Legislative Issues

Check back here for items of interest in the Missouri legislature.

Recent News

February 9, 2012Tax Debate at Capitol

The debate to replace the state's income tax with a sales tax was very interesting at MPA's Day at the Capitol.

You can access presentations from each side following the links below.

Anne Marie Moy

James R. Moody

February 8, 2012MPA Bills of Interest

Click here to read the lisitng of bills of interest. February 2012

February 7, 2012Capitol Reports, Jan. 27, 2012

Headline:  Legislation filed to address Missouri's failed school districts [Entered: 01/26/2012]

Legislation was filed Thursday [Jan. 26] to address the accreditation loss of the school districts in Missouri's two largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-St. Louis County, takes a substantially different approach for the two areas.

For Kansas City, Cunningham's measure effectively would eliminate the school district and divide up the district among adjoining school districts.

For St. Louis, her plan would expand charter school alternatives and provide government support for parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools.

Just before the start of the 2012 legislative session, the legislature's top leaders had made dealing with the non-accredited districts a "must-pass" issue.

The governor included reference to the two school districts in his State of the State address but did not offer any specific solutions.

* Get the bill, SB 706 [ http://www.mdn.org/cgi-bin/bills/billhttp.exe?FORM=SB&NUMp6 ] .

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February 3, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 3, 2012

Headline:  Senate forces out governor's nominees for economic development director, UM Board of Curators [Entered: 02/02/2012]

By Jordan Shapiro

Facing expected Senate rejection of his confirmation, Jason Hall announced Thursday [Feb. 2] his resignation as director of the Department of Economic Development. On the same day, the Senate blocked the nomination of Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Hall's resignation was announced in a news release issued by the governor's office as the Senate began meeting about gubernatorial nominations.

Neither the governor nor his communications staff was available for immediate comment.

During Senate debate, Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, said that at age 36, Hall was too young and lacked sufficient business experience to manage the agency that handles business promotion for the state.

During his earlier confirmation hearing, some members expressed frustration that Hall would not directly answer questions about his positions on various economic development issues.

Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, showed frustration in a meeting Monday [Jan. 30] after Hall told him he had no opinion on several ... continued


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Friday October 28th

The Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Broadcasters Association are partnering to host three events throughout the state to give members of the media a chance to meet the Dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, David Kurpius. Events will be held at the following locations: — 10-11 a. Link

Wednesday October 26th

A big thanks to all of our members who helped us celebrate MPA's 150th Convention! https://www.youtube. Link

Tuesday October 25th

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MPA and @MOBroadcasters are partnering to host three events to meet the Dean of @mujschool, David Kurpius. |… https://t.co/bygkWEQ3ij
Friday October 28th


A big thanks to all of our members who helped us celebrate MPA's 150th Convention! | https://t.co/Ib8QFgOWbo #MPA150
Thursday October 27th


Check out some of our recently uploaded photos from 150th Annual Convention! https://t.co/4TVEovttkZ #MPA150 https://t.co/y16t4FCDov
Wednesday October 26th


McClatchy Strategy: Go Big and Small to Create ‘Moments’ With Each Reader | https://t.co/fcucb2ghso via @streetfightmag
Tuesday October 25th