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Category: Weekly Capitol Update

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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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 18, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

Jun 18, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 18, 2014

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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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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