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The Missouri Senate voted to confirm two lawyers, Maurice Graham and former Sen. Philip Snowden, to the UM Board of Curators on Thursday, February 5. 2015.

Senator Kurt Schaefer, who represents Columbia and the University of Missouri and is a lawyer himself, said there is only one reason why the board is filled with so many lawyers.

"What raises the red flag there for me is why," said Schaefer. "Why so many lawyers? And I think you have to look at the fact that these are lawyers that also have a relationship with the governor."

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A Missouri bill is gaining support from a state Senate panel that will limit the amount cities can collect in traffic fines. Cities are currently allowed to collect traffic fines amounting to as much as 30 percent of their budgets.

Senators approved legislation on Wednesday, February 5, sponsored by Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt of Glendale to prevent municipalities from funding more than 10 percent of their budgets with traffic fines.

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Missouri senators have passed legislation offering up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades for Boeing to assemble a commercial airplane in St. Louis.

Senators passed the bill 23-8 today (Wednesday) while meeting in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon. The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.

Kurt Schaefer, who represents Boone and Cooper counties, voted against the bill, while Mike Kehoe of Callaway, Cole, Miller, Moniteau and Morgan counties voted yes.

Boone County organizations work to keep tax break

Apr 8, 2013
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The Missouri State Senate has passed legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities living in rental properties. According to Jessica Macy, the executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging, this tax break allows seniors to pay their bills and improve their quality of life.

“This is really money that really helps offset their everyday living expenses,” Macy said.

Macy said the tax break allows seniors to support local businesses by using their money to purchase necessities, such as groceries and prescriptions.

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A St. Louis legislator plans to try again to get seat belt fines raised in Missouri.  Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny’s  bill would increase the current fine of $10 to $50, and apply it to everyone in the front seat of a vehicle. 

Keaveny has sponsored the bill each year he’s been in the State Senate, and each year it’s gone nowhere.  He says this time around he hopes lawmakers will consider the number of teenagers who’ve died because they didn’t buckle up:

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Monday was the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can pre-file bills for next year’s regular session.  Much of the legislation pre-filed in  the State Senate so far deals with tax credits:


KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviewed State Representative Mary Still, who is running for the 19th District State Senate seat against incumbent Republican Kurt Schaefer.