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Celebrating Great Northwest Day

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This past week, I was proud to join the legislators from our region in hosting the 15th Annual Great Northwest Day, a long-standing event in which local officials, business owners and community leaders from northwest Missouri descend on the Capitol.

It was great to see so many folks from the district make the long trek to Jefferson City. This event has truly become one

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Two House bills advancing now

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

I want to tell you about two of the bills that we moved through the House this week, and talk about a wonderful event called The Great Northwest Days. The first bill is HB1366 (Hubrecht-R), which allows pharmacists to make generic substitutions for biologic based medicines.

We all know generic medicines are just as effective as the brand name meds, but much less expensive. In

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Capitol Perspectives: Tyrannosaurus Rex of state politics

by Phill Brooks

The current legislative rush to push through an ethics package relates to an article I read this fall. “The Tyrannosaurus Rex of State Politics” was published by the respected national magazine “Governing” that focuses on state and local government.

“Rex” refers to wealthy Missouri financier Rex Sinquefield who has dumped millions of dollars into Missouri political campaigns.

This campaign season he’s given about $1 million to a

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Senator Hegeman sponsors appointment of Coffey resident to NWMSU Board of Regents

State Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, sponsored the appointment of Richard Smith of Coffey, to the Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Board of Regents during the Senate Gubernatorial Appointment Committee hearing on Feb. 3. He was confirmed by the full Senate the following day.

hegeman appoints smith“I was honored to sponsor Mr. Smith’s appointment to NWMSU’s Board of Regents,” said Sen. Hegeman. “Mr. Smith’s experience and expertise will make him an excellent asset

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No support for tax without a vote

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City this week as the Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly officially convenes on Jan. 6 at noon. State senators have already filed close to 300 pieces of legislation in anticipation of the upcoming session.

A number of those bills were near the finish line as last year’s session ended. Accordingly, I expect us to begin

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How did we get here?

by Stephen R. Miller, Chairman – Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission

The end of the year is a time for reflection and hopes for the future. I am often asked how Missouri has come to find itself in the midst of a transportation funding crisis. It is a story of both vision and short-sightedness.

In the 1920s, Missouri leaders had the foresight to recognize the dramatic impact and potential the

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Neely Joins Race for Assistant Majority Floor Leader

Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, announced his candidacy for assistant majority floor leader Tuesday with a letter mailed to the majority caucus.

“I believe the members, just like you and I, who go to Jefferson City to fight for those most vulnerable citizens in our state deserve a bigger voice in the conversation,” he wrote in the letter. “I am not seeking a leadership position to further a political career, but

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Missouri Tax Amnesty Offered Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

As authorized by House Bill 384, Missouri will offer a tax amnesty from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2015. The tax amnesty provides individuals and businesses with a one-time opportunity to pay back taxes that were due prior to Dec. 31, 2014, without having to pay interest or penalties.

“Missouri Tax Amnesty provides taxpayers with a three-month window to pay their debt without having to pay the interest and penalties

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President Declares Disaster for Missouri

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Missouri to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period May 15 to July 27, 2015.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private

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