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Against taxation by citation

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Missouri lawmakers continued working during the 2016 legislative session to address the systemic failures of some of Missouri’s municipal courts. As part of our ongoing effort to bring an end to “taxation through citation,” the Legislature passed and sent to the governor Senate Bill 572.

This measure adds non-moving violations to the calculation for annual general revenue limits that can come from fines and

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Insurance coverage despite ‘Step Therapy’

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Consider this: Let’s say you have a disease or condition that requires regular medication for treatment, but there are several possible meds that might work ranging from an inexpensive generic to a very costly specialty medication. Involved in your situation are you, your doctor writing the prescription, and the payer buying the meds — probably your insurance company.

The goal is to find the least

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s role in Korean Conflict must never be lost in history

 by Mark D. Hughes

On June 25, 1950, an estimated 25,000 troops of the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th Parallel, invading the Republic of South Korea and triggering the first military action of the Cold War.

The battleship USS Missouri, on whose decks World War II had ended fewer than five years earlier, was already on its way to support U.N. troops on the Korean coast. Missouri’s own

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Livestock Liability Protection

by State Rep. J. Eggelston

I’d like to share more details on several of the new laws.  This week let’s we look at a bill for farmers regarding Livestock Liability Protection, which was filed by Rep. McGaugh (R-Carrollton) in the House as HB1827 and by Sen. Parson (R-Bolivar) in the Senate as SB844.

Let’s say you are a rancher, and you have a herd of cattle in a pasture.  The

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Capitol Perspectives:  Road funding haunts state whose native son built America’s interstates

by Mark D. Hughes

Jefferson City — the Capital of Missouri — was sited roughly in the center of the state high on the bluffs along the Missouri River. At the time the river served as a transportation avenue for those who would come there for business or government matters.

Just over the hill from the great Missouri River and the state Capitol is a highway system that stretches from

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Balance in our civil legal climate

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

State lawmakers spent a significant amount of time this session discussing Missouri’s unbalanced civil legal climate. Missouri’s current legal climate, particularly in civil law, has continued to hinder businesses and job creators in our state.

For years now, business owners throughout Missouri have been calling for serious, effective legal reform to restore balance to what has become an unlevel playing field. The General Assembly sought

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Capitol Perspectives: 45 days that balance power and politics in Missouri

by Mark Hughes
This year’s session of the legislature — formally known as the Second Regular Session of the 98th Missouri General Assembly, adjourned pursuant to the Constitution at midnight on May 30.

Granted, the speeches, amendments, debates, votes, introduction of guests and affiliated standing and grandstanding concluded a couple of weeks earlier — replete with the sophomoric littering of the House chamber with bills and amendments tossed into the

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Ethics reform measures set to become law

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Last year I wrote how important it was for the Missouri Legislature to take up ethics reform in the 2016 Legislative Session. Several of my Senate colleagues and I went into the 2016 session with ethics reform as a top priority. After spending a considerable amount of time debating ethics reform, we were able to send three substantive ethics reform measures to the governor, all

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Preventing Car Heatstroke Deaths in Children

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

In a column earlier this year I discussed the importance of a bill that I filed that would shield good Samaritans from civil liability for rescuing a child that is in immediate danger in an unattended locked vehicle. I am happy to report that a companion bill similar to my Senate Bill 896, House Bill 1649 has successfully passed both chambers and is awaiting action

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