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Board of Curators Bill Signed Into Law

| May 2, 2011
Board of Curators Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Nixon signed HCS HB 174 today, which changes the requirements for the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, and Missouri State University.  Currently, each of the three boards are required to have nine voting members, with no more than one person appointed from the same congressional district. Because […]

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Nixon Vetoes Ag Nuisance Bill

| May 2, 2011
Nixon Vetoes Ag Nuisance Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2011 Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed House Bill 209. In his veto message, the Governor said provisions of the bill relating to standing and successive lawsuits would apply to all types of nuisances, as opposed to the stated intent of the bill to apply only to […]

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Can We Achieve a Non-Partisan Redistricting Plan?

| May 1, 2011
Can We Achieve a Non-Partisan Redistricting Plan?

With Gov. Nixon’s correct veto of the Congressional Redistricting Map, discussion now moves to whether the Missouri House of Representatives will uphold or override the veto. Ultimately, however, the real issue is whether the redistricting process will culminate in a fair, non-partisan plan that is logical and purposely favors no one political party or protects […]

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Gov. Nixon Vetoes Congressional Redistricting Map

| April 30, 2011
Gov. Nixon Vetoes Congressional Redistricting Map

Thank you for making your voices heard! Gov. Nixon has vetoed the Congressional Redistricting Map. The Republican-controlled legislature will have until May 13 to overturn the veto. Hopefully, we can prevail and uphold the veto, thereby sending it to the courts for a non-partisan redistricting plan. That is my goal. You can read Gov. Nixon’s […]

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Apr 28 – Weekly Capital Update

| April 28, 2011
Apr 28 - Weekly Capital Update

FINAL CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING BILL PASSES Breaking a week-long stalemate, the Senate and House of Representatives on April 27 each granted final approval to a congressional redistricting bill and forwarded it to Gov. Jay Nixon. HB 193 passed 96-55 in the House and 27-7 in the Senate, with majority Republicans mostly in favor and minority Democrats […]

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Apr 22 – This Week in the MO House

| April 22, 2011
Apr 22 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Actions The House third read and passed the following bills: SB 68, which would authorize the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly and establish new congressional districts. HB 828, which would change the laws regarding prevailing wages. HB 708, which would change the laws regarding violations of the […]

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Apr 21 – Weekly Capitol Update

| April 21, 2011
Apr 21 - Weekly Capitol Update

COMPETING SIDES RALLY ON DOG BREEDING REGULATIONS As Gov. Jay Nixon sought to build support for alternative legislation to overhaul new voter-approved regulations on the dog breeding industry, hundreds of Missourians on both sides of the issue rallied at the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion on April 20 urging him to either sign into law or […]

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Apr 15 – This Week in the MO House

| April 15, 2011
Apr 15 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Actions • HB 174, which would change the composition of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors. • HB 209, which would revise the laws regarding private nuisances when it originates from property used for farming, agriculture, crop, or animal […]

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Apr 8 – This Week in the MO House

| April 8, 2011
Apr 8 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Actions The House Third Read and Passed the following bills: • HB 737, which would allow political subdivisions to revise certain tax rates and classifies certain hydroelectric power generating equipment as tangible personal property assessed at 1% of its true value in money. • HB 677, which would remove the June 30, 2012 expiration […]

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Apr 7 – Weekly Capitol Update

| April 7, 2011
Apr 7 - Weekly Capitol Update

TRIAL JUDGE INVALIDATES 2010 STATE ETHICS LAW Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green on March 31 overturned a 2010 ethics and campaign finance law because the General Assembly changed the legislation from its original purpose and included unrelated subjects in violation of the Missouri Constitution. The Attorney General’s Office plans to appeal the decision, although […]

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Apr 1 – This Week in the MO House

| April 1, 2011
Apr 1 - This Week in the MO House

Floor Actions The House third read and passed the following bills: • HBs 1-13, which make up the FY2012 operating budget. • HB 423, which would authorize Missouri to adopt the provisions of the Health Care Compact to improve health care policy by returning the authority to regulate health care to the state legislatures. • […]

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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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