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Signed: 3, Vetoed: 1

| July 11, 2013
Signed: 3, Vetoed: 1

Gov. Nixon signed three more bills on July 10, dealing with all-terrain vehicles  on roadways, worker compensation law, and the Stan Musial Bridge. He vetoed the ISRS bill, which would have allowed gas utility companies to expand the time during which an infrastructure system replacement surcharge could be collected from three to five years and […]

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Nixon Signs Eleven More Bills

| July 10, 2013
Nixon Signs Eleven More Bills

Gov. Nixon signed eleven additional bills on July 9-10, bringing the total # of bills signed and vetoed to 208 and 27 , respectively. Action on the most recent bills is listed below: HB 702 – Allows the State Treasurer to make certain information available to the public in order to facilitate the identification of […]

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Six Days Left in Signing Period

| July 9, 2013
Six Days Left in Signing Period

With six days left in the bill signing period, Gov. Jay Nixon is yet to tip his hand on remaining bills––veto or sign? Following is the action taken on 2013 bills between July 2 – July 8, including seven vetoes: SB 251 – Updates provisions relating to public assistance fraud and abuse July 8, 2013 […]

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July 3, 2010 – Weekly Capitol Update

| July 3, 2013
July 3, 2010 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON SIGNS STATE BUDGET, FREEZES $400 MILLION Gov. Jay Nixon on June 28 signed into law the $24.8 billion state operating budget for the 2014 fiscal year but exercised his constitutional authority to withhold – at least temporarily — $400.7 million in spending authority pending potential action by the Republican-controlled General Assembly to override his […]

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2013 Veto Update

| July 2, 2013
2013 Veto Update

A complete list of bills signed or vetoed by Gov. Nixon between June 25 – July 1, 2013 are listed below.  Of particular note are the 7 bills vetoed in part or in whole: SB 51 would have increased the fees charged by motor vehicle license offices and allowed for additional reimbursement to fee offices […]

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June 27, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 27, 2013
June 27, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR SPIKES MOTOR VEHICLE BILL DUE TO FEE HIKES Gov. Jay Nixon on June 26 vetoed an omnibus bill on motor vehicle regulations because of provisions that would have doubled the existing fees Missourians pay to private contractors when getting or renewing vehicle or driver’s licenses and created several new fees on license transactions. Nixon […]

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Update on Signed or Vetoed Bills

| June 26, 2013
Update on Signed or Vetoed Bills

See the status of all 2013 bills signed or vetoed by Governor Nixon here. Recent bills signed or vetoed include: HB 212 – Changes the law regarding secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code June 25, 2013 – Signed by Governor Nixon SB 159 – Requires parity between the out-of-pocket expenses charged for physical therapist […]

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Signature Pen Withheld on “Paycheck Protection”

| June 26, 2013
Signature Pen Withheld on "Paycheck Protection"

Supporters called it the”Paycheck Protection” Bill; opponents referred to it as “Paycheck Deception”. The bill would have required two separate authorizations from public employees to have union dues taken out of their paychecks. The first would have required annual written authorization for the deduction to be made.  The second would have required  separate written consent […]

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June 20, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 24, 2013
June 20, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

DESE ISSUES TRANSFER GUIDELINES AFTER COURT RULING The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 19 issued guidelines to local school districts on implementing a state law that allows students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to the nearby accredited district of their choice. Many affected school districts for several years had resisted […]

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Override Chances for HB253

| June 15, 2013
Override Chances for HB253

HB253, vetoed by Gov. Nixon, would drastically cut state income taxes for businesses and individuals and reduce revenue by an eventual $800M dollars per year when fully implemented. The question is: Will there be enough swagger in the Republican-controlled House and Senate to override his veto in September? In the House of Representatives the bill […]

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Jun 13, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 15, 2013
Jun 13, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS STUDENT TRANSFER STATUTE The Missouri Supreme Court on June 11 unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a state law that allows students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to the neighboring school district of their choice at no cost to the student. With its decision, the high court reversed a trial judge’s ruling […]

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Governor Signs 8 Bills

| June 12, 2013
Governor Signs 8 Bills

Gov. Jay Nixon  signed several bills into law today, including: Senate Bill 33, which will ensure those with disabilities can utilize service dogs, and also designates Dec. 4 as “PKS Day”; Senate Bill 197, which will help protect the public from the spread of tuberculosis, and provide information to college students regarding meningococcal disease; House […]

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Columbia Receives Tourism $$

| June 12, 2013
Columbia Receives Tourism $$

The Missouri Division of Tourism has announced the award of $165,106.21  to the City of Columbia’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in four Cooperative Marketing matching-fund grants. The Division of Tourism program supports countywide tourism marketing efforts on a dollar-for-dollar basis, as part of their effort to enhance revenue and increase jobs. According to Katie Steele […]

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Jun 6, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| June 6, 2013
Jun 6, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON VETOES ‘FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE’ TAX CUT BILL Gov. Jay Nixon on June 5 vetoed legislation to cut state income taxes for corporations and individuals that would have reduced net state revenue collections by an estimated $800 million a year once fully phased in. The bill, HB 253, also contained a provision that apparently went unnoticed […]

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Selected 2013 TAFP Bills By Topic

| June 6, 2013
Selected 2013 TAFP Bills By Topic

Tired of sifting through arcane bill numbers? Check out this list of selected Truly Agreed and Finally Passed (TAFP) bills by topic and the key provisions of each.

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Nixon Vetoes HB253 Tax Cuts

| June 5, 2013
Nixon Vetoes HB253 Tax Cuts

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 […]

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Hammerschmidt is Alive and Well in the Missouri Legislature

| June 5, 2013
Hammerschmidt is Alive and Well in the Missouri Legislature

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…

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And There Was More From Rep. Kelly…

| June 5, 2013
And There Was More From Rep. Kelly...

“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 […]

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