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GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as spring break arrives

GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as spring break arrives

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers wrapped up several items before packing up and heading home from the State Capitol Thursday, anxiously waiting for the chance to recharge before returning for the final stretch of the legislative session. Republicans famously rolled right-to-work outs the first bill to move through both chambers, which Gov. Eric Greitens

Speaker Todd Richardson speaks on his amendment to the charter school bill March 15, 2017. (Ben Peters/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson scored a major victory Thursday with the narrow 83-76 passage of Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s bill to expand the charter school bill system. Roeber’s bill will allow charter schools to establish themselves in any district which has at least one school building which scores below a 60 percent on

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House perfects ticket resale legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Should Missourians have the option freely transfer or sell tickets they have purchased if they are unable to attend? A proposal moving through the House says yes. Under the legislation, sponsored Rep. Shawn Rhoads, R-West Plains, concert-goers and sports fans who purchase tickets to live events would be considered the owner of

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House budget chair’s plan calls for full funding of K-12, major cuts to Medicaid funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The work on Missouri’s budget has been constant for the past month-and-a-half, with lawmakers receiving the Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget in early February. Since then, the House Budget Committee has met almost daily, holding a number of hearings with each department presenting their budgets. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget for

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Lawmakers call for more government transparency during Sunshine Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The calls for more government transparency continue to ring out through the Missouri Capitol as the state recognizes Sunshine Week. The annual nationwide initiative seeks to remind lawmakers and government officials to renew their commitments to the state’s open records and government transparency laws. “Missourians have long agreed that government should operate

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McGaugh pushes bill to stop funeral fraud

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Joe Don McGaugh will seek to add a significant amendment to a bill designed to prevent a troubling story of fraud at a funeral home from happening to anyone else. A Ray County funeral home director, Toby Polley, was accused of defrauding nearly 160 families of the elderly who believed

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House passes Rowland’s resolution supporting sheltered workshops

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri House resolution could provide some much-needed support for sheltered workshops in Missouri while changing the federal guidelines that surround them. More than 6,300 people living with developmental disabilities work at such sheltered workshops across the Show-Me State, but the federal laws present a major issue. Workplaces employing individuals living

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House passes bill limiting profession registration and licensing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, House Republicans voted in favor of a bill designed to prevent government from passing burdensome regulations. Rep. Robert Ross led the charge in last week’s passage of HB 480, a professional registration and licensing bill which defines when the government can intervene to write regulations and laws limiting certain

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House committee passes 20-week abortion ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republicans continue pushing forward legislation challenging abortion laws in Missouri, with the latest act aiming to place a ban on all abortions in the second trimester of the pregnancy. Reps. Donna Lichtenegger and Phil Christofanelli’s Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act was voted out of the Children and Families Committee with a final vote

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Franks will not run for St. Louis mayor as write-in candidate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Citing dissatisfaction with the results of Tuesday’s primary, State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. announced Thursday that he would launch a write-in campaign to become St. Louis’ next mayor Hours later, he said he isn’t running. I’m not running Good Luck to all of the candidates! Video coming to explain in depth!

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