Government & Politics

Proposal to rate the energy efficiency of Kansas City buildings prompts backlash

The Kansas City Council is considering a plan to require large buildings to publicly post their energy consumption, like gas mileage disclosures on cars. Other cities are doing this, but representatives of some of Kansas City’s largest buildings object, arguing it will be just another expensive mandate that will put them at a competitive disadvantage with cities that don’t have this requirement.

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Missouri ponders medical marijuana — and the money to be made selling it

Legalizing medical marijuana sits at the crossroads of compassion and commerce — those suffering from chronic illnesses could escape the black market, while a potentially lucrative new legal market would spring to life. But in Missouri, it comes with a catch. Proposed legislation would allow only 30 licenses in the entire state to sell marijuana. That means restricted access for those seeking relief. But it also would fatten the bottom line for those few that land a license.

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House Benghazi panel calls Clinton to testify

The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.

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Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft

The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.

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Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period

The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

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