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Wieland calls on Nixon to release port funds

Wieland calls on Nixon to release port funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Flanked by House and Senate lawmakers, Sen. Paul Wieland publicly called on Gov. Jay Nixon to release $3 million in FY 2015 withheld funds for Missouri’s river ports. “Considering the commerce that our ports enable, it’s not surprising to see these leaders from across the state requesting the release of these

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What did they do? How Missouri lawmakers spent the first half of the session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As lawmakers return to districts or head on vacation during the legislative break, less than two months of work remains ahead of them during the session. Here are some of a few of the key bills that passed since January, and where they might be headed: Right-to-Work (HB 116 – Burlison)

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Medicaid Expansion advocates look to put local pressure on lawmakers

Saint Louis, Mo. — Lawmakers typically return to their districts during the legislative spring break, making time for families and attending fundraisers and constituent events. And it’s precisely this pattern that advocates for Medicaid expansion in Missouri are hoping to exploit. For the past few days and all through the weekend, advocates with the Missouri

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TANF and SNAP reform on the way to approval by General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican members of the General Assembly gathered today to hold a press conference on SB 24, a bill reforms the welfare programs Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill is known as the Strengthening Missouri Families Act by Senate leaders. Speaker John Diehl (R-Town and Country), Rep.

House approves new civics requirements for Missouri students

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House gave early approval to a bill that would mandate high school students pass an exam similar to the one given to immigrants seeking citizenship status in the U.S. Current Missouri law requires students in high school to pass an exam on the U.S. and Missouri constitutions before graduating.

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Medicaid expansion debate could take new turn

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats and Republicans in Missouri elected politics have the same problem: Medicaid expansion. And the solution, which grows more complex every day, may be for both sides to reframe the debate. For several years arguably the most common theme in the Missouri legislature has been the quixotic charge of Missouri Democrats

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Senate committee approves ‘Ban the Box’ after initially voting it down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri Senate committee approved a measure today after initially defeating it last week that would prohibit the state from asking job applicants whether or not they have prior felony convictions. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, and is a part of a larger national

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‘Constitutional Carry’ would eliminate CCW requirements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow any legal gun owner to carry a concealed weapon without a CCW permit, eliminating all criminal penalties associated with failing to obtain a permit for a concealed weapon. Rep. Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, filed HB1250 last week. Burlison’s bill eliminates

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Lawmakers speeding up budget process to pressure Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are aiming to have the state’s $26 billion budget on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk earlier than ever before this year in an effort to give them time to override any line-item vetoes Nixon might normally make at the end of the legislative session. After receiving the budget, Nixon has

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Gun bills on the way out to House Emerging Issues Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Three firearms-related bills are headed to the House Emerging Issues Committee, including one sponsored by Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Charles), which would allow concealed firearms to be carried on public transportation. Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrolton) has filed two bills addressing firearms, including one bill (HB 373) which would allow certain persons who

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