• Criminal Code Revisions Now

    Criminal Code Revisions Now

    | March 28, 2014

    An open letter to my colleagues: I see by the papers that Governor Nixon has expressed reservations regarding the revision of the Criminal Code and has threatened to veto it. He says that the very size (more than 900 pages) of the legislation (HB 1371 & SB 491) makes it likely that a mistake will […]

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  • Splitting the Penney: A Way Forward

    Splitting the Penney: A Way Forward

    | January 14, 2014

    Missouri’s infrastructure is in terrible shape.  Our highways are deteriorating to a degree that is restricting commerce.  State facilities are in critical need of repair and upgrade; pieces of stone are actually falling off the State Capitol.  Our universities and community colleges are no longer able to meet the demand for technical employees, especially in the […]

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  • Kelly Sponsors Medicaid Expansion

    Kelly Sponsors Medicaid Expansion

    | January 9, 2014

    Rep. Chris Kelly has taken the lead in sponsoring a Medicaid Expansion bill in the Missouri House.

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  • A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

    A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

    | November 1, 2013

    With the decision having been reached to not run for re-election in Boone County’s 45th State Legislative District, Rep. Chris Kelly is not one to ride quietly into the sunset. While he writes the next chapter of his life, the media and his colleagues reflect on his legacy… Statement from House Speaker Tim Jones regarding […]

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  • Veto Session Concludes...

    Veto Session Concludes…

    | September 12, 2013

    At a few minutes past midnight the 2013 Legislative Veto Session concluded with ten gubernatorial vetoes having been overridden.  Sanity prevailed in failing to override the two most hotly contested bills:  HB 253 (tax cuts) and HB 436 (guns/nullification).  With threats of “primarying” any Republican who failed to vote for override and with the successful […]

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  • The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

    The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

    | August 27, 2013

    During the 2013 session, the Legislature passed House Bill 253, a sloppily drafted bill that will cost the state more than $800 million per year when fully implemented. The Governor, believing that HB 253 will decimate essential state services, endanger our AAA credit rating, and unnecessarily raise taxes on the elderly, rightly vetoed the bill, […]

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Kelly-Kinder Debate Announced

| April 14, 2014
Kelly-Kinder Debate Announced

 In the shadow of the great Lincoln-Douglas Debates comes the Kelly-Kinder Debate over the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways 11:00 am Saturday, May 3, 2014 On the steps of the Shannon County Courthouse in Eminence MO Rep. Chris Kelly and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will square off as part of the Second Annual […]

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Tweet of the Day

| April 12, 2014
Tweet of the Day

@repckelly  At Rory’s funeral I was thinking back to last fall when we paddled the Current during the Gov’t shutdown. See you at the takeout Rory…

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Weekly Update – Apr 10, 2014

| April 10, 2014
Weekly Update - Apr 10, 2014

RIGHT-TO-WORK FALLS SHORT OF NECESSARY MAJORITY The House of Representatives on April 9 granted first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit companies from negotiating labor agreements that require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment. However, the 78-68-2 vote fell four votes short of the 82 necessary to advance the bill to […]

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Tweet of the Day

| April 8, 2014
Tweet of the Day

From MoBikeFed: @repckelly addressing our awesome #volunteers at Bike/Ped Day in Jeff City #MO #SupportMOBiking #thankyou pic.twitter.com/Qiw5qzjSTa

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Tweet of the Day

| April 5, 2014
Tweet of the Day

From @repckelly – April 5 #respectthepeeps pic.twitter.com/68JOG48A5V

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Criminal Code Revisions Now

| March 28, 2014
Criminal Code Revisions Now

An open letter to my colleagues: I see by the papers that Governor Nixon has expressed reservations regarding the revision of the Criminal Code and has threatened to veto it. He says that the very size (more than 900 pages) of the legislation (HB 1371 & SB 491) makes it likely that a mistake will […]

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Mar 27, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE APPROVES $26.63 BILLION STATE BUDGET FOR FY 2015 The House of Representatives on March 27 granted final approval to its version of a $26.63 billion state operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget process now moves to the Senate. Lawmakers must pass final version of the 13 appropriations […]

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Mar 20, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

MAJOR ISSUES AWAIT DURING SESSION’S SECOND HALF The General Assembly returns from its annual spring recess on March 24 with the major issues of the 2014 legislative session still awaiting resolution. Lawmakers have eight more weeks to wrap up their work before they are constitutionally required to adjourn for the year on May 16. During […]

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Mar 13, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE PANEL APPROVES $26.63 BILLION STATE BUDGET The House Budget Committee on March 12 approved its version of the state operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The committee version authorizes $26.63 billion in total spending, which is more than a $1 billion below the $27.67 billion Gov. Jay Nixon had […]

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Tweet of the Day

| March 6, 2014
Tweet of the Day

COPHE News tweeted this quote from @repckelly re: funding for the University of Missouri: “if we continue to erode core budgets, then what are scholarships providing access to?”  

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Mar 6, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

BUDGET TAKES NOVEL APPROACH TO SCHOOL FUNDING With Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers at odds over how much revenue will be available for the upcoming state budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, on March 5 proposed an unorthodox approach to funding public education during the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. […]

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Status quo on Medicaid indefensible

| March 4, 2014
Status quo on Medicaid indefensible

By STEPHEN T. KEITHAHN Columbia Daily Tribune Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2:00 am As a physician, I read with interest “The Medicaid Debate” in the Tribune last Sunday. I appreciated Rep. Chris Kelly’s and Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s extensive comments as well as reporter Rudi Keller’s pointed questions. Given the legislators’ contrasting opinions regarding the […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 27, 2014

| February 27, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 27, 2014

SENATE PASSES CHANGES TO STUDENT TRANSER LAW The Senate on Feb. 27 voted 27-5 in favor of legislation to change how school districts are accredited and modify an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools. Since being implemented at the start of the current school year, the transfer […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 20, 2014

| February 20, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 20, 2014

HOUSE APPROVES TWO BILLS TO CUT INCOME TAXES The House of Representatives on Feb. 20 approved two bills that would significantly reduce state income taxes.  HB 1295, which passed 106-47 would cut income taxes for both companies and individuals and reduce state revenues by an estimated $700 million a year once fully implemented. HB 1253, […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 13, 2014

| February 13, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 13, 2014

HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES REQUIRING PHOTO VOTER ID On a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Elections Committee on Feb. 12 approved two companion measures that would require Missourians to produce valid, government-issued photo identification at their polling place in order to vote. This is the ninth straight year that Republican Missouri lawmakers have sought to […]

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Weekly Capitol Update – Feb 6, 2014

| February 6, 2014
Weekly Capitol Update - Feb 6, 2014

SENATE REPUBLICANS REJECT MEDICAID EXPANSION The Senate on Feb. 5 voted 24-9 to reject a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility and provide health care coverage to about 300,000 additional Missourians. The vote came on straight party lines, with majority Republicans voting against expansion and minority Democrats in support. Medicaid expansion is a top priority of […]

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Weekly Capitol Update – Jan 30, 2014

| January 30, 2014
Weekly Capitol Update - Jan 30, 2014

APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN SPEED CAMERA ORDINANCE A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Jan. 28 unanimously ruled that a Moline Acres ordinance authorizing automated speed enforcement cameras conflicts with state traffic laws and is “void and unenforceable.” Although there has been a recent string of state appellate decisions striking […]

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Jan 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE NIXON’S TOP PRIORITIES IN 2014 During his 2014 State of the State address on Jan. 21, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a $27.67 billion state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes new federal funding to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri and another $490million for education. Republican leaders of the […]

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