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Wieland holds up speedy passage of Uber bill

Wieland holds up speedy passage of Uber bill

Jefferson County senator looks for changes to insurance provisions in major ridesharing law JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the spirit of March Madness, one piece of legislation thought to be a slam-dunk instead hit the rim and ricocheted back to the free throw line earlier in March. A filibuster on the transportation networking company (TNC) legislation,

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

Union labor workers gather at the Missouri State Capitol to protest labor reform measures. (Ben Peters/MISSOURI TIMES)

STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council fights back against prevailing wage repeal in new ad campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s legislature has already pushed one major labor priority across the finish line this session, and some Republicans are now setting their eye on repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. SB 20, filed by Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, would repeal the prevailing wage and instead use the actual minimum wage as

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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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Greitens’ tax credit committee meets for first time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senators, representatives and the picks of Governor Eric Greitens gathered in Room 750 of the Truman Building on Thursday afternoon for the first meeting of the Governor’s Committee for Fair, Simple and Low Taxes. Their first meeting started late, as the three senators on the committee had been held up by

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