Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

Lobbyist gifts, a tax credit for the elderly, and a bill frowned upon by labor unions are on next week’s tentative agenda for the Missouri General Assembly.

Some Senate members appear to be close to their own version of a proposal to ban most gifts from lobbyists. Details are being withheld at the moment, but Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said it could be voted out of committee next week.

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Democrat Jeff Munzinger and Republican Craig Fishel have announced their candidacies for Missouri House of Representatives, District 136, which encompasses southeast Springfield and Greene County.

Kevin Austin currently holds that seat and has said he plans to retire.  Munzinger, a retired businessman and community volunteer, said his number one priority will be education at every level.  His other top issues will be healthcare, the environment and transportation. 

Legislation designed to combat human trafficking in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Eric Greitens.

The bill would require airports, bus and train stations, hospital emergency rooms, strip clubs, and any business with prior citations for prostitution to display posters that contain a national hotline number. Republican Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis sposoned the bill in the Senate. 

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Republican lawmakers are angling for tax cuts during this year’s legislative session. It’s a policy push that the GOP officials believe will make the state more attractive to businesses and potential residents.

But with the state facing yet another tough budgetary year, members of both parties worry that cutting taxes will deprive Missouri of revenue needed to fund basic state services. Some fear that Missouri is marching in the same direction as Kansas, where tax cuts have been criticized for hurting the state.

Megan Burke

Country music played over the loudspeakers as a small crowd gathered in the warehouse at Arrowhead Building Supply in the Partnership Industrial Park in north Springfield.  They were awaiting the arrival of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens who was on a two-day tour across the state to unveil his plan to cut taxes.

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