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West Lake buyout bill dies in the House

West Lake buyout bill dies in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s crusade to provide funding for the buyout of homes in Spanish Village came to an end on the final day of session as SB 22 died in the Senate on a 65-79 vote. After Rep. Mark Matthiesen failed to amend the bill to remove a provision of the

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, questions a witness on a budget request. (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

Amended West Lake Landfill buyout bill moves forward in House

Chappelle-Nadal voices concerns of changes on Senate floor JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After the House approved and passed conference substitutes for the state’s budget bills, the Budget Committee held an executive session before going home for the weekend on Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s SB 22, which would allow the buyout of homes near the West Lake Landfill.


House passes bill limiting profession registration and licensing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, House Republicans voted in favor of a bill designed to prevent government from passing burdensome regulations. Rep. Robert Ross led the charge in last week’s passage of HB 480, a professional registration and licensing bill which defines when the government can intervene to write regulations and laws limiting certain


Missouri lawmakers face off in REAL ID debates, but accomplish little

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While tension has been building among the Senate over the proposed REAL ID legislation in the past few days, it was the House that threw the first punches in the ring. What is REAL ID? The REAL ID Act was first brought about 2005, following the aftermath of 9/11, and was

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House Budget committee discusses bills to increase funding for law enforcement agencies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House Budget committee may not be working on producing a balanced budget, they have found ways to be productive while waiting for Governor Eric Greitens’ budget plan. The committee met Wednesday morning to hear two bills, both sponsored by Rep. Kathie Conway, R-St. Charles, addressing budgetary issues in the

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Lawmakers voice concerns about new state parks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he had approved the creation of three new state parks, but some lawmakers question whether or not those new public lands best serve Missourians. The three parks; Ozark Mountain State Park, Bryant Creek State Park, and Eleven Point State Park; comprise a total of


Oregon County land sale bill perfected in House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House voted Tuesday to perfect Rep. Robert Ross’, R-Yukon, to sell the lands acquired by the executive branch to build a new state park in Oregon County using funds acquired in the ASARCO settlement. The settlement money was supposed to be used to restore land in the effected area in

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Congressman Smith testifies on bill to sell ASARCO lands

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Congressman Jason Smith was among one of many Southeastern and Southern Missourians expressing their disapproval of a proposed land purchase by the Department of Natural Resources. The Conservation and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony from Smith and others about a bill from Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, which would sell land obtained

House committee begins investigation of state park land purchase in Oregon County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and House Republicans clashed at the inaugural hearing of the Interim Investigative Committee on State Park Creation Monday. The committee was quickly formed to respond to the uproar surrounding a decision to use some of the money granted in a settlement in

State officials applaud court ruling on Waters of the United States

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some prominent Missourians are ecstatic on a decision they say gives states instead of the environmental protection agency jurisdiction over their waters. Three Sixth Circuit Court judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to grant a stay to a group of states that have fought a recent definition change