Chris Kelly

Missouri General Assembly
5:13 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Fight Over Electric Car Provides Jolt To Final Week of Legislative Session

Craig Huegen of Carlisle Lake, Ill., drove his Tesla electric car Monday to the Missouri Capitol
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 13)

With Tesla electric cars parked in front of the Missouri Capitol, legislators have found themselves in an unexpected battle over a provision in a Senate bill that the automaker says would effectively kill its Missouri operations.

The provision would prohibit vehicle manufacturers, such as Tesla Motors, from selling products directly to customers -- requiring them instead to set up dealerships.

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Impeachment
6:59 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet

State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, answers questions regarding the article of impeachment he filed against Mo. Gov. Nixon.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon but has yet to vote on them.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, says he'll seek input from the rest of the committee before deciding whether to hold a vote on the three impeachment articles.

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Criminal code
7:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Comprehensive Rewrite Of Missouri Criminal Code Passes Easily But Future Unsure

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to rewrite the state's criminal code for the first time in more than 30 years. The wide-ranging proposal took several years and two legislative sessions to hammer out, but it's unclear whether Nixon intends to sign it.

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Politics & Issues
2:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Kelly Talks About Tax Cuts, Crime And Bonds

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast team – Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies – host state Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, currently the longest-serving member of the state House.

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

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Bicycle
3:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Missouri House Weighs Role Of Bike Travel In Transportation Spending

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

Missouri lawmakers are weighing what role bicycles should play in the future of transportation spending. 

A proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by a penny to bridge any anticipated shortfalls over the next ten years. Most of the money would be for roads and bridges, but 10 percent could be earmarked by local governments for alternative forms of transportation including bicycle, air, rail, and pedestrian projects.

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Second Amendment
7:52 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House Passes '2nd Amendment Preservation' Bill Shortly After Pro Gun Rights Rally

Roughly 300 people attended a rally Thursday to support legislation to expand gun owners' rights in Missouri. HB 436 passed the Mo. House shortly after the rally ended.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed the so-called Second Amendment Preservation Act, less than 24 hours after it received first-round approval from the same body.

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Photo ID for voters
1:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To Photo Voter I.D. Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a pair of bills that would institute photo ID requirements for voters.

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House approves Facebook fix
10:08 am
Fri September 23, 2011

House sends Facebook fix to Governor Nixon

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

At least one bill has made it out of the special legislative session.

Today the Missouri House overwhelmingly passed the so-called “Facebook Fix,” which would remove confusing language from a new law regarding teacher-student messaging via social media.  That law was placed on hold last month by a Cole County judge, who ruled that barring teachers from websites that allow private messaging with students would have a, quote, “chilling effect” on free speech rights.

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MO Statehouse
3:46 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Mo. House committee passes "Facebook fix"

(via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz)

A Missouri House committee has unanimously passed legislation that would remove confusing language from a new state law regarding the use of social media between teachers and students.

The bill was passed last week by the Missouri Senate.  It’s being handled in the House by State Representative Chris Kelly (D, Columbia).

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Missouri Cigarette Tax
12:43 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. lawmaker calls for cigarette tax increase

(via Flickr/seannaber)

A Missouri House member wants to ask voters to raise the state cigarette tax by 81 cents a pack.

Democrat Chris Kelly, of Columbia, outlined his plan Thursday to a House committee. He's proposing a future statewide vote on whether to raise Missouri's current 17-cent tax - the lowest in the nation - to 98 cents per pack.

Kelly says the increase could generate $425 million in state revenue, discourage people from smoking and bring down state health care costs.

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