Tag: legislation

New legislation hopes to hire dedicated veterinarian at STL County’s animal shelter

After weeks of discussion, St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby will re-draft legislation that originally sought to put new requirements regarding the county’s animal shelter director position. Erby’s original bill required the county’s animal shelter director be a licensed veterinarian, but after discussions with shelter employees the councilwoman decided that it shouldn’t be a requirement but instead the shelter would need a dedicated veterinarian on-site. “Some of the employees have contacted me and have said […]

House perfects Haahr’s tax overhaul bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Over the course of four hours, the Missouri House made legislation to overhaul Missouri’s tax code their own as more than ten amendments were added to Rep. Elijah Haahr’s bill. The House Speaker Pro Tem’s legislation, if passed, lowers the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5 percent and the individual income tax rate for most Missourians from 5.9 percent to 5 percent. HB 2540 also aims to provide funding […]

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 […]

St. Louis-area state legislators file resolutions to support local control for St. Louis consolidation

Two St. Louis-area Missouri legislators have reached a bipartisan agreement with sponsorship of legislation that would support residents of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County to determine whether or not there should be a merger. Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, is the main sponsor of SCR 46 in the Senate, while Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, has HCR 97 in the House. According to a written statement, Dogan and Walsh said the resolutions […]

St. Louis County votes on school behavioral outreach legislation

The St. Louis County Council started at its new time on Tuesday, discussing legislation that would allow the St. Louis County Department of Public Health accept various donations. The County Council met at 6:30 p.m. instead of the original 6:00 time after Councilman Mark Harder’s legislation was passed. According to Harder, the 30 minute delay will allow more St. Louis County residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions at the council meetings. Harder […]

Emery’s utility bill returns with new provisions, opposition remains the same

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Utilities are once again pressing forward in the legislature, asking the state’s lawmakers to take a serious look at grid modernization measures in the Show-Me State. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment heard testimony on Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 564 on Wednesday afternoon, which lasted more than three hours with an equal number of opponents and supporters of the bill. The bill echoes pieces and parts […]

Schroer readies to file ‘Raise the Age’ bill once again

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Nick Schroer is looking to get the ball rolling quickly with his “Raise the Age” legislation, a bill he had previously filed during his first session as a state legislator. The Republican state representative from O’Fallon will once again be submitting the legislation when prefiling begins on Friday, Dec. 1, where Schroer intends to hold a press conference on the issue. Under the proposed legislation, 17-year-olds would be included in […]

Richard: Not considering filing merger legislation ‘at this time’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Social media has been abuzz with rumors that the Senate President Pro Tem intending to file legislation to merge the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. That information came about following a tweet from Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who alluded to the potential filing of a bill Ron Richard is going to file #moleg legislation for @BTstl and his billionaire mega donor Rex Sinquefield. The fix is in. #pay2play […]

RELEASE: Senator Jamilah Nasheed to file legislation revamping guidelines after officer-involved deaths

JEFFERSON CITY — On Friday, State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, announced her intent to file legislation for the 2018 legislative session. Her first piece of legislation addresses the procedures involved in the investigation of a police officer-involved death. “Our citizens deserve accountability and transparency when the use of deadly force occurs.” Sen. Nasheed said. “These tragedies demand answers and closure for everyone involved. That’s why I am refiling a bill for our next legislative […]

Blunt, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Bolster Veteran Peer Specialist Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand veterans’ access to peer counseling specialists to better combat the risks of suicide and treat associated mental health conditions. “Our nation has a responsibility to ensure our veterans have access to quality behavioral and mental health treatment,” said Blunt. “Given their shared experiences, peer specialists are uniquely positioned to provide veterans the support they need in their care […]