Read Rep. Kelly’s compelling economic argument for expanding state Medicaid coverage.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Chris Kelly reflects on Kennedy’s stewardship … “He imbued society with a sense of responsibility for the whole. That may be one of his important, lasting contributions — that sense of how can I contribute…” View the video here. Read the full Columbia Missourian article here.
MISSOURI CARRIES OUT FIRST EXECUTION IN THREE YEARS The state executed Joseph Paul Franklin by lethal injection on Nov. 20 for the sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon outside of a Richard Heights synagogue in 1977. Franklin, a white supremacist, had also been convicted of seven other murders in four states and claimed responsibility for another […]
SUPREME COURT REJECTS MSD STORMWATER CHARGE The Missouri Supreme Court on Nov. 12 unanimously rejected a “stormwater user charge” the Metropolitan Sewer District approved in 2008, with the court finding that the charge is a tax imposed by the district without voter approval in violation of the state constitution’s Hancock Amendment and not a user […]
COURT RULING QUESTIONS VALIDITY OF RED-LIGHT CAMERAS Local city ordinances allowing for red-light enforcement cameras conflict with state traffic laws and are “void and unenforceable,” a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District said on Nov. 5. The court’s pronouncement came in an opinion striking down the City of Ellisville’s red-light camera […]
With the decision having been reached to not run for re-election in Boone County’s 45th State Legislative District, Rep. Chris Kelly is not one to ride quietly into the sunset. While he writes the next chapter of his life, the media and his colleagues reflect on his legacy… Statement from House Speaker Tim Jones regarding […]
SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST PARTNER OF TROOPER The Missouri Supreme Court on Oct. 29 ruled 5-2 that the same-sex partner of a state trooper killed in the line of duty isn’t entitled to spousal survivor benefits because the two weren’t married. Although the Missouri Constitution prohibits same-sex marriage, the court’s majority hinted that the outcome […]
NIXON PLEDGES TO SEEK EDUCATION FUNDING INCREASES In a pair of speeches before separate groups of educators, Gov. Jay Nixon said he will ask the General Assembly for significant funding increases in next year’s state budget for both public higher education and K-12 school districts. Nixon announced the planned funding boost for colleges and universities […]
STATE PROPOSES EARLY END TO FOOD STAMP EXPANSION The Missouri Department of Social Services is proposing an early end to a federal waiver that allows able-bodied adults who don’t have children to qualify for food stamps without complying with the usual federal work requirements. Missouri has qualified for the waiver since 2009 due to high […]
STATE TO LOSE $70 MILLION IN TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUNDS Missouri will forgo $70 million in tobacco settlement funds after a three-judge arbitration panel ruled that the state failed to adequately enforce state tobacco laws in 2003, as required under the 1998 settlement Missouri and other states reached in a national lawsuit over deceptive marketing practices […]
SOME DOE RUN CASES SETTLED, OTHERS TO FIGHT NEW LAW Plaintiffs in some of the lawsuits against the Doe Run Resources Corp. over health problems related to lead contamination in St. Francois County settled their cases on Sept. 13, two days after the Missouri General Assembly overrode a gubernatorial veto to enact legislation that seeks […]
The centrality of Missouri to the issues of taxes and guns was evident in the national media coverage leading up to the September 10 Veto Session when the Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate attempted to override the Governor’s vetoes on HB 253 and HB 436. When the override failed on both bills, that […]
LEGISLATURE FAILS TO OVERRIDE NIXON ON TAXES, GUNS Despite supposedly veto-proof majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives, the Republican-controlled General Assembly on Sept. 11 failed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of a pair of high-profile bills that separately sought to cut income taxes, mostly for corporations and the wealthy, and nullify […]
At a few minutes past midnight the 2013 Legislative Veto Session concluded with ten gubernatorial vetoes having been overridden. Sanity prevailed in failing to override the two most hotly contested bills: HB 253 (tax cuts) and HB 436 (guns/nullification). With threats of “primarying” any Republican who failed to vote for override and with the successful […]
In an editorial, the Kansas City Star points out, with no indecisiveness, the top five failures of Missouri’s flawed tax cut bill: It raises taxes on seniors and students by repealing a sales tax exemption on prescription medicine and textbooks. It favors the wealthy at the expense of middle-income Missourians. The trigger lock is broken. […]
More than 400 students showed up on the MU campus Thursday night to hear a panel of legislators, President Tim Wolfe, and Chancellor Brady Deaton discuss the upcoming veto of HB 253. State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, one of three lawmakers who took part in the discussion, said the bill undermines chances for restoring college […]