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Rep. Kirk Mathews on the House floor in January. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor’s desk

Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor’s desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After years of effort by members of the Legislature, the Uber bill has found its way to the governor’s desk. The House passed Rep. Kirk Mathews’ HB 130, a bill that creates a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies, by a massive 144-7 margin Thursday afternoon. For a bill that

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

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Court plan likely up for review after latest panel picks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Appellate Judicial Commission is raising the eyebrows of some on the right at a time when some Republicans question the effectiveness of the Missouri Court plan. Wednesday night, the commission selected private practice attorney Benjamin Lipman, Judges Lisa Hardwick and Judge W. Brent Powell as their three choices to fill

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Tort reform measure would alter punitive damage cases to use a two-jury system

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Republicans continued their relentless tort reform efforts with a bill in the House Litigation Reform Committee Monday that would affect the way punitive damages are handled in the state. After hearings on topics as big as the collateral source rule change bill, the adoption of the Daubert witness standards and

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Tort reform measure could have significant impact on Missouri Human Rights Act

NAACP leader cut off during testimony JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Special Committee on Litigation Reform heard another major tort reform measure Monday, one which would rewrite the Missouri Human Rights Act. The three bills, which will likely be rolled into one piece of legislation, offered by Reps. Kevin Austin, Joe Don McGaugh and Dean

Rep. Kevin Corlew discusses his Daubert standard expert witness bill Jan. 23, 2017.

Tort reform measures from McGaugh and Corlew passed out of House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The passage and signing of right-to-work into law overshadowed almost everything else occurring in the Capitol. However, House Republicans also passed two important tort reform measures last week previously stymied in other years by Gov. Jay Nixon. Rep. Joe Don McGaugh’s collateral source rule bill and Rep. Kevin Corlew’s expert witness

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Uber bill passes easily through House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Uber and Lyft are one step closer to having statewide regulations in Missouri. Rep. Kirk Mathews’ bill establishing a framework for transportation networking companies (TNCs) passed through the House Thursday 140-16 with massive bipartisan support. “I had no idea we would get 140 votes today,” Mathews said. “I think that’s a

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Democrats question feasibility of Greitens’ State of the State proposals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After Gov. Eric Greitens first State of the State speech — which can be read here — Democratic leadership in the House and Senate wondered how Greitens would pay for many of his proposals, especially since he did not go into detail about his budget priorities. “Breaking with generations of past

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Collateral source, expert witness standard bills heard in special committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two of the most impact tort reform bills of this legislative session got hearings in the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Joe Don McGaugh and Rep. Kevin Corlew presented their respective legislation on the collateral source rule change and the adoption of the Daubert expert witness standard.

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Nixon orders flags to half-staff to honor Teitelman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Tuesday that he would order all flags at Missouri courts to half-staff in remembrance of Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman who died Tuesday at the age of 69. Teitelman was the first Jewish and legally blind judge to serve on Missouri’s highest court. A cause has

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