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Aug 23 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 23, 2012
Aug 23 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPPORTERS OF REJECTED BALLOT MEASURES FILE SUIT Supporters of a pair of initiative petitions that seek to put separate ballot measures before Missouri voters in November respectively asking them to increase the state minimum wage and impose new regulations on payday lenders have filed suit in Cole County Circuit Court challenging Secretary of State Robin […]

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Aug 16 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 16, 2012
Aug 16 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNS TO DO POLITICAL CONSULTING House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, unexpectedly resigned both his leadership post and his seat in the House of Representatives on Aug. 13 about five months ahead of the end of his term. According to a letter sent to Republican lawmakers, Tilley, who was barred by term limits from […]

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SMR Task Force Appointed

| August 16, 2012
SMR Task Force Appointed

Rep. Chris Kelly has been appointed to the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Task Force.  The Task Force was formed by Gov. Nixon to assist Westinghouse in its bid for funds from the US Department of Energy to develop SMR technology. The funding would be used to design, license, manufacture and commercialize small modular nuclear reactors […]

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Aug 9 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 9, 2012
Aug 9 - Weekly Capitol Update

TWO INITIATIVES CLEARED FOR BALLOT, TWO REJECTED Secretary of State Robin Carnahan on Aug. 7 certified a pair of initiative petitions for the Nov. 6 statewide ballot that separately seek to establish local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and increase state taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. But Carnahan rejected two […]

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A Post-Session Summary of 2012 Legislation

| August 2, 2012
A Post-Session Summary of 2012 Legislation

Read a short summary below of major or high-profile legislation that passed––or didn’t––in the 2012 session.  From the perspective of the Democratic Caucus, bills are labeled as “Good”, “Bad”, or “Other”. You, of course, are entitled to your own perspective. 2012 TAFP (Truly Agreed and Finally Passed) BILLS OF NOTE GOOD BILLS THAT PASSED CELL […]

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Aug 2 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 2, 2012
Aug 2 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPREME COURT REJECTS DAMAGE CAP IN MED MAL CASE The state Supreme Court on July 31 overturned a 20-year-old precedent and ruled 4-3 that a statutory cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice personal injury cases violates the right to trial by jury under the Missouri Constitution. The court’s ruling looks be a major issue […]

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State Releases July 2012 General Revenue Report

| August 2, 2012
State Releases July 2012 General Revenue Report

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced today that July 2012 net general revenue collections increased 11.8 percent compared to July 2011, from $452.2 million last year to $505.7 million this year.  July is the first month of Fiscal Year 2013.   GROSS COLLECTIONS BY TAX TYPE Individual income tax collections Decreased 3.4 percent, from $353.4 […]

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Kelly on Amendment 2

| August 1, 2012
Kelly on Amendment 2

Rep. Kelly describes the basis for his opposition of Amendment 2––The Right To Pray Amendment–on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX Radio…
You can listen to the radio clip here, along with the ballot summary and full text of the constitutional amendment.

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Jul 26 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 27, 2012
Jul 26 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO DROUGHT   Gov. Jay Nixon on July 23 signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Missouri due to effects the prolonged excessive heat and drought are having on public health and agriculture. The order authorizes state agencies to assist local officials with emergency response efforts. […]

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Jul 19 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 19, 2012
Jul 19 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR LETS SENTENCING DISPARITY BILL BECOME LAW   Gov. Jay Nixon allowed the July 14 deadline for signing or vetoing bills from the 2012 legislative session to pass without taking action on an omnibus judiciary bill that includes a provision to reduce the existing disparity in criminal sentences between crack and powder cocaine offenses. As […]

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Bill Signing Deadline

| July 15, 2012
Bill Signing Deadline

July 14 marked the deadline by which Gov. Nixon had to sign, veto, or allow bills to become law without his signature. See a complete list of the final status of all 2012 bills Truly Agreed And Finally Passed (TAFP).

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Jul 12 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 12, 2012
Jul 12 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES CONTRACEPTION AND VEHICLE TAX BILLS   Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 10 bills on July 12, including controversial legislation to relating to access to birth control under employer-sponsored health insurance plans and a measure that sought to reinstate local motor vehicle sales taxes invalidated earlier this year by Missouri Supreme Court. Nixon’s actions brought […]

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July 5 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 6, 2012
July 5 - Weekly Capitol Update

COURT UPHOLDS EARNINGS TAX RENEWAL REQUIREMENT The Missouri Supreme Court on July 3 unanimously upheld the validity of a 2010 statewide ballot measure that requires Kansas City and St. Louis to renew their local earnings taxes every five years. The high court’s decision brings two years of litigation on the issue to a close. For […]

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Jun 28 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 6, 2012
Jun 28 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON WITHHOLDS HIGHER ED FUNDS TO BALANCE BUDGET Gov. Jay Nixon on June 22 finished signing the 13 appropriations bills that make up the $24 billion state operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year but is exercising his constitutional power to withhold about $15 million in spending authority to help put the budget in balance. […]

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Jun 21 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 6, 2012
Jun 21 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES BILL DUE TO CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS Gov. Jay Nixon on June 20 vetoed legislation originally intended as a state government housekeeping measure that lawmakers loaded up with unrelated provisions in violation of the Missouri Constitution. It was the third bill Nixon has vetoed from the 2012 legislative session but the first veto handed down […]

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Jun 14 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 6, 2012
Jun 14 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON SIGNS BILL TO EXPAND NO CALL LIST TO CELL PHONES Missouri’s telemarketing No Call List will expand to include cell phone numbers under legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law on June 14. The General Assembly passed the measure, HB 1549, in May without a dissenting vote. The law takes effect Aug. 28. Missouri […]

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Jul 5 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 5, 2012
Jul 5 - Weekly Capitol Update

COURT UPHOLDS EARNINGS TAX RENEWAL REQUIREMENT   The Missouri Supreme Court on July 3 unanimously upheld the validity of a 2010 statewide ballot measure that requires Kansas City and St. Louis to renew their local earnings taxes every five years. The high court’s decision brings two years of litigation on the issue to a close. […]

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Jun 7 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 7, 2012
Jun 7 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPREME COURT JUDGE PRICE TO STEP DOWN IN AUGUST Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. will resign effective Aug. 1 after 20 years on the bench. Price, the court’s longest-serving current member, is timing his retirement to ensure that his replacement is chosen under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan as it currently exists […]

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