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Dec 19, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 19, 2013
Dec 19, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

KC SCHOOLS SUE DESE OVER ACCREDITATION DECISION The Kansas City School District on Dec. 13 filed a lawsuit against the Missouri State Board of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education alleging the board inappropriately denied the district provisional accreditation in October even though the district made significant improvements on its most […]

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Dec 12, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON SIGNS INTO LAW BOEING INCENTIVES LEGISLATION Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 10 signed into law legislation to provide the Boeing Co. with $1.7 billion in tax breaks over 20 years if the company agrees to build its next generation Boeing 777X airliner in St. Louis. The next day, however, Boeing re-opened negotiations with the […]

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Dec 5, 2013 – Weekly Capital Update

| December 5, 2013
Dec 5, 2013 - Weekly Capital Update

SENATE APPROVES $1.7 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS FOR BOEING The Senate on Dec. 4 voted 23-8 in favor of legislation to provide the Boeing Co. with up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks over the next 20 years if the company agrees to build its next generation Boeing 777X airliner in St. Louis. With the […]

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Nov 27, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

APPEALS COURT AGAIN RULES AGAINST RED-LIGHT CAMERAS A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Nov. 26 ruled that Kansas City’s red-light camera ordinance is “void and unenforceable” because it conflicts with state law. The decision comes three weeks after a panel of the court’s Eastern District struck down Ellisville’s red-light […]

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An Economic Argument for Medicaid Transformation

| November 26, 2013
An Economic Argument for Medicaid Transformation

Read Rep. Kelly’s compelling economic argument for expanding state Medicaid coverage.

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Rep. Kelly Remembers JFK

| November 22, 2013
Rep. Kelly Remembers JFK

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.      

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Nov 21, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 21, 2013
Nov 21, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Kelly Receives Chamber Acknowledgement

| November 16, 2013
Kelly Receives Chamber Acknowledgement

At its award luncheon on November 8, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce gratefully acknowledged the hard work of Rep. Chris Kelly on a bonding measure to address urgent capital improvement needs.

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Nov 14, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 14, 2013
Nov 14, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Twitter Profundity

| November 11, 2013
Twitter Profundity

While twitter followers often chuckle at Rep. Kelly’s tweets, this one resonates on Veterans’ Day…

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Nov 7, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| November 7, 2013
Nov 7, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

| November 1, 2013
A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

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 […]

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Oct 31, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Oct 24, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Oct 10, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| October 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Sep 26, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 26, 2013
Sep 26, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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Sep 19, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 19, 2013
Sep 19, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

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 […]

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All Eyes Were On Missouri

| September 13, 2013
All Eyes Were On Missouri

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 […]

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