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How one disease caused a rift between farmers and the Department of Conservation

How one disease caused a rift between farmers and the Department of Conservation

Testing from November confirmed chronic wasting disease is still in the state, but is it enough of a concern to warrant regulations on deer farmers? JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirmed three deer processed in Northern and Eastern Missouri counties Nov. 12 and 13 tested positive for chronic wasting disease

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House Budget Committee awaits Greitens budget in the midst of shortfalls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s budget has been one of the top concerns for many with the start of the legislative session, and the first meeting of the House budget committee revealed new changes and issues that will have to be handled in a short amount of time. The House Budget committee features a new

Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr introduces legislation to ensure Missouri businesses and occupations are protected from burdensome regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr filed legislation this week to ensure Missouri workers and businesses are protected from burdensome regulations that could stifle their growth, and the growth of the state’s economy. Haahr filed HB 609 to require a heightened burden be met before the state creates any new occupational licenses.

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House perfects lobbyist expenditures bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has taken the next step in their fight for ethics reform. House members on Thursday perfected HB 60, an ethics bill focused on changing the rules as they apply to gifts from lobbyists. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, received first-round approval from the House by

Rep. Robert Cornejo chairs the House Committee on General Laws during a hearing on a proposed ridesharing law.

Ridesharing services bill passes through first committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – App-based transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are one step closer to operating in the Show Me State. The House Committee on General Laws voted to approve a bill that would create statewide regulations for the companies on Tuesday night. The night clearly belonged to supporters of Uber and Lyft,

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Right-to-work hearing marks first step of new labor reform reality

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former Rep. Shannon Cooper, reprentative for the Carpenters District Council may have put it best Tuesday afternoon when he said he felt like Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace at the end of Braveheart. “We fought a good fight, but we know where we’re heading,” the union representative said during the

Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House continues to push ethics reform forward in the early days of the legislative session. House Bill 60, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, was the first bill to reach committee, as the House Committee on General Laws held its first hearing on Monday, hours before the inauguration ceremony. HB

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Nixon sets date for special election to fill vacant House seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday he would set a special election to fill the seat for the 50th district in the Missouri House of Representatives for Aug. 8, 2017. Rep. Caleb Jones resigned the seat earlier this week to serve as Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ Deputy Cheif of Staff. The 50th district comprises parts of

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Neely files new bill to allow medical marijuana for terminal patients

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, re-filed legislation this session that would legalize medical marijuana, a bill similar to one he attempted to pass last year. HB 437 will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to terminally ill patients and permit medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within the state. “It’s something that we

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Fitzpatrick announces new ‘Modernize Missouri’ initiative

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is looking for input on how to move the Show Me State forward. To aid in his endeavor, he announced the “Modernize Missouri” initiative, which will serve as a forum for Missouri citizens to submit and communicate their ideas on how the state government can work

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