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Speaker Todd Richardson addresses the media after the close of the 2017 session May 12. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day

House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day

House Democrats cite dysfunction for low number of bills Just moments after House Democrats scored two unexpected victories in the house, Speaker Todd Richardson emerged into the House Lounge with his caucus in tow to explain on the major policy changes the Republican supermajority has effected sine Jan. 4. “For nearly a decade, Missouri’s conservative majorities

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Special Session: Does it need to happen?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rumblings of a special session in the Capitol have grown louder as the end of session has neared, and especially since the Senate dramatics have dominated most policy discussions in the last month. Contention between the House and the Senate on if and or how to fund senior services in the

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House and Senate remain at odds over senior services, Missouri’s disabled and elderly at risk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With less than 24 hours to come to an agreement on how to fund nursing care for roughly 8,000 elderly and disabled Missourians, it seems that the House and the Senate have reached an impasse. The Senate, while working late last week to approve the state’s $27.8 billion budget, also passed

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

On some budget votes, district takes precedent over party

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The closest votes Thursday occurred in the House on HBs 10 and 11 yesterday during the approval of the state budget conference bills. Both of the bills deal with the funding of social services, which caused consternation over the session, because of the change in the circuit breaker policy to remove renters.

Sen. Dan Brown

Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s journey to push out the state’s $27.8 billion budget has been a hurried effort, having received the bills later than usual, but Missouri’s upper chamber managed to knock out the budget with 24 hours to spare. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations

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House, Senate compromise on budget, still on schedule to pass before deadline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It looks as if the Missouri legislature might be able to get the budget to the governor’s desk by the Friday evening deadline after all. After rescheduling a meeting of the budget conference committees seven times, members of the House and Senate finally gathered in the House Lounge to get down

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Silvey talks Senate dysfunction, ethics and Kansas City sports

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Ryan Silvey has been a polarizing figure in the Missouri Senate for more than four years, and over the past few days, his comments on a variety of issues have served only as more fuel to an already hot fire. The Senate has literally stalled for the past two days,

Budget conference postponed

Budget conference rescheduled again, House members find out through tweet

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After delaying budget conference meetings twice throughout the day Tuesday, the leader of the House and Senate announced for a third time that it would be again rescheduled. The budget conference, first scheduled to meet at 8:15 a.m. immediately gaveled in and went to recess within seconds, announcing their intention to

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Silvey ‘thanks’ Richard for leaving him off budget conference committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just hours after Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, was left off the Senate’s list of budget conferees, he released a letter he penned to the Senate President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, saying that he could not, in good conscience, follow the chairman in defending some of the Senate positions on the state’s

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Libla details Senate effort to fund foundation formula on TWMP

ST. LOUIS – Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, visited the set of This Week in Missouri Politics for Sunday’s episode and discussed, among other things, the behind-the scenes process of fully funding the foundation formula for the first time in state history. Sen. Gary Romine, the Republican chair of the Senate Education Committee, led the

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