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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

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

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PDMP headed to conference after all

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring plan continues to whiplash in the House, as the sponsoring representative moved Thursday to again refuse the Senate position on the bill. The House first rejected the Senate’s position on HB 90 April 18 after a heavily amended version came back from the Senate that

Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, listens to Kerry Messer from Missourians for Personal Safety testify on behalf of his bill.

House Conservative Caucus reaffirms opposition to PDMP bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House’s informal Conservative Caucus, made up of Republicans with a libertarian bent, will not support Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring act, which yesterday saw its conference committee dissolved. Despite changes made to the bill in the Senate by libertarian-esque conservatives in the upper chamber, representatives in the caucus said

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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.

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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PSC finds compromise in KCPL rate case, still says they lack authority on EV stations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Power & Light will receive an electric rate increase thanks to a decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission on their rate request. The PSC this week ruled that KCPL should receive a rate increase of $32.5 million to reflect their increased costs of providing service to more than

Rep. Holly Rehder dissolves the conference committee on HB 90, her PDMP bill, May 9, 2017. (Ben Peters/MISSOURI TIMES)

PDMP falters at finish line as Rehder dissolves conference committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an unexpected move Tuesday evening, Rep. Holly Rehder dissolved the conference committee for her bill to institute a statewide prescription drug monitoring plan, effectively accepting the Senate changes to the bill. Rehder evidently thought passing this version of the PDMP bill was the best she could do, especially after she

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Port authority bill, now turned economic development omnibus, heads to conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several bills have been lined up, waiting for conference committees to work out the differences between the Missouri House and Senate. A few of these bills currently on that list arrived there after the House took pleasure in attaching amendment after amendment to the legislation, a message to the Senate. And while

Gov. Eric Greitens signs right-to-work into law Feb. 6. 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

A look at Greitens’ legislative promises in the last week of session

With the end of session coming up, several newspaper editorials and article from across the state focused on what the Gov. Eric Greitens and the Missouri General Assembly should make as their primary issues of import with five days remaining in the regular session. At The Missouri Times, we elected to look back at Greitens

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Chappelle-Nadal eyes new tactics to pass West Lake bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has targeted a new group of people in her fight for buyouts in Spanish Village: lobbyists. The senator has avidly tried to push legislation for the past two years to buy out residents living near the West Lake Landfill due to radioactive waste deposited at a nearby site

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