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Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An extraordinary session came to an end on Friday, as the Senate passed a utility bill aiming to help bring hundreds of jobs to Missouri’s Bootheel without any changes. Senators spent hours debating HB 1, a bill seeking to give the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) special authority to offer a

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Berry, Kolkmeyer seek meeting on WIMs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two Missouri state lawmakers are looking to begin the conversation anew to the state’s weigh in motion scales (WIM’s). The issue of weight stations in the Show-Me State took the spotlight this session when the issue of Drivewyze and HELP, Inc. became a topic of much contention. Reports of an FBI

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PSC gives update on Clean Line case, slaps Summit with $75k fine

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than a few eyes took notice of the listed agenda issued the day before the Missouri Public Service Commission, which included an item that many had been waiting for: the case on the Grain Belt transmission lines. The item in question concerned a notice regarding the case status for the

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Bootheel jobs bill passes House committees with ease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The legislature’s crusade to bring an estimated 500 jobs to the bootheel is moving forward in the State Capitol as Missouri’s special session continues. Rep. Don Rone’s bill, HB 1, is expected to hit the House floor Wednesday after surviving two different House committees on Tuesday afternoon. Rone’s bill seeks to

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

Rone files bill to restore bootheel jobs, but what’s really in the bill language?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday afternoon to begin work on a special session called for by Gov. Eric Greitens in an effort to pass legislation that could potentially return jobs to the bootheel, a region still reeling from the loss of hundreds of jobs when Noranda closed. The newly-drafted

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Opponents call net metering bill’s failure a ‘victory for consumers’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Missouri legislature returns to Jefferson City this week for a special session involving utility rates, opponents of another bill proposing to make changes to how Missouri’s law deals with net metering are still celebrating a victory. The General Assembly adjourned a little over a week ago without passing Rep.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal testifies before the House Budget Committee on her buyout bill for residents near West Lake Landfill April 26, 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/The MISSOURI TIMES)

EPA releases another report showing no radiation danger outside Westlake Landfill

ST. LOUIS — The Environmental Protection Agency today released further information that the area outside West Lake Landfill does not possess radioactive waste, another in a series of scientific reports calling into question the credibility of some activists uproar. The latest study affirms House Republicans decision not to spend $1,000,000 in taxpayer money to buyout

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Rone attempts last lifeline for bootheel jobs against Libla opposition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A long-awaited economic development bill approved by the House Wednesday evening was laid over in the senate early Thursday afternoon. The bill contained an amendment (link) for Rep. Don Rone which sought to loosen restrictions on utility rate cases and also ease the entry of a possible smelter in southeast Missouri.

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Public employees leave HELP, Inc. Board, Drivewyze ready to install

Drivewyze says it will install all 19 WIMs, with CEO saying, “We’re going to do it.” JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation reviews completed this week removed state employees from bypass service provider HELP, Inc.’s board of directors, putting the Missouri’s bypass vendor situation back into the news.

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