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Legislative Update, June 2014

Jun 6, 2014 kevin

NIXON TO VETO PRIVATE TUITION VOUCHER BILL Gov. Jay Nixon on May 23 announced he will veto legislation that supporters touted as a fix for Missouri’s controversial student transfer law but critics said instead would allow public funding of private schools while doing little to mitigate the problems the bill was intended to address. Although the ... Continue Reading

End of Session Recap, May 2014

Jun 4, 2014 kevin

2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION RECAP NOTABLE LEGISLATION  THAT PASSED CRIMINAL CODE REVISION (SB 491): Revises and modernizes the state criminal code for the first time since 1979 by removing obsolete or contradictory laws and restricting other provisions, including the reclassification of felonies and misdemeanors. FULTON STATE HOSPITAL (HB 2005): Appropriates the first $14.2 million payment on a $220 million ... Continue Reading

Legislative Update, April 2014

Jun 1, 2014 kevin

LAWMAKERS APPROVE $26.38 BILLION BUDGET FOR FY 2015 The General Assembly on May 8 gave final approval to a $26.38 billion state budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The 13 appropriations bills that make up the operating budget now go to Gov. Jay Nixon for consideration. For the second straight year, the Republican-controlled ... Continue Reading

Legislative Update, March 2014

Mar 10, 2014 kevin

BUDGET TAKES NOVEL APPROACH TO SCHOOL FUNDING With Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers at odds over how much revenue will be available for the upcoming state budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, on March 5 proposed an unorthodox approach to funding public education during the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Nixon’s ... Continue Reading