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Hundreds of jobs in Missouri’s bootheel at stake as session winds down

Hundreds of jobs in Missouri’s bootheel at stake as session winds down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –With less than 48 hours left until the end of the legislative session, the entire bootheel is watching the Missouri State Capitol. If an economic development bill passes, it’s likely to green light approximately 300 jobs that would replace the hundreds of jobs lost when the Noranda plant in New Madrid County

Sen. Paul Wieland

Port authority bill, now turned economic development omnibus, heads to conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several bills have been lined up, waiting for conference committees to work out the differences between the Missouri House and Senate. A few of these bills currently on that list arrived there after the House took pleasure in attaching amendment after amendment to the legislation, a message to the Senate. And while

Sen. Bob Dixon speaks about his anger with Senate leadership's decision to move to previous question on the floor of the Senate Thursday, March 10. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Dark money debate turns into a question of honor on the Senate floor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Honor. That one single word, a simple term, affects everything in the Missouri Senate in their every action, thought, or emotion. Ethics. Another word, one that seems to go hand-in-hand with the first. Having finally finished the budget late Thursday night, the Senate returned Friday morning to finally take up an

Sen. Dan Brown

Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s journey to push out the state’s $27.8 billion budget has been a hurried effort, having received the bills later than usual, but Missouri’s upper chamber managed to knock out the budget with 24 hours to spare. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations

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Greitens dark money group set to attack Libla despite long record on law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Springfield News-Leader reported Thursday morning that A New Missouri, Inc., a dark money nonprofit designed to further Gov. Eric Greitens agenda, would release more social media advertisements directed at senators, specifically for standing in the way of a blue alert measure meant to support law enforcement. A New Missouri has

Rep. Curtis Trent holds a press conference urging action be taken in the Senate on Hailey's Law May 3, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Hailey’s law, other bills in the balance as Senate fights persist

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ten representatives gathered early Wednesday morning in House Hearing Room 2, to voice their support for the passage of HB 697, better known as Hailey’s Law. It currently sits 79th on the Senate calendar of House Bills for Third Reading, and the gathering of legislators took on a life of its

Ron Richard

Humphreys denies knowledge of Joplin airport hangar line item

No funds for hanger in conference JOPLIN, Mo. – David Humphreys, Missouri Republican mega donor, released a rare statement to the media Wednesday to say he had no knowledge of a nearly $1 million line item for the Joplin Airport. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has requested the line item for the last two

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Silvey talks Senate dysfunction, ethics and Kansas City sports

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ryan Silvey has been a polarizing figure in the Missouri Senate for more than four years, and over the past few days, his comments on a variety of issues have served only as more fuel to an already hot fire. The Senate has literally stalled for the past two days,

Sen. Rob Schaaf filibusters PDMP legislation. May 12, 2016

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Senators present list of bills they will not filibuster

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group of Missouri senators used their time yesterday when the Senate adjourned after less than 10 minutes to produce a list of bills they felt would be uncontroversial if taken up by the chamber. Sen. Rob Schaaf, who has stood against Senate leadership and Gov. Eric Greitens in the past

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