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  In late January, Missouri House Rep. Kip Kendrick filed his first bill of this year’s state legislative session. Kendrick’s bill, the Student Debt Relief Act, would give Missouri college graduates the ability to refinance any student loans after graduation.

“Currently there are zero options to refinance student loans in the state of Missouri. So it’s about providing graduates and individuals working an option to be able to refinance and to lower rates, but then also to really make sure that the repayment issue is addressed,” Kendrick said.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum is flying solo, so to speak, for this week’s edition of Politically Speaking. He’s welcoming state Rep. Kip Kendrick to show to talk about changing legislative policies toward interns, the upcoming veto session and northeast Missouri politics.

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Columbia area legislators agree that youth drug use could be stemmed by establishing a better way to track adult drug users.

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State Representatives from the Columbia area said they may be divided on some details, but for education, they cross the aisle.

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The 2015 legislative session is still less than a month old and legislators are figuring out what bills will be important this session and how to get those important pieces of legislation passed. 

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Three local candidates ran unopposed for state legislature seats this election.  Democrat Stephen Webber will serve his fourth term representing Missouri’s 46th District.

Caleb Jones, a Republican will serve his third term representing the state’s 50th district.  He’s thankful for the support of his constituents through his first two terms. 

“I’ve tried to do what’s best for the district and keep the voters thoughts and desires in mind whenever we were making decisions down there,” he said.

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Former President of the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association, Democrat Kip Kendrick, announced Thursday he will run for the 45th District House seat.  Democratic Representative, Chris Kelly, endorsed him.