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Feb 21 – Weekly Capitol Update

| February 21, 2013
Feb 21 - Weekly Capitol Update

SENATE PASSES TAXING POWER FOR EXTENSION COUNCILS The Senate on Feb. 18 voted 23-7 in favor of legislation that would give local University of Missouri Extension councils the power to levy property taxes. The measure, SB 9, now advances to the House of Representatives. University Extension councils already exist in every Missouri county with the […]

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Feb 14 – Weekly Capitol Update

| February 14, 2013
Feb 14 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE REPUBLICANS TAKE 8TH TRY AT PHOTO VOTER ID For the eighth straight year, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Feb. 14 approved legislation that seeks to require Missourians to show government-issued photo identification at their polling place in order to vote. Such a requirement could potentially disenfranchise many of the estimated 250,000 Missourians — […]

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Feb 7 – Weekly Capitol Update

| February 7, 2013
Feb 7 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR RELEASES $8.4 MILLION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Citing robust state revenue collections, Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 4 released more that $8.4 million in spending authority for Missouri’s public colleges and universities for the current fiscal year. Last summer Nixon exercised his constitutional authority to restrict about $15 million in spending authority, including about 1 […]

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Hearing Held on HJR 14

| February 5, 2013
Hearing Held on HJR 14

A hearing on House Joint Resolution (HJR) 14––Funding for Higher Education, Improvements, Construction and Transportation Infrastructure––will be held at 5:00 this afternoon in House Hearing Room 3. Kelly is Chair of the Appropriations Committee on Infrastructure and Job Creation and co-sponsor of the joint resolution, along with House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

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Jan 24 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 24, 2013
Jan 24 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE APPROVES BILL ON REPLACING STATEWIDE OFFICIALS The Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 23 voted 115-45 in favor of legislation that would modify how vacancies in statewide elected offices are filled. The bill, HB 110, now goes to the Senate for further debate. The bill contains an emergency clause so that if it clears […]

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Jan 17 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 17, 2013
Jan 17 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON CALLS FOR UNITY IN SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS Invoking Missouri’s divided loyalties between the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War as a warning from history, Gov. Jay Nixon called for unity and cooperation on Jan. 14 as he was sworn into his second term as the state’s 55th chief executive. Although the state […]

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Rep. Kelly Sworn In as 45th District State Representative

| January 15, 2013
Rep. Kelly Sworn In as 45th District State Representative

On January 14, Rep. Chris Kelly was sworn in as the new State Representative in Boone County’s 45th District. Running unopposed in the August Primary and November General elections for the 45th District, Kelly had previously served the people of the 24th Legislative District for two terms prior to redistricting. As the session begins, Rep. […]

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Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

| January 10, 2013
Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

As the Missouri General Assembly begins the 2013 Session, Rep. Kelly wrote the following OpEd, distributed statewide, in support of Medicare Expansion in Missouri. The Democratic Caucus agrees.

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Jan 10 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 10, 2013
Jan 10 - Weekly Capitol Update

GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION The 97th Missouri General Assembly convened on Jan. 9 with the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives pledging to reduce taxes even as state revenue collections are beginning to rebound after a decade of significant budget cuts that has left higher education spending at roughly the […]

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Jan 3 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 3, 2013
Jan 3 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR WANTS TO CONSOLIDATE DNR COMMISSIONS In a year-end interview with The Associated Press, Gov. Jay Nixon said consolidating operations within the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will be one of his priorities during the 2013 legislative session. There are nearly two dozen separate commissions within DNR, with each commission having jurisdiction over a different […]

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Dec 27 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 27, 2012
Dec 27 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON OPPOSES GOP PROPOSAL FOR GUNS IN CLASSROOM Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 24 sent a letter to the superintendents of Missouri’s 520 public school districts informing them of his opposition to Republican legislation that would authorize school administrators and teachers to carry conceal weapons in the classroom without permission of the local school board. […]

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Dec 20 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 20, 2012
Dec 20 - Weekly Capitol Update

MEDICAID EXPANSION COULD SAVE STATE $250 MILLION Expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would save the state $250 million over the next three years, according to new figures released by Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration on Dec. 19. Most of the savings would come from the federal government covering […]

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Dec 13 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 13, 2012
Dec 13 - Weekly Capitol Update

PSC APPROVES $260 MILLION AMEREN  RATE INCREASE The Missouri Public Service Commission on Dec. 12 voted 3-1 to allow Ameren Missouri to impose a $260 million rate increase on its 1.2 million Missouri electric customers starting in January. The approved rate hike is about two thirds of the $376 million increase Ameren had requested. Under […]

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Dec 6 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 6, 2012
Dec 6 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON APPOINTS PAUL WILSON TO STATE SUPREME COURT Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 3 appointed former Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson to the Missouri Supreme Court. Wilson, 51, replaces Judge William Ray Price Jr., a 20-year court veteran and appointee of Republican Gov. John Ashcroft who resigned in August. Wilson, of Jefferson City, was […]

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Nov 29 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 29, 2012
Nov 29 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR TO SEEK MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY EXPANSION   Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 29 announced he will push for expanding Medicaid eligibility requirements in Missouri so that the state can receive additional funding from the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During stops in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield touting the […]

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Nov 21 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 21, 2012
Nov 21 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPREME COURT SAYS PUBLIC EMPLOYERS MUST BARGAIN The Missouri Supreme Court on Nov. 20 ruled that public employers have a constitutional duty to negotiate in good faith with employee unions. In a pair of 5-1 opinions, the court provided some clarity to the obligations of public employers five years after the court ruled that the […]

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Mizzou Alumni Association’s 2013 Legislative Priorities

| November 19, 2012
Mizzou Alumni Association's 2013 Legislative Priorities

The Mizzou Alumni Association has approved its 2013 legislative priorities, including: Maintaining funding for the University’s core operating budget Creative funding opportunities for capital project needs for higher education, including a bonding plan A statutory change to allow Missouri counties to form single or multi-county districts for delivery of local MU Extension Education Programs. Read […]

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Long Awaited Airport Overpass Opens

| November 17, 2012
Long Awaited Airport Overpass Opens

In 2007 as Chris Kelly was just beginning his campaign for the House of Representatives, he met with a group of Southern Boone citizens to better understand their local needs and priorities.  Two of the issues that emerged in the discussion that day were an overpass at the airport and a library for Southern Boone […]

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