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SB 656 override vote brings out coalition of opponents

SB 656 override vote brings out coalition of opponents

During this election season, most campaigns plan to peak in November when their candidate or issue is on the ballot. But one campaign burning up social media is focused on Sept. 14, when the Senate will attempt to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656, the “gun bill.” A coalition of the bill’s

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Medical cannabis supporters looking to connect with conservatives

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eapen Thampy, the founder of Heartland Priorities, spoke in front of the Columbia Pachyderm Club Friday. He spoke on a topic that only a decade and a half ago likely would have been taboo for any official party event – legalizing cannabis or marijuana for medical use. Thampy has advocated for drug

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Rone gets hearing on pesticides usage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Earlier this week, Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, requested a hearing on illegal use of herbicides in southeast Missouri. Now, the House Select Committee on Agriculture will convene one. Rone had been concerned that more than 100 complaints were filed with the Department of Agriculture of pesticide drift. Farmers who had planted dicamba

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Fitzpatrick named new budget chair

Haefner named chair of Fiscal review JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, named Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick chair of the House Budget Committee and Rep. Marsha Haefner chair of the House Fiscal Review Committee Tuesday afternoon. Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, had served as vice chair of the committee. That included being pressed into

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McCann Beatty, Kendrick, McGee look for Democratic leadership positions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the general election less than 3 months away, House Democrats have started their campaigns for caucus leadership. Reps. Gail McCann Beatty, Kip Kendrick and DaRon McGee have all expressed interest in running for new leadership positions. McCann Beatty set to run for minority leader Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City,


English, other independent candidates qualify for November ballot

Green Party also qualifies JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Keith English and eleven other independent candidates have qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday. The office also announced that the Green Party had qualified for the ballot. To qualify, independent candidates had to submit submit valid signatures of registered Missouri


Missouri Alliance for Freedom wants stronger revolving door ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the leading conservative voices in Missouri has renewed calls for strengthening the revolving door ban after a state representative’s resignation last week. Ryan Johnson, president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, said the resignation of Rep. Tony Dugger last week proved that the six-month ban passed by the legislature

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Dugger resigns citing revolving door legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Tony Dugger, R-Hartsville, resigned his seat in the House, effective Friday at noon. Dugger is resigning because he wants to keep his options open if he wants to go into lobbying. The state’s 6-month lobbying ban, passed during the last session, goes into effect at the end of the month.


‘Medicaid 23’ split verdict sparks anger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A split decision in a trial against clergy and faith leaders who protested for Medicaid expansion in the Senate Gallery in 2014 has left supporters of the group fuming. The “Medicaid 23″ were arrested by Capitol Police for singing hymns and praying in the gallery during debate avoided a charge of obstructing

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Shared custody law to take effect this month

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some changes to child custody agreements will take place later this month as one of the less controversial bills from the 2016 legislative session becomes law. HB 1550 will change shared custody agreements to encourage more shared parenting after a divorce and takes effect Aug. 28. “Children need and benefit from