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This Week in the General Assembly: May 22, 2017

This Week in the General Assembly: May 22, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The focus of the General Assembly this week was almost exclusively on the utility bill on which the special session was called. The House quickly passed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Rone, working it through committee in a single day before signing off on it the next day. House complies

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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

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Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House strictly gaveled in and out until Tuesday at the start of this week’s extraordinary legislative session, multiple senators took the opportunity in the upper chamber to voice their concerns about Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for more time in Jefferson City. Some feared the ramifications of his call could open

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Tony Luetkemeyer announces 2018 bid for Senate District 34 seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s 34th Senate District has a new contender for its state senate seat. Tony Luetkemeyer, a conservative resident of Parkville announced his candidacy to replace the term-limited Sen. Rob Schaaf as the new voice for Buchanan and Platte County. The Republican candidate, a cousin once removed from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, is

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Cierpiot officially announces 2018 State Senate run

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot will officially kick off his campaign for the 8th State Senate District seat June 13 at Stonehaus Farms Winery in Lee’s Summit. Cierpiot told The Missouri Times after seven years in the House – eight by the time of the election – he was eager to

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The afterglow of session broken down by national pastime

After the paper toss and the press conferences, we decided a very nuanced session was more complex than winners and losers and decided to break it down by way of the national pastime. World Series for the folks who had outstanding sessions, and missed the playoffs for folks who were on the defensive. World Series

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Senate’s final hours of session saw a PQ and budget win

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The final hours of the legislative session could be described as a chaotic and dysfunctional end to an abnormal session, as both parties utilized the extremes of the rules in a legislative session that saw extreme victories for Republicans on huge pieces of legislation and infighting that killed several smaller bills.

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens: ‘Round two is sooner than you think’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the legislative session came to close Friday evening, Gov. Eric Greitens skirted around the question of whether there would be a special session, whether for PDMP or southeast Missouri job growth, but the former boxer did have words for Missouri’s legislators: “We’ve finished the first round of a 10-round fight

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