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Rep. Holly Rehder watches debate on her right-to-work bill Jan. 18, 2017 (Courtesy of Tim Bommel)

House Democrats provide crucial votes for Rehder’s PDMP bill

House Democrats provide crucial votes for Rehder’s PDMP bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the third year in a row, Rep. Holly Rehder’s Narcotics Control Act was passed out of the House Monday evening 102-54. Rehder’s bill notably needed Democratic support. Only two Democrats voted against the measure, but 52 Republicans, almost half of the caucus, voted against the measure. Fifty-eight Republicans voted for the

Speaker Todd Richardson and Eric Greitens at the Federalist Society's Capitol Forum Jan. 23, 2017.

House and Senate accomplishments (so far) in the 2017 session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thus far, the 2017 legislative session has seen multiple wins for the supermajority Republican caucus as major pieces of labor and tort reform have found their way to the governor’s desk with a chief executive eager to sign them. “We’re thrilled to get to Spring Break week having delivered on a

Speaker Todd Richardson speaks on his amendment to the charter school bill March 15, 2017. (Ben Peters/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson scored a major victory Thursday with the narrow 83-76 passage of Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s bill to expand the charter school bill system. Roeber’s bill will allow charter schools to establish themselves in any district which has at least one school building which scores below a 60 percent on

Rep. Jon Carpenter (right) lobbies Rep. Mike Moon (left) to vote agaisnt an emergency clause on Rep. Jason Chipman's minimum wage bill March 9, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Minimum wage restriction passes through House

Emergency clause passes by the skin of its teeth JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House voted to pass a bill which would bar St. Louis, Kansas City, and other municipalities from raising their minimum wage above the state level, but not without a slight hiccup. When the House began voting for an emergency clause, several Republican

Speaker Todd Richardson speaking on the House floor March 8, 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Minimum wage bill gets speedy approval from House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The house perfected a bill aimed at stopping a minimum wage increase in St. Louis from going into effect. Rep. Jason Chipman’s legislation would prevent any city, town, or other municipality from raising their local minimum wage above the state’s own minimum hourly rate. Previous statutes passed by the legislature in

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Collateral source set to mark start of tort reform effort

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With labor and ethics reform making up the majority of the General Assembly’s first two weeks in session, a few other bills at the top of Republican leadership’s docket may not have grabbed as much attention. However, they could be just as impactful for the state’s business community. Last week, the

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Richardson quick on the right-to-work trigger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Todd Richardson made clear his intention to strike directly at major reforms early in the 2017 session with his opening speech to the chamber Wednesday. Democrats across the state have dreaded the beginning of the legislative session after the Republican landslide in November granting the GOP supermajorities in both

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