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House Committee on General Laws hears eight bills on ethics reform on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

House committee to vote on alcohol advertising bill

House committee to vote on alcohol advertising bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri General Assembly seems to have taken a strong stance in the current legislative session when it comes to laws related to liquor. In fact, more than 20 bills have been filed in 2017 in relation to alcohol. One of the most contentious bills is HB 433, sponsored by Rep.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay testifies in opposition to a bill that would invalidate the city's minimum wage increase March 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Slay defends St. Louis minimum wage increase in house committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay testified alongside several St. Louisans to oppose a measure explicitly designed to prevent the city’s minimum wage raise ordinance, approved last week by the Missouri Supreme Court, from going into effect. He waited alongside many of his constituents until 8 p.m. to testify before the House Rules

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Republicans continue fight against STL minimum wage hike

Bills fast-tracked after last week’s MO Supreme Court decision JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two bills aimed at restricting minimum wage increases by the state’s political subdivisions filed last Wednesday by two House Republicans will have hearings Monday afternoon in the House Rules – Administrative Oversight Committee. Reps. Jason Chipman and Dan Shaul filed the legislation

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University of Missouri System audit reveals more than $2 million in ‘hidden bonus pay’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says the latest audit released by her office is personally troubling. On Monday, Galloway’s office released a scathing report detailing how the University of Missouri System hid more than $2 million in “bonus” pay. The audit also revealed what Galloway called irresponsible management in the UM

Sen. Rob Schaaf filibusters PDMP legislation. May 12, 2016

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Schaaf’s PDMP bill passes through Senate, Rehder ready to oppose

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate third read and passed Sen. Rob Schaaf’s own take on a prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) Thursday, but it still has competition to become Missouri’s definitive PDMP policy. In the past few years, Schaaf has proven an immovable object on PDMP legislation offered by Sen. Dave Schatz and Rep.

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Bush touts education reform measures at Missouri Capitol

Jefferson City, Mo. – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush highlighted a number of education reform efforts while speaking in the Missouri Capitol Thursday. Bush spoke at a press conference in the House Lounge with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, advocating for several measures, including school choice, charter school education, and greater access to

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Trump starts process to rescind Waters of US rule, earns kudos from farmers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Conservatives and farmers around the country and in Missouri celebrated President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order Tuesday asking the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States rule. The rule was recommended under former President Barack Obama’s administration to the

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ACLU uses lobby day to advocate for constitutional rights

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Around 200 members of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known as the ACLU, came to the Capitol Tuesday for their annual lobby day. The non-partisan nonprofit, which advocates nationally defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties, came to Jefferson City to speak on three specific pieces of legislation. One

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Supreme Court upholds minimum wage raises in St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The city of St. Louis won a major case at the Missouri Supreme Court when the bench ruled unanimously the city could keep its minimum wage increase statute passed by the Board of Aldermen in August 2015. A circuit judge struck down the minimum wage increase in October of that year after

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KCP&L’s track to become Fortune 500 company needs one last Missouri OK, as long as that comes quickly

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – KCP&L’s path to acquiring Westar and together making them Missouri’s newest Fortune 500 company was always going to be challenging, but elected leaders on both sides of the state line were confident that the two companies were better together with Kansas City headquarters than both being acquired and owned by companies

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