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Expert witness bill passes House, heads towards Nixon veto

Expert witness bill passes House, heads towards Nixon veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House narrowly passed legislation Thursday afternoon that would match Missouri’s expert witness standard to that of the federal government in the face of heavy opposition from the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA). SB 591 passed the House 85-68 with many Republicans voting against the bill. It will head to

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‘Stand your ground’ measure added onto crime bill, passed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bob Dixon’s SB 663 on criminal offenses has become something of an omnibus piece of legislation. It creates new regulations on everything ranging from elder abuse reporting, Miranda warnings for juvenile offenders, shackling of pregnant women and juveniles, probation and parole, alcohol and marijuana regulations and others after a large swath

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‘Beer Bill’ makes it through the House as an amendment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The “Beer Bill” moved through the House on Thursday afternoon, as an amendment on a wine bill, after some contentious debate. While opponents argued that the bill would hurt small businesses, many of the bill’s supporters argued that through the vetting process, the bill had changed and evolved to the point

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After tearful discussion, SJR 39 dies in committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a 41-hour long filibuster by Senate Democrats, a four-and-a-half hour hearing in the House Emerging Issues Committee, and weeks of deliberation by the representatives on that committee, SJR 39 failed to pass through the House on a bipartisan vote of 6-6. The controversial and hotly debated bill would have allowed

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Solon birth control measure passes the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Women in Missouri could soon have greater access to birth control after Rep. Sheila Solon’s HB 1679 passed the House with bipartisan support Tuesday. The bill allows women to receive birth control prescriptions from their pharmacist while only visiting their doctor once every five years. Solon, R-Blue Springs, pushed the bill

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Humphreys continues war on Republicans, launches new anti-union ad campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the failure of last year’s Right-to-Work bill to make it into law and the stagnation of the paycheck protection bill currently in the House, unions appear victorious on key battles the last two sessions despite a Republican supermajority. But a new development indicates the Humphreys family will only ramp up their

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Haahr, Emerging Issues draw praise from around the Capitol

By Tim Curtis and Travis Zimpfer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The hearing for SJR 39 could have been a madhouse, especially when it started hours late and was attended by more media outlets than members of the committee, including the ex officio members who showed up. But that almost everyone walked away from the biggest

Rep. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, speaks to union members at a rally March 30, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/ Missouri Times)

Inside Man: Hummel reflects on time as minority floor leader

With only three weeks left as House Minority Leader, Rep. Jacob Hummel is naturally retrospective. The St. Louis Democrat has led his party to a handful of key victories for his side of the aisle during his stint as minority leader, while the Republican supermajority has consolidated its grip on the Missouri General Assembly. But

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Monsanto withdraws opposition to comprehensive state energy plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Monsanto formally withdrew its opposition Tuesday to SB 1028 and HB 2689, which would create a comprehensive state energy plan, in a letter to Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Osage Beach, the bills’ sponsors. Duane J. Simpson, Monsanto’s state and local government lead, told the legislators that

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