Day: March 9, 2018

Missouri House approves 23 bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — This week, the Missouri House of Representatives got down to business, passing 23 bills. The legislation included fairly nonpartisan efforts, a senior’s farmers market program and mutual aid with Oklahoma and Kansas, and hotly debated topics such as Rep. Bruce DeGroot’s “Asbestos Bankruptcy Transparency Act.” Rep. Jay Barnes’ HB 1618 enables pharmacies to set up controlled substance take-back bins. He argued that there is no good way for people to dispose […]

St. Louis Board of Aldermen delay final vote on buffer zone bill for second straight week

PHOTO: Planned Parenthood protest in St. Louis, by Paul Sableman The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will have to wait at least another week to take a final vote on a bill that would create a buffer zone between protesters and healthcare facilities, including Planned Parenthood. If passed, the new law would increase safety around health facilities by creating an eight-foot buffer zone between protesters and the facilities. The bill states that no one “shall knowingly […]

RELEASE: 22 senior living communities receive nationwide honor

/PRNewswire/ — SeniorVu® recognized 22 senior living communities nationwide for exceptional development of their community census in 2017. Awards are presented annually based on criteria regarding number of tours scheduled, number of tours completed and number of move-ins in 2017. “It’s one of the most important metrics our sales and marketing team tracks throughout the year.  To be recognized for the daily, monthly and yearly effort to drive occupancy to quality levels is good for […]

RELEASE: National law firm joins high-profile immigration case to help man seek release from detention

/PRNewswire/ — Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli is rallying behind a Kansas man who was abruptly arrested and detained while he was taking his daughter to school on Jan. 24, 2018. The firm is partnering with Syed Jamal’s immigration counsel, Rekha Sharma-Crawford, and has put its top litigators and public policy attorneys to work to help release Jamal from a detention facility and then obtain permanent resident status. This pro bono effort by Polsinelli was […]

RELEASE: Vectra Co. announces completion of the sale of its EaglePicher Technologies business to affiliates of GTCR

ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — Vectra Co. (“Vectra”), a portfolio company owned by certain investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) and a leading technology-driven diversified company, announced today that it has completed the sale of its EaglePicher Technologies business to affiliates of GTCR LLC (“GTCR”), a leading private equity firm with over $13 billion in assets under management. EaglePicher Technologies is a leader in providing advanced power and energy solutions for mission-critical […]

RELEASE: Senators Blunt, Hirono and Representatives Adam Smith, Chris Smith Introduce Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii), along with U.S. Representatives Adam Smith (Wash.) and Chris Smith (N.J.), today introduced the bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018. The legislation would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, from receiving U.S. citizenship despite being raised by American parents. “The Child Citizenship Act left thousands of internationally-adopted children, who […]

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis to Hold Special Committee Hearing on Airport Oversight

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Ferguson, chair of the Special Committee on Urban Issues, will host a special committee hearing on Monday to discuss two pieces of legislation. The first bill  HB 2745, will establish The St. Louis Airport Oversight Commission consisting of members from cities adjacent to the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. This committee will have the power to review, and possibly veto, any decision from the airport’s governing body that could have a substantial […]

Richardson fields questions about investigative committee and transparency, asks for patience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s only been two days since the first official meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee, but questions about the procedures the committee will be using, particularly in the matter of whether the probe is conducted in an open-door fashion, continue being raised. A flurry of comments have appeared on social media following the organization meeting on Tuesday, with news that the first hearing would be a closed session held at […]

RELEASE: Missouri fire marshal advises changing smoke alarm batteries as clocks ‘spring ahead’ this weekend

Three out of five home fire deaths in the United State occur in properties without working smoke alarms  JEFFERSON CITY – State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is encouraging Missourians to think about fire safety as they “spring ahead” their clocks this weekend. The twice yearly time changes are excellent reminders to change the batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, clocks move ahead one hour for the beginning […]

Saint Louis Zoo agrees on land purchase in St. Louis County

The Saint Louis Zoo Association and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 announced Friday that they have entered into a sale agreement for the union’s 452-acre complex in north St. Louis County for $7.1 million. According to the zoo, the funds were allocated using privately donated funds. The space would be used for the zoo’s continued effort to mission to conserve animals. Jeffrey Bonner, the chief executive officer of the Saint Louis […]