Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson signs huge megabill with partial motorcycle helmet repeal

Governor Mike Parson has signed into law today a bill with a component that lets some motorcyclists cruise without a helmet. Under House Bill 1963, a massive state transportation proposal, motorcycle riders can go helmetless if they are at least 26 years old, have medical insurance, and have proof of financial responsibility. The wide-ranging bill […]

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Audio: Missouri House Speaker prioritizes eminent domain legislation

Legislation aimed at preventing private entities like the Grain Belt Express from using eminent domain could hit the Missouri Senate floor soon. Frankford State Representative Jim Hansen’s bill was the first bill sent by the House to the Senate earlier this year.     Hansen and House Speaker Elijah Haahr briefed Capitol reporters on Thursday, […]

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Chillicothe FFA member attends Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fifth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 25-27, in Columbia, Missouri. Chillicothe FFA member Montana Plattner was a member of the top 30 attending the program. The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage in pressing agriculture […]

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FFA high school seniors complete “Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence” academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the Fifth Annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence FFA Academy in Columbia last week. Top 30 FFA high school seniors from area schools include Anna Milazzo of Grundy County R-5, Montana Faith Plattner of Chillicothe, Kylee Marie Baker and Kasey Waterman of Meadville, Luke Vaughn of Marceline, […]

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Audio: Invenergy ready to move forward in north Missouri on Grain Belt Express

The wind energy power lines known as the Grainbelt Express is moving forward under new ownership. Invenergy got the Missouri Public Service Commission’s unanimous OK to acquire the transmission line project to run from Kansas to the East Coast. This is the latest step in what has been a 5-year process.     Landowners and […]

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Audio: Grain Belt-Related Legislation heads to the Missouri Senate

Legislation that is aimed at preventing the Grain Belt Express project from using eminent domain across northern Missouri is heading to the state Senate. The House voted 115-35 on Thursday to give final approval to Frankford State Representative Jim Hansen’s bill, which says NO private entity has the power of eminent domain to build above-ground […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to Grain Belt-related legislation

Legislation aimed at the proposed Grain Belt project in northern Missouri has received initial approval by the Missouri House.     Frankford State Representative Jim Hansen’s legislation says NO private entity has the power of eminent domain for the purposes of building above-ground merchant lines. The Missouri Public Service Commission announced in March it’s approved […]

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Audio: Missouri House expected to vote Tuesday on Grain Belt related legislation

The Missouri House is expected to vote Tuesday on Grain Belt-related legislation and Brian Hauswirth with Missourinet files this report.     Frankford GOP State Representative Jim Hansen has filed legislation which says no private entity has the power of eminent domain for the purposes of building above-ground merchant lines. Bill supporters include the Missouri […]

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Audio: Grain Belt Express/Eminent Domain Bill quickly passes committee, heads to House

A bill to stop – or at least redirect–the Grain Belt Express powerline project, is headed to the Missouri House floor.   A House committee moved quickly this week to pass the bill by Jim Hansen, Republican from Frankford. The issue, he says, is the privately-held company’s use of the power of eminent domain to put […]