January 2017 #MOLeg Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for January 2017. Here are your updated rankings of the Missouri House and Senate. The MEC has yet to update their list to reflect just the 2017 elected officials, so this list will include both 2016 and 2017 members. We've ranked elected officials by the amount they received personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members received (as reported to the MEC).

Irony Alert: Gov. Safe Space's Staff Blasts Safe Spaces

As Gov. Greitens meets with VP Pence behind closed doors, the irony isn't lost on Missourians who have very limited access to their elected officials.  

Sen. Schupp Amendment to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault Voted Down

The Senate debated SB 45, which changes the structure of employee-employer arbitration agreements. Under this statute, an employer would be able to put provisions in their contracts saying that if there's a dispute between them and an employee, it would go to arbitration court. Sounds reasonable? Well, the concern is that the courts are private. There is no record available for future employees or even customers.

How Missouri Republicans Have Celebrated Black History Month

A lot of our political outrage has been, rightfully, directed towards Washington, D.C. as of late, but these past few days Jefferson City, dare we say, takes the cake?

In an outrageous turn of events, Monday night Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) cut off the mic of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at a public hearing on discrimination protections. As Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) said, “Jim Crow is alive and well in Missouri.”

New Study Reveals Economic Impact in Missouri of ACA Repeal

In January George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health released The Economic and Employment Consequences of Repealing Federal Health Reform: A 50 State Analysis, which breaks down the cost state by state of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Makes Perfect Sense Kander Will Address National Voting Rights Crisis

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced a new initiative called Let America Vote. It is a direct response to the continued attacks on voting rights across the country.

That Country Club Tax Break We Were All Waiting For

​Rep. Lyndall Fraker really likes Country Clubs. He likes to hold public hearings at them, and he also likes to give them tax breaks.

Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield, wants to offer a sales tax exemption on initiation fees or dues on private country clubs.

“It’s just really hitting some of these clubs really hard,” Fraker said.

Photo ID to be Woefully Underfunded

Remember how the fiscal note for photo ID (HB 1631) sat at a pretty 2.1 million for fiscal year 2017?

Well, the Governor's budget has only allocated $300,000 for photo IDs this year, and the law will go into effect in June.

Trump and Greitens Use Similar Bully Tactics

Trump and Greitens' temperaments are seeming more and more alike every day.

Criminal Justice is a Policy Sham for Greitens

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Governor Greitens presented the State of the State without an accompanying budget. This was the first time in the history of the state. Amongst the general party rhetoric, there were some surprises, such as Greitens focusing on recidivism - or the systems enabling people with convictions to re-enter the criminal justice cycle. It is good policy to aim to reduce recidivism.

A proposed policy highlight from the State of the State: 

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