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Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

Bootheel jobs bill heads to Governor’s desk after Senate passes HB 1 unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An extraordinary session came to an end on Friday, as the Senate passed a utility bill aiming to help bring hundreds of jobs to Missouri’s Bootheel without any changes. Senators spent hours debating HB 1, a bill seeking to give the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) special authority to offer a

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Commerce committee sends HB1 to the floor unchanged

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment has signed off on a bill seeking to bring jobs to southeastern Missouri, despite a number of concerns. After hours of testimony, the committee finally passed HB 1 unchanged with a vote of 10-1. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was the

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Rone files bill to restore bootheel jobs, but what’s really in the bill language?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday afternoon to begin work on a special session called for by Gov. Eric Greitens in an effort to pass legislation that could potentially return jobs to the bootheel, a region still reeling from the loss of hundreds of jobs when Noranda closed. The newly-drafted

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Over 500 attend Rep. Rone and Gov. Greitens jobs rally

NEW MADRID, Mo – During a rainstorm, a crowd swelling to over 500 gathered on the site of the now-shuttered Noranda aluminum smelter to show support for the jobs bill that Gov. Eric Greitens has called a special legislative session to consider. Several state representatives attended the rally in the warehouse in sight of where

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

Rone says ‘in the Bootheel, a deal is a deal’ on special session language

NEW MADRID, Mo. — As anticipation builds toward Monday at 4:00 p.m. when the Gov. Eric Greitens has set for a special legislative session to allow the General Assembly the opportunity to pass legislation that would provide the Public Service Commission more opportunities to attract industry to Missouri, rumors and posturing have begun to swirl. As

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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.

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Hundreds of jobs in Missouri’s bootheel at stake as session winds down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –With less than 48 hours left until the end of the legislative session, the entire bootheel is watching the Missouri State Capitol. If an economic development bill passes, it’s likely to green light approximately 300 jobs that would replace the hundreds of jobs lost when the Noranda plant in New Madrid County

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote

Seventeen community leaders, including commissioners, mayors, and chamber officials, send Libla letter asking economic development bill to be considered PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – With few remaining legislative days left in the session, several economic development bills are on the calendar in the Senate waiting for an up or down vote, including SB 190, which hopes to

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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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Evidentiary hearings scheduled in Ameren rate case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Evidentiary hearings in Ameren Missouri’s rate case will be held in February and March, the Public Service Commission (PSC) decided Wednesday. Last month, Ameren filed the rate case asking to increase annual revenues by more than $206 million. That averages about $99 million per year for residential consumers. The PSC will hold

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