Tag: Rep. Kevin Austin

Hough jumps into SD30 to replace Dixon

Arthur, Austin, Anderson, Richard, Kehoe lend support JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – News of Caleb Arthur pulling out of the race for Springfield’s Senate District 30 seat was quickly followed Tuesday morning by the announcement of another candidate joining the race. Former state representative and current Greene County Commissioner Lincoln Hough […]

Austin withdraws from state senate race, will not seek re-election

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Kevin Austin has changed the race for a state senate seat, but not because he’s running for it. The Springfield Republican said this week that he has decided against running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bob Dixon. Austin was re-elected to his […]

Republicans fail to take up discrimination bill as session enters crunch time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – All week, Democratic representatives braced themselves for when a Senate bill on discrimination would come to the House floor. Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty described the wait over the last two days as “an emotional rollercoaster. But the House adjourned for the weekend Thursday without […]

McCann Beatty blasts Mizzou for endorsing Austin’s discrimination suit reform bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty penned a letter to Interim University of Missouri System President Mike Middleton asking him to revoke the university’s endorsement of a bill she argues paves the way for more discrimination. “I am deeply disturbed and disappointed that the University of […]

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, […]

Nixon and Richardson to clash over Paycheck protection veto override

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed one of General Assembly Republicans’ top priorities for this session: the so-called “paycheck protection” bill. HB 1891, sponsored and championed by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, would make it so public employees have to opt-in to any system from a public union […]

Degree program bills allow smaller schools to start more post-grad programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two bills are facing staunch opposition from the University of Missouri system because university officials say it may put further strain on already limited state resources. HB 2622 from Rep. Kevin Austin, R-Springfield, and SB 1088 from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, would allow allow state institutions […]

New bill cuts restrictions for universities to make graduate programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two bills, one introduced in each chamber, would make it easier for some of Missouri’s less well-known four-year universities to offer degrees. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Rep. Kevin Austin, R-Springfield, have filed legislation that would remove the development of cooperation between four-year colleges and universities as […]

Neely joins race for assistant majority floor leader position

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, announced his candidacy for assistant majority floor leader Tuesday with a letter mailed to the majority caucus. “I believe the members, just like you and I, who go to Jefferson City to fight for those most vulnerable citizens in our state deserve […]