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Emery wants to penalize state employees for recognizing same-sex marriage

Emery wants to penalize state employees for recognizing same-sex marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, introduced legislation last week just prior to the deadline which would provide that the state shall not enforce a marriage other than a marriage between a man and a woman. Any employee who honors same-sex marriages or issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be subject to termination. Emery

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House bills regarding MSHSAA move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two bills are making their way to the House floor addressing the Missouri State High School Athletics Association (MSHSAA), one being scheduled for committee Monday and the other being shopped by its sponsor for support. HB 232, sponsored by relentless home school student defender Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, would allow home

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Schmitt, lawmakers, blast Liberty Schools in child’s attack, promise anti-bullying bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sen. Eric Schmitt took to the senate floor yesterday and made an impassioned speech about increased accountability for school administrators after learning about the beating of a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome in Liberty, Missouri. Blake Kitchen’s story has made headlines around the state, and public outcry has grown as his

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University of Missouri System hosts Lobby Day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Representatives from the University of Missouri system’s campuses filled the capitol rotunda yesterday to urge lawmakers to support new bonding measures for higher education. Charles Hoffman, Dean of the College of Business Administration at UMSL, said the focus for his campus was to see funds allocated as part of the bonding

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Medicaid advocates flood capitol with “death certificates”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Advocates for Medicaid expansion filled Missouri capitol halls again today, handing out “death certificates” to lawmakers opposing Medicaid expansion as called for in the Affordable Care Act. Advocates “death certificates” cite a long-used statistic from expansion advocates that roughly 700 Missourians die annually because Medicaid has not expanded in the state

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House considers drug-monitoring program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would require the state to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to track the prescription and sale of all Schedule II through Schedule IV drugs. Missouri is currently the only state in the nation with no statewide drug-monitoring program, which supporters say

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House leaders look to cut legislative research

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Speaker John Diehl began his tenure in leadership by reorganizing the committee structure of the Missouri House, a move that he said would streamline the legislative process. Now Diehl is looking to yet another reorganization that he says will improve the bill drafting process and save the taxpayer money, but

CWA calls House bill “most meaningful and important” of session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Concerned Women for America (CWA) State Director Bev Ehlen has called on members and supporters to take action to get a bill filed by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Springfield, to committee. “Rep. Mike Moon has done it again! HB1033 may be the most meaningful and important bill he has filed! Check it out

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CRNA’s crowd capitol for lobbying effort

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Citing the ongoing turf war with physician anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists gathered in the Capitol today to oppose a bill that would repeal a sunset on 2012 legislation prohibiting CRNA’s from performing certain types of procedures. Currently, pain management in 39 Missouri counties is handled exclusively by CRNA’s. But in 2012,

Bag ban bill gives freshman national attention

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, has received a slew of attention since starting his first term almost two months ago. Shaul is also the Missouri Grocer Association state director, and he has sponsored a bill that would allow all merchants to provide customers with a choice between paper and plastic bags – no

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