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Compromise reached between Onder and Wieland on Uber bill

Compromise reached between Onder and Wieland on Uber bill

New provisions likely clear way for ridesharing legislation to get to Greitens’ desk JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a tweet Thursday morning, Sen. Paul Wieland announced he would now support Sen. Bob Onder’s Uber bill, a piece of legislation he blocked on the Senate floor due to specific but important inconsistencies within the legislation. Onder

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Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After weeks of adamantly postponing the confirmation of Gov. Eric Greitens’ gubernatorial appointees, the Senate voted Thursday to approve them after Greitens visited with Senate Republicans for about an hour Wednesday during their caucus. “The Senate decided they needed to press ahead on many of these department heads and curators wanted them to

Sen. Rob Schaaf announces he will no longer oppose Rep. Holly Rehder's PDMP bill April 4, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Schaaf to back down on opposition to Rehder’s PDMP bill

Major decision ends biggest obstacle to PDMP passage JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a highly unexpected turn of events on the prescription drug monitoring act (PDMP) debate, Sen. Rob Schaaf announced Tuesday evening he would end his opposition to Rep. Holly Rehder’s Narcotics Control Act. In a speech handwritten on a spare sheet of paper, Schaaf

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign

Taxis desire parity with emerging ridesharing companies

ST. LOUIS – Basil Rudawsky’s business, the St. Louis County Cab Company, has been in his family for 82 years, predating World War II, but he still found ways to make sure the bill kept with the times. Since 2010, the company has had an app to order a cab online and the following year

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Senate decides against confirming UM Curators again

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Before the legislative spring break, Republican senators made a stand against Gov. Eric Greitens by declining to confirm some of his gubernatorial appointments. Events Thursday showed little had changed in the two weeks since the Senate last passed on those confirmations. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard requested his report on

Rep. Jeanie Lauer and Rep. Corlew talk while the House debates REAL ID on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Photo by Tim Bommel, House Communications

All eyes turn to Senate as House passes REAL ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House managed to finally pass the highly-contested REAL ID bill Thursday afternoon. The issue of REAL ID has been a hotly-debated one in the General Assembly. The true battle has not been between Democrats and Republicans; rather, Rpublicans have fought amongst themselves. Both the arguments for and against the bill

Sen. Ed Emery testifies on his bill SB 98 Feb. 21, 2017.

Emery, Romine spar over utility bill in morning inquiry

Jefferson City, Mo. – The debate and filibuster over a proposed utility bill in the Missouri Senate continue to make appearances on the floor. SB 190 was brought forth once again on Wednesday morning for perfection, with the sponsor of the bill and the lead opponent exchanging words on the controversial legislation. Sen. Ed Emery

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Emery’s grid modernization bill begins trip through Senate perfection gauntlet

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s latest endeavor might be the most contentious item they will debate on this session. The chamber on Tuesday morning took up for the first time Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 190, a bill focused on adjusting ratemaking rules and implementing grid modernization in the Show-Me State. Sen. Gary Romine

Gov. Eric Greitens announces his pick for the new COO. PHOTO/THE MISSOURI TIMES - BEN PETERS

As other states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republicans stand firmly opposed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While several red states have decided to review whether or not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) following the failure of Congress last week to repeal and replace the controversial law, Republican leaders in Missouri have made it known Medicaid expansion will not take place in the Show-Me

Sen. Ed Emery testifies on his bill SB 98 Feb. 21, 2017.

Emery’s collateral source bill faces further hurdles despite early passage through Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ed Emery’s collateral source rule change bill made it through the Senate in February and it finally received a hearing in the Special House Committee on Litigation Reform Monday afternoon. But even while Republicans in both chambers have supported the tort reform measure, SB 31 could still be in jeopardy.

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