Tag: Scott Fitzpatrick

Missouri Legislature mourns loss of Mike Lair: educator, reader, friend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mike “Coach” Lair passed away Tuesday at his home in Jefferson City at the age of 71. He represented the House District 7 for four terms, from 2008 to 2017. During his time, he was Chair of the House Appropriations-Education Committee from 2011 to 2015 and […]

Nixon signs daily fantasy sports law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In his January State of the State address, Gov. Jay Nixon called for laws regulating the daily fantasy sports industry. Friday, Nixon signed HB 1941 into law, making that call a reality. The Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act establishes consumer protections and creates a regulatory […]

Fitzpatrick hopes to protect daily fantasy sports sites

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most perplexing moments to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State speech in January came when he mentioned the need for increased regulation of daily fantasy sports websites. Nixon had hardly mentioned the subject before, but he seemed intent to mention it in […]

More lawmakers opposing new NFL stadium funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A key member of the House budget committee became the latest Republican lawmaker to promise to block funds for a new NFL stadium in St. Louis unless the funds are approved by popular vote or allocated by the legislature. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, serves as […]

Lawmakers speeding up budget process to pressure Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are aiming to have the state’s $26 billion budget on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk earlier than ever before this year in an effort to give them time to override any line-item vetoes Nixon might normally make at the end of the legislative session. After […]

House approves changes to unemployment benefits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House gave first-round approval to a bill today that would tie unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate in Missouri. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick sponsored HB 150, which was perfected on the House floor today. Fitzpatrick’s bill would tie the duration of unemployment benefits to the […]

Road Closed: The Uncertain Future of Transportation Funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Over the course of the next few years, Missouri lawmakers are going to have to tackle an increasingly complex problem: funding for the state’s massive road system. But as Republicans campaigning on reducing government spending continue to win elections and Missouri voters continue to reject tax […]