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Missouri Lawmakers could restore some spending cut by Gov. Nixon in veto session

Missourinet, September 3, 2014
The ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Jeanne Kirkton of Webster Groves, says until Republicans’ plans for those tax cut bills is made clear, it will be hard for any lawmakers to know how to vote on the budget item vetoes. Stream says he’ll need the help of Democrats to be successful in overturning the budget vetoes because many Republicans voted against those bills, out of objection to increased spending.
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Missouri's Right to Farm Law Divides the State

Modern Farmer, August 6, 2014
The fear of the Humane Society largely stems from its 2010 effort to reign in notorious puppy mills in the state. “I think it goes back years,” said state Rep. Jeanne Kirkon, who voted against the amendment. “People get fearful that maybe they [The Humane Society] will come back.”
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Editorial: Dan River spill haunt's Ameren's plan for new coal-ash landfill

St Louis Post-Dispatch, March 31, 2014
A resolution in the Missouri Legislature filed by state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, would encourage DNR to adopt a ground-water monitoring policy. This is the least that can be done. The Legislature should pass the resolution.
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The debate on Common Core rages even as teachers are moving ahead

St Louis Post-Dispatch, February 27, 2014
Missouri legislators are debating two bills to repeal the standards, which were adopted by the state’s education department four years ago.
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Clock Ticking On Statehouse School Transfer Issue

Webster-Kirkwood Times, February 7, 2014
rea school districts and many public schools in the region could be thrown into virtual chaos if state legislators don't act on the issue of unaccredited districts -- and soon.
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Missouri lawmakers approve bill to bring Boeing plant to St. Louis County

St Louis Post-Dispatch, December 6, 2013
Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, said in an interview that she didn’t trust the state’s “overly generous assumptions. I’m very cautious about putting the people I represent on the hook years from now if these assumptions are all wrong.”
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Celebration Marks Completion Of Laclede Groves Apartments

Webster-Kirkwood Times, November 1, 2013
Lutheran Senior Services held an Oct. 24 grand opening ceremony for the $50 million expansion and renovation to the Laclede Groves retirement community in Webster Groves.
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Missouri child protection undergoes fresh scrutiny

Webster-Kirkwood Times, October 24, 2013
“The issue here, I guess if there is one, if you’re not a person of means, you can’t participate in fighting the system because you can’t afford an attorney and you can’t get anywhere,” said state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, a member of the joint committee. She learned of the incident with the toddler when she held a listening post last week at the Webster Groves Library.
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Need is certain but funding unclear at Missouri's psychiatric hospital

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 21, 2013
Kirkton, who holds degrees in nursing and often speaks on health-related issues at the Capitol, frequently refers to the state hospital at Fulton as a “human rights issue.” “It’s just abysmal,” she said. “To me, that is just one of the biggest priorities we should have.”
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Missouri legislators should take care of citizens

St Louis Post-Dispatch, May 6, 2013
Our opportunity is now. Missouri legislators need to act like grown-ups. We elected them to do what is best for all of the citizens of our state and they are failing badly. In all fairness, though, I do want to thank Reps. Jake Hummel and Jeanne Kirkton, as well as Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, for sponsoring bills to expand Medicaid.
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Area School Superintendents Oppose State Bill Allowing Armed Teachers Into Schools

Webster-Kirkwood Times, January 13, 2013
State Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, said House Bill 70 is likely to pass in the Missouri House, though its chances of passing are much slimmer in the Senate.
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Governor Nixon Signs Bills to Help Children In Need

KMOX - CBS St. Louis, June 25, 2012
Nixon was joined by State Representatives Rick Stream and Jeanne Kirkton, who pushed the bills through the legislature.
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Pregnancy is serious

Kansas City Star, June 9, 2012
People can hold differing moral viewpoints on contraception, sterilization and abortion, but facts still matter. And pregnancy, planned or not, should not be taken lightly.
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Missouri Legislature refuses to loosen reins on nurse practitioners

St Louis Beacon, May 11, 2012
The Missouri Nurses Association used that example as one of many to try to make a case for state lawmakers to enact HB1371, introduced by Rep. Ray Weter, R-Nixa, and co-sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves. The bill would have eased many rules involving collaborative practice arrangements between doctors and NPs.
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Last-Place Pay: Lawmakers Look at State Worker Wages

Ozark First, April 25, 2012
"We're 50 out of 50 and it's because of the budget situation that we're in," said Rep. Kirkton. "And I think until we get out of this situation that we are going to remain low."
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Letters to the Editor - Pitting care providers against each other

St Louis Post-Dispatch, March 31, 2012
Legislation proposed in the Missouri House and Senate on behalf of certain anesthesiologists would prohibit licensed and qualified certified registered nurse anesthetists, working under the supervision of physicians and surgeons, from providing physician-prescribed pain treatments to patients.
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FTC Says Mo. Bill Would Limit Pain Treatment Choices

Law360, March 28, 2012
The proposed law, Missouri House Bill 1399, would only allow physicians to give pain injections around the spine and spinal cord using imaging technology. Currently, CRNAs are allowed to treat patients with the shots, according to the FTC letter addressed to Missouri Rep. Jeanne...
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Women lag far behind men for elected office in Missouri

St Louis Post Dispatch, March 16, 2012
There are more women than men registered to vote in every county of Missouri. But when it comes to holding office, men dominate at nearly every level of government.
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Unsung Heroes of the Heart of the Community.

The Chamber Chronical, March 1, 2012
The annual Heart of the Community event on February 3 honored and recognized some of the many outstanding people in our community that give so much to make our region a wonderful place to live, work, shop and educate our children. All of the award winners were so deserving, but I wanted to point out the actions of a few individuals at the dinner who rose to the challenge when we experienced a medical emergency.
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Working group to go over proposed social services cuts

Columbia Daily Tribune, February 23, 2012
After the House Budget Committee finished its review of $65.4 million in proposed cuts that pit social service programs against higher education, committee Chairman Ryan Silvey expressed surprise at the muted response to the changes.
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Missouri panel votes to cut blind benefit from medicaid

St Louis Post Dispatch, February 17, 2012
A $28 million Medicaid program for the blind would be eliminated and the money shifted to higher education under a recommendation made by a Missouri House appropriations committee on Thursday.
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Mo. dog breeding compromise spurs animal measures

St Louis Post Dispatch, February 11, 2012
A bill filed this past week by Rep. Jeanne Kirkton would exempt Missouri animal shelters from paying state licensing fees. Animal shelters lost their exemption from the licensing fees under a law approved in 2010. Under the legislation passed last year amid the controversy over dog breeding, the fees for shelters, commercial breeders, kennels and others were increased from a maximum of $500 up to $2,500.
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MoDOT Seeks More Amtrak Funds, January 25, 2012
"[Amtrak] gives people a chance to travel off the highway," Kirkton said. She does not think this is a partisan issue.
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Keeping the Dream Alive Close to Home

Webster Groves Patch, January 16, 2012
On hand for the event were Mo. Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-91), Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch and Rock Hill Mayor Daniel Diplacido. Rock Hill Alderman Ed Johnson (Ward 1), who is also the director of Webster-Rock Hill Ministries, and Webster Groves council members Anne Tolan and Toni Hunt also took part in the march.
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A Tale Of 2 Cities...

Webster - Kirkwood Times, January 6, 2012
The Times looked at several issues from the 2011 term in which Stream and Kirkton came down differently. Both said they were confident they represented their constituents with their votes and offered evidence that they were, indeed, in sync with the residents they represent.
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Communities Team Up To Help Feed The Hungry

Webster - Kirkwood Times, December 2, 2011
Rep. Jeanne Kirkton and the local communities of Glendale, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury and Webster Groves are gathering non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to benefit local food pantries and neighbors in need.
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Empowering The Deaf

Webster - Kirkwood Times, November 25, 2011
"Webster Groves is such a great place for us, because the people are so accepting here," said Gjerdingen. "You can't say that about every place in Missouri. Local elected officials like Jeanne Kirkton of Webster have been especially supportive."
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Guest commentary: Financial security is national security

St Louis Post Dispatch, July 8, 2011
Boosting our economy, protecting consumers, getting credit flowing to entrepreneurs and putting people back to work are on the minds of elected officials all across the nation.
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Glendale's Anita Sullivan Captures Senior Service Award

Webster - Kirkwood Times, May 20, 2011
State Rep. Jeanne Kirkton and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder present Anita Sullivan with a Senior Service Award.
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Long-Awaited High School Addition Breaks Ground

KirkwoodPatch, May 18, 2011
Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch, state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, and Shrewsbury Mayor Felicity Buckley attended the event along with past board of education members.
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Miriam Gym Opens Developmental Doors in Webster Groves

KirkwoodPatch, May 15, 2011
The Miriam Foundation recently celebrated the grand opening of its new multipurpose gym facility, which features acoustically treated walls and floors to reduce sound.
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Assault On Student In Old Orchard Prompts Police, School Officials To Review District Early Dismissa

Webster - Kirkwood Times, March 18, 2011
"This is an issue like the three-legged stool. The city and the school district are two legs, and the parents are absolutely the third leg holding this stool up," said Kirkton.
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Legislators Support American Heart Month by Wearing Red!

Missouri Advocacy Beat, February 10, 2011
What a great day at the Capitol on Wednesday! Legislators wore RED to show their support of American Heart Month and presented a Go Red Month Resolution to Jace Smith, Government Relations Director with the American Heart Association - A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated! Check out the pictures...
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Webster School District Braces for Budget Cuts

KirkwoodPatch, January 9, 2011
"Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-District 15) and Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-District 091) have done a fantastic job of listening to our needs and taking (our input) back to Jefferson city with them."
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A Year in Review

Webster - Kirkwood Times, December 31, 2010
"When we are cutting Medicaid and mental health, we are really down to the bone - so many people are on waiting lists for this help now," said Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves. "We have nothing but bad news for everybody: schools, health care, social services, corrections..."
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A Webster Groves 4th: Politics, parades and potluck

St. Louis Beacon, July 4, 2010
The Webster parade is among a handful around the state that generally are magnets for candidates and their contingents of supporters.
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House bucks Nixon, offers tax lures for Ford -- and electronic data centers

St. Louis Beacon, June 29, 2010
Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, successfully amended the bill to keep the five-year requirement for a worker to be vested. The proposed bill would have required 10 years of employment for benefit eligibility.
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State Legislative Leaders Foundation, June 25, 2010
Representative Kirkton has been selected to participate in the 2010 Program for Emerging Political Leaders, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
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County Assessor To Go Before Voters - Twice

Webster - Kirkwood Times, June 6, 2010
Kirkton worked on her own bill addressing a reassessment issue this past session. The measure passed and it will tweak state law to provide much-needed revenue for St. Louis County schools without a tax hike, while easing volatility for taxpayers.
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Area Legislators Debate Merits Of "Obamacare" Referendum

Webster - Kirkwood Times, May 28, 2010
"Everything I have studied about this points to a conclusion that the health care reform bill and its mandates are Constitutional," said Kirkton. "That is why I voted against having a useless referendum on the ballot. Its purpose is to rouse political passions and the Republican base.
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State Budget Cuts Put Programs In Peril

Webster – Kirkwood Times, March 19, 2010
"When we are cutting Medicaid and mental health, we are really down to the bone - so many people are on waiting lists for this help now," said Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves. "We have nothing but bad news for everybody: schools, health care, social services, corrections...
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Just Like AZ, Missouri Looking To Mandate Ignition Interlocks

The Phoenix DUI Blog, February 25, 2010
Missouri House Bill 1804, which was proposed by Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves) is just now starting to get off the ground. It has the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The bill would prevent DWI offenders from driving while under the influence. It would be mandatory for those with even one DWI conviction to have the ignition interlock system installed in the vehicle.
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House Tax Reform Committee Hears Scratch-Off Match-Off Bill

The Legislative Link, February 22, 2010
Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, voiced her concerns with the bill. "I received an email last night on an article that calls Missouri the laughingstock of the United States as a result of your bill. I think Missouri definitely has a revenue problem, and this bill is cute and clever, but its not going to solve our problem here," said Kirkton. "I would really prefer that we all sit down together and have a new vision for Missouri."
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H.B. 1804 to toughen drunk driving law

Joplin Independent, February 3, 2010
"Ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers protect public safety while allowing them the ability to drive without further endangering the public. These devices reinforce sober driving and make our roads safer. And that's what this legislation is about - saving lives," Kirkton said.
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Missouri Selected to Participate in Safe Routes to School State Network Project

PedNet, February 1, 2010
The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking is pleased to announce that the Safe Routes to School National Partnership selected Missouri to participate in the 2010 and 2011 phase of the State Network Project. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia were chosen to participate in this project, which is being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Webster - Kirkwood Times, October 16, 2009
"Our local legislators, Jeanne Kirkton and Eric Schmitt, have been very supportive," said Drollinger.
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Missouri Gets Tough On Young People Text-Messaging From Behind The Wheel

Webster - Kirkwood Times, September 4, 2009
At the state level, Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, said she thinks the legislature will revisit the texting-while-driving law in the 2010 Missouri General Assembly session. Kirkton, who sits on the House Transportation Committee, said she totally understands why people have questions about the 2009 law.
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Archived News

Blueburbs - Why Republicans are losing their hold on suburban America.

Governing, August 10, 2008
Jeanne Kirkton was out canvassing a few weeks ago along Lilac Avenue in Webster Groves, an old rail-line suburb 5 miles west of St. Louis. Lilac is a street of modest ranch houses and fine old trees, where lots of longtime residents some well into their 80s live next door to homes where yappy dogs pose a threat to the slumber of newborns.
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Term Limits Leave Open Seat; 4 Candidates In Aug. 5 Primary

Webster Kirkwood Times, July 18, 2008
Jeanne Kirkton, current Webster Groves City Council member, is running for the Democratic nomination for State Representative, District 91. Kirkton is a Missouri native. She and her husband, Larry King M.D., have lived in Webster Groves for 28 years. Kirkton holds a degree in nursing from Maryville University, a diploma from Barnes Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, and a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Webster University.
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Trio Of Million Mom Marchers

Webster Kirkwood Times, July 18, 2008
"I suspect the majority of my community agrees with me on having sensible gun laws."
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Pro-Vote observes third anniversary of Blunt's Medicaid cuts in Missouri

St. Louis Labor Tribune, July 16, 2008
Jeanne Kirkton, a registered nurse and healthcare advocate, summarized the situation: "Historically, Missouri has had a lower number of uninsured, but that's not the case now," Kirkton said. "People are entering our healthcare system late, sicker or not at all. They are not receiving the preventative care that saves lives and money."
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Countdown to Missouri's Aug. 5 primary

St Louis Beacon, July 5, 2008
Another open seat where Democrats hope to do well is the 91st district in St. Louis County, where Jeanne Kirkton, long active in partisan and nonpartisan election issues, is running.
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WG Commission To Examine Issues On Environment

Webster-Kirkwood Times, March 7, 2008
Over the past five months Council Member Jeanne Kirkton has been working with a six-member task force to determine the need for such a commission and how it would function.
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Gun-control group praises Illinois, criticizes Missouri

St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 1, 2008
"What we've seen in the last few years is a loosening of state gun laws that weren't so tight to begin with," said Jeanne Kirkton, former legislative director of Million Mom March in Missouri and a Webster Groves city councilwoman. "Illinois has more authority to regulate, more accountability for gun sales and more protections for children."
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Women Voters And Presidential Politics

Webster - Kirkwood Times, February 1, 2008
"This is an historic event," she added. "We've certainly had women run for president before, but this is so close you can taste it. There's some feeling in the area that a woman is ready to do it, and we should be behind her."
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Some Fear Hanley Work Will Lead To I-170 Extension

Webster - Kirkwood Times, January 28, 2008
"This kind of overpass is on a scale that's not really appropriate and has to be of concern to Webster residents for what the future plans are," said Jeanne Kirkton with the Webster Groves City Council. "We have invited Garry Earls of St. Louis County to come to Webster and lay out what those future plans are."
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3 On Webster Council To Seek State Offices

Webster - Kirkwood Times, November 30, 2007
Council members Randy Jotte and Jeanne Kirkton will both be candidates for the House of Representatives for Missouri's 91st district, a position currently held by State Rep. Kathlyn Fares, R-Webster Groves, who cannot run for reelection due to term limits. Jotte will run as a Republican, and Kirkton as a Democrat.
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Panel mulls universal health care

The Journal, October 25, 2007
Webster Groves Councilwoman Jeanne Kirkton and fellow Councilman Randy Gotte helped bring the discussion to Webster. Together, the panel was able to outline several options and explore several issues related to universal health care.
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Fighting the good fight: Nurses who advocate for change

Modern Medicine, February 1, 2006
"As a nurse in intensive care and later as a nurse anesthetist, I saw so much gun-related violence," Kirkton says. So when the Million Mom March movement emerged several years ago, she was drawn to it. "Gun control struck me as a commonsense cause that I could get behind, not something radical."
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Missouri Senate Candidate Endorsements

St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 25, 2004
Security moms, soccer dads, liberals and moderate Republicans can feel comfortable sending Jeanne Kirkton to the Senate. She would represent the district without letting ambition get in her way.
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