Feb 22, 2018 – Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE ENDORSES LEGISLATION TO OUTLAW ‘REVENGE PORN’ The House of Representatives on Feb. 20 gave first-round approval to legislation that would specifically outlaw so-called “revenge porn,” the dissemination of nude pictures or other private sexual images without the consent of the person depicted. The bill requires a second vote to advance to the Senate. A […]

Feb 15, 2008 – Weekly Capitol Update

HOUSE GOP AGAIN TRIES TO CUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS In yet another attempt to reduce the maximum weeks someone can collect unemployment benefits, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 96-53 on Feb. 15 for legislation that would make Missouri among the three least generous states in the nation in terms of benefits for workers who lose […]

Jan 25, 2018 – Weekly Capitol Update

GREITENS WANTS ANOTHER ROUND OF DEEP HIGHER ED CUTS Missouri’s public colleges and universities would endure deep funding cuts for the second year in a row under the $28.75 billion state operating budget Republican Gov. Eric Greitens proposed on Jan. 22 for the 2019 fiscal year. Under the governor’s plan, appropriations for public colleges and […]

Jan 18, 2018 – Weekly Capitol Update

GREITENS CANCELS ROLLOUT OF TAX CUT AMID SCANDAL Dogged by a scandal over a premarital affair and alleged threats of blackmail, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens cancelled a scheduled statewide tour to promote a proposed plan to further cut state taxes. During his State of the State address on Jan. 10, Greitens called his pending proposal […]

Jan 4, 2018 – Weekly Capitol Update

GOVERNOR LEAVES STATE SCHOOL BOARD UNABLE TO ACT Gov. Eric Greitens on Jan. 3 withdrew and immediately reappointed all five of his picks for the Missouri State Board of Education in an attempt to buy more time for their confirmation by a hostile Senate. The surprise move, however, leaves the board without a quorum and […]

Dec 28, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION GETS UNDERWAY JAN. 3 The 2018 legislative session begins at noon on Jan. 3 with the Republican-controlled General Assembly expected to pursue an election-year agenda focused on more tax cuts even as it grapples with additional budget cuts necessitated in large part by previous tax cuts that primarily benefited corporate interests and […]

Dec 14, 2017 – Weekly Capitol Update

VETERANS’ DIRECTOR RESIGNS AMID PUSH FOR OUSTER Embattled Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Larry Kay resigned on Dec. 13, hours into a closed-door commission meeting over his future. The meeting came just two days after Gov. Eric Greitens replaced all five gubernatorial appointees on the commission and called on it to fire both Kay and […]