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Mar 31 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 31, 2011
Mar 31 - Weekly Capitol Update

REPUBLICAN SENATORS BLOCK UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION More than 10,000 Missourians will soon lose their extended unemployment benefits after a small band of Republican senators blocked final passage of legislation necessary for the state to continue participating in the federally funded program. House Bill 163, which the House of Representatives approved in February on a lopsided 123-14 […]

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Mar 24 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 24, 2011
Mar 24 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS TAX CREDIT CHALLENGE The Missouri Supreme Court on March 23 heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2007 state law that provides up to $95 million in state tax credits to real estate developer Paul McKee for a proposed, but as yet unrealized, large-scale redevelopment of an  economically distressed […]

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Mar 10 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 10, 2011
Mar 10 - Weekly Capitol Update

SENATE APPROVES REPEALING VOTER-APPROVED DOG LAW The Missouri Senate on March 8 approved legislation to repeal most of the new regulations on dog breeding facilities that Missouri voters approved in November as Proposition B. Rural areas generally opposed Proposition B, but strong support in the metro areas helped it get 51.6 percent of the statewide […]

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Mar 4 – This Week in the MO House

| March 8, 2011
Mar 4 - This Week in the MO House

FLOOR ACTIONS • On Thursday, the House perfected by voice vote HB 108, which would change the laws regarding contributions to political action committees. The House third read and passed the following bills: • HB 61, which would prohibit the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal minimum wage and specifi es that every employer […]

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Bill Would Prevent Governor From Charging Travel

| March 8, 2011

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, agreed with the proposed changes to Gov. Nixon’s travel charges to other departments..

“This amendment is sensible,” Kelly said.

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Budget Committee Talks Budget

| March 8, 2011

Even if there are disagreements, Kelly says the House Budget Committee has one ultimate goal.

“The budget was balanced last year and it will be balanced this year. We’ll just do it with less money,” said Kelly.

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Mar 3 – Weekly Capital Update

| March 4, 2011
Mar 3 - Weekly Capital Update

ST. LOUIS LOSES POPULATION WHILE EXURBS, SW MO GAIN St. Louis City continued its decades-long population decline while neighboring St. Louis County for the first time in history also lost residents as more people moved to the region’s exurban counties, according to county-level data from the 2010 U.S. Census released on Feb. 24. The story […]

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Kelly Receives Representative of the Year Award

| March 4, 2011
Kelly Receives Representative of the Year Award

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, has been named the American Legion Representative of the Year for 2011 for Missouri. “Kelly was chosen for the award for several reasons, including legislation last year that provided money from casinos to support veterans’ cemeteries and veterans service officers,” said Richard Heigert of Arnold, chairman of the legion’s legislative committee. “Kelly also has worked to teach new lawmakers the value of helping veterans,” Heigert said. “We just feel in the House of Representatives he has been far and away the best.”

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Funeral Protest Restrictions Move Forward in MO House

| March 4, 2011
Funeral Protest Restrictions Move Forward in MO House

That ruling didn’t stop the House from giving final approval to HCS HB 276, 233 & 274 that Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), a lawyer and former judge, acknowledged might well be flawed

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MoDot Approves New Overpass At Airport

| March 4, 2011

The Missouri Department of Transportation approved funding for a new overpass exchange at Rt. H in Southern Boone County at the Columbia Regional Airport on Wednesday.

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Housing Development Commission Criticized

| March 2, 2011

Two weeks after the Missouri Housing Development Commission blocked the Senate appropriations chairman from speaking at a meeting, members of the House Budget Committee expressed its displeasure with the commission’s actions. Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, had one suggestion for exactly how to do that…

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Kelly Debates Rep. Tom Loehner on the House Floor

| February 27, 2011
Kelly Debates Rep. Tom Loehner on the House Floor

Rep. Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, accuses supporters of propping up huge hog farms in the guise of helping family farmers. Kelly says HB 209 will merely protect corporate farms…

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24th District Grows By 33%

| February 27, 2011

The 2010 Census data, just released, shows that the 24th Legislative District has grown by 33%, making it the ninth fastest growing district in the state.

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Feb 25 – This Week in the MO House

| February 25, 2011
Feb 25 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Actions • On Tuesday the House third read and passed HB 71 by a vote of 109-46. The bill would allow the City of St. Louis to establish and maintain a municipal police force completely under the city’s authority. • On Thursday the House third read and passed HBs 14 and 15, which are […]

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Missouri legislature endorses limits on hog farm suits

| February 23, 2011

“We’re putting our thumb on the scale of justice and on the lives of rural Missourians,” said Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, a former judge.

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Feb 17 – Weekly Capitol Update

| February 21, 2011
Feb 17 - Weekly Capitol Update

PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS COULD CREATE PARADOX
Many Missouri voters soon could find themselves trapped in a paradox in which they need a copy of their birth certificate to obtain a government-issued photo identification card in order to vote but must have a government-issued photo ID to get a copy of their birth certificate.

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Feb 18 – This Week in the MO House

| February 18, 2011
Feb 18 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Action • HB 71, which would allow the City of St. Louis to establish and maintain a municipal police force completely under the city’s authority, was perfected by a vote of 123-34. Committee Action • On Tuesday, the House Committee on Rural Community Development voted do pass HB 285, which would classify certain sawmills […]

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Prop B Rewind

| February 18, 2011
Prop B Rewind

I believed that it was possible to reach reasonable compromise on Prop B–to eliminate the legal flaws, but maintain the intent of the voters. That turns out to be untrue.

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