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Photo voter ID on Nov. 8 ballot

Photo voter ID on Nov. 8 ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Monday that a controversial photo voter ID measure passed by the General Assembly will go on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot. HJR 53, sponsored by Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, will amend the Missouri constitution to require voters to verify their identity with a government-issued photo identification. It passed through


Peters wins Supreme Court case against Johns in House primary race

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Josh Peters and Rachel Johns have taken their 76th District primary race to the courts this spring with Peters arguing that Johns has not fulfilled the requirements to run for state representative in his district. Last week, the Missouri Supreme Court heard the case and handed down a 4-3 ruling

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Labor Republicans look to stand ground for constituents

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The organized labor movement in Missouri has withstood a battering over the last two years and emerged victorious. Legislation that would make right-to-work and paycheck protection did not have the votes necessary to override vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon, and unions and their traditional Democratic allies celebrated these wins in the


Schmitt reflects on SB 5 and SB 572

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When SB 572 passed last week, it marked the completion of what some see as significant civil rights legislation in response to the unrest in Ferguson two years ago, joining last year’s SB 5. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, addresses municipalities using non-moving violation citations to generate revenue.

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MO Supreme Court hears oral arguments on St. Louis primary

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a case involving the constitutionality of the voter registration requirement for state representatives. Rep. Joshua Peters, D-St. Louis, may or may not have a primary race against his contender Rachel Johns because she only registered in the 76th District in February of


Debate over transgender bathroom policy heats up in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice under President Barack Obama released a statement that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their preferred gender, Republicans around the country and within the state quickly denounced the decision. In the last few days, more Missouri politicians,

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The Graveyard: Major bills that died in 2016

The end of the legislative session brings with it the resting place of individual bills and issues that will fail to become law in 2016. Here we have highlighted six such bills that found their final resting place in the Missouri Legislature May 13, 2016. Bill: HB 1891 – Paycheck Protection Fate: Governor’s veto sustained* Why it failed:

AIM marks legislative victories of 2016 session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) has thanked members of the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives for getting several bills they endorsed “across the finish line” before the end of the legislative session last week. AIM president Ray McCarty highlighted a handful of bills that reached the governor’s desk before the


Winners & Losers from the 2016 Session

Winners Speaker Richardson – This session may ultimately be remembered for voter ID and the year that Todd Richardson took his place as the most powerful leader amongst state Republicans. His leadership team led by Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot struck the perfect tone throughout session. He got to the high ground on ethics reform and

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7 things the Speaker did to restore order in the House

Todd Richardson came to the Speakership a year earlier than expected, in a fog of ethics complaints and white hot fury from the editorial boards criticizing the “capitol culture.” His reforms got off to a rocky start with a committee to draft new intern policies taking months to come up with recommendations. However, heading into