Tag: The Missouri Times

Justice appointment withdrawn from Senate floor after senators threaten filibuster

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two weeks after the Senate Committee on Gubernatorial Appointments voted to advance the name of one appointment to the Missouri State Board of Education, that same appointment has stalled on the Senate floor. Sen. President Pro Tem Ron Richard on Tuesday put forward the nomination of Eddy Justice, one of the five appointees made by Gov. Eric Greitens in the last year. And the chamber, in turn, echoed their message: those […]

Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Ethics Commission is now in a position to begin hearing cases once again. The MEC had been rendered ineffective in mid-March when three of its members’ terms expired. But with a voice vote of the Missouri Senate on Thursday, the commission now meets the bare minimum number of members required for a quorum. The Senate gave their approval of an appointment by Gov. Eric Greitens, adding former state Rep. Wayne Henke, […]

White House is taking Greitens situation ‘very seriously’

The situation surrounding the Missouri governor is “very concerning” and the White House is taking it “very seriously,” according to President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. During the daily press briefing on Friday, a reporter asked Sanders if the President had received the letter three Republican state Senators had sent him and what his response is. “I don’t have an official response at this time,” Sanders answered. “but certainly that is something that […]

Legislators stress need to be involved to medical students

Hundreds of aspiring doctors and doctors in Jefferson City for Missouri Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Day JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 200 osteopathic physicians, medical students, advocates, industry leaders, and lawmakers joined forces in Jefferson City on Wednesday for Missouri Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Day. “We use this day, not only to raise awareness of the profession but to help raise medical student’s awareness of public policy issues and legislative issues that will affect them later in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,” […]