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From the projects to the Capitol

From the projects to the Capitol

The transition of Sen. Jamilah Nasheed: From an unconventional childhood to holding an elected office — part one of two JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While picking at a plate of fruit and moving around a few bills and amendments stacked on her desk, she said, “I have a very nonconventional background.” A Democratic state Senator

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka

Jones announces investigative committee to investigate DOR scandal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the budget still unfinished and Monday’s conference committee cancelled, House Speaker Tim Jones announced on Monday the formation of a House committee on privacy protection to investigate the extent of wrongdoing in the Department of Revenue document scanning controversy. “These inconsistencies are inexcusable,” Jones said, speaking in the same room


Legislature truly agrees on HB315

Ten medical bills put into one omnibus package received final approval last week JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Bill 315, a bill that began as one piece of legislation that allowed people with maintenance prescription eye drops to refill those prescriptions earlier than the normal 30 days, was truly agreed upon last Tuesday. The final

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This week in the House: April 29 – May 2

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The final few  weeks of session are busy for both chambers of the General Assembly. The House of Representatives took steps to move the 18 appropriations bills for the budget into conference committees with the Senate, the final barrier to passing the state budget for fiscal year 2014. The bodies will

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This week in the Senate: April 29 – May 2

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The Senate had some late nights this week as the body moves to debate priorities of various members during the final few weeks of session. The Senate debated late into the night on Wednesday about legislation that would allow investor-owned utility companies to instate a surcharge for infrastructure. Senate President Pro

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Social Security Agent that requested CCW information testifies before Appropriations Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The agents who requested information about Conceal Carry Weapons permits from the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Missouri State Highway Patrol testified before a contentious Senate Appropriations Committee today, shedding more light on the unfolding controversy involving the dissemination of personal data linked to the permits of potentially thousands of


House Democrats rebut criticism on mortgage mediation bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several House Democrats have responded to criticism from a Post-Dispatch editorial earlier this week explaining they were never contacted by the Post and that each agreed with the premise of the bill, but felt it was flawed. The editorial criticized the six Democrats who joined the Republican majority voting for House

Click here to read the letter from the Department of Homeland Security to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Updated: Department of Revenue begins promulgating process, Schmitt releases letter from Homeland Security

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m., May 1 — The Missouri Times received copies of multiple letters this afternoon from the Department of Revenue that were addressed to executive leaders from Idaho, Maine, Oregon and Virginia the same day that Gov. Jay Nixon received the exact same letter from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. —– 10:45 a.m., May


Cookson stalls additional school hours bill until committee can agree to his school start date bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Education Committee Chairman Steve Cookson, R- Fairdealing, has chosen not to have an executive session of his committee to vote on a bill that would raise the minimum hours public schools without the committee also accepting his legislation that would require public schools to start no later than September 1