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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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Jan 2, 2014 – Weekly Capitol Update

| January 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014 - Weekly Capitol Update

2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION GETS UNDERWAY JAN. 8 Tax cuts, Medicaid expansion, gun rights and clarifying a state law that allows students in struggling school districts to attend other public schools are among several unresolved issues from 2013 that will top the agenda for Missouri lawmakers when the 2014 legislative session gets underway Jan. 8. The […]

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Dec 26, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| December 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON RELEASES $40.1 MILLION IN SPENDING AUTHORITY Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 24 released $40.1 million in spending authority that he had frozen just prior to the start of the 2014 fiscal year on July 1. The bulk of the released funding is for capital improvements projects, including $18 million for repairs to the Capitol […]

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Warmest Wishes From Rep. Kelly

| December 21, 2013
Warmest Wishes From Rep. Kelly

Rep. Kelly wishes you a warm fire surrounded by friends and family in this Christmas season.

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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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