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Capitol Connection: End of Session 2017

Legislature Adjourns 2017 Session:  State lawmakers concluded the 2017 regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12; closing out a year marked by the passage of a record number of pro-business  bills, but marred by bitter in-fighting in the Senate.  Although the total number of bills seeing final passage is way down this year […]

Capitol Connection: Beginning of Session 2017

Lawmakers Open 2017 Session:  The First Regular Session of the 99th Missouri General Assembly opened at noon Wednesday, kicking off a year predicted to be dominated by a fast-tracked, pro-business agenda in the House and Senate.  Republican super-majorities in both chambers, plus a new Republican governor to be sworn in on Monday, will guarantee action […]

Capitol Connection: End of Session 2016

Lawmakers Conclude 2016 Session: Lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session at 6:00 p.m. last Friday, closing out a year marked by a focus on partisan, election-year issues and a renewed interest in ethics reform. Although three bills did pass addressing ethics and lobbying, major initiatives reforming campaign contributions and banning gifts to legislators did […]

Capitol Connection: End of Session 2015

Lawmakers Conclude 2015 Session: The gavel fell on the First Regular Session of the 98th Missouri General Assembly at 6:00 p.m., May 15; closing out a year bracketed by two tragic suicides and the abrupt resignation of the Speaker of the House. The death of State Auditor Tom Schweich in late February (followed weeks later […]

Capitol Connection: End of Session 2014

Lawmakers Conclude 2014 Session: The gavel fell on the second and final session of the 97th Missouri General Assembly at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, closing out a year that had grown increasingly more partisan, with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon at odds with the super-majority Republican legislature. The session did see the passage of the […]

Capitol Connection: End of Session 2013

Lawmakers Wrap 2013 Session: The gavel fell on the first session of the 97th Missouri General Assembly at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, closing out a year that grew increasingly combative as legislators advanced an agenda contrary to Governor Jay Nixon’s ideology. The state’s business community praised lawmakers for finally approving needed changes to the […]