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Yes, we CAN help economically disadvantaged students in Missouri

Yes, we CAN help economically disadvantaged students in Missouri

By Representative Elaine Gannon Instead of lamenting the students who fail to graduate from High School in Missouri, we can help to make sure that when they realize they made a destructive choice they know there is a solution. My bill, HB 469, would make the HI-SET, which is the high school equivalency exam, free for first-time

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP bill as House perfects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House perfected Rep. Holly Rehder’s bill to establish a prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) after roughly three hours of deliberation and debate. A vote to pass the bill will likely come during Thursday’s session. The bill, which would create a program to track individuals’ purchases of prescription opiates, has faced

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Parties battle over advancing alcohol measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two distinct groups of alcohol retailers and distributors are fighting over Rep. Robert Cornejo’s bill to allow retailers that sell alcohol, including grocery stores, bars and restaurants and liquor stores to advertise the price of their products. Cornejo’s bill was voted out of the House Legislative Oversight Committee Monday and now

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

House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

House committee puts final touches on budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House Budget Committee took the next step in moving the state’s budget forward on Tuesday night. In a crowded room, lawmakers managed to advance all of the operating bills to the House after more than six hours of putting the final touches on Missouri’s more than $27 billion budget.

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Ethics within the Missouri Senate highlights TWMP panel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Sunday, March 26, panelists Fred Dreiling, principal of Fred Dreiling, LLC, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, Travis Smith, the vice president of Axiom Strategies, and Rep. Dan Houx, R-Warrensburg, were invited on This Week in Missouri Politics to speak on major pieces of legislation as well as their opinion on the

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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

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a week off for the legislative spring break, the Missouri House returned Monday afternoon to pass another ethics bill. Unlike the previous ethics bill passed thourgh the House this session, this one puts rules and provisions onto locally elected officials. HB 229, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, seeks to

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