Mo. Dem Leader Talboy Says GOP May Oberide Governor’s Veto on Abortion Bill
September 12, 2012

House Republicans could attempt overrides of several vetoes by Governor Jay Nixon, but two issues are expected to be at the forefront of today’s veto session.

House Minority Floor Leader Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City)
Republicans will have to start in the Senate to attempt an overturn of Senate Bill 749, to allow employers and individuals to opt out of insurance coverage for contraception, abortion and sterilization. House Minority Floor Leader Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) says that veto will be tough to sustain.
“I think that if you look at the vote total, and if you look at the makeup of certain districts that some of our folks represent, I think that one is going to be the much tougher of the two to do.”
Talboy says Republicans will have a much harder time finding the votes to overturn the veto of HB 1329, to allow sales tax collections on vehicle purchases made out of state or from private Missourians.
“I know that there are some Democrats that, for their area, feel that it is vitally important. However unless you get to a 95, 96, 97-type area with the Republican votes, I don’t know that there are enough Democratic votes to even come close to anything there.”

KC’s Talboy Expects “Tense” Vote on ‘Conscience’ Bill in approaching Veto Session
September 1, 2012

Columbia Missourian:
COLUMBIA — Missouri lawmakers have one last chance to make law from legislation that Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed earlier this year. The General Assembly’s annual veto session is scheduled for Sept. 12.

States’ rights, religious freedom and women’s health will converge to drive the debate over Senate Bill 749, which provides protection for employers’ religious beliefs in regard to the imposition of certain health-care services and is likely to face a final vote. Chances are good that taxation of vehicles purchased out of state also will be put to the test. Arguments about business competitiveness and accusations of retroactive taxation promise to see House Bill 1329 — regarding the issuance of temporary permit tags and the collection of sales taxes on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors — buffeted back and forth across the proverbial aisle.

Rep. Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, who is minority floor leader in the House, said he anticipates the vote on SB 749 to be tense. Still, he thinks there’s a good chance the legislature will override the governor’s veto and pass the bill.

“I would anticipate that one is going to be the most difficult to sustain the governor’s veto,” Talboy said. “It’s probably the most fueled and emotional type of bill that we’re going to see in veto session.”

In the Senate, Majority Leader and SB 749 co-sponsor Tom Dempsey, R-St. Peters, also thinks an override of the veto is probable. He is less certain about HB 1329. There have been instances, he said, when votes for a bill during the regular session did not translate to override votes during the veto session.

“If they had a desire to support their governor, then the House would not have the votes to override that bill,” he said.

An unusual addition to this year’s veto session will be election of a new House Speaker. Rep. Steven Tilley stepped down from that post earlier in August. House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is widely expected to be elected by his colleagues as their new leader.

The veto session is scheduled to start at noon Sept. 12 at the Capitol in Jefferson City. As with all sessions of the legislature, it is open to the public. The Missouri Constitution allows up to 10 days for veto business, but House Clerk Adam Crumbliss expects lawmakers to wrap up in just one.

Former House Democratic Leader Talboy Joins Burns & McDonnell
May 23, 2012

Former Missouri House Democratic Leader Mike Talboy has joined the Burns and McDonnell engineering firm as it’s first Director of Government Affairs.
Talboy announced earlier this week he was retiring from the legislature He was eligible to serve one more two-year term in the Missouri House.
“I could not be happier to join Burns & McDonnell,” Talboy said. “The commitment they have to the state, our city, our communities and the people of Kansas City is without question. This is a company with endless potential", Talboy said in a news release oases by the company Wednesday morning.
The statement says Talboy starts his new job in early June.
“We are excited to have Mike join our team,” said Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Graves in the same statement “As we have grown, it has become increasingly obvious that we need to be more proactively engaged with the legislative process at all levels of government."
Talboy also was complimented by his opposite number in the House, retiring Speaker Steve Tilley.
"Mike has always been great to work with even when we disagree,” said the release.
“He is a straightforward communicator and has always worked well with all sides of an issue to break through impasses and find consensus."

House Dem Leader Leaving
May 21, 2012

PoliticoMO is reporting Kansas City State Rep. Mike Talboy, the House Minority Leader told his colleagues he is leaving the House. But Talboy adds, ” stay tuned”.
Talboy had two more years left he could serve but is passing it up. Earlier this spring he took a pass on a run for the State Senate.
Talboy’s decision opens up a mid-town Kansas City State. House seat that has been a safe Democratic seat for years.

Missouri House Takes On Kansas Business Poaching
April 25, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House members borrowed from the economic development strategy of some other states and endorsed legislation Tuesday aimed at attracting large projects with a new type of incentive that would use the additional tax revenues to help pay for the plan.
The new economic development tool would allow local officials to issue special obligation bonds to help pay for major projects. The bonds then could be paid off by tapping the additional state and local sales and use taxes generated by the development project, plus local hotel taxes.
The state House gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday with minimal debate. It needs another round of approval before moving to the state Senate.
Incentives would be targeted for projects with at least a $50 million capital investment and expectations to generate $50 million in sales per year. Developments away from larger cities also could qualify for the incentives if they have regional or statewide importance, or if they’re planned for a major tourism area — places where state officials conclude at least $100 million worth of capital improvements will be built.
“This is an economic development tool that our state does not have, but our bordering states do have, and they have employed with great success to our detriment,” said House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka. He added that the proposed incentives were intended to boost significant entertainment and tourism destinations that would attract visitors from outside Missouri.
“We are talking about destination spots, not moving the theater across town,” Jones said.
Cities or counties planning to issue the bonds would need to conduct a public hearing and approve a resolution or ordinance within 30 days. Project developers would need to start work within two years and be finished within 20 years.
The incentives could not go to businesses seeking to relocate within Missouri or if a required marketing study shows that similar businesses in the area would be harmed by the project. Casinos could not be part of the development projects.
Local officials would be required to prepare a feasibility study that includes examining whether the incentives and project revenue would be sufficient to pay for the development; how jobs created by the project would contribute to economic development efforts; and the expected return for state and local investments. The director for the state Department of Economic Development would examine the study and any additional information.
The legislation, which has bipartisan backing by House leaders, would allow the incentives to go toward project expenses, such as buying property, preparing utilities, paving streets, landscaping, parking, museums and sports complexes.
Supporters say Missouri has lost out when similar incentives have been offered in other states, particularly Kansas.
House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, said he has seen firsthand how Missouri has lost out on new projects by not offering the incentives. For example, similar incentives were part of the package that Kansas officials used in securing a development project worth several hundred million dollars that included a soccer stadium for the Kansas City Wizards. The soccer team previously played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
“Kansas is getting our tax dollars,” Talboy said.