Tag: legislature

Moon re-writes Grinch poem, accuses DOR of ‘stealing’

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Rep. Mike Moon released a poem over the holiday titled “The Grinch Among Us,” in hopes of “enlightening Missourians about the unresolved problem created when the MO Department of Revenue (DOR) changed tax collection rules for Missouri businesses, then conducted audits of the businesses finding them non-compliant (due to changes in the way the DOR interpreted tax rules) in collecting taxes due and payable.” Moon says the “re-interpretation problem created by the […]

21st Century Transportation System Task Force holds final meeting, report expected within the next week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s been a long six months for Rep. Kevin Corlew and the members of the Missouri 21st Century Transportation System Task Force, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Since June 28, the task force has been meeting to identify ways in which the state’s transportation system could be improved. During that time, they’ve held seven public hearings and three working sessions across the state, getting input from […]

Fitzwater joins Eigel in push for tax overhaul in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, is banking on the idea that his fellow legislators can see the bigger picture and be bold in an effort to reform Missouri’s taxes. And it seems that the Republican senator has now found a partner is his mission, as Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, has joined with Eigel, and will be handling the bill on the House side. The issues put forward in SB 617, […]

Looking to 2018: Prefiled bills that could play a major role in the upcoming legislative session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just one month from now, the halls of Missouri’s State Capitol will be once again filled with lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative aides for the beginning of the next legislative session. But the work is already underway, with the prefiling of bills beginning on Friday, Dec. 1. A number of topics will dominate the session, ranging from the usual issues of tort reform and ethics to transportation or gun control. Here’s a […]

Clayton Board of Aldermen to consider Protect Clayton Neighborhoods appeal once again

For the third time in the last two months, Clayton’s Board of Aldermen will consider an appeal from a neighborhood group looking to stop Centene Corporation’s redevelopment plans of the Maryland School property Tuesday night. Centene, the nation’s largest healthcare provider, agreed in July to buy the building from the School District of Clayton with plans to use it to house its employees development program and offer an early childhood center for employees’ children. A […]

House Budget chair says Governor does have ‘some statutory authority’ regarding metal detectors, but using new officers would be a problem

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The controversy around the metal detectors at the Missouri State Capitol has been ongoing for nearly one year now, and the one thing that seems to be certain about the situation is this: the metal detectors are not leaving. Lawmakers have for months questioned the manning of the metal detectors, noting that the budget passed during the last legislative session approved the addition of five new officers for the Capitol Police. […]

Missouri Retailers Association calls for compromise with energy legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Retailers Association has long opposed legislation they felt would make it easier to increase utility rates, but now the organization is saying they will support some energy legislation – with a few conditions. In a letter sent to Missouri’s lawmakers on Friday, Nov. 17, the association says that if Missouri can’t find a way to “better control electricity costs” in the state, many retailers “may call it quits.” The […]

Can the legislature call a special election? Constitution, cases say yes

By Rachael Herndon Dunn JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Leading Missouri political minds are buzzing about the legislature being able to set a special election by resolution without the signature of the governor, citing the Constitution being upheld by Missouri Supreme Court cases. The discussion arises from talks of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal being expelled from the Senate after a Facebook comment saying she believed the President of the United States should be expelled. Const. of 1875, Art. […]