Kurt Schaefer

Liquor war
6:57 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

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Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Dept. of Revenue/conceal carry
7:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Fed. Investigator Testifies Before Mo. Sen. Committee On Receiving Conceal Carry List

(l-r) Soc. Security investigator Keith Schilb and Special Agent in Charge Troy Turk are sworn in at a Mo. Senate Appropriations hearing on May 1st, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

Keith Schilb of the Social Security Administration's Inspector General's office told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.  He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.

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Missouri State Budget/Conceal Carry
5:27 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes State Budget, De-Funds DMV, And Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

After nearly eight hours of debate Monday, the Missouri Senate has passed next year’s state budget.

The roughly $25 billion spending plan still does not include Medicaid expansion, but not for a lack of trying by Democrats.  Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus offered up an amendment that would’ve added $890 million to the Social Services budget, enough to expand Medicaid to around 260,000 Missourians next year.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
12:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Schaefer Says ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) holds a press conference in his office on Apr. 16, 2013, where he states that ATF took part in the request for Missouri's CCW list. To Schaefer's right is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Dept. of Revenue/conceal carry
2:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Brian Long Resigns As Director Of Mo. Dept. Of Revenue

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Revenue Deputy Director John Mollenkamp and Director Brian Long testify before Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight on March 11, 2013. Long resigned April 15th and Mollenkamp is now Acting Director.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced that Brian Long has resigned as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR). The resignation is effective immediately.

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Conceal Carry Documents
2:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Dir. Andrea Spillars and Mo. State Hwy. Patrol Col. Ron Replogle answers questions from Mo. Senate budget writers.
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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention today Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.

Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.

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Dept. of Revenue/conceal carry
8:27 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Senate Committee Threatens To Delay Part Of DOR Budget; Says MSHP Gave CCW List To Feds

Mo. Sen. Appropriations Committee takes a short break during budget hearings and DOR inquiries on 4-10-2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Department of Revenue (DOR) officials underwent more grilling Wednesday from a Missouri Senate committee over the agency’s practice of scanning source documents for driver’s license applications, conceal-carry weapon endorsements, and other license applications.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal carry
6:39 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Bill Barring DOR From Scanning Source Documents

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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5:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

$8 Billion Transportation Proposal Questioned By Some Mo. Senators

A project to expand a small stretch of U.S. 50 in Osage County, Mo., to four lanes.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Some concerns have been raised in the Missouri Senate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.

The one-penny sales tax is expected to raise nearly $8 billion over ten years.  All money raised would go directly to the Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT), and that provision is not sitting well with some Senators.  Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says lawmakers should have at least some say into how that money would be spent.

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2nd Amendment
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Missouri May Expand 'Right To Bear Arms'

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 (Updated story)

A Missouri Senate Committee has unanimously passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the State Constitution’s right to bear arms.

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