Legislature articles

Court Agrees Missouri Senate Followed the Constitution – Dismisses Lawsuit

  “We are pleased with the judge’s decision to dismiss the case. Missouri’s Constitution establishes three coequal branches of government, the legislative, executive and judicial. The Constitution also allows the Senate to adopt its own rules relating to its internal proceedings. The judge’s decision appropriately recognizes the authority of the Senate. All Senate meetings are

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MO GOP approves RTW resolution

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Missourians wait in anticipation for a September veto session that might see Republicans attempting to override a gubernatorial veto of Right-to-Work legislation, the Missouri Republican Party is hoping to jockey support with their own resolution. The Missouri Republican State Committee approved a resolution last Saturday supporting Right-to-Work legislation, despite the fact


Missouri legislators continue autism successes with bill signature

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri legislature has notched another win in their fight to support those with disabilities and their families with the Governor’s signature on SB 174, the “Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE)” program. “Helping children with disabilities is not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue. It is about the


What’s next for Medicaid expansion?

Saint Louis, Mo. — A group of healthcare advocates were attending an annual conference in Columbia, Missouri when the Supreme Court announced its decision on a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act that conservatives said was the best legal chance at dismantling the law. The Court rejected a challenge to the subsidies for health

Majority Floor Leader Says Efforts On Student Transfer Bill Won’t Go To Waste

  JEFFERSON CITY— Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said after hours of work and bipartisan cooperation, he is disappointed with the governor’s decision to veto the student transfer bill. The measure contained a statewide, long-term policy that would have made some systemic changes to Missouri’s education system.   “I’m pleased the governor has signed

Senate Leaders Question Ability To Work With Governor On Education Issues After Presumed Veto of Student Transfer Bill

  Measure Was Two Years in the Making With Input From Governor’s Office   JEFFERSON CITY— After two years of working with the governor’s office on important legislation to provide students across Missouri access to a quality education, the state’s top official is expected to veto the bill today (6-26).   “Even though we believed


Nixon vetoes school transfer bill

Saint Louis, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon stood before educators and some local lawmakers after he vetoed a bill for the second year in a row that the Missouri legislature passed with sweeping reforms aimed at unaccredited school districts. Colloquially known as the “school transfer bill” among Jefferson City regulars, the legislation began two years

Gov. signs bill expanding military voting access

Senator Will Kraus 8th Senatorial District   For Immediate Release: June 25, 2015     Capitol Building, Room 418 Jefferson City, MO 65101   Contact: (573) 751-1464   Gov. signs bill expanding military voting access   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Nixon signed a bill today that would allow military and overseas voters to cast

State Rep. Joshua Peters to Sponsor Legislation Banning Confederate Flags on State and Government Property

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  –  State Representative Joshua Peters plans to sponsor a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would ban the display of the Confederate Battle Flag on all state and government funded building and grounds.   “Current State Law does not bar the flying of the Confederate flag on government funded