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Schaaf gets hearing on ‘dark money’ legislation

Schaaf gets hearing on ‘dark money’ legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf got his wish Tuesday morning when the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee met to hear testimony on a bill that would force the disclosure of contributions to political nonprofits. The senator says the bill is necessary for healthy political discourse. “Without disclosure, voters lack the

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

Senate five bills away from Kehoe’s lobbyist gift measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe will likely introduce his lobbyist gift ban bill sometime this week as it nears the top of the Senate bills for perfection calendar. Yet five other bills stand in front of it, not to mention Senate bills on other calendars and numerous House bills. Last week,

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Silvey talks budget, channels Greitens in latest Facebook live video

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senator Ryan Silvey routinely puts up a Facebook live video each week after the Senate adjourns to head home for the weekend. This week’s video, however, came with a special nuance this week: Silvey and his crew hit the road for a little fast food run. While it may seem somewhat

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This Week in the General Assembly: April 24, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The big news of the week is that the Senate passed the all 13 bills of the state’s $27.8 billion budget, leaving one week to work out the issues before the May 5 deadline. Missouri’s upper chamber took up the budget just 11 days before the deadline on which the legislature

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

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Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens nonprofit, attacks Schaaf

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A PAC that advocates for the legalization of medical cannabis has taken sides in the ongoing feud between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens, and it’s not the side one might expect. The Better Way Missouri PAC posted on their social media page an ad asking Schaaf to “end his

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New poll suggests voters could favor education savings accounts for school choice

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Senate bill geared toward providing Missouri families greater choice and flexibility regarding their children’s education has passed the state’s upper chamber. The Missouri Senate on Thursday advanced the legislation seeking to create education savings accounts in the Show-Me State but held back in granting an emergency clause. SB 313, sponsored by

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal testifies before the House Budget Committee on her buyout bill for residents near West Lake Landfill April 26, 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/The MISSOURI TIMES)

Chappelle-Nadal pushes taxpayer buyout as Fitzpatrick stresses fiscal discipline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the EPA enters its 10th year of inaction on the West Lake Landfill question, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has taken her crusade for a $12.5 million dollar taxpayer buyout of homes in her district all the way to the House Budget Committee. SB 22, better known as the Missouri Contaminated Home

Kehoe and Holsman on Floor

Kehoe still optimistic on passing lobbyist gift reform, despite old and new challenges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The fight for ethics reform in the Missouri Senate may run into a larger wall, due to ongoing battles in the Senate. Sen. Rob Schaaf again figures to be an important player on whether or not Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe’s SB 305, a bill banning lobbyist gifts, gets through the

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