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June 16, 20142014 MPA Roundup

2014 MPA Legislative Roundup
May 22, 2014

The 2014 session of the Missouri General Assembly closed at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16.

For the most part, Missouri Press Association fared well. A disappointment included little movement on strengthening the Missouri Sunshine Law, although Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) filed Senate Bill 843, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. There was no action on the bill either on the floor of the Senate or in the House of Representatives.

There were a few brushes where defense by MPA came into play with bills attempting to limit public notices in newspapers.

Thanks to those publishers who contacted their legislators on various issues. It is most important for MPA publishers to stay in touch with their senators and representatives on issues that are vital to the newspaper industry.

Legislators will return again to Jefferson City for their annual Veto Session in September, although the vetoed bill getting the most attention (and being overridden by the Senate and the House in early May) was Senate Bill 509, the income tax cut bill. Governor Nixon's veto of SB 509 was overridden by votes in the Senate, 23-8, and in the House, 109-46.

MPA staff and its lobbying team monitored ... continued

November 30, 2012Capitol Reports, November 30, 2012

MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members

Go to http://www.mdn.org/mpanews for the latest version.


Headline:  A note from Phill [Entered: 11/30/2012]


Just a heads up that next week will be our last MPANews for the year. The week of Dec. 10, my reporters are in finals and will be heading back home as the week progresses. So I'm not sure how much news we will generate. It tends to be a slow period in the statehouse anyway. We'll have news that week. And, if you need another column from me, let me know. Otherwise, we'll be back the week of Jan. 7, 2013 when the legislative session begins.

I wanted to pass along a reminder that you're welcome to use as much of this report, any of our stories or any other information on MDN as you want without further permission.

But please remember that the students who produce the report use some of these stories in their portfolios. If you use the stories, be sure to include the students' bylines. It really means a lot to them. They're a really dedicated group in trying to help MPA newspapers as best they can. Feedback and bylines boost their morale tremendously.

The students' contact information is included in case ... continued

November 16, 2012Capitol Reports, November 16, 2012

MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members
Go to http://www.mdn.org/mpanews for the latest version.


Headline:  A Thanksgiving note from Phill [Entered: 11/16/2012]


A heads-up about our schedule for the remainder of 2012. We will be off next week for Thanksgiving break, so there will be no MPANews that week.  

I'll post material on MDN.ORG if a major story breaks, but traditionally Thanksgiving is a pretty dead week in the statehouse.  

The following week, the first week of December, likely will be a heavy news week. It's the start of pre-filing of legislation for the 2013 session.  

MPANews will finish the year on December 14. All my student reporters will be gone (I too will be off a bit during the Christmas and New Year holidays).  

The legislature convenes Wednesday, January 9. We'll resume that week. A couple of my reporters are so dedicated that they've volunteered to help staff our coverage until the school semester begins.  

Finally, I apologize for the delay in getting last week's issue of MPANews emailed to you. It was a consequence of miscommunication (which I promise will not happen again). ... continued

November 16, 2012Legislative Committee minutes, November 16, 2012

The Missouri Press Association's Legislative ... continued


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2014 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

An alphabetical resource guide to all of the newspapers in the state of Missouri. $45.00



Thursday August 28th

Here's another #tbt from Missouri Press! Link

Thursday August 28th

MPA's 148th Annual Convention is rapidly approaching and we have more bonus reasons for you to attend! Bonus Reason #1: Have the opportunity to bid on many live auction items, such as: a Columbia package including a hot air balloon ride, a St. Louis package with sports tickets, a condo stay and winery package in Lake Ozark, several newspaper-related prints and much, much more! Link

Friday August 22nd

We're finally to reason #1 on our countdown for attending our 148th Annual Convention: Honor Your Peers! Come and salute your staff and peers at the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest Awards Ceremony AND the two William E. James Young Journalist Award winners on Saturday, Sept. Link



Don't forget to join our Facebook event for our 148th Annual Convention, this September 25-27! http://t.co/uHA8j4n4H1
Tuesday August 19th


Missouri Press has just released another calendar of great resources! Check it out! http://t.co/jxm2QaVXDY #missourijournalism
Tuesday August 12th


Missouri Press Foundation is hosting a Technology Academy Nov. 6-7 at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia. Come join us! http://t.co/ZBqNr4NCcX
Wednesday August 6th


RT @TownNews: Congrats to our own @townnews_gary who recently picked up @ISWNE & @MissouriPress honors! | http://t.co/mUgv9Fgh9B http://t.c…
Friday August 1st