Friday, February 28, 2014

Border War Bill

Sen. Ryan Silvey’s “Border War” bill – SB 635 – passed the Senate and moved to the House yesterday.  The bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support in the Senate passing 30-2.

But on Twitter – Silvey tussled with a state representative from Kansas, Stephanie Clayton.

Ryan Silvey My #SB635 w/ @JasonHolsman to end the economic "Border War" w/ KS passed the Senate 30-2. Time to stop the madness!


Stephanie Clayton  I truly see no "madness". KCMO has lots to offer, so does joco. Why the Big Govt solutions? It defies logic.


Ryan Silvey Big Gov't solution? We are removing the states from the equation. Big Gov't is $100's of millions in tax incentives.


Stephanie Clayton ‏ Looks like the rest of the state of KS could still use incentives. So, you want area jobs to go to Sedgewick co?


Ryan Silvey You're missing the big picture. By focusing outside the region you gain the full benefit of the job. Focusing on KS/MO is small.


Stephanie Clayton Senator, please go on. I am listening. I see something that hurts KS border counties, while leaving the other 103 unscathed.


Ryan Silvey This only hurts JoCo if you believe JoCo cannot compete in the region absent the State incentives. If they can't, we won't agree.


The Senate passed the “student transfer” bill yesterday.  See it here

Filing News

I am told that Rep. Rick Brattin has been out of town and will file for re-election (House 55) when he returns next week.

In House 149 – where Rep. Steve Hodges is termed and Democrats have a primary between Morgan Nesselrodt and Bill Burlison – former American Idol contestant Neal Boyd may be readying another attempt for Republicans.  Boyd was routed by Hodges in 2012, winning only 33% of the vote in the competitive district.  Boyd filed a campaign committee this week, but hasn’t yet filed his candidacy with the secretary of state.

On the Senate 26 drama, Speaker Tim Jones’ chief of staff Tom Smith goes on the record with Missouri Times saying that Jones and Sen. Brian Nieves have discussed their political futures, but no deal was cut.  Read it here.

MEC Fines St. Louis Alderwoman

On the front page of the Post-Dispatch… former St. Louis alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett fined $100,000 for using campaign funds for personal use.  See the Post article here.  And the consent order here.


Senate Graveyard

Ever Friday I’ll update the “graveyard.”  These are bills which have been brought to the floor, debated, with some opposition and then laid over to the informal calendar.  Remember just because something looks dead, it’s never dead in the Missouri legislature, it’s just waiting to be resurrected…  I’ll also try to keep track of the main players responsible for it be ditched.

SB 509 (Sen. Will Kraus sponsor) – tax cut – killed by Sen. Paul LeVota.

SB 518 (Sen. David Sater sponsor) – expanding managed care – killed by Sen. Rob Schaaf.

SB 519 (Sen. David Sater sponsor) – abortion wait period – killed by Sen. Jolie Justus.

$5K+ Contributions

MO Chamber PAC - $10,000 from RightCHOICE Managed Care Inc.

MO Democratic State Committee - $7,500 from Anheuser-Busch.

Schupp for Senate - $5,001 from Joseph C Kleeman Memorial Democratic PAC

Lobbyist Registrations

From the Gate Way Group website:

Shannon Cooper and Nancy Giddens added Abbott Nutrition, and Zerger & Mauer LLP.

Michael R Gibbons and Tricia Workman added Alliance Oncology.

Rodney R Hubbard added Steve Carroll.   


Happy birthdays to Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (58), and blogger Randy Turner (57).

Saturday: Harry Gallagher.

Sunday:  Greg Harrison (66), and Buddy Hardin.