Legislature articles

Allocable share fund repeal questioned

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Discussions have again arisen in the Missouri legislature about repealing the allocable share fund as a way to possibly bring Missouri into compliance with the Tobacco Master Settlement of 1998. Missouri was penalized in 2013 after it was found the state failed to do due diligence to enforce settlement terms in


Could the national popular vote make Missouri politically relevant again?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the first Tuesday of November later this fall, politicos around the country will glue themselves to their television screens, flip the channel to CNN, MSNBC or Fox News and eagerly await the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. While Wolf Blitzer or Megyn Kelly or Rachel Maddow will dutifully announce


MoDOT clashes with Senate appropriations on questionable expenditures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation offered testimony to the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday morning that featured tense scrutiny into the spending habits of the steward of state’s roads and bridges. The hearing proceeded smoothly for MoDOT to start. Director Patrick McKenna reported that the funding crisis that had gripped the department had gone

Fitzpatrick hopes to protect daily fantasy sports sites

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most perplexing moments to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State speech in January came when he mentioned the need for increased regulation of daily fantasy sports websites. Nixon had hardly mentioned the subject before, but he seemed intent to mention it in his final address to the


Missouri Cattleman’s Association endorses Parson in LG bid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State senator and cattle farmer Mike Parson received a strong endorsement from the agriculture industry Wednesday when the Missouri Cattleman’s Association (MCA) announced they would support his bid. Parson met with a group of about two dozen men and women from the MCA outside the Capitol to thank them for their

Schmitt gets endorsement of state Republicans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, announced endorsements from current and former Republican politicians from around Missouri Wednesday in his bid for state treasurer. Schmitt is the only Republican on the ticket for that office, but he said he was pleased with the support he had gathered. “I am grateful for the outpouring of

Kendrick files bill to alleviate student debt

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The student loan crisis has taken a central role in the Democratic presidential campaign, namely because Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has vowed to make college tuition free. However, his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and many of the Republican candidates, most notably Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, have rolled out

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House voter ID begins journey in Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Every year since 2008, the House has passed a bill requiring photo voter identification and each year, it has failed to reach the governor’s desk after being stymied in the Senate. This year’s iteration of those bills have begun their journey, and many Republicans are hoping to see those laws come

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German Heritage Corridor bills seek to celebrate tradition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A region that spreads from St. Louis to more than half way across the state to Chariton and Saline Counties could be renamed to the German Heritage Corridor if two pieces of legislation make it into law. Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, and Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Washington, have both offered bills in

Transportation funding alternatives explored at conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPCA) Executive Director Ron Leone presented “Transportation Funding: Tobacco & Motor Fuel Taxes” at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Missouri Conference on Transportation. Leone shared the association’s support for a gas tax and an initiative petition (IP) currently circulating, which would bring in