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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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
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…
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 […]
“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.
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.
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 […]