Missouri House of Representatives

Early Voting Initiative
2:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation

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Missouri Secretary of State  Jason Kander is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.

Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.

Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.

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MO Statehouse
3:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans

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A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.

A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.

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Voting
2:48 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Registered Sex Offenders Voting At Schools? Not Under New Mo. House Bill

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The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill which would mandate registered sex offenders to vote at their local country clerk’s office, instead of at schools.

The House Elections Committee held a hearing on the proposed legislation today. Rep. Tim Remole (R), is sponsoring the legislation and says that it will protect the voting rights of registered offenders, while also protecting children in schools that are designated as polling places.

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MO Statehouse
4:17 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Enforcing New Federal Gun Regulations Could Be A Crime Under New Bill

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
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Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.

The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.

The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.

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Roy Blunt at Mo. Capitol
2:54 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Blunt Addresses Missouri House

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R, Mo.) address the Missouri House on Feb. 20th, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) addressed the Missouri House today during a visit to the State Capitol.

He told House members that state and local governments should play a bigger role in solving problems than the federal government.

“Everyone of you should fight everybody in Washington when it’s clear to you that Washington’s trying to take some responsibility from this Capitol that you can do better than people can do in Washington," Blunt said.

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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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Benevolent tax credits
4:21 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Passes Benevolent Tax Credit Bill

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Legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credits that died last year has been passed by the Missouri House.

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Marijuana/Law
3:39 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today

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A measure outlined in the Missouri House on Tuesday could give first-time offenders for marijuana possession the opportunity of community service, instead of jail time.

After completing the sentence, the bill would also allow for the convictions to be removed from the offender’s record.

Representative Rory Ellinger, a criminal defense lawyer from St. Louis, hopes that the bill will help youth offenders to get jobs by not having to disclose the conviction to employers.

Bond issue proposal
11:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers To Consider Statewide Bond Issue For Infrastructure Improvements

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House members are proposing a statewide bond issue they say could launch a building boom across the Show-Me State.

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created a special committee to examine several bonding proposals that could fund new buildings, repairs and upgrades on state property and college campuses.  The effort is bipartisan, as the Republican speaker has appointed Democrat Chris Kelly of Columbia to chair the committee.  Kelly says the proposal can be done without raising taxes, unless transportation needs are included.

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Medicaid expansion
4:35 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Jones Maintains Stance Against Medicaid Expansion

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) speaks to reporters in Jefferson City on 12-12-12.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has been touring the state this week, promoting the so-called three “E’s” that House Republicans say they’ll focus on next year – the economy, energy, and education – but their agenda still likely won't include a fourth “E," expansion of Medicaid.


Jones told a group of reporters in Jefferson City today that House budget writers start off every year looking for $150-$200 million for the state’s Medicaid needs.

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