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Remole, Fitzwater focusing on utilities

December 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Representative-Elect Travis Fitzwater (R-Fulton) just so happens to be the son-in-law of sophomore Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello). The two reps have more than family in common though – their districts each have one of the 10 power plants in the state. Fitzwater and Remole sat down […]

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Curtman wants Missouri voters to decide on Right Light Cameras

December 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Missouri’s Supreme Court announced earlier this month it would hear a case on the contentious automated right light cameras at use across the state. Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) has a bill at the heart of the issue. Curtman’s pre-filed legislation, House Bill 207, would prohibit the […]

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Legislators, governor, reporters tour crumbling Capitol

December 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Incoming and current legislators joined Gov. Jay Nixon and a crowd of reporters to tour parts of the Capitol building in need of repair today. The parts of the Capitol to show the most dereliction include what many staff call “The Catacombs,” which include much of […]

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Lawmakers react to Nixon’s request for toll road study

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon formally requested that the state Highways and Transportation Commission provide analysis on utilizing toll roads to improve and expand Interstate 70, an effort that several lawmakers have responded to unkindly. In a formal letter to Stephen Miller, who chairs the Commission, Nixon requested […]

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Engler’s amendment would loosen rules on bingo

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One state lawmaker is hoping to undo some of the unnecessary restrictions places on gambling, and he’s learned that the only way to do it is through constitutional amendment. Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, is known for his unapologetic sense of humor, which is usually bristling with […]

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Lawmakers to weigh new rules on lobbyist’s gifts, donations

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Perception trumps reality in politics. That’s what Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, told voters during a candidate forum during the election. With the coming departure of Rep. Noel Torpey, who will be resigning to serve as chief lobbyist for Fair Energy Rate Action Fund (FERAF), the sophomore […]

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Koster, Rowden call for ethics reform in hearing

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Despite Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s political effort to defend the Missouri Attorney General’s Office’s (MAGO) actions and enact his own transparency standards, the outgoing House Speaker Tim Jones’ House Oversight Committee on Public Officials and Government Accountability met this morning before a room full of media. […]

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Jones’ committee investigating Koster to meet Monday

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A committee established by outgoing House Speaker Tim Jones to investigate “pay-to-play” allegations against Attorney General Chris Koster is set to have its first meeting next Monday. Jones announced the formation of the “House Oversight Committee on Public Officials and Government Accountability” last month not long […]

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Haahr to preempt “all comers” policies

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Springfield Republican Rep. Elijah Haahr filed legislation today aimed directly at Missouri’s higher education institutions and their treatment of religious student groups. The bill, HB104, would prohibit institutions of higher education from adopting “all comers” policies. Such policies, adopted by some universities around the country, prohibit […]

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Schmitt files municipal court reform legislation

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican state senator Eric Schmitt filed a bill today that would drastically reduce the revenue a city may collect through traffic fines and tickets. Under “Macks Creek Law,” a city in Missouri may only collect 30 percent of its total revenue through traffic tickets and court […]

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