• May 16, 2014 - A Twitterverse Finale

    May 16, 2014 – A Twitterverse Finale

    | May 16, 2014

    On his last day in session, after a long and illustrious career and with revisions to the Criminal Code finally assured, Rep. Kelly was working until the last hours of the session on his remaining legislative priority––bonding for state infrastructure.  As the clocked ticked down and it was clear that the pathway had been laid […]

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  • The Shannon County Debate

    The Shannon County Debate

    | May 5, 2014

      The sign in front of the Shannon County Courthouse in Eminence says, “Welcome – Stay a Day or a Lifetime in Shannon County”. Turns out it only took a day–make that an hour–for Rep. Chris Kelly and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to debate the fate of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways before a crowd […]

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  • 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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Jul 31, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 31, 2014
Jul 31, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

FIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON AUG. 5 BALLOT Missouri voters on Aug. 5 will decide five proposed constitutional amendments placed on the statewide ballot by the General Assembly. Any of the amendments that are ratified will take effect as of Sept. 5. Amendment 1 would establish a state constitutional right to farm and ranch in Missouri. […]

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Jul 17, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES BILL ALLOWING ARMING OF TEACHERS Gov. Jay Nixon on July 14 vetoed omnibus firearms legislation due to a provision authorizing designated teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. The bill, SB 656, also would have lowered the minimum age for obtaining a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19 and […]

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Jul 10, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON REJECTS AG BILLS DUE TO DEER RECLASSIFICATION Gov. Jay Nixon on July 8 vetoed two omnibus agriculture bills due to provisions in each that would reclassify captive deer as livestock instead of wildlife, thus shifting the regulatory authority over Missouri deer ranching operations from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture. Nixon […]

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July 3 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 3, 2014
July 3 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR VETOES 72-HOUR ABORTION WAITING PERIOD In a harshly worded message, Gov. Jay Nixon on July 3 vetoed legislation that seeks to triple Missouri’s mandatory abortion waiting period to 72 hours, calling the legislation insulting and punitive to women, especially those who are victims of rape and incest. The Republican-controlled General Assembly is expected to […]

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June 26 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 26, 2014
June 26 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR CUTS $1.12 BILLION FROM FY 2015 STATE BUDGET Gov. Jay Nixon on June 24 vetoed $275.7 million in spending authority and imposed a spending freeze on another $846.3 million in order to balance the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Nixon’s line-item budget vetoes included $144.6 million from general revenue. […]

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Jun 18, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES BILL CUTTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Gov. Jay Nixon on June 17 vetoed legislation that would reduce unemployment benefits when the state’s overall unemployment rate goes down. Supporters of the bill, SB 673, said it was necessary to reduce costs and avoid further borrowing from the federal government to keep the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust […]

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Legislators play vindictive game with state deer herd

| June 17, 2014
Legislators play vindictive game with state deer herd

The following editorial is reprinted with permission from the Daily American Republic, Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Poplar Bluff.

The management of captive deer in Missouri is coming to a crossroads, bringing with it big implications for the future of the state’s wild deer population.

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Kelly Receives Legislative Award

| June 14, 2014
Kelly Receives Legislative Award

Among the fourteen Missouri Representative and Senators receiving the 2014 St. Louis Business Journal’s Legislative Awards was Rep. Chris Kelly.  The legislators were honored at a 7:30 am breakfast on June 13. Check out pictures here.

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Jun 11, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES 10 BILLS HE SAYS WOULD BUST STATE BUDGET Gov. Jay Nixon on June 11 vetoed 10 bills the Republican-controlled General Assembly enacted in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session that sought to provide dozens of new special interest tax breaks that together would cost state and local governments a combined $776 […]

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Sen. Scott Sifton on the Kelly Legacy

| June 10, 2014
Sen. Scott Sifton on the Kelly Legacy

In an interview with Mike Ferguson on Missouri Viewpoint, Sen. Scott Sifton talks about the legacy of Rep. Chris Kelly in the State Legislature. To watch the video clip…

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Jun 5, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 5, 2014
Jun 5, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON OPPOSES SALES TAX HIKE FOR TRANSPORTATION Gov. Jay Nixon on June 2 said he opposes a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose additional sales and use taxes of three-quarters of a cent each to fund road and bridge improvements and other transportation projects. The measure, Amendment 7, will go on the Aug. 5 statewide […]

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: The Public Trust Doctrine

| June 5, 2014
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: The Public Trust Doctrine

In the United States we most often take wildlife for granted.  They’ve always been there and they always will––or so we think. An important issue that is most often overlooked––and a primary reason why we do have abundant wildlife in this country for all citizens to enjoy––is called the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  […]

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Stop the Threat to Missouri Deer Hunting

| June 2, 2014
Stop the Threat to Missouri Deer Hunting

Two bills, passed in the recent session of the Missouri General Assembly, seriously threaten the health of Missouri’s deer population.  House Bill 1326 and Senate Bill 506 both contain language that forces the Department of Conservation to transfer management of captive deer to the Department of Agriculture. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a virus that […]

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May 29, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON TO VETO PRIVATE TUITION VOUCHER BILL Gov. Jay Nixon on May 23 announced he will veto legislation that supporters touted as a fix for Missouri’s controversial student transfer law but critics said instead would allow public funding of private schools while doing little to mitigate the problems the bill was intended to address. Although […]

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May 22, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

STATE BOARD VOTES TO DISSOLVE NORMANDY SCHOOLS The Missouri State Board of Education on May 20 voted to dissolve the Normandy School District and create a new district in its place. The next day Normandy sued the state and 20 St. Louis-area school districts in another attempt to challenge the state transfer law that has […]

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May 16, 2014 – A Twitterverse Finale

| May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014 - A Twitterverse Finale

On his last day in session, after a long and illustrious career and with revisions to the Criminal Code finally assured, Rep. Kelly was working until the last hours of the session on his remaining legislative priority––bonding for state infrastructure.  As the clocked ticked down and it was clear that the pathway had been laid […]

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May 16 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 16, 2014
May 16 - Weekly Capitol Update

TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX APPROVED FOR BALLOT Missouri voters will decide whether to impose an additional three-quarter-cent sales tax that would constitutionally earmark the estimated $534 million a year in new revenue for transportation projects. The measure, which won final legislative approval on May 14, will automatically go on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot for voter […]

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Tweet of the Day-May 16, 2014

| May 16, 2014
Tweet of the Day-May 16, 2014

@JohnJRizzo tweeted: @repckelly pulling up on his last day of session. Proud to spend the past two years as seat mates.  It’s an honor.

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