Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Chuck Gatschenberger, Missouri House of Representatives Dist. 108, gives his opinion on current issues.
Tuesday, February 26
Editor's Note: Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-Lake Saint Louis, has released his Capitol Report for Feb. 22. The opinions expressed in the column are those of Rep. Gatschenberger and do not reflect the views of Patch. I’ve received a multitude of emails, calls, and letters the past week from constituents who are greatly concerned about a bill filed by Rep. Rory Ellinger (D-University City). Rep. Ellinger, along with three other St. Louis representatives, filed House Bill 545. I respect Rep. Ellinger, and I know he believes he is doing the right thing by introducing this bill. But I cannot agree. HB 545 is a direct attack on the second amendment that would make many law-abiding gun owners felons. The bill seeks to ban the possession, sale, …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, has proposed legislation that would criminalize lawmakers who propose gun legislation.
Should proposing a law be against the law? One St. Louis County lawmaker thinks so. Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, proposed House Bill 633 Monday that would make it illegal to to propose legislation. Leara's District 95 covers Crestwood, Sunset Hills and Fenton in South St. Louis County. According to PoliticMo, Leara's legislation would make it a felony for lawmakers to merely file legislation that would at all restrict gun rights. Leara told PoliticMo that the bill was only to spark debate about gun rights, and believes it has no chance in the general assembly. “I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s …
Friday, February 15, 2013
State Representitive Rory Ellinger writes a blog post to University City urging residents to vote for Prop U.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
State Rep. Rory Ellinger shares his feelings about the death of Destinee Clemons with University City Patch.
Editor's Note: Rep. Ellinger read his letter Monday at the University City City Council meeting. We lost another child last week - young Destinee Clemons from Plymouth Avenue in the northeast quadrant of the city. Like you I am saddened and angry. In checking with the City I have confirmed there have been three shooting deaths of young people in the northeast part of University City in the past three months. This must stop. I intend to ask the city to take immediate emergency steps to increase visible police patrols in the area north of Olive to Page, and from Pennsylvania east. I am not neglecting the area west of Pennsylvania but it appears to be a safer and more stable area at this time. Regular foot and/or police car patrol in this …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The legislation now needs Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.
Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the country.
Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, is sponsoring a bill that would raise taxes on a pack of cigarettes. Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. House Bill 1673 increases the excise tax on cigarettes in the state of Missouri by .04 per pack for the next four years. The estimated $80 million revenue generated from the tax will be placed into the State’s General Revenue fund, according to Ellinger's office. Currently, there are two other bills being proposed that would also aim to increase the cigarette tax, but at much higher rates. According to KBIA, Rep. Mary Still of Columbia wants to raise the tax to 89 cents a pack, with the revenue going to public …
Friday, January 20, 2012
All the news you need for Friday, Jan. 20.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Meeting will be held tonight at the Heman Park Community Center.
Rep. Rory Ellinger, D- University City, will host a forum to discuss the conditions of the Missouri State prisons and the Pew Foundation’s report on recidivism at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Heman Park Community Center in University City. The event will also feature the director of the Department of Corrections, George Lombardi, State Rep. Gary Fuhr, R-St. Louis, a former FBI agent, and Robert McCulloch, Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County. Rep. Ellinger will moderate the event as the guest give their personal insights on Missouri prisons and suggest much needed legislative reforms. At the end of the presentation, there will be a significant amount of time for audience members to enter the conversation by asking questions and …