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2019 General Assembly

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announces tougher punishments for people convicted of carjacking on Feb. 25, 2019, in St. Louis.
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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wants more severe penalties for carjackers — especially when they use a deadly weapon.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield
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House Minority Leader Crystal Quade joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum as the latest guest on Politically Speaking.

The Springfield Democrat was elected as minority leader late last year, succeeding former Rep. Gail McCann Beatty of Kansas City. Quade was first elected to the House in 2016 to represent part of Springfield.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks after being sworn into office. June 2018
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It’s rare that a Missouri governor gets their first opportunity to achieve some of their agenda in the third year of a four-year term. But that’s exactly where Gov. Mike Parson is going into the 2019 legislative session.

The Republican chief executive came into office last June after the scandal that knocked Eric Greitens from the governorship. With commanding GOP majorities returning to the Missouri House and Senate, Parson will get the chance to reshape state government that Greitens squandered.

Senate President Pro Tem-elect Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan
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Senate President Pro Tem-elect Dave Schatz joins Politically Speaking to talk about issues that may arise during the 2019 legislative session.

Schatz is a Sullivan Republican who represents all of Franklin County and most of western St. Louis County. He won a contested race for president pro tem in November, meaning he’ll appoint committee chairs and direct legislation to certain committees.

Gov. Mike Parson speaks to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum during an interview on Dec. 13, 2018.
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After roughly six months as governor, Mike Parson is not only settling into the job — he’s charting out an ambitious policy agenda.

In a wide-ranging interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Parson laid out his priorities. Much of his agenda centers around developing jobs and finding more money for roads and bridges. But it also includes overhauling state programs that already require a lot of money — or have elicited controversy in the past.

Sen.-elect Eric Burlison records an episode of Politically Speaking at KSMU studios in Springfield.
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Sen.-elect Eric Burlison, the latest guest on Politically Speaking, talked about the upcoming legislative session  — including his bill that would implement a right-to-work law in Missouri.

The Greene County Republican served for eight years in the Missouri House, before hitting his term limit. He successfully ran for a state Senate seat this year that includes part of Greene and all of Christian County.

State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman, R-Arnold
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State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman joins Politically Speaking to talk about her big win in Missouri’s 97th District House seat — and her expectations about the upcoming legislative session.

Coleman is a Republican from Arnold who defeated Democratic state Rep. Mike Revis in this month’s election. She will represent parts of St. Louis and Jefferson counties when lawmakers return for the 2019 session in January.

Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel signs a poster urging voters to repeal right to work on August 7, 2018.
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Since the end of the 2018 election season, lawmakers from both parties have openly discussed trying to alter ballot items that voters approved this month — especially a constitutional amendment overhauling state legislative redistricting.

But legislators appear to have little appetite to revisit right to work, which voters overwhelmingly repealed during the August primary.