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Holsman calls for $60 million in settlements to restore funding to Greitens’ budget cuts

Holsman calls for $60 million in settlements to restore funding to Greitens’ budget cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The state of Missouri received roughly $60 million from two lawsuit settlements in the past few weeks, and Sen. Jason Holsman says it should go to restoring some of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. The money comes from two settlements; $10 million comes from a multi-state settlement with the

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House lawmakers seek to improve public opinion of law enforcement with transparency bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have made a point of standing behind the members of law enforcement, with the House recently passing several bills regarding police protection. But the debate has also brought up concerns over the perceived lack of action by the General Assembly to address the issues highlighted by the 2014 shooting

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Tort reform measure would alter punitive damage cases to use a two-jury system

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Republicans continued their relentless tort reform efforts with a bill in the House Litigation Reform Committee Monday that would affect the way punitive damages are handled in the state. After hearings on topics as big as the collateral source rule change bill, the adoption of the Daubert witness standards and

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Do Missouri cities have the right to set their own minimum wage? Ask Missouri’s Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a five-year period, Missouri’s minimum wage has raised by a total of 35 cents. In 2013, a minimum wage worker could expect $7.35 an hour. Four years later and three increases later, a Missouri worker should expect $7.70 while working in a minimum wage job in 2017. But while those

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PSC to order Great Plains Energy to file acquisition applications in Westar merger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Six tariffs and new orders appeared on the docket of this week’s meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission, but the major item of discussion in Thursday’s meeting concerned the case of Midwest Energy Consumers Group v. Great Plains Energy, which centers around KCPL’s acquisition of Westar. “If you look at

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Department of Corrections hearing leaves questions unanswered, irks legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Frustration from lawmakers filled the latest hearing of the committee designed to investigate a glut of harassment allegations in the Missouri Department of Corrections. House members on the Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct heard testimony Thursday morning from two officials within the department that oversee both workforce and criminal

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New Approach to get head start on medical marijuana ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last year, Missouri’s medical marijuana measure fell just 23 signatures short of making the November ballot. Now, the same group will hope to have just slightly better luck in the 2018 election. New Approach Missouri announced they would begin their signature collection this month for Initiative Petition 2018-051, which would make Missouri the 29th

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Opponents increase rhetoric as infrastructure investments move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the first time in years, the issues of solar energy and electric grid modernization are gaining momentum toward removing regulations for private investment to begin in the state. However, opponents are ratcheting up the rhetoric with increasingly extreme attacks. Sen. Ed Emery and Rep. Rocky Miller both introduced several similar

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Moon’s ‘personhood’ amendment seeks to ban all abortions in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Each year, the issue of abortion remains a hotly-contested item in the Missouri Legislature, and this year is no exception, as one lawmaker has returned a measure seeking to outlaw all abortion in Missouri. Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, has once again filed his “personhood” legislation in the Missouri House, seeking

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Court of Appeals reverses ruling, says Sunshine Law was not violated in execution drug case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Department of Corrections does not have to reveal the names of the pharmacists who supply Missouri’s lethal injection drugs, according to a ruling issued by the Missouri Court of Appeals Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District reversed a 2015 decision from a lower court

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