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  Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a top Express Scripts official and a former Mizzou basketball star to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Greitens on Monday announced the choices of Express Scripts Vice President and Associate General Counsel Julia Brncic and former basketball player Jon Sundvold to help lead the four-campus University of Missouri system.

Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon initially appointed Sundvold to serve on the board during Nixon's final few months in office.

REAL ID Sits in Missouri Senate

Feb 28, 2017
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In 2018, Missourians may have a harder time boarding flights and entering federal buildings using their driver’s license.

Missouri is one of five states that does not comply with REAL ID, the 2005 federal law that requires states to administer stricter standards for distributing state identification like driver’s licenses.

You could say that the Republican primary election for secretary of state is a choice between a familiar name and a familiar policymaker.

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a sales tax exemption for Internet use.

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A proposal to require Missouri voters to show photo ID at polling places is stalled in the state Senate.


The Missouri Senate has voted to give the secretary of state the authority to prosecute election crimes. 

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A bill to waive certain filing fees for veterans opening businesses in Missouri is moving forward in the state Senate.

Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again in 2016 to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Lawmakers pre-filed measures to change the state constitution and state law to require photo ID for voting.

Senate sponsor Will Kraus says photo ID could prevent fraud by individuals impersonating other voters. Kraus is running as a Republican for Missouri secretary of state in 2016.

Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander says he's not aware of a case of voter impersonation in the state.

Missouri to Require Notification of Tax Changes

Jul 6, 2015
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A bill to require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses of changes in tax policy has been signed into law.

Lawmakers Send Fewer Tax Changes to Nixon

May 20, 2015
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  The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature has sent several small tweaks to the state's tax code to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon this session.

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Republican Jay Ashcroft says he's running for Missouri secretary of state.

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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.

Lower state income tax debated

Mar 7, 2013
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The Missouri Senate granted preliminary approval yesterday to a bill that would decrease the state income tax by 0.75 percent.

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.

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A Missouri senator is rolling out a new proposal to overhaul the state's taxes in an effort to keep pace with neighboring states such as Kansas.

Legislation is moving through the Missouri Senate that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.

State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring Senate Bill 251.  He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it) into state statute," Kraus said.  "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at:  amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or) to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.”

People fired for sleeping on the job and missing work could have a harder time getting unemployment benefits under a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the definition of "misconduct" in the workplace. The change would make it harder for people to qualify for unemployment insurance after they are fired.

Supporters say the bill will protect businesses from liability and give them more freedom to fire employees who misbehave at work.

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Chris Koster's office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its space.