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First or last? Missouri leads, or lags, on several legislative issues

July 21, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Missouri is on the cutting edge of some legislative issues and woefully lagging behind in others. Voters in 2014 will get a chance to see both as the primary date rapidly approaches and lawmakers begin to weigh possible override votes of Gov. Jay Nixon’s record number […]

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Waiting lists for LIHTC developments approach three years

July 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some Missouri legislators ended their careers this session trying to cap or end low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). Meanwhile, the wait lists for developments funded by these credits have ballooned, leaving many Missouri working class families and seniors with few housing options. Nationally, three of every […]

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Pro-life groups confident in override

July 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Nixon vetoed HB1307 last week, which sought to increase the mandatory wait time for abortion procedures from 24 to 72 hours. He called the bill “a disrespectful measure that would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and well-being […]

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Lichteneggar asks DNR to delay EPA water plan

July 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Saying that lawmakers have “no idea” what is in it, Rep. Donna Lichteneggar formally requested that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources delay implementation of its Nonpoint Source Management Plan. The plan is set to take effect on July 21 and changes the way the state […]

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Nixon vetoes 72-hour abortion bill

July 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Citing the lack of exemptions for victims of rape and incest, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill today that would have tripled the mandatory waiting period for abortions in Missouri from 24 to 72 hours. “This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of […]

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PROMO and supporters see hope for MONA next year

June 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri System added gender identity and expression to their nondiscrimination policy — which already included sexual preference — this past month, joining many other large employers in the state in their employment policies. However, Missouri does not include gender identity or sexual preference […]

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Republicans and Nixon poised for yet another budget fight

June 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — For the second time in as many years, Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers aren’t seeing eye to eye on the state’s multi-billion dollar budget. Nixon announced Tuesday that he was cutting the state’s budget by about $1.1 billion before signing it into law. Some of […]

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Nixon vetoes SB 493

June 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Saying it would have “exacerbated” existing hardships, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 493 — a bill seeking a number of changes to Missouri’s chaotic schools transfer law — and doubled-down on the State School Board’s actions last week in the failed Normandy School District. Among […]

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DESE guidelines recommend skirting transfer law, Francis Howell shuts the door

June 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released new guidelines for transfer students this week that appear to fly in the face of state law. In a document titled “Guidance for Student Transfers from Unaccredited Districts to Accredited Districts,” DESE advises that no student should […]

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Supporters of SB493 blast State Board of Education Normandy action

June 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. — Lawmakers and lobbyists that most strongly supported the sweeping changes in the student transfer law now bound for a gubernatorial veto blasted the Missouri State Board of Education’s decision earlier this week to dissolve Normandy School District and revoke accreditation status. On Monday, the state school […]

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