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Licensing bond increase proposal hopes to protect consumers

Licensing bond increase proposal hopes to protect consumers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation in the Missouri General Assembly could make a number of changes to how motor vehicle dealers are licensed, but also potentially protect Missouri’s consumers. Two bills, proposed by Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and  Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, would increase the size of the bond motor vehicle dealer license applicants are

Sen. Bob Onder speaks at the Emerging Issues Hearing on SJR 39. (Tim Curtis/The Missouri Times)

Uber bill gets initial approval in Senate, destined for trip back to House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bob Onder won a major breakthrough on legislation to establish a statewide framework for transportation network companies (TNCs). The Senate perfected Rep. Kirk Mathews’ HB 130 by a wide 30-1 margin Tuesday afternoon after weeks of work between Onder and Sen. Paul Wieland to compromise on the legislation. “Missourians have waited

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MTC funding cuts could be sore spot for both St. Louis and legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state lawmakers are looking at making majors cuts in funding to the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), and it’s leaving a bad taste in some legislators’ mouths. “I understand that a lot of these companies are what are driving the engine that are actually helping the state in a certain realm,” Sen.

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Governor’s tax committee establishes sub-committees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Governor’s Committee for Fair, Simple and Low Taxes continued their work, moving forward in their mission to review Missouri’s taxes. Thursday afternoon’s meeting saw the committee officially set the three sub-committees and assign members to the respective committees, though roughly half of the committee was only able to attend by

Op Ed: Legislature Must Act to Protect Small Businesses in Growing Fantasy Sports Industry

By Tim Jensen In 2016, the Missouri legislature was refreshingly proactive in becoming one of the first states to regulate and tax fantasy sports. At first glance, the passage of legislation was great news for fantasy sports companies — not just the big names you know, like DraftKings and FanDuel, but also Missouri small business

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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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Battle over booze: What a South Carolina decision could mean for Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A recent ruling from a state on the eastern seaboard has raised questions about a piece of liquor legislation currently being whipped in the Missouri House. The South Carolina Supreme Court last week delivered a rather sobering decision, striking down a decades-old statute on the premise that a law limiting liquor

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Curtman still looking for final vote on industrial hemp bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Paul Curtman has pushed a bill to legalize industrial hemp for the past three years, and it has withered away on the Senate informal calendar for the past two. “We’ve routinely been able to get this bill through the Senate committee,” Curtman says. “Usually what happens is it gets through

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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

State Auditor Nicole Galloway details the findings of her Single Statewide Audit April 4, 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Galloway finds ‘questionable’ spending of federal cash by state departments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway released her annual Statewide Single Audit for 2016 Tuesday morning and some of the findings on lack of department oversight echo much of what her office discovered last year. Most notably, Galloway found that for the seventh year in a row, the Department of Social Services had

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