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Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House and Senate remain at odds over senior services, Missouri’s disabled and elderly at risk

House and Senate remain at odds over senior services, Missouri’s disabled and elderly at risk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With less than 24 hours to come to an agreement on how to fund nursing care for roughly 8,000 elderly and disabled Missourians, it seems that the House and the Senate have reached an impasse. The Senate, while working late last week to approve the state’s $27.8 billion budget, also passed

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House, Senate compromise on budget, still on schedule to pass before deadline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It looks as if the Missouri legislature might be able to get the budget to the governor’s desk by the Friday evening deadline after all. After rescheduling a meeting of the budget conference committees seven times, members of the House and Senate finally gathered in the House Lounge to get down

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Budget conference rescheduled again, House members find out through tweet

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After delaying budget conference meetings twice throughout the day Tuesday, the leader of the House and Senate announced for a third time that it would be again rescheduled. The budget conference, first scheduled to meet at 8:15 a.m. immediately gaveled in and went to recess within seconds, announcing their intention to

Sen. Rob Schaaf announces he will no longer oppose Rep. Holly Rehder's PDMP bill April 4, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

This Week in the General Assembly: Week of April 17

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This week in the Missouri legislature, the House perfected a number of bills this week and signed off on a few resolutions, while the Senate signed off on two House Bills, 51 and 34. The Senate appropriations committee was the thing everyone was watching for, as they continued their efforts to

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Schaaf, Fitzpatrick headed towards collision course on managed care

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf has made his opposition to managed care expansion well-known on this session, often speaking against the rollout of a new deal negotiated in 2015 to provide managed care to Missourians not located along the I-70 corridor. However, he reached a new pitch Thursday when he had strong words for

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TWMP panel compliments Fitzpatrick in work as budget chair

Jeff Mazur of LaunchCode; Joe Lakin of Victory Enterprises; Joe Patterson with the St. Louis County Police Officers; and Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, appeared on the opinion maker panel of This Week in Missouri Politics April 2 to voice their thoughts on pressing matters within state government such as current local elections, a tax proposal

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The House Budget Debates: Appropriations bills perfected after long day in the chamber

JEFFERSON CITY, – The Missouri House began the process of perfecting the state’s budget Tuesday morning, taking up the appropriations bills. Before taking up the legislation, both parties had agreed to each side getting a total of three hours each to use as they please in the process. After more than six hours of debate

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)

First year House budget leaders find success in numbers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an interview with The Missouri Times’ #MoLeg Podcast crew, Representative Justin Alferman came to speak on his behalf as Vice Chair of the Missouri House Budget committee as he and and the House prepare to work up the state’s overall budget of $27 billion. With the Budget Committee having the

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House passes limits on unemployment compensation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House on Thursday passed a contentious measure that could limit the benefits that Missouri’s unemployed could collect. HB 288, sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, would restrict the number of weeks that unemployment could be drawn to one of the shortest periods in the country. “We will be second from

House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

MoDOT director says department is treading water

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna says his department is facing a number of challenges in their efforts to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure. “Essentially, right now, we’re treading water,” he said. “We’re maintaining our system, but we are not improving. We’re fixing and replacing about as many bridges each

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