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8:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate seeks tax break for exercise

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation intended to restore a tax exemption for exercise.

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3:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Mo. auditor says license policy violated state law

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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has concluded that officials violated state law by requiring driver's license clerks to make electronic copies of applicants' personal documents.

Schweich released an analysis Monday concluding the Department of Revenue broke state law by implementing the policy last December without publishing a formal rule change.

That policy ended in July as a result of a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. But Schweich had been asked in April by senators to look into the policy.

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4:19 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Concealed-carry holdups in some Mo. counties

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Some of the state's smallest counties aren't prepared to issue concealed-carry permits even though a law giving them that responsibility took effect last week.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the holdup is occurring in small third-class counties. Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell says small counties like his are waiting to receive grant money from the Missouri Sheriff's Association to purchase software that allows them to issue the permits.

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7:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Investigation into Mo. driver's licenses continues

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A former director of the Missouri department that issues driver's licenses says the agency did not take steps to comply with the federal Real ID Act after passage of a state law prohibiting it.

Alana Barragan-Scott led the Revenue Department from July 2009 until late December 2012. She testified Wednesday before two legislative panels investigating the handling of driver's licenses by Governor Jay Nixon's administration.

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8:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

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Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:17 am

Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

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2:07 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Schaefer, Rowden talk Medicaid expansion, veto override vote at GOP meeting

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Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) heard from four supporters of Medicaid expansion at a legislative wrap-up session in Columbia Tuesday night. A little bit more than half of the one-hour meeting, hosted by the Boone County Pachyderms Club, was spent debating the expansion. 

Missouri’s GOP super-majority blocked every Democratic attempt to increase Medicaid eligibility in the state, calling the program an expensive, yet broken system.

Supporters of the expansion said it would help low-income, working adults in Missouri who aren’t eligible for the program, but are too poor to afford their own insurance. Brian Smith of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center attended the meeting. He said when combined with cuts to Medicare provider reimbursements, the lack of Medicaid expansion would disproportionately hurt rural hospitals and might push them to close. 

Both the Missouri House and Senate have instituted interim committees that would study ways to reform Medicaid. Rowden said he hopes to be involved in the discussion.

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5:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

House and Senate budget negotiations bode well for Mo. DMV

Mo. Budget Chairman Rick Stream wants changes to the current scanning and storing policies for Mo.'s Department of Revenue.
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House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to restore most, but not all, of the funding for Missouri’s Motor Vehicles division within the Department of Revenue.

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8:29 am
Thu April 18, 2013

ATF Denies It Requested Missouri Conceal Carry List

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Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:53 am

(Updated to include response from Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders. 

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8:58 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

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Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:19 pm

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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11:17 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Missouri Department of Revenue director resigns

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  The Missouri Department of Revenue is looking for a new Director.

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3:32 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Some Missourians eligible for free tax preparation help

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Some Missourians may be eligible to have someone else prepare their tax returns…for free. 

Missouri is one of 21 states and the District of Columbia that participates in State Free File, a program that partners with tax preparation services to provide free help for people who meet specific income and age requirements.  

The Missouri Department of Revenue website lists seven online tax service providers they have agreements with, each with its own specific eligibility requirements for free tax preparation.

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8:38 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State senators approve bill banning DOR from scanning source documents

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Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:39 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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9:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Nixon: 'Mo. Dept. Of Revenue Is Not Forwarding Info On Citizens To DC'

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Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:17 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is not forwarding information on applicants for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry endorsements to the federal government.

He became exasperated with reporters who asked questions about the controversy during a press conference today at the State Capitol.

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8:50 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. House Passes State Budget, Mo. Senate Threatens To Delay DOR Budget

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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.

While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.  There’s an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the increase still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.  Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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5:22 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. Senate subpoenas Dept. of Revenue for driver's license procedures

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A top senator says his chamber will hold up a budget for the state Revenue Department until it gets answers on a new procedure for issuing driver's licenses.

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