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Mar 27, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE APPROVES $26.63 BILLION STATE BUDGET FOR FY 2015 The House of Representatives on March 27 granted final approval to its version of a $26.63 billion state operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget process now moves to the Senate. Lawmakers must pass final version of the 13 appropriations […]

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Mar 20, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

MAJOR ISSUES AWAIT DURING SESSION’S SECOND HALF The General Assembly returns from its annual spring recess on March 24 with the major issues of the 2014 legislative session still awaiting resolution. Lawmakers have eight more weeks to wrap up their work before they are constitutionally required to adjourn for the year on May 16. During […]

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Mar 13, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE PANEL APPROVES $26.63 BILLION STATE BUDGET The House Budget Committee on March 12 approved its version of the state operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The committee version authorizes $26.63 billion in total spending, which is more than a $1 billion below the $27.67 billion Gov. Jay Nixon had […]

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Tweet of the Day

| March 6, 2014
Tweet of the Day

COPHE News tweeted this quote from @repckelly re: funding for the University of Missouri: “if we continue to erode core budgets, then what are scholarships providing access to?”  

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Mar 6, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| March 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

BUDGET TAKES NOVEL APPROACH TO SCHOOL FUNDING With Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers at odds over how much revenue will be available for the upcoming state budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, on March 5 proposed an unorthodox approach to funding public education during the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. […]

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Status quo on Medicaid indefensible

| March 4, 2014
Status quo on Medicaid indefensible

By STEPHEN T. KEITHAHN Columbia Daily Tribune Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2:00 am As a physician, I read with interest “The Medicaid Debate” in the Tribune last Sunday. I appreciated Rep. Chris Kelly’s and Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s extensive comments as well as reporter Rudi Keller’s pointed questions. Given the legislators’ contrasting opinions regarding the […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 27, 2014

| February 27, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 27, 2014

SENATE PASSES CHANGES TO STUDENT TRANSER LAW The Senate on Feb. 27 voted 27-5 in favor of legislation to change how school districts are accredited and modify an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools. Since being implemented at the start of the current school year, the transfer […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 20, 2014

| February 20, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 20, 2014

HOUSE APPROVES TWO BILLS TO CUT INCOME TAXES The House of Representatives on Feb. 20 approved two bills that would significantly reduce state income taxes.  HB 1295, which passed 106-47 would cut income taxes for both companies and individuals and reduce state revenues by an estimated $700 million a year once fully implemented. HB 1253, […]

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Weekly Capital Update – Feb 13, 2014

| February 13, 2014
Weekly Capital Update - Feb 13, 2014

HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES REQUIRING PHOTO VOTER ID On a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Elections Committee on Feb. 12 approved two companion measures that would require Missourians to produce valid, government-issued photo identification at their polling place in order to vote. This is the ninth straight year that Republican Missouri lawmakers have sought to […]

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Weekly Capitol Update – Feb 6, 2014

| February 6, 2014
Weekly Capitol Update - Feb 6, 2014

SENATE REPUBLICANS REJECT MEDICAID EXPANSION The Senate on Feb. 5 voted 24-9 to reject a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility and provide health care coverage to about 300,000 additional Missourians. The vote came on straight party lines, with majority Republicans voting against expansion and minority Democrats in support. Medicaid expansion is a top priority of […]

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Weekly Capitol Update – Jan 30, 2014

| January 30, 2014
Weekly Capitol Update - Jan 30, 2014

APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN SPEED CAMERA ORDINANCE A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Jan. 28 unanimously ruled that a Moline Acres ordinance authorizing automated speed enforcement cameras conflicts with state traffic laws and is “void and unenforceable.” Although there has been a recent string of state appellate decisions striking […]

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Jan 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE NIXON’S TOP PRIORITIES IN 2014 During his 2014 State of the State address on Jan. 21, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a $27.67 billion state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes new federal funding to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri and another $490million for education. Republican leaders of the […]

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Jan 16, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

ANTI-LABOR BILL FIRST TO RECEIVE HOUSE HEARING IN 2014 House Republican leaders followed through on a promise to make anti-labor legislation a top priority when a so-called “right-to-work” bill became the first measure of the year to receive a House committee hearing. However, the bulk of the testimony during the House Workforce Development and Workplace […]

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Splitting the Penney: A Way Forward

| January 14, 2014
Splitting the Penney: A Way Forward

Missouri’s infrastructure is in terrible shape.  Our highways are deteriorating to a degree that is restricting commerce.  State facilities are in critical need of repair and upgrade; pieces of stone are actually falling off the State Capitol.  Our universities and community colleges are no longer able to meet the demand for technical employees, especially in the […]

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Kelly Appointed as Minority Caucus Chair

| January 14, 2014
Kelly Appointed as Minority Caucus Chair

In a press release today, Rep. Jake Hummel, House Minority Leader, announced that Rep. Chris Kelly has been elected a House Minority Caucus Chair. The text of the press release follows:

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Jan 9, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 9, 2014
Jan 9, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

TOP GOP LEADERS AT ODDS OVER SCHOOL TRANSFER LAW The 2014 legislative session got underway on Jan. 8 with the top leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives taking diametrically opposed positions on the need to make changes to an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby […]

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Kelly Sponsors Medicaid Expansion

| January 9, 2014
Kelly Sponsors Medicaid Expansion

Rep. Chris Kelly has taken the lead in sponsoring a Medicaid Expansion bill in the Missouri House.

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2014 Legislative Session Begins

| January 8, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Begins

As reported by the Columbia Missourian, school transfers, tax cuts, Medicaid expansion, and a budget are the 2014 legislative issues that will soon consume lawmakers but the sparing between lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon has already begun. Other contentious issues like right to work will again rear their head. See the Columbia Missourian for the […]

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