Tag: reform

What is the Justice Reinvestment Initiative?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Earlier in the year, Governor Eric Greitens signed off on an executive order establishing a justice reinvestment task force, laying the ground to bring change to the state’s criminal justice system. Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe touted the program at the recent Missouri Association of […]

Governor’s tax committee report targets tax credits in review of state taxes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After months of meetings, town halls and public comment, the Governor’s Committee for Simple, Fair and Low Taxes has released their report, and the results aren’t all that unexpected. Everyone knew that the committee was bound to find some areas to make changes or reductions, as […]

Five Questions with… Rep. Nick Schroer

With the legislative session taking a week-long hiatus for spring break, we sat down with five of the new freshmen legislators to discuss their perspectives after working in the Capitol for the first half of session. The third piece in this Q&A series features five questions with Rep. Nick Schroer, […]

GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as spring break arrives

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers wrapped up several items before packing up and heading home from the State Capitol Thursday, anxiously waiting for the chance to recharge before returning for the final stretch of the legislative session. Republicans famously rolled right-to-work outs the first bill to move through both […]

Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House continues to push ethics reform forward in the early days of the legislative session. House Bill 60, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, was the first bill to reach committee, as the House Committee on General Laws held its first hearing on Monday, hours […]

Oversight and Accountability to hear first ethics bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson vowed in his opening day speech to refer all ethics bills, and alas, they have. The Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, chaired by Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, will hear their first seven ethics bills Monday at noon. Bills heard include disclosure report […]

Audits show ongoing municipal reform

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Late Auditor Tom Schweich announced his municipal courts initiative in October 2014. Just over a year later, the Missouri legislature passed SB 5, capping revenue municipalities could collect from tickets and now seeing a second proposal from SB 5’s sponsor to further limit revenue received from municipal […]

Tax bill passes House, receives bipartisan support

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — HB 1268, a bill to gradually cut income taxes by reforming Missouri tax brackets, passed out of the House of Representatives Thursday with a vote of 146-4. Only one Representative, Genise Montecillo, D-St. Louis, commented on the bill on the floor, opposing it because the tax […]