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Legal committees get new chairmen

Legal committees get new chairmen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, appointed Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, R-Carrollton, as chair of the Civil and Criminal Proceedings Committee Thursday and Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters, will now serve as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, will serve as the vice-chair of the Civil and


‘Bag Bill’ to eliminate minimum wage hikes by municipalities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While labor unions across the state celebrated the failure of the “Right-to-Work” bill to make it out of the House of Representatives during Wednesday’s veto session, government officials, community activists and business owners in St. Louis and Kansas City kept their eyes trained on the progress of HB722, the “Bag Bill.”


Richardson: RTW needs GOP governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This year’s veto session let out almost six hours before last year’s – but not for lack of strenuous debate on two of the most hotly debated bills of the year: HB116, aka the “Right-to-Work” bill, and HB722, the “Bag Bill,” which prohibits municipalities to set their own minimum wage. The “Bag Bill”

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‘Right to Work’ override attempt defeated in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, M0. – HB 116, Republicans latest attempt at controversial “Right-to-Work” legislation lost its override attempt in the House during veto session after hours of floor debate, which garnered loud cheers and applause from full galleries of union members. One Democrat, Rep. Courtney Curtis, and 95 Republicans voted to override – 13 short of

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Veto Session: House Updates

The Missouri Times will be bringing you updates from both the House and Senate for veto session. Find below the activity and votes of the House. Email Rachael at or tweet @HerndonRachael with any questions.     Announcements and Introductions of Special Guests   House Bills Vetoed During Regular Session HB 1022 – Authorizes a return of premiums

Port committee holds working session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Interim Committee on the Development and Improvement of Missouri Ports held a working session Tuesday afternoon to determine how best to make Missouri’s ports a priority for the future. While the Missouri Port Authority was in attendance and offered some insight into their process, the committee, for the most part,

Appropriations on Public Safety reviews water and highway patrol merger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Committee on Appropriations of Public Safety and Corrections met Monday afternoon for the first installment of a two-part hearing on the effects and future plans for the Missouri State Highway Patrol since it incorporated the Missouri Water Patrol into its ranks in 2011. Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, delivered a

Rep. Shaul defends plastic bag, minimum wage bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A litany of opposition to HB 722 has risen around the state, from mayors to the Kansas City Council to Democratic lawmakers to minimum wage hike proponents and even the president of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. All of them argue the legislation, which prevents cities, towns and other municipalities in the


Missouri mayors come out against HB722 override

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Mayors from different parts of the state formally came out against the veto override effort lawmakers are planning to mount next week for a bill that keeps local governments from raising the minimum wage. It began as the “bag bill” during the legislative session, and Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from

UM hiring new government relations director amid criticisms

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri System is seeking a new face to run their state government relations department, as their relationship with state lawmakers grows increasingly testy. UM unwittingly found themselves at odds with state lawmakers when the Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia resumed surgical abortion services several years after ending the program.