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This Week in Missouri Politics: Lots of trust in Steelman; Richardson makes it clear who runs the house

This Week in Missouri Politics: Lots of trust in Steelman; Richardson makes it clear who runs the house

The new year rang in with every shrieking cries of alarm over a budget deficit that some of the more dramatic put at over $500 million. This led to a great deal of weeping and gnashing of teeth about the apocalyptic budget shortfalls. However, in the end, it came down to the in-home care providers

Sen. Bob Onder speaks at the Emerging Issues Hearing on SJR 39. (Tim Curtis/The Missouri Times)

SJR 39 once again keeps Capitol busy into the night

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – If the Senate Democrats’ objective in filibustering SJR 39, the “religious liberty” bill authored by Sen. Bob Onder, R-O’Fallon, was to draw attention to the issue, then it is fair to say the filibuster was a rousing success. The Emerging Issues Committee hearing on SJR 39 filled the largest hearing room

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Missouri Chamber voices opposition to SJR 39

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The single largest business association in Missouri has announced their opposition to SJR 39. Business leaders and organizations from around the state have spoken out against the resolution, and Thursday at noon, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce released the reasons they would oppose the legislation. “The Missouri Chamber opposes adding a constitutional protection

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5 Questions: Senator Dr. Bob Onder on SJR39

Sen. Dr. Bob Onder, R-O’Fallon, is sponsoring SJR39, which was filibustered for a record-setting 39 hours this past week. The filibuster came to a halt with the rare motion of PQ being used to halt the debate, and the senate passed the measure. If and when the House passes the SJR, it will go to


Schaefer defends religious liberty bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A controversial Senate bill offered by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, faced its first hearing Tuesday in a room divided on the issue with little overt controversy. SB 916, a piece of legislation that modifies certain definitions in the Missouri Human Rights Act, has garnered strong support and opposition, but the atmosphere

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Keaveny confident MONA will pass through Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) has been filed in the Senate every year for almost a decade, but it has yet to make it out of the chamber. However, bill sponsor Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, believes this year will be the first year since 2007 that significant action happens on


Haahr’s bill sparks debate over college campus discrimination

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers will have to navigate a touchy debate on discrimination if they want to send HB104 to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk, as evident by today’s lengthy and contentious hearing in the Senate. Springfield Rep. Elijah Haahr, a Republican, sponsors “The Student Freedom of Association Act.” Haahr and the bill’s supporters


LGBT supporters may need to cater to business lobby in discrimination fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The fight to modify the Missouri Human Rights Act to protect the LGBT community is creating some strange bedfellows in the legislature. Missouri’s business lobby is walking a tightrope position on a bill that supporters say should be a no-brainer. Under current Missouri law, an employer can’t terminate an employee on