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Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard

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

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,

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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

Rep. Kirk Mathews on the House floor in January. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor’s desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After years of effort by members of the Legislature, the Uber bill has found its way to the governor’s desk. The House passed Rep. Kirk Mathews’ HB 130, a bill that creates a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies, by a massive 144-7 margin Thursday afternoon. For a bill that

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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

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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