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Category: Weekly Capitol Update

Nov 13, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Nov 13, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 13, 2014

FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN STATE GAY MARRIAGE BAN U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith on Nov.7 ruled a provision of the Missouri Constitution that defines marriage as existing “only between a man and a woman” violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While Attorney General Chris Koster […]

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Nov 6, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Nov 6, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 6, 2014

REPUBLICANS INCREASE LEGISLATIVE SUPERMAJORITIES Republicans padded their supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly during the Nov. 4 general elections, giving the GOP a greater ability to override on legislation vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Veto overrides require 23 votes in the Senate and 109 in the House of Representatives. Republicans picked up […]

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Oct 30, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Oct 30, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 30, 2014

FOUR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOV. 4 BALLOT Missouri voters on Nov. 4 will decide proposed constitutional amendments separately relating to the admissibility of evidence in prosecuting sex crimes against children, eliminating teacher tenure, early voting and the governor’s authority to balance the state budget. An initiative petition funded by conservative St. Louis mega-donor Rex Sinquefield […]

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Oct 23, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Oct 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 23, 2014

CONSERVATION APPROVES NEW CAPTIVE DEER REGULATIONS The Missouri Conservation Commission on Oct. 17 unanimously approved stricter regulations on private hunting preserves and commercial deer breeding facilities but backed off of some of the proposed changes that had prompted lawmakers this year to attempt to strip the conservation department of authority over captive deer operations. The […]

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Oct 16, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Oct 16, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 16, 2014

RIGHT-TO-FARM AMENDMENT FOES FILE ELECTION CONTEST Opponents of the so-called “right-to-farm” amendment Missouri voters narrowly ratified in August filed an election contest on Oct. 14 asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the results due to claims that the ballot language for the measure was unfair and misleading. Voters ratified Amendment 1, which has already […]

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Oct 9, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Oct 9, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 9, 2014

STATE MUST RECOGNIZE OUT-OF-STATE GAY MARRIAGES A Jackson County circuit judge on Oct. 3 ruled that the state must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed in states in which such unions are legal, despite a provision of the Missouri Constitution voters ratified in 2004 that says the state will only recognize marriages between […]

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Oct 2, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Oct 2, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 2, 2014

HOUSE GOP LEADER CALLS FOR RECONSIDERING LOTTERY Missouri voters should be given the opportunity to decide whether the state lottery should be retained or eliminated, the likely next speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 30. The Missouri Lottery has come under scrutiny in recent months as its […]

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Sep 25, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Sep 25, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 25, 2014

NIXON CLEANS HOUSE AT STATE LOTTERY COMMISSION Amid concerns about declining profits from the state lottery despite record ticket sales, Gov. Jay Nixon has replaced all five members of the Missouri Lottery Commission. During the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, lottery proceeds fell $49 million short of expectations. Because the Missouri Constitution earmarks […]

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Sep 18, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Sep 18, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 18, 2014

GOVERNOR WITHHOLDS SPENDING FROM VETO OVERRIDES As expected, Gov. Jay Nixon on Sept. 12 exercised his constitutional powers to thwart the Republican-controlled General Assembly’s attempt to restore about $54 million in vetoed spending authority to the fiscal year 2015 state budget. Nixon said his action was necessary to keep the state budget in balance. During […]

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Sep 11, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Sep 11, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 11, 2014

LAWMAKERS OVERRIDE 10 BILLS DURING VETO SESSION The Republican-controlled General Assembly overrode 10 of Gov. Jay Nixon’s but failed to reverse his rejection of most of the slew of measures containing special tax breaks Nixon had dubbed the “Friday Favors” because they were passed with little debate during the waning hours of the regular legislative […]

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Aug 28, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Aug 28, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 28, 2014

STATE TO RECOUNT RIGHT-TO-FARM AMENDMENT RESULTS The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a statewide recount of the results of Amendment 1, which establishes a “right to farm” in the Missouri Constitution, after certified election result show it passed on Aug. 5 by just 2,490 votes out of nearly 1 million cast. Under state […]

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Aug 28, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Aug 28, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 28, 2014

STATE TO RECOUNT RIGHT-TO-FARM AMENDMENT RESULTS The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a statewide recount of the results of Amendment 1, which establishes a “right to farm” in the Missouri Constitution, after certified election result show it passed on Aug. 5 by just 2,490 votes out of nearly 1 million cast. Under state […]

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Aug 21, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Aug 21, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 21, 2014

JUDGE RULES NORMANDY STUDENTS CAN STILL TRANSFER St. Louis County Circuit Judge Michael Burton on Aug. 15 ruled that students of the Normandy Schools Collaborative retain the right to transfer to better school districts for the upcoming school year. Burton said the State Board of Education acted without legal authority when it changed the accreditation […]

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Aug 14, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Aug 14, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 14, 2014

MoDOT’S NEXT MOVE UNCLEAR AFTER SALES TAX FAILS Missouri Department of Transportation officials appear uncertain as to their next step after voters on Aug. 5 overwhelmingly rejected proposed sales and use tax hikes that sought to generate $5.34 billion for road and bridge projects and other transportation improvements over the next decade. Amendment 3 would […]

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Jul 31, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jul 31, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 31, 2014

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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July 31, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

July 31, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 31, 2014

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

Jul 17, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 17, 2014

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

Jul 10, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 10, 2014

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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