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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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Sep 12, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| September 12, 2013
Sep 12, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

LEGISLATURE FAILS TO OVERRIDE NIXON ON TAXES, GUNS Despite supposedly veto-proof majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives, the Republican-controlled General Assembly on Sept. 11 failed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of a pair of high-profile bills that separately sought to cut income taxes, mostly for corporations and the wealthy, and nullify […]

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Veto Session Concludes…

| September 12, 2013
Veto Session Concludes...

At a few minutes past midnight the 2013 Legislative Veto Session concluded with ten gubernatorial vetoes having been overridden.  Sanity prevailed in failing to override the two most hotly contested bills:  HB 253 (tax cuts) and HB 436 (guns/nullification).  With threats of “primarying” any Republican who failed to vote for override and with the successful […]

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KC Star: The 5 Fatal Flaws of HB 253

| September 8, 2013
KC Star: The 5 Fatal Flaws of HB 253

In an editorial, the Kansas City Star points out, with no indecisiveness, the top five failures of Missouri’s flawed tax cut bill: It raises taxes on seniors and students by repealing a sales tax exemption on prescription medicine and textbooks. It favors the wealthy at the expense of middle-income Missourians. The trigger lock is broken. […]

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MU Student Rally––”Kill The Bill?”

| September 6, 2013
MU Student Rally––"Kill The Bill?"

More than 400 students showed up on the MU campus Thursday night to hear a panel of legislators, President Tim Wolfe, and Chancellor Brady Deaton discuss the upcoming veto of HB 253. State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, one of three lawmakers who took part in the discussion, said the bill undermines chances for restoring college […]

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Kelly Joins ‘Kill The Bill?’ Rally at MU

| September 5, 2013
Kelly Joins 'Kill The Bill?' Rally at MU

State Representatives John Wright (D) and Caleb Rowden (R) joined Rep. Chris Kelly at tonight’s event, sponsored by the Missouri Student Association, to raise student awareness about House Bill 253.  Also speaking were MU President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor Brady Deaton, who both spoke against the bill which would lower income tax rates for individuals […]

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AG Koster weighs in on Tax Cuts and Nullification

| September 3, 2013
AG Koster weighs in on Tax Cuts and Nullification

In separate letters to House Speaker Tim Jones, Attorney General Koster weighed in with legal opinions on HB 253 (State Tax Cuts) and HB 436 (Gun bill). In both opinions, Koster agreed with the positions of Governor Nixon in upholding his veto of the bills. Regarding HB 436, Koster’s opinion (in part) said: Preventing Missouri […]

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Aug 29, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 29, 2013
Aug 29, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

MOST NEW STATE LAWS ENACTED THIS YEAR TAKE EFFECT Most of the new laws passed by the General Assembly earlier this year took effect on Aug. 28, including measures increasing the penalties for traffic violations in emergency zones, transferring the authority for issuing concealed weapons permits to local sheriffs and allowing motorists to show electronic […]

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Upcoming Veto Session

| August 28, 2013
Upcoming Veto Session

The annual legislative veto session will begin on September 11, 2013.  The majority leadership of the House and Senate have not indicated which of the 29 bills vetoed by Gov. Nixon will be brought up for an override, but House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) has said that he intends to bring up every bill on […]

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