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Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

House considering changes to Rone’s steel mill bill

House considering changes to Rone’s steel mill bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House moved slowly off the starting blocks Wednesday morning as the full body convened. The chamber spoke amongst themselves and undertook last minute negotiations that could see several amendments added to the bill that would match the second part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for an extraordinary session. Speaker Todd

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Galloway touts efforts to Columbia Chamber

COLUMBIA, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway stopped by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to discuss the tasks her office has undertaken in the past legislative session. Galloway spoke to the group as part of the organization’s “Lunch with a Leader” series, which has featured House Speaker Todd Richardson and University of Missouri System

Rep. Joe Don McGaugh on the House floor (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Comms)

Collateral source makes it to Greitens in final days of session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most impactful pieces of tort reform to emerge from the General Assembly this year passed out of the House Thursday afternoon in the final leg of its journey to the governor’s desk. Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 31, which would change the collateral source rule, was approved by representatives

Rep. Mark Ellebracht reads his letter asking Gov. Eric Greitens to veto SB 43 May 10, 2017. (Travis ZImpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Democrats ask Greitens to veto discrimination bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Democrats made one final, desperate attempt to defeat SB 43 Wednesday morning by gathering outside of Gov. Eric Greitens’ office to deliver letters urging him to veto the bill. Each representative wrote their own letters stating their opposition to the legislation. Rep. Mark Ellebracht read from his own letter, elucidating

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St. Louis minimum wage increase takes effect Friday

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City will raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour as the clock strikes midnight May 5. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on the city ordinance that will bring the wage increase into effect. The bill will eventually cap out at $11/hour as of Jan. 1 , 2018. Minimum

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Richard’s consumer protection reform part of larger effort beyond Humphreys donation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has faced widespread scrutiny, both within the Capitol and in media outlets around the state, for his sponsorship of SB 5. The legislation would institute large changes to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MPA), which is designed to protect consumers from false or erroneous

Business community optimistic about future of Missouri’s economy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a capitalist, free-market think tank, released a study Monday naming Missouri as the 24th ranked state in terms of economic outlook, despite ranking 41st in economic performance. The conservative organization mainly examined tax policy, scoring states with lower tax rates for businesses and individuals higher. Jonathan

Rep. Holly Rehder watches debate on her right-to-work bill Jan. 18, 2017 (Courtesy of Tim Bommel)

House votes to take Rehder’s PDMP bill to conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Holly Rehder and the House voted by voice to reject the Senate substitute for her prescription drug monitoring bill after some heated debate on the House floor. The bill will now go to conference, though a time has not yet been set. Just before the long weekend of Easter break, the

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Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical cannabis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Veterans advocating for the legalization and safe regulation of medicinal cannabis visited the Capitol Tuesday hoping to catch the ear of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. The group of about 10 veterans came from various branches – Marines, Army, National Guard – and all suffered from various ailments – brain tumors, pain,

Sen. Will Kraus speaks on the Senate floor April 5, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Senate passes Rehder’s PDMP bill with major changes

Kraus leads opposition to PDMP as Schaaf receives desired changes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf may have famously ended his long, deep opposition to Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) bill, but that did not mean the rest of the Senate would step aside so easily. Yet after four hours of

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