This week the Missouri Information Technology Advisory Board (ITAB) held their quarterly meeting. The committee is chaired by the Missouri CIO Rich Kliethermes and its members are made up from the heads of IT from the various state agencies, staff from all of the statewide elected officials, as well as Missouri’s Chief Information Security Officer and State Data Center Director. 

Several years of debate over the proper uses of technology in law enforcement activities brings to light a multitude of issues for legislators to tackle.  From body-cameras to license plate readers; REAL ID compliance and Prescription drug monitoring programs, all these issues conjure frightful thoughts of big brother watching and sacrifice of freedoms. However, technology in law enforcement can be used responsibly and effectively.

The two big terms floating around Missouri politics these days seem to be career politicians and special session.  Both of which nab headlines and conjure up feelings of dysfunctional government. Is one becoming the cause of the other? The constitution, after all, is designed to ensure a citizen legislature. In the Missouri legislature, there are two mechanisms in place to prevent state legislators having their service turn into a career. 

The firm of Flotron & McIntosh, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Keith Antone Willis, Sr. has joined their firm as the Not for Profit and Corporate Relations Specialist effective DATE. Willis will blend his corporate relationships, not for profit experience and political knowledge together for help clients to open doors & create new revenue streams of income.

The final day of the 2017 session quickly devolved into chaos following one particular senator’s priority legislation dying in the House. This spurred a series of short filibusters in the final hours, and ended with the Senate becoming a complete pandemonium. Previous question motions were made by leadership to end debate on minimum wage legislation and force a vote. At this point, senators were not recognized for motions or comments, and a representative stormed the chamber accusing a senator of literally sentencing him to death for not passing a much-needed organ donor bill, all while Democrats attempted to shut down the Senate by moving for adjournment multiple times. After nearly 30 procedural moves, that were concurrently addressed by more PQ motions, the Senate passed the minimum wage “fix” and adjourned early.

On Thursday, Governor Greitens released his recommendations for the FY 2018 budget that included more than $572 million in spending reductions from last fiscal year. His budget is based of a 3.8% consensus revenue estimate.

Included in his cuts were $73 million reduction from the four year higher educations institutions, a 3% cut to all Medicaid providers,  changes in eligibility requirements for in-home and nursing care,  $31 million reduction in school busing programs and saw the Department of Agriculture’s budget cut by more than half.

On Monday Governor Greitens announced the an expected additional round of budgetary withholds. This comes just a week after he has taken office. Higher education institutions around the state bore the brunt of the cuts, $55 million from the four-year institutions and $11.8 million from community colleges. Other programs that took hits were transportation for K-12 education, the state’s bio-diesel incentives fund, core cuts to the state’s various humanities and cultural partners and Missouri’s tourism advertising budget.  

On Tuesday December 6th, the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee met for their final meeting of 2016, and final meeting for both the Department of Social Services Director Brian Kinkade and the MO HealthNet Director Joe Parks as both will be moving on from state government at the end of the month.

The President of Flotron McIntosh, Richard McIntosh was on air with the Missouri Times for their This Week in Missouri Politics broadcast. Check out the video below for discussion around the upcoming November elections. 

This is the second time Richard has appeared on the program.

Today, the Governor's Conference on CyberSecurity was held in Jefferson City. Governor Jay Nixon, Commissioner Doug Nelson, CIO Rich Kliethermes, and CISO Mike Roling kicked off the event. Click here to watch a video of Commissioner Nelson's and Governor Nixon's opening remarks from this morning.