Author: Ben Peters

Senate weighs resolution to change term limits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Should Missouri’s term limits on elected officials stand? A resolution filed in the Senate is seeking to modify the term limits that were put in effect after the passage of the Missouri State Congressional Term Limits Amendment, also known as Amendment 12, on the November 1992 ballot. More than two decades later, lawmakers are still debating the merits of term limits. SJR 28, filed this session by Sen. Jason Holsman, would place a constitutional amendment […]

Nixon urges Missouri Supreme Court to overturn order and allow Clean Line to move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The hotly-debated case of a wind energy company looking to build a transmission line across the northern half of the Show-Me State now lies in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. The seven justices on Tuesday morning heard oral arguments in the Grain Belt Express Clean Line vs. Missouri Public Service Commission, potentially setting up the final decision in the matter, one that has been in the works for nearly […]

Are Republicans abandoning opposition to the Missouri Plan?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  In 2017, Republicans strongly questioned the effectiveness of the Missouri nonpartisan court plan while the Appellate Judicial Commission sought to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Richard Teitelman. Republicans argue that the Missouri Plan, as it is called, gives trial lawyers too much control over the appointment process of the same judges they would be arguing their cases before. Their opposition of the nonpartisan court plan marks yet another instance […]

Lawmakers consider legislation that would allow death row inmates to donate organs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The son of a murdered man is hoping that his father’s murderer might save a life. In March, Gov. Eric Greitens granted another stay of the execution of convicted killer Russell Bucklew, who was found guilty for the 1996 murder of Michael Sanders. Sanders’ son, Zach, hopes that Bucklew can use that newfound time to become an organ or body donor. “However this guy ultimately ends up dying, I hope he […]

General Assembly rolls back restrictions on college degree programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House and Senate have truly agreed and passed a new piece of legislation that would allow certain universities to grant degrees that they had previously been unable to. HB 1645, sponsored by Rep. Steve Cookson, is the result of several years of work but received final approval from the House on Wednesday after returning from the Senate. The legislation would create a framework to reform degree offerings and program approval […]

Senate votes to lower cap on historic tax credits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate plan is looking to roll back a tax credit program focused on helping developers restore and repurpose old buildings, of which Missouri has had the largest program in the nation for years. SB 590, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, seeks to reduce the cap on the tax credits from the current level of $140 million to $90 million, while also changing the process as to how the tax […]

Senate gives preliminary approval to Eigel’s massive tax reform measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It seems that most members of the Missouri Senate were caught off guard as Sen. Bill Eigel’s tax reform package was perfected by the body. But perhaps no one was as surprised as Sen. Eigel when the body put forward almost no opposition. “I’m obviously thrilled that the body perfected SB 617. We brought out a new substitute that included changes that are a reflection of really six months of effort,” […]

Budget Perfected: House restores proposed cuts to education, agrees to tuition cap with universities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After months of work on the state’s roughly $28 billion budget, the Missouri House of Representatives has perfected the budget bills for the 2019 fiscal year. And the biggest news from the House floor is that the proposed cuts to higher education, made by Gov. Eric Greitens, have been fully restored by the House. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, the House Budget chairman, worked out a deal with the state’s colleges and universities […]

As Clinton unfavorability in Missouri hits 62 percent, Missouri Rising pins McCaskill to Clinton

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new digital opposition ad released this week by Missouri Rising is looking to connect the dots between U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The ad highlights McCaskill’s support for Clinton, whom Missouri Rising calls the most unpopular political figure in Missouri after their polling showed that 62 percent of Missourians have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton. Missouri Rising outlined McCaskill’s support of Clinton with the […]

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of March 19, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Another week down, and despite the absence of the legislature in the Missouri State Capitol, the news cycle continued churning out stories related to the Governor’s Office and the ongoing investigations. Gov. Eric Greitens kicked off the week with a proclamation, reminding everyone to thank farmers and honor them with National Agriculture Week. Quick reminder for anyone who thinks food comes from the grocery store: thank a farmer! It's National Agriculture […]