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Category: Weekly Capitol Update

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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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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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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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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Jan 16, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

Jan 16, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 16, 2014

ANTI-LABOR BILL FIRST TO RECEIVE HOUSE HEARING IN 2014 House Republican leaders followed through on a promise to make anti-labor legislation a top priority when a so-called “right-to-work” bill became the first measure of the year to receive a House committee hearing. However, the bulk of the testimony during the House Workforce Development and Workplace […]

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Jan 9, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jan 9, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 9, 2014

TOP GOP LEADERS AT ODDS OVER SCHOOL TRANSFER LAW The 2014 legislative session got underway on Jan. 8 with the top leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives taking diametrically opposed positions on the need to make changes to an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby […]

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Jan 2, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jan 2, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 2, 2014

2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION GETS UNDERWAY JAN. 8 Tax cuts, Medicaid expansion, gun rights and clarifying a state law that allows students in struggling school districts to attend other public schools are among several unresolved issues from 2013 that will top the agenda for Missouri lawmakers when the 2014 legislative session gets underway Jan. 8. The […]

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Dec 26, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

Dec 26, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 26, 2013

NIXON RELEASES $40.1 MILLION IN SPENDING AUTHORITY Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 24 released $40.1 million in spending authority that he had frozen just prior to the start of the 2014 fiscal year on July 1. The bulk of the released funding is for capital improvements projects, including $18 million for repairs to the Capitol […]

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Dec 19, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

Dec 19, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 19, 2013

KC SCHOOLS SUE DESE OVER ACCREDITATION DECISION The Kansas City School District on Dec. 13 filed a lawsuit against the Missouri State Board of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education alleging the board inappropriately denied the district provisional accreditation in October even though the district made significant improvements on its most […]

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Dec 12, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

Dec 12, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 12, 2013

NIXON SIGNS INTO LAW BOEING INCENTIVES LEGISLATION Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 10 signed into law legislation to provide the Boeing Co. with $1.7 billion in tax breaks over 20 years if the company agrees to build its next generation Boeing 777X airliner in St. Louis. The next day, however, Boeing re-opened negotiations with the […]

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Dec 5, 2013 - Weekly Capital Update

Dec 5, 2013 – Weekly Capital Update

| December 5, 2013

SENATE APPROVES $1.7 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS FOR BOEING The Senate on Dec. 4 voted 23-8 in favor of legislation to provide the Boeing Co. with up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks over the next 20 years if the company agrees to build its next generation Boeing 777X airliner in St. Louis. With the […]

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