end of session coming up, several newspaper editorials and article from across the state focused on what the Gov. Eric Greitens and the Missouri General Assembly should make as their primary issues of import with five days remaining in the regular session. At The Missouri Times, we elected to look back at Greitens

Sen. Gary Romine (foreground) listens to testimony from the Missouri NEA's Otto Fajen on his CTE bill Jan. 24, 2017.

House sends Romine’s discrimination bill to Greitens

Republican leaders stave off amendments from own party JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most controversial measures of the 2017 session will head to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk after a long, deliberative six-hour debate on the House floor Monday evening. SB 43, which makes substantial changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act, needed to

Sen. Bob Dixon speaks about his anger with Senate leadership's decision to move to previous question on the floor of the Senate Thursday, March 10. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Dark money debate turns into a question of honor on the Senate floor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Honor. That one single word, a simple term, affects everything in the Missouri Senate in their every action, thought, or emotion. Ethics. Another word, one that seems to go hand-in-hand with the first. Having finally finished the budget late Thursday night, the Senate returned Friday morning to finally take up an

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Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s journey to push out the state’s $27.8 billion budget has been a hurried effort, having received the bills later than usual, but Missouri’s upper chamber managed to knock out the budget with 24 hours to spare. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations

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House passes balanced budget, touts full funding of formula

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House completed their side of the budget process after roughly six hours of debate Thursday, adopting and approving conference committee substitutes, with a round of applause for Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, coming off of his first year as budget chair, has been widely praised by both sides of the

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Greitens dark money group set to attack Libla despite long record on law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Springfield News-Leader reported Thursday morning that A New Missouri, Inc., a dark money nonprofit designed to further Gov. Eric Greitens agenda, would release more social media advertisements directed at senators, specifically for standing in the way of a blue alert measure meant to support law enforcement. A New Missouri has

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