In dual press conferences today in Kansas City and Springfield, Gov. Nixon announced his veto of HB253, the bill that would have lowered both corporate and individual income tax rates in the state, as well as reinstate the state sales tax on prescription drugs. In his press release he called the bill’s $800 million price […]
The Hammerschmidt Rule refers to a 1994 Missouri Supreme Court decision which ruled against the introduction or passage of bills containing more than a single subject. Hammerschmidt is alive and well in the Missouri legislature, apparently with no repercussions.
As a case in point…
“Term limits are a problem – they’re not the only problem, but they are a serious problem and they should be abolished.” As Rep. Kelly pointed out at his June 14th Wrap Up, there are several issues at the source of the current problems with Missouri’s General Assembly, but chief among them is the imposition […]
“Anyone who says there is not a ‘tug’ from the money flooding into campaigns is not telling you the truth.” The unprecedented amount of money flowing into Missouri campaign funds is evidenced by the dollars that changed hands during the 2013 legislative session. Missouri is one of only four states, including Oregon, Utah, and Virginia, […]
If you are unable to attend Rep. Kelly’s Legislative Wrap-Up at the Columbia Library, June 4th, at 7:00 pm, you can download his 2013 End of Session Report here (as updated on June 5, 2013). The document will be periodically updated to include those bills signed or vetoed by Gov. Nixon.
SUPREME COURT BARS PORT FROM USING EMINENT DOMAIN In the first legal test of a 2006 state law intended to restrict the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes, the Missouri Supreme Court on May 28 issued a unanimous ruling blocking the South East Missouri Regional Port Authority from using eminent domain to seize […]
A summary of all 2013 bills Truly Agreed and Finally Passed is now available on the House of Representatives website . (At the “House News” tab, entry for 5/28.) Rep. Kelly will provide his own insider account of key bills, both passed and failed, over the following weeks. Stay tuned!
I normally steer clear of federal issues. There is far more than enough to deal with at the state level. But the Center for Responsive Politics has an unusually clear, straightforward explanation of tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations as they relate to campaign contributions, the significance of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and total lack of […]
TAX CREDIT REFORM AGAIN FAILS TO CLEAR LEGISLATURE For the fifth time in four years, Missouri lawmakers adjourned a legislation session without enacting comprehensive tax credit reform legislation to better control the dozens of subsidy programs that last year cost the state more than $620 million in lost revenue. Reforming tax credits has been a […]
Twenty-four hours before the end of session and a week after suffering a heart attack on the house floor, Rep. Kelly rose in the House to speak against House Amendment 1 to SB 241 to expose the last minute, behind-the-scenes manipulation of utility rates by allowing for rate increases to be imposed without the required […]
The 2013 veto session is scheduled for September, but you can bet that much speculation will fill cyberspace in the interim. It its article, Conflict-ridden session could lead to more Nixon vetoes, the St. Louis Post Dispatch points to the $700M corporate and personal income tax cut as a prime target, along with the bill […]
For starters, you can view various summary descriptions of the bills that passed by the end of yesterday’s close of session and, in some cases more importantly, those that failed: Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri General Assembly: Winners and Losers) The Kansas City Star (Winners and losers from the 2013 Missouri General Assembly) St Louis Post-Dispatch […]
May 18 Update: And there wasn’t… May 13 Update: Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said there will be no vote on the $1.2B bonding program in the Senate this year, citing “further study” is needed with the possibility that it will be taken up again next January. If passed in the legislature next year, […]
$8 BILLION TRANSPORTATION TAX HIKE STALLS IN SENATE In the closing days of the 2013 legislative session, a small group of senators on blocked a final vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have put a 1 percent transportation sales tax on the November 2014 statewide ballot for voter ratification. The tax hike would […]
In a multi-year effort to deal with the state’s insolvent Second Injury Fund, the House has just passed a bi-partisan compromise to move the Fund toward solvency, after late night Senate passage the previous day. The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. It is believed that he will […]
With the Missouri Senate’s vote on April 23rd to vote down a Democratic attempt to insert $890M in federal funds into the state budget, it became clear that Missouri will not participate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both the Senate and House failed to insert even a placeholder dollar amount into the budget for […]