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Celebrations give way to challenges

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This past week began with the inauguration of Gov. Eric Greitens, Missouri’s 56th governor. Thousands of Missourians joined in the celebration, including several from northwest Missouri who joined in the swearing-in and the inaugural ball later that night.

In addition to the swearing-in of our new Governor, the swearing-in of a new Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Lieutenant Governor in Missouri marked one

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Graves helps introduce proposal to penalize cities that protect illegal immigrants

Congressman Sam Graves helped introduce a bill targeting cities that knowingly harbor illegal immigrants and protect them from being deported. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act would block grant funding from any locality that ignores federal law and withholds information on illegal immigrants from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I am proud to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives that will help strengthen illegal immigration

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Capitol Perspectives: What change does ‘a new direction’ mean?

by Phill Brooks

The actions surrounding the inauguration of Missouri’s new governor suggested to me a level of governmental transformation I cannot recall since Kit Bond’s first gubernatorial term in 1973.

Bond called for a more transparent government and a broad package of consumer protection laws.

Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, also based his campaign on a promise for change.

In his inaugural address, he paraphrased John F. Kennedy’s presidential

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Sen. Hegeman appointed to head committee

State Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) has been appointed chairman of the revamped Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections. Committee appointments are made by the Senate president pro tem.

According to the new rules adopted for the 99th General Assembly, the Committee on Local Government and Elections “shall consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the county government, township organizations, and political subdivisions. The committee

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Cameron legislator proposes marijuana bill

Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) has introduced HB 437 to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana.

 
“Missourians fighting for their lives don’t have time to wait for the FDA to approve investigational treatments that contain cannabis,” said Rep. Neely, a local physician. “We need to do everything we can as a state to give more choices to people struggling with terminal-illnesses.”

 
Rep. Neely’s bill expands a 2014

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What’s likely to be atop the state’s legislative agenda

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

A new year has arrived, and with it comes the dawn of a new era in both state and national government. Our nation will soon swear in a new president. Our state has a new governor. And as of January 4th, Missouri has begun a new legislative session and sworn in the 99th General Assembly in our state’s history.

These administrations will take our state

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Capitol Perspectives: Waiting to see the courage of a SEAL

by Phill Brooks

Navy SEALS are known for their courage in training and combat. So when Missouri’s governor-elect, Eric Greitens, gives his inaugural address, I’ll be listening to hear how he demonstrates that courage in governmental leadership.

Does he directly address the major, but politically dangerous problems facing this state? Or, does he give an inaugural speech I’ve heard so often filled with lofty rhetoric, but devoid of dangerous details?

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Revert lettered state routes back to the counties? No!

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

The public policy process is often a frustrating and difficult experience. While there are certainly a number of issues or challenges facing our state that have readily apparent solutions, it is more common for an issue or problem to have different constituents who do not easily agree.

This is why the public policy process often involves finding a sometimes elusive and delicate balance between competing

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From the Bench: Kinship Providers vs. Relative Care Providers

by Judge Brent Elliot

Grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, stepparents, stepbrothers, stepsisters, uncles, or aunts frequently serve as relative care providers. Relative care is, theoretically, the least restrictive family-like setting for children requiring out-of-home placement. It is the court’s hope that relative care placement will reinforce the social status that comes from belonging to a family and the sense of identity and self-esteem that is inherent in knowing one’s

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