A Wish For More Civility In Government

By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph), Telegraph Columnist
A very short column as the year 2013 ends and a New Year and a New Session of the General Assembly will soon begin. It is always a time of great hope and anticipation and probably a slew of New Year’s resolutions. I have [...]

Conway’s Column

By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
Thanksgiving week has arrived and the prevailing news is the question “What are you thankful for this year? I sometimes have wondered why they always add this year. If you want the specifics of this narrow version, the responding party might say the Chiefs being 9-2 [...]

Conway’s Column

By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
In the Legislature, consisting of 163 Representatives and 34 Senators, it is taken for granted that each one will have an area of expertise. I take great pride this year in being the Ranking Democrat on the Veterans committee.
In the two previous sessions, I was ranking [...]

Aftermath Of Legislative Session

Conway’s Column, By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
The aftermath of the legislative session, which includes the analysis of the Bills that passed during the year, is ongoing for next several weeks. Governor Nixon has already vetoed several pieces of legislation and is in contact with Representatives and Senators who voted against specific Bills. [...]

Opening Prayer of the Missouri House

By State Representative Pat Conway
I had the honor last Thursday of offering the opening prayer of the Missouri House legislative session. Normally our chaplain or another minister offers the invocation, however the Speaker allowed me this date for a very special occasion.
Last year with the help of Rep. Fitzwater [...]

Conway’s Column

By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
The discussion item this week is HJR 4 introduced by Representative Neth. HJR would allow members of the General Assembly to extend term limits to a total of 16 years in the House or Senate. Currently no member can serve more than eight years in [...]

Conway’s Column

By State Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
A little later in this column you will read about the Governor’s call for expansion of Medicaid. The summary is fairly simplistic when we view the overall effect of the program. I have watched and believe me read a great deal of the initiation of [...]

Proposition B Explained

By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
In the upcoming election, you the voter will be asked to consider four major changes, either to the Constitution or Propositions placed on the ballot by initiative petition or General Assembly action. This is the first of four proposals, and what I consider a balanced pro vs. [...]

A Look At Governor Nixon’s Vetoes

Conway’s Column, By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
The main news and probably the only news from Jefferson City this past week involved the Governor’s veto of several pieces of legislation. The facts are very true that towards the end of session a conglomeration of Bills that could not have made it [...]

Funding Limits Accomplishments

Conway’s Column
By State Representative Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph)
Session has come to a close and in reality very little was accomplished. The reason, and not picking sides on this one, is that there is no discretionary funding available. The increases that we are seeing in Medicaid and corrections and the attempts to maintain [...]

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