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5:22 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

AG Koster sides with Gov. Nixon on tax cut

File photo of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Governor Jay Nixon from 2011.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in determining that a vetoed tax cut bill could have applied retroactively.

At issue is a provision triggering an automatic one-half of a percent reduction in Missouri's income tax rates if the federal government makes it easier for states to collect taxes on online sales.

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7:26 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Mo. sex offender registry may be overhauled

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Letting juveniles seek removal from Missouri's sex offender registry is a target for a possible veto override when lawmakers return to the state Capitol in several weeks.

Few voted against the legislation, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called the measure overbroad and said it would "reduce public safety and fail to protect the rights of victims." House Speaker Tim Jones said this past week it is "ripe for an override."

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3:08 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nixon: Tax-cut bill will cost higher education millions

Gov. Jay Nixon says the University of Missouri System stands to lose up to $54 million annually if state lawmakers override his veto on House Bill 253.
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Gov. Jay Nixon continued stumping across the state discouraging state lawmakers from overriding his veto on a tax cut bill.

At the University of Missouri Columbia campus Wednesday, Nixon said the bill could result in a funding slash of $67 million per year for the state’s higher education institutions. The University of Missouri system alone stands to lose $31 million per year. And if a federal online sales tax bill passes, the state number jumps up to a cut of $116 million annually.

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1:35 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:01 am

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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7:29 am
Mon July 22, 2013

New Mo. House committee looks at government efficiency

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A new Missouri House committee focused on government efficiency is apparently taking its mission to heart.

The Interim Committee on Improving Government Responsiveness and Efficiency has scheduled hearings for Monday and Tuesday at the state Capitol.

It plans to start each hearing with public testimony. But it has posted a notice that people should limit their remarks to four minutes.

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5:40 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House chief ends subpoenas for gov's staff

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.
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Missouri's top House official has dropped an attempt to subpoena members of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration to testify before a committee he created.

House Speaker Tim Jones had subpoenaed five current Nixon staffers and his former Revenue Department director to testify about changes that were made in Missouri's procedures for issuing driver's licenses.

The six people all declined to appear as directed by the subpoenas last month, and a Cole County judge temporarily blocked the subpoenas from being enforced.

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7:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House interim committee to examine education

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Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood. The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee. House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee.

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7:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Speaker Jones wants to examine Medicaid reform

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones formally announced the creation yesterday of two interim committees that will look at ways to reform the state’s Medicaid system. 

One committee will have House members and selected citizens team up to research ways to improve Medicaid.  They will then hand off their findings to the other committee, which will make recommendations for next year’s legislative session.  Jones said they’re taking a thorough approach to fixing a broken system.

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7:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. House to study its own operations

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The Missouri House is creating a committee to study itself.

House Speaker Tim Jones says he has formed a new committee to examine the operations of the House of Representatives and recommend potential changes to the way it conducts business.

The panel will have a long name. It’s called the Interim House Committee on Legislative Institutional Infrastructure and Process. It will be led by Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, a Republican from St. Louis County.

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4:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House not giving info on gun database access


The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.

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4:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. department backing down on welfare contract


The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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9:21 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Mo. House Speaker Comments On Gay Marriage, Anti-Discrimination Bill

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 5:48 pm

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka)  says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government.

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4:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants the attorney general to appeal a judge's ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with moral objections.

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8:24 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Discuss 2nd-Half Priorities As Legislative Spring Break Arrives

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 4:56 pm

Spring break has arrived for Missouri lawmakers, as they take a week off before returning to Jefferson City on March 25th.

They’ll have plenty of items on their plate when they get back -- among the House’s priorities is debating and voting on the state budget, which still does not include Medicaid expansion. Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says the federal health care law does not require states to add more people to the Medicaid rolls.

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5:23 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mo. House speaker to give GOP response to Nixon

Tim Jones.
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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response next week to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature at 7 p.m. Monday in the House chamber.

The GOP response by Jones will be prerecorded and broadcast about five minutes after Nixon completes his speech.

Last year, Jones and Senate Appropriations Committee Kurt Schaefer gave a joint Republican response to Nixon's annual speech. The responsibility fell to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder during the previous three years.

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