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Kelly-Kinder Debate Announced

Kelly-Kinder Debate Announced

| April 14, 2014

 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

Tweet of the Day

| April 12, 2014

@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

Weekly Update – Apr 10, 2014

| April 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

Tweet of the Day

| April 8, 2014

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

Tweet of the Day

| April 5, 2014

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

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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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Mar 27, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Mar 27, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 27, 2014

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

Mar 20, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 20, 2014

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

Mar 13, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 13, 2014

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

Tweet of the Day

| March 6, 2014

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

Mar 6, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 6, 2014

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

Status quo on Medicaid indefensible

| March 4, 2014

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

Weekly Capital Update – Feb 27, 2014

| February 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

Weekly Capital Update – Feb 20, 2014

| February 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

Weekly Capital Update – Feb 13, 2014

| February 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

Weekly Capitol Update – Feb 6, 2014

| February 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

Weekly Capitol Update – Jan 30, 2014

| January 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

Jan 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 23, 2014

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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