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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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Nixon’s Ad for Missouri

| August 27, 2013
Nixon's Ad for Missouri

Pulling no punches today, Gov. Nixon responded to fellow Governor Rick Perry’s (TX) come-on to Missouri businesses to “leave for Texas” if Nixon’s veto of HB 253 (State Income Tax Cuts) is upheld. (Listen to radio ad)

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The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

| August 27, 2013
The Legislature Should Be Ashamed of Itself––Sustain the Veto!

During the 2013 session, the Legislature passed House Bill 253, a sloppily drafted bill that will cost the state more than $800 million per year when fully implemented. The Governor, believing that HB 253 will decimate essential state services, endanger our AAA credit rating, and unnecessarily raise taxes on the elderly, rightly vetoed the bill, […]

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Know Your University

| August 27, 2013
Know Your University

In rural Missouri, there is only one primary-care physician for every 1,776 citizens, compared with one primary care physician for every 962 metropolitan Missourians… …says Alex Ogburn, vice president of ambulatory services at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. And the University of Missouri is doing its part to combat physician shortages in rural […]

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Aug 22, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 22, 2013
Aug 22, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

NIXON EXPANDS VETO DEFENSE TO INCLUDE OTHER BILLS With three weeks to go until the Republican-controlled General Assembly convenes to consider overriding some of the 29 bills Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed this year, the Democratic governor has expanded his veto defense efforts to include two rejected bills that separately would reduce reporting requirements for convicted […]

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Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

| August 20, 2013
Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

The Missouri Supreme Court has appointed Rep. Chris Kelly to an ad hoc committee to study court costs currently assessed in Missouri. The committee will clarify existing law regarding court costs, fees, and surcharges, including the possible redrafting of relevant statutes that would provide a simpler, more readily understood instruction manual on what is charged […]

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Aug 15, 2013 – Weekly Capitol Update

| August 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013 - Weekly Capitol Update

LT. GOVERNOR PREDICTS RIGHT-TO-WORK WILL HIT BALLOT While attending a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Chicago, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder publicly predicted that the Missouri General Assembly will place a so-called right-to-work proposal on the statewide ballot in November 2014, The Associated Press reported in an Aug. 9 story. ALEC is a […]

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