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Serving in the Missouri General Assembly since 2007
Legislative Column for the Week of Feb 23, 2015


Senate Approves Student Transfer Measure

The Missouri Senate spent a substantial amount of time this week debating Senate Bill 1, which deals with unaccredited districts and the state’s school transfer law. The measure is a combination of bills from various senators from both caucuses that were rolled into one piece of legislation during the committee process. Together, the proposals aim to finally resolve the ongoing problems associated with the transfer law and how the state deals with unaccredited districts.

Lawmakers spent multiple days vetting each section of the bill and how it would affect not only those specific areas dealing with transfer issues, but all school districts throughout the state. While there were moments of frustration, an unavoidable symptom of dealing with such a massive problem, lawmakers remained committed to crafting the best possible bipartisan solution we can. This is no small feat.


March Robot Madness VIP Tour in Kansas City

Known as the “varsity” sport for the mind, the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition features more than 1,100 high school students, representing 54 teams from around the Kansas City area and beyond. The event will be held at the MCC-Business and Technology Campus. VIP tours are available Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Over the course of six weeks, each team works with area mentors to design and build a robot that can solve problems and perform specific tasks set forth by the competition’s rules.

The annual event is one of the Midwest’s largest robotics tournaments and was created to help students discover the skills and education they need to pursue STEM-based careers, or careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.   



Summer Job and Internship Fair for Kansas City Youth

In today’s job market, young people need every advantage they can to secure gainful employment. While a solid education is critical, it’s sometimes not enough. Employers are increasingly looking for individuals with an educational background, but also real world experience. One of the best ways for students to gain that is by using the summer months to work in a summer job or internship program.

To help students find these positions, the Kansas City Mayor’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement is holding the 11th Annual Bright Future Summer Job and Internship Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at UMKC Student Union, located at 5100 Cherry St., Kanas City, Mo.


Tax Assistance Available in Kansas City

The beginning of January marks the start of the tax filing season, which lasts until the April 15 deadline. The state and federal tax codes are exceptionally complicated, and many people need help filing their returns. And, by seeking professional assistance, citizens can guarantee their tax forms were compiled correctly and that they didn’t miss any deductions that may help them.

Next Step KC VITA is offering free tax preparation to most taxpayers earning $53,000 or less at numerous locations throughout the Kansas City area.



Senator Curls' Biography
Senator Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 9) in the Missouri Senate. She won a special election to the Missouri Senate in February 2011, and won re-election to the Senate in 2012 after having serving in the Missouri House since 2007. <<more

Capitol Office:
201 W. Capitol Ave.
Room 434
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-3158

District Office:
4609 Paseo Blvd.
Suite 102
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 923-6000

Affordable Care Act
The federal Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA, puts you in charge of your health care. Under this law, passed in 2010, you have the stability and flexibility you need to make informed choices about your health. <<more


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