Author: Ben Peters

State Board of Education rendered ineffective with Governor’s re-appointments, so what now?

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s time to talk about the Board of Education. It’s a topic that has been on the tongues of many in Missouri state government, thanks to Gov. Eric Greitens’ moves seeking to replace the state commissioner of education. The saga has been fairly heavily covered by the media outlets in the state, from the beginning to its current status. But this week, with the state legislature returning to the Capitol, the […]

Love reneges on oath to abide by ethics committee decision, citing confusion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Representative Warren Love will not be punished for his controversial post on social media, but the one thing that seems certain is the emotions felt from every side involved in the ethical proceeding. Everyone is confused. Rep. Love is still reeling from the conclusion of the three-hour Thursday afternoon hearing, telling members of the media he was confused when he said that he would accept whatever decision the House Committee […]

Session gets underway, questions about Board appointments arise

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first day of the legislative session has concluded, and Missouri lawmakers are primed to once again take up debate on issues and legislation that will affect all corners of the Show-Me State. Today, we begin the 2018 Legislative session as a group of farmers, teachers, business owners, attorneys, doctors, and officers of the law. Both Republicans and Democrats…just regular Missourians with the desire to make a difference. #moleg — Todd […]

Senate confirms appointments of Kraus, Silvey to Tax Commission and Public Service Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Tax Commission and the Missouri Public Service Commission officially have new members. The Missouri State Senate on Thursday gave their approval for the nominations of Sen. Ryan Silvey and Will Kraus, both men appointed to the positions by Gov. Eric Greitens. During a morning hearing of the Senate committee on Gubernatorial Appointments, Sen. Silvey announced that he would be resigning his post in the Missouri Senate effective that day. […]

House Democrats to push for ethics reform once again with legislative package

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House Democrats are looking to push the envelope with ethics reform in the State Capitol, filing a comprehensive package of legislation they say will restore accountability and integrity to state government. Last year, the House Democrats filed a similar package, which they said simply mirrored the campaign promises made by Governor Eric Greitens. “While the Governor’s rhetoric sounded good, he failed to follow through on many of his promises,” Rep. […]

How will federal tax reform affect Missouri?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Congress has crossed the I’s and dotted the T’s with their latest version of tax reform legislation, and the signature by President Donald Trump has officially finalized the $1.5 trillion federal tax overhaul package. The sweeping reform is some of the largest cuts in the nation’s history, the largest rewrite of the federal tax code since the Reagan administration. The tax reform package could mean most Americans will see […]

Sunshine Project files lawsuit against Governor Greitens over alleged usage of Confide app

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens’ use of the mobile application known as Confide has officially landed him in legal hot waters. A lawsuit seeking an injunction and damages over the  Republican governor and his staff’s use of the encrypted messaging app was filed in the Cole County Circuit Court for The Sunshine Project following a report by the Kansas City Star exposing the administration’s use of the app in December. It also calls […]

Hassani joins Hahn O’Daniel, looking forward to next role

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The latest addition to the Hahn O’Daniel is definitely noteworthy, with a wealth of experience in offices in the legislative, regulatory and executive branches of Missouri government. Earlier this month, Rachel Hassani left her most recent role as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Attorney General Josh Hawley to join the lobbying firm of Hahn O’Daniel, just a stone’s throw from her last office and the State Capitol. “In a way, […]

Court of Appeals rules Governor did not overstep by withholding funds from public defenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It seems the Missouri Public Defender System is subject to withholds from the Governor, despite being from a different branch. According to the Western District Court of Appeals ruling issued on Tuesday, the Governor’s Office did not violate separation of powers by withholding funds from Public Defender’s office. The case stems back to Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to restrict a $3.5 million increase from the office’s budget in 2016. The public […]

How should Missouri assess state utility regulation?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Are the rankings of state utility commissions by the Regulatory Research Associates (RRA) still a valid assessment of the state’s regulation? That was the question Sen. Ed Emery posed to the Midwest Energy Consumers Group (MECG) in a letter back in late November. Earlier in 2017, the RRA lowered its assessment of Missouri regulation, dropping the state’s credit profile down two notches from an A2 (average) to BA1 (below average). The […]