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Senate leaders and Governor Jay Nixon discuss legislative priorities as lawmakers return to work

Date: January 7, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri lawmakers have never really seen eye to eye with Governor Jay Nixon, and the beginning of the 2015 legislative session is no different
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Wrap: In his news conference after the annual prayer breakfast, Governor Jay Nixon outlined his legislative priorities for the 2015 session.

Among those priorities is Medicaid expansion.

Nixon said despite large Republican majorities in each chamber, he's confident something can be done.

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Description: "There's been a significant change since we were here last year. Since we've been here last year, you've seen a cavalcade of states in which you have Republican governors, Republican legislatures moving forward on Medicaid that said they wouldn't."

But in his opening news conference, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said there is no chance the Senate moves forward on Medicaid expansion.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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Missouri Senate leadership is not buying into new public funding for a new St. Louis Rams stadium while Governor Jay Nixon says St. Louis is still an NFL city.
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Wrap: The issue of whether the St. Louis Rams will still be in St. Louis in the future came to a head this week as Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a nearly 300 acre lot in the Los Angeles area to build a football stadium.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard of Joplin said his hopes are not high as it relates to new public funding for a new Rams stadium.

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Description: "I'm not sure the appetite is there to support that, but then again, we'll see what happens in the conversations with Senator Dempsey."

Governor Jay Nixon said his two-man commission tasked with finding options to keep the Rams in St. Louis is due to release their report on Friday.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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