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Proposed judicial reforms go far beyond Macks Creek Law

January 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Last week, Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt held the first hearing for his bill capping municipal revenue derived from traffic tickets and court fees. Later that day, Gov. Jay Nixon included in his broad State of the State address a push for reforms to local courts, and […]

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Sen. Richard presents ethics bill

January 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY– Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, presented his ethics bill earlier today. The hearing lasted only several minutes, and there were no testimonies for or against the bill. It is likely that bill will pass without much objection. Senate Bill 11 would institute a two-year “cooling off” period […]

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Senate hears bills aimed at Macks Creek Law reform

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri senators held a hearing today on a bill aimed at reducing the amount of money cities may collect through traffic tickets and court fines. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, is sponsoring SB 5, which makes changes to Missouri’s “Macks Creek Law.” Under Macks Creek, no municipality […]

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Group calls for moratorium on Missouri death penalty

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In barely more than one year, Missouri has executed more criminals on death row than the entire preceding decade combined. In the last 12 months, Missouri has executed 10 men. Today, a coalition of groups, both state and national, organized in the Capitol to support legislation […]

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Civics education initiative in Missouri is a bipartisan effort

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY — The Civic Education Initiative wants to pass legislation in all 50 states by September 17, 2017. Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County along with several fellow lawmakers announced the Civics Education Initiative for Missouri. The lawmakers do not predict any roadblocks in […]

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House rejects pay increase

January 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – HCR 3 and 4, sponsored by Rep. Jay Barnes , R-Jefferson City, disapproving the salary recommendations of the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials, was passed by the House today by the necessary two-thirds majority to reject the proposed pay increase. The Missouri Citizens’ […]

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David Steelman appointment confirmed as University of Missouri Curator

January 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In 1992, David Steelman ran against Gov. Jay Nixon for the office of Attorney General. A few months ago, Nixon formally nominated Steelman to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. This week, the Missouri Senate confirmed him. As bloody as those who watched it remember […]

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Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick and the future of the Missouri budget

January 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — If you’re planning on getting some state funds in the next few years, it might be a good idea to get to know Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob. Fitzpatrick, a sophomore representative, is now Vice Chair of the enormously powerful House Budget Committee. As the second-highest […]

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Missouri Republicans call on Koster to oppose executive amnesty

January 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Assistant Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, and Rep. Lindell Shumake, R-Hannibal, are leading the call to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to join with more than 20 states around the nation that have come together to oppose President Obama’s decision to suspend the nation’s immigration laws. […]

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Governor to deliver State of State, GOP response still unclear

January 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The State of the State is will be delivered in a joint session on January 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, officially invited Gov. Jay Nixon to deliver the annual speech in HCR 1, which was […]

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