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The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

| August 27, 2013
The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

During the 2013 session, the Legislature passed House Bill 253, a sloppily drafted bill that will cost the state more than $800 million per year when fully implemented. The Governor, believing that HB 253 will decimate essential state services, endanger our AAA credit rating, and unnecessarily raise taxes on the elderly, rightly vetoed the bill, […]

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Know Your University

| August 27, 2013
Know Your University

In rural Missouri, there is only one primary-care physician for every 1,776 citizens, compared with one primary care physician for every 962 metropolitan Missourians… …says Alex Ogburn, vice president of ambulatory services at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. And the University of Missouri is doing its part to combat physician shortages in rural […]

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Aug 22, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 22, 2013
Aug 22, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON EXPANDS VETO DEFENSE TO INCLUDE OTHER BILLS With three weeks to go until the Republican-controlled General Assembly convenes to consider overriding some of the 29 bills Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed this year, the Democratic governor has expanded his veto defense efforts to include two rejected bills that separately would reduce reporting requirements for convicted […]

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Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

| August 20, 2013
Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

The Missouri Supreme Court has appointed Rep. Chris Kelly to an ad hoc committee to study court costs currently assessed in Missouri. The committee will clarify existing law regarding court costs, fees, and surcharges, including the possible redrafting of relevant statutes that would provide a simpler, more readily understood instruction manual on what is charged […]

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Aug 15, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

LT. GOVERNOR PREDICTS RIGHT-TO-WORK WILL HIT BALLOT While attending a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Chicago, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder publicly predicted that the Missouri General Assembly will place a so-called right-to-work proposal on the statewide ballot in November 2014, The Associated Press reported in an Aug. 9 story. ALEC is a […]

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Aug 8, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 8, 2013
Aug 8, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON SAYS MISSOURI AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY REBOUNDING In a speech before automotive industry representatives on Aug. 8 in Traverse City, Mich., Gov. Jay Nixon said the industry is making a resurgence in the state. From 2004 to 2009, industry employment in the Missouri declined by 35 percent, primarily from the closure of Ford and Chrysler plants […]

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Book Closed on Third State Building Bonds

| July 28, 2013
Book Closed on Third State Building Bonds

On July 23rd the Missouri Board of Fund Commissioners closed all accounts related to the Third State Building Bonds, which was approved by voters in 1982.  $600 million was issued in Third State Building Bonds between 1983 and 1987. Allocation of the bond funds went to infrastructural improvements, maintenance and repair: $130 million for higher […]

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July 25, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 28, 2013
July 25, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE SPEAKER OFFERS NIXON DEAL ON TAX CUT OVERRIDE House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, on July 24 offered to forgo efforts to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of tax cut legislation in exchange for the governor negotiating a alternative version of the bill that he would be willing to sign into law, the Columbia Daily […]

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Impact of HB253 in Boone County

| July 22, 2013
Impact of HB253 in Boone County

Governor Nixon’s office released a spreadsheet today showing the impact if the veto of HB253–the tax cut bill–is overridden.  Column 4 shows the loss to Boone County schools with a $260M impact statewide (and a $692 million fiscal note); the last column shows the loss with a $450M impact, considered to be the impact if […]

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Bonding: A 2014 Priority

| July 21, 2013
Bonding: A 2014 Priority

Rep. Kelly and House Speaker Tim Jones talk about bonding as a priority for 2014 in this Missouri Times article.

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July 18, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 21, 2013
July 18, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR LETS FOUR BILLS BECOME LAW WITHOUT ACTION Gov. Jay Nixon let the July 14 constitutional deadline for signing or vetoing bills pass without taking action on four bills. As a result, those bills automatically became law pursuant to the Missouri Constitution. Although it used to be rare for a governor to take no action […]

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The Count Is In…

| July 16, 2013
The Count Is In...

… But It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over Excluding the budgetary vetoes that Gov. Nixon issued, the final count is in for the 2013 legislative session: 29 bills vetoed 129 bills signed 4 allowed to become law without his signature But the looming issue is which of the 29 vetoed bills will the state legislature […]

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Signing Period Drawing To Close

| July 12, 2013
Signing Period Drawing To Close

Techically, Gov. Nixon has  two more days, through Sunday, July 14, during which remaining bills can be signed or vetoed.  Chances are, however, that remaining bills will go into effect without his signature, as is allowed if not signed or vetoed within the signing period. Bills vetoed today would have capped punitive damages for Doe […]

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July 11, 2013 – Capitol Update

| July 11, 2013
July 11, 2013 - Capitol Update

GOVERNOR VETOES UNCONSTITUTIONAL PRO-GUN BILL Gov. Jay Nixon on July 5 vetoed legislation, HB 436, that sought to make enforcement of federal gun laws or the publishing of gun owners’ names criminal offenses under state law. On the same day, Nixon, a gun owner and hunter, signed separate gun-rights legislation, HB 533, which will prohibit […]

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Signed: 3, Vetoed: 1

| July 11, 2013
Signed: 3, Vetoed: 1

Gov. Nixon signed three more bills on July 10, dealing with all-terrain vehicles  on roadways, worker compensation law, and the Stan Musial Bridge. He vetoed the ISRS bill, which would have allowed gas utility companies to expand the time during which an infrastructure system replacement surcharge could be collected from three to five years and […]

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Nixon Signs Eleven More Bills

| July 10, 2013
Nixon Signs Eleven More Bills

Gov. Nixon signed eleven additional bills on July 9-10, bringing the total # of bills signed and vetoed to 208 and 27 , respectively. Action on the most recent bills is listed below: HB 702 – Allows the State Treasurer to make certain information available to the public in order to facilitate the identification of […]

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Six Days Left in Signing Period

| July 9, 2013
Six Days Left in Signing Period

With six days left in the bill signing period, Gov. Jay Nixon is yet to tip his hand on remaining bills––veto or sign? Following is the action taken on 2013 bills between July 2 – July 8, including seven vetoes: SB 251 – Updates provisions relating to public assistance fraud and abuse July 8, 2013 […]

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July 3, 2010 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 3, 2013
July 3, 2010 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON SIGNS STATE BUDGET, FREEZES $400 MILLION Gov. Jay Nixon on June 28 signed into law the $24.8 billion state operating budget for the 2014 fiscal year but exercised his constitutional authority to withhold – at least temporarily — $400.7 million in spending authority pending potential action by the Republican-controlled General Assembly to override his […]

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