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Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Ethics reform takes center stage on Inauguration Day as Greitens signs executive order

Ethics reform takes center stage on Inauguration Day as Greitens signs executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ first order as the head of Missouri will be to bring ethics reform to his new office. “We just promised the people of Missouri that we’re going to get to work, and now, we’re here to get to work,” Greitens said. “We promised in this campaign that we

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High number of initiative petition filings puts strain on auditor’s office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office is currently experiencing a glut of initiative petitions that are wearing its resources thin. Between Nov. 21 and Dec. 8 – a span of just two-and-a-half weeks – 88 initiative petitions were submitted to the state auditor’s office by Secretary of State Jason Kander for the

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Legal battle over signatures of early childhood education petition continues

Opponents also challenged the constitutionality of the ballot question JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Opponents are again claiming in legal filings that the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment should not be allowed to go forward because it is unconstitutional and because the initiative petition was not distributed under the the official ballot title. The proposed amendment

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Kander finalizes RYH4K petition to be on ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a message to election authorities across Missouri, Secretary of State Jason Kander boldly stated he would certify the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment is it attains the required number of signatures, despite its ordeal in the courts last week. The Western District Court of Appeals determined in a court case that the

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RYH4K ballot issue opponents declare victory; supporters urge Kander to approve signatures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western District Court of Appeals in Missouri made a final ruling Friday on the case involving the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment ballot measure promoted by Raise Your Hands for Kids (RYH4K). In his ruling, Presiding Judge Alok Ahuja denied a motion to dismiss the case filed by RYH4K and

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Supreme Court decision leaves Kander with unprecedented decision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jason Kander faces an unprecedented decision after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a judge’s decision to rewrite the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment. For the first time in Missouri history, a secretary of state must decide whether to certify signatures for an initiative

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Kander files for Supreme Court to hear case on RYH4K petition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jason Kander filed an application late Tuesday to transfer a case on the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment initiative petition to the Supreme Court. The IP, filed by Raise Your Hands For Kids (RYH4K), could potentially be stricken from the ballot because its language was rewritten by the Western

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Early childhood IP summary rewritten by appeals judge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The early childhood initiative petition (IP) language was again changed this evening, as the Court of Appeals overturned the circuit court decision from May to vacate the fiscal note. Judge Alok Ahuja signed an opinion deeming the fiscal note as fair and sufficient, but declaring the summary statement, which signatories of

Sen. Kurt Schaefer leads the Senate Appropriations Committee, April 5, 2016

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Resolutions issued to hold Planned Parenthood, affiliates in contempt

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a resurrection of the Interim Sanctity of Life committee actions from last summer and fall, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, presented two Senate resolutions to the Rules committee Monday that would force two people involved in Planned Parenthood’s disposal of fetal remains to appear before the Senate. Mary Kogut, the president

100+ List 2015

100+ List: Part 2

We have compiled our 2015 list of the 100+ people in the Missouri public policy process you need to know. A few changes have been made this year – media and legislative staff are not included, unless they were engaged as a campaign consultant as well. By no means is this the complete list, and

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