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Rone attempts last lifeline for bootheel jobs against Libla opposition

Rone attempts last lifeline for bootheel jobs against Libla opposition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A long-awaited economic development bill approved by the House Wednesday evening was laid over in the senate early Thursday afternoon. The bill contained an amendment (link) for Rep. Don Rone which sought to loosen restrictions on utility rate cases and also ease the entry of a possible smelter in southeast Missouri.


Economic development amendment would add boot heel support for SB 190

NEW MADRID, Mo. – SB 190 seeks to provide the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) new options to rehabilitate the state’s aging electric grid. The bill has already spent several hours on the Senate floor being debated, and now has a new economic development amendment being proposed that could lead to 500-600 jobs being created

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CTE took work from across the board to become a law, lobbyist says

Elizabeth Lauber wants people to know that, when Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 620 on Monday, it represented more than two years of hard work by countless people who were interested in establishing a technical education certificate for Missouri high schools. “There were a lot of people interested in making this happen,” said Lauber,

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Nixon signs laws intended to improve technical job-readiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation intended to bolster the technical education available at Missouri high schools was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday. Under Senate Bill 620, sponsored by Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, the state will create a new technical education certificate that high school students can earn alongside their diploma. Dan


Senate Democrats filibuster SJR39 through second night

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The longest consecutive filibuster in state history endured through a second night as Senate Democrats debated in shifts as the Republican majority was forced to answer hourly quorum calls as each side stood deadlocked in a test of wills over a bill that both sides define very differently. Senator Bob Onder’s,

Green joins Chamber as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former senate leadership and campaign staffer Brad Green has joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the organization’s new Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Green joins the Chamber’s legislative affairs department, striving to advocate for pro-business legislation and policy in the Capitol. He will work directly with the state’s elected officials


Governor moves forward with Oregon Co. purchase with ASARCO monies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has moved forward with the purchase of the Frederick Creek Ranch in Oregon County with monies from the ASARCO settlement. The funds from the ASARCO lawsuit are intended for local projects within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District, which Oregon County is not within. “It is my understanding that

Romine protests state park built with settlement funds

ALTON, Mo. – Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, joined a growing chorus of legislative voices from southern and southeast Missouri opposing a plan by Gov. Jay Nixon to create a state park at Frederick Creek Ranch in Oregon County. Romine wrote a letter to Nixon telling him that at a meeting held at Mineral Area College


Romine to seek pro tem post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The replacement of Tom Dempsey as pro tem of the Missouri Senate will officially take place as lawmakers reconvene for veto session, and at least two state senators are looking to lead the chamber. Sen. Gary Romine formally informed his colleagues today that he’s looking for their support to elect him

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Noranda CEO buys $99k in NOR stock after PSC rate case

NEW MADRID, Mo. – Noranda Aluminum CEO Kip Smith bought $100,000 worth of shares of NOR last week, in what legislators are calling a “statement” in light of the company’ recent rate case compromise before the Public Service Commission. Noranda owns and operates an aluminum smelter in New Madrid that employs approximately 900 and accounts