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Missouri General Assembly Begins 2014 Session

The 2014 Missouri state legislative session kicked off in Jefferson City at noon on January 8.  Leadership of both the House and Senate provided a glimpse of their respective legislative priorities for 2014.

Leadership Outlines Legislative Priorities for 2014

Speaker of the House Tim Jones (R-District 110) gave a traditional opening day address outlining his agenda.  Among stated priorities are medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.  The Speaker’s remarks can be found by clicking here.

Instead of a speech by President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-District 23), the Senate released a statement outlining both majority and minority party priorities.  Among the Senate’s priorities are tax reform, campaign finance reform, school transfer law, and revising the state’s criminal code.  The President Pro Tem’s remarks can be found by clicking here.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) delivers his State of the State address on January 21 at 7 p.m.  The Governor will discuss his priorities for the upcoming session and present his budget for Fiscal Year 2015.  The address will be streamed live through the state's Web portal, www.MO.gov.

More than 500 Bills Filed by Missouri Legislature

2014 is expected to be a busy legislative year.  With more than 500 bills already filed by Missouri’s lawmakers, that expectation is quickly becoming a reality.  The Missouri Credit Union Association’s (MCUA) Advocacy Department is closely tracking and monitoring approximately 30 of those bills so far that may have an impact on credit unions.

For information on state legislative issues please contact Amy McLard, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, at amclard@mcua.org or 314-542-1370, or David Kent, Director of State Legislative Affairs at dkent@mcua.org or 314-542-1343.

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Advocacy Meeting in Jefferson City, March 10-11

The 2014 MCUA Advocacy Meeting takes place in Jefferson City on Monday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 11. The two-day event features legislative visits, speakers, information sessions, and hot topic discussion.  In addition, a reality fair will take over the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday when students get a hands-on financial learning experience while lawmakers have the opportunity to watch and take part. Members of the Missouri House and Senate are also expected to address the reality fair participants throughout the day.

Registration is available through the MCUA website by clicking here.

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