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Attorney General Josh Hawley Files Lawsuit Against

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Missouri has filed suit challenging Obama Administration rules that drastically expand federal power over farm and ranch land across Missouri and the nation.  The rules in question expand the definition of “critical habitat” for endangered and threatened species. Missouri joins 19 other states in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama against the U.S. Secretary of

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Sen. McCaskill votes against DeVos

Citing the danger posed to Missouri’s small towns and rural communities, where public school resources are critical, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) voted against Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education, joining bipartisan opposition to the nominee.

“Ms. DeVos has focused on one goal when it comes to education—robbing public schools of resources in order to boost private schools,” said McCaskill, a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo. “I

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Why no license bureau for Daviess County?

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

When you think of “the government,” who do you picture? If you are like most people, you envision the elected officials whose faces were seen on the campaign trail and whose names were on an election ballot.

But elected officials – your spokespersons in government – only make up the legislative branch of state government. There are other unelected government employees, unknown to the general

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Graves helps focus on 21st Century infrastructure

Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo) participated in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s first hearing of the 115th Congress. The discussion explored challenges facing America’s infrastructure and a vision for building a 21st century transportation network.

Among those testifying at the hearing were CEOs from FedEx, Cargill, and BMW.

“This Committee, working alongside the Trump administration, has a tremendous opportunity to modernize and reinvent the way people and goods move throughout this

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Capitol Perspectives: Transparency

by Phill Brooks

A cloak of secrecy has descended upon Missouri government to a degree I never imagined in all my decades covering this statehouse for you. It comes from the administration of Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens.

I actually had hoped for something different. He ran a campaign promising change and challenging the old way of doing business in government.

Other governors I’ve covered who campaigned on platforms of

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Taking another look at Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court Plan

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

The fourth week of session began with the annual State of the Judiciary address, given by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, to a joint session of the General Assembly and statewide office holders. Similar to the State of the State, the State of the Judiciary gives the chief justice the opportunity to update the legislature, executive branch, and taxpayers on the current condition

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State government will tighten its belt in 2017

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Your Missouri House and Senate debate many bills each year. Already around 1200 bills have been filed. But the only bills we are constitutionally obligated to pass is a budget.

In creating a budget, the legislature is not planning on how to spend money that has already come in. Instead, we are planning on how to spend the money we think will be collected in

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Reflecting on the Governor’s State-of-the-State address

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Members of the legislature gathered in the House chamber to listen on as newly sworn-in Governor Eric Greitens gave his first State of the State address.

In his speech, the governor called for creating more jobs and growing an economy that will lead to higher incomes for all families in the Show-Me State. In addition, his legislative agenda includes tackling labor reform, tort reform and

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Legislature gets right to work on Right-to-Work

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the election campaign of 2016, Missouri candidates for governor, House, and Senate ran on two main issues: protecting individual freedom and improving our economy by adding jobs. Voters overwhelmingly chose candidates that embraced those goals. So, with all of the ceremony of inaugurations out of the way, the House wasted no time in moving on three bills that fulfill those objectives.

This week, the

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