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Category: Weekly Capitol Update

July 3 - Weekly Capitol Update

July 3 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 3, 2014

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 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 26, 2014

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 11, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jun 11, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 11, 2014

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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Jun 5, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jun 5, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 5, 2014

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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May 29, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

May 29, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 29, 2014

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 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 22, 2014

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 - Weekly Capitol Update

May 16 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 16, 2014

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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May 8, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

May 8, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 8, 2014

LAWMAKERS APPROVE $26.38 BILLION BUDGET FOR FY 2015 The General Assembly on May 8 gave final approval to a $26.38 billion state budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The 13 appropriations bills that make up the operating budget now go to Gov. Jay Nixon for consideration. For the second straight year, […]

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May 1, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

May 1, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| May 1, 2014

HOUSE APPROVES VERSION OF STUDENT TRANSFER BILL The House of Representatives on April 30 voted 91-64 in favor of legislation that seeks to ease the impact of a controversial 1993 law that allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited districts. However, the bill, SB 493, sparked bipartisan opposition due to […]

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Apr 24, 2014 - Weekly Capital Update

Apr 24, 2014 – Weekly Capital Update

| April 24, 2014

NIXON SAYS FLAW IN TAX CUT BUMPS COST TO $4.8 BILLION Tax cut legislation the Republican-controlled General Assembly recently approved contains a flaw that would virtually eliminate the state’s individual income tax in 2022, Gov. Jay Nixon said on April 22. As a result, Nixon said the true impact of the bill would be to […]

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Weekly Capitol Update - April 17, 2014

Weekly Capitol Update – April 17, 2014

| April 17, 2014

GOVERNOR LIKELY TO VETO MASSIVE INCOME TAX CUT Warning that it could jeopardize state funding for local school districts and public colleges and universities, Gov. Jay Nixon on April 16 indicated he will veto legislation the Republican-controlled General Assembly granted final approval to hours earlier that would cut taxes by at least $620 million a […]

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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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Weekly Capitol Update - April 3, 2014

Weekly Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

| April 3, 2014

HOUSE PASSES REVISED VERSION OF GUN NULLIFICATION BILL The House of Representatives on April 3 voted 110-41 in favor of legislation that seeks to declare federal guns laws “null and void and of no effect” in Missouri. The bill itself, however, would likely be a constitutional nullity since federal courts have consistently ruled that states […]

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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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