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About Last Week: Behind the Senate’s Fight Over the Right of Recusal

About Last Week: Behind the Senate’s Fight Over the Right of Recusal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The State Senate ground to a halt Jan. 30 over a confluence of issues coming together to manifest themselves in a six-hour debate over whether a senator has the right to recuse themselves over a potential conflict of interest. Some stories are too complex to fit in a social media post, and this

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Hearing held on Munzlinger’s captive cervids bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources Committee heard testimony on a bill transferring oversight of captive cervids to the Department of Agriculture. Sen. Brian Munzlinger, who chairs the committee, presented SB 123, promoting it as a way for the state’s deer farms to more easily sell their products. “What

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Governor’s tax credit cutting committee starts to take form

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Will Kraus, the chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, was one of three senators at the end of last week to be named to Gov. Eric Greitens’ newly formed committee to audit the state’s tax credit system. Greitens says the Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low taxes

(From left) Sarah Steelman, Anne Precythe, Carol Comer, and Chris Chinn await their hearings from the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee Feb. 1, 2017.

Governor’s department head selections heard by Appointments Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Gubernatorial Appointments Committee heard from five of Gov. Eric Greitens’ cabinet appointments in a Wednesday morning hearing. Each of the nominees outlined their plans for their respective governmental bodies, and some received more scrutiny than others. Anne Precythe, Greitens’ pick to head the Department of Corrections, touted her work as

Gov. Eric Greitens in the Missouri Senate.

Greitens criticizes Hoskins, Wieland for HCR 4 votes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens released a scathing indictment of the Senate for their seven-hour long debate over a concurrent resolution Monday night to reject a pay raise for elected officials. In particular, he called out Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial for their ‘no’ votes on the rejecting the

Members of the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics gather on Tuesday morning for a hearing on two bills concerning lobbyist gifts.

Senate committee compares House and Senate bills on lobbyist gift restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a long night of debate on the Senate floor, members of the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics took up the issue of ethics reform once again. Tuesday morning’s hearing consisted of the presentation of two bills, Sen. Mike Kehoe’s SB 305 and Rep. Justin Alferman’s HB

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Koenig’s bill cuts funds from low-income housing, historical preservation tax credits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Andrew Koenig has gotten a head start on Gov. Eric Greitens plan to reform the state’s tax credit system. During his campaign, Koenig repeatedly stressed the need for fiscal responsibility by specifically attacking the state’s current tax credit system, and his first major bill as a Senator would cut or

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Senate Democratic Caucus puts forward 2017 legislative priorities

Good jobs, good schools, and safe communities for all Missourians top Democratic agenda JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus today put forward their legislative priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session. This comprehensive set of bills will help to ensure good schools, good jobs, and safe communities for all Missourians. “I’m proud to

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Senators reject pay increases, accuse Gov. Greitens of using intimidation tactics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – What began as a debate over a resolution that would give lawmakers and state officials a pay raise quickly became a heated and tense affair as senators called on Gov. Eric Greitens to apologize for his alleged use of “strong-armed tactics”. The resolution in question was HCR 4, which concerns pay

Sen. Rob Schaaf presents his bill on prescription drug monitoring programs before the Senate Committee on Health and Pensions.

Opposing prescription drug monitoring bills face off in Senate committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Every state in the U.S. has a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Every state but Missouri that is. Yet again, some Missouri lawmakers are looking to fix that. The issue of prescription drug monitoring has been a hotly-debated topic in the General Assembly for years, especially given the presence of opioid

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