Eric Schmitt

Tax credits
2:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Tax Breaks For Amateur Sporting Events In Mo. Is First Bill Sent To Gov. Nixon

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for amateur sporting events held in Missouri has become the first one sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D) during the 2013 regular session.

The incentives would equal about $5 per ticket sold, and they would be capped at $3 million a year.  It was sponsored by State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale).

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Home-made beer
4:24 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Home Brewers Could Take Part In Beer Festivals Under Bill Passed By Mo. Senate

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would allow home brewers to bring home-made beer to festivals has passed the Missouri Senate.

Under Senate Bill 114, home-brewers could give away free samples to guests at beer festivals and tastings, but would not be allowed to sell them.  The sponsor, State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale), says an emergency clause was added so that home brewers can take part in this year’s Brewer’s Heritage Festival in St. Louis.

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Tax credit bills
5:51 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Tax Credits Faring Better So Far This Year In The Missouri Senate

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

It appears so far that the Missouri Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

In years past, proposed incentives for such things as historic preservation or amateur sporting events would have faced a filibuster threat from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate.  But the leaders of that group are gone due to term limits, and perhaps that’s why this year’s amateur sports incentives bill was allowed to receive a Senate floor vote.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says the atmosphere has changed.

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Stan Musial
10:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial

Construction continues on the new Misssissippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis. Two bills filed today in the Mo. Senate would name the bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge."
Mo. Dept. of Transportation

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.  A section of the letter reads:

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K-12 schools
4:14 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate is wrestling with legislation that would tweak the state’s public school funding formula.

The bill is pitting rural and suburban senators against each other.  David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) chairs the Senate Education Committee and represents part of rural west central Missouri.  He sponsors the bill that would more evenly spread K-12 funding by siphoning it off from richer suburban districts, primarily those near St. Louis.

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Mo. presidential primary
12:57 am
Tue October 18, 2011

No changes to Mo. presidential primary

(via Flickr/Daniel Morrison)

An attempt to replace Missouri’s presidential primary with statewide caucuses has failed in the State Senate, meaning the February 7th Democratic and Republican primaries will go on as scheduled.

Before the vote, some amendments were offered, including one that would have moved the primary forward to January.  None of them passed, but they reflected efforts by several Republicans to preserve the state's primary.  State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) said that caucuses result in fewer people having a say in who they want for president.

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Mo. Gen. Assembly redistricting
7:41 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Six-judge panel hears redistricting proposals for Mo. House and Senate seats

A six-judge panel considers proposals to redraw Missouri's State House and Senate districts at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Numerous proposals to redraw Missouri’s State House and Senate district maps were delivered today to a six-judge panel in Jefferson City.

The interested parties include several current and former lawmakers from both political parties.  A coalition of St. Louis-area senators pitched a map that's designed to prevent the region from losing a State Senate seat.  Republican Eric Schmitt of Glendale says the metro area has not lost enough population to justify losing a Senate district.

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MO Statehouse / Jobs
4:32 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Nixon to invite Mo. lawmakers to meeting to work on jobs bill

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.

The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

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Fenton Chrysler Plants
6:00 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Bills filed aiming to boost jobs at old Chrysler plant sites in Fenton

Map of the location of the old Chrysler plants in Fenton. (via Google Maps)

Legislators from St. Louis County have filed bills aimed at bringing jobs back to the site of the old Chrysler plants in Fenton.

The bills filed today apply to new and existing businesses located within one mile of the old plants.

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