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Lawmakers send budget to Nixon

Lawmakers send budget to Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers finally moved to send the state’s $26 billion budget to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk after two weeks of private negotiations, a lengthy conference committee hearing, and battles in the Capitol over managed care expansion. Late into last night lawmakers diverged away from the lump-sum budgeting proposal that Sen. Kurt

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Study drives foundation support for equal pay

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A research study conducted by the Women’s Foundation in partnership with the University of Missouri is driving the support of the Women’s Foundation for bi-partisan equal pay legislation. “At the Foundation, research is a large component of our work with the data and facts to accurately tell the story,” said Women’s

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After delays, conference committee advances budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After two weeks of negotiating, House and Senate lawmakers advanced the state’s $26 billion budget despite initial tensions over lump-sum budgeting and language on a proposed NFL stadium. Republicans are now one step closer to putting a budget on Nixon’s desk ahead of a self-imposed deadline that would give them enough

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Municipal Court reforms creep closer to Nixon’s desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers came one step closer to advancing reforms of municipal courts after the House advanced their version of the legislation designed to cap how much cities can collect through traffic fines and fees. Sen. Eric Schmitt sponsors SB5, which makes sweeping changes to the states “Macks Creek Law.” Under the

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House gives first approval to ride-sharing legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While local municipalities continue to slog through long, sometimes contentious negotiations with ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, Missouri state lawmakers took a step toward moving the game and advanced a bill establishing ride-sharing regulations statewide. HB781, sponsored by Republican Rep. Don Gosen, largely dealt with how drivers and “transportation network

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Senators weigh changes to deadly force law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri senators debated but did not advance a bill that would change Missouri’s own deadly force laws to mirror those that exist on the federal level. Under current law, a Missouri police officer can use deadly force to stop a fleeing felon under any circumstances, a legal standard that directly conflicts

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Bill seeks to make Missouri a competitive film location

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A bill which seeks to modify a tax credit for in-state film production products, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, is set for perfection in the House. Recently, Gone Girl, a feature film from 20th Century Fox studio starring Ben Affleck, was largely filmed in Swan’s district in 2013, receiving the tax

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Conference committee appointments gives some hope for transfer fix

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The much-debated school transfer bill, House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), is now headed to conference committee after 7 amendments and a solid vote, a veto-proof 26-3, in the Senate. Conference committee appointments were announced today in both chambers. Reps. Wood, Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee’s Summit), Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe), Tommy

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Hospital threatens job cuts ahead of budget debate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — At least one hospital says they’ll be forced to lay off workers and slash services if lawmakers advance the Senate version of the state’s FY2016 budget. Lawmakers are reconvening in the Missouri Capitol this week with one big mountain to climb: the state’s $26 billion budget, which Republican leaders were hoping

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TWMP talks Right-to-Work, the budget, and 2016

Saint Louis — Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joined This Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the coming budget fight and his decision to put Right-to-Work legislation on the Senate calendar for debate. Dempsey opened by reiterating that he would not support the lump-sum approach that Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, is employing in his version

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