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Amendment 3 and Proposition A: Dueling Cig Taxes

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In my last two capitol reports, I outlined Amendment 1: The Soil, Water & Parks Tax, and Amendment 2: Campaign Contribution Limits.  This week, we delve into something more involved – the dueling cigarette taxes of Amendment 3 and Proposition A – dueling because Amendment 3 is funded by big tobacco companies and Prop A is funded by little tobacco companies.

Amendment 3 (A3) would

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Bringing accountability to Medicaid

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman
Year after year, the cost to the taxpayer of operating Missouri’s Medicaid program continues to increase at a rapid pace. While there are a number of factors that influence this increase in cost, two of the most driving factors are the most preventable: unnecessary emergency room visits and missed patient appointments at doctors’ offices.

Patients treating the emergency room as a replacement for a primary

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Capitol Perspectives: Random campaign thoughts 

by Phill Brooks

Missouri is in the middle of one of the most unusual fall election periods I’ve covered. Step back from the daily campaign rhetoric and look at the broader picture. It’s a fascinating landscape with the potential of historic ramifications as the year winds down.

One element of that landscape involves the recent statements by Gov. Jay Nixon about his political future that I wonder might have undercut

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Amendment 2, Campaign Contribution Limits

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Currently, if you want to donate money to a political campaign, there is no limit on how much you can give in a statewide or local race. You could donate $10 or $1,000 or $1,000,000. But all contributions over $100 must be itemized with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) where they become public record, and all contributions over $5000 must be posted to the MEC

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Bringing Greater Transparency to Health Care

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

For years now, Missouri lawmakers have been working to empower consumers in terms of their ability to make more informed decisions regarding their health care. One of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is to provide our citizens with more information about the costs of their medical treatment or procedures. These efforts to empower consumers led the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 608

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From the Bench ‘Puppies for parole’ a circuit success!

By Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott

State Representative Jay Eggleston and I were recently invited to Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron to witness the 4,000th adoption of a dog under the “Puppies for Parole” (PFP) program. Although I was aware of the program I had no idea how many people are involved in and benefit from its operation.

According to guest speakers Governor Jay Nixon and George Lombardi (Director of

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Improving health care in rural Missouri

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This session, state lawmakers successfully passed a number of health care measures with the goal of making high-quality medical care more accessible and affordable to Missourians in every corner of the state. In particular, these measures should benefit Missourians living in our rural areas.

Among the healthcare related bills that became law this year, Senate Bill 579 will expand telehealth, or telemedicine, services in Missouri,

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Amendment 1: The Soil, Water & Parks Tax

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Unless you’ve just awoken from a coma, you know there is an election on the horizon.   On Nov. 8 we will choose a president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state representative, governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state, and a number of county officials.

But there will also be six statewide ballot measures to vote on, with topics ranging from sales tax to campaign

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Lawyers impact veto session

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Twenty-four of the bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 were vetoed by the governor. Two of the vetoes were overridden and became law during Regular Session in the spring. The other 22 were up as potential overrides for Veto Session on Sept. 14.

In a previous capitol report, I let you know that one representative would be absent because he had been in

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