Friday, January 30, 2009

Recognized Missouri legislator Jason Grill joins King Hershey, PC.

State Representative Jason Grill, considered an emerging force in the Missouri legislature, has become of-counsel to the Kansas City-based King Hershey Law firm.

Elected to the legislature in November 2006, Grill represents more than 35,000 people from the Kansas City metropolitan area in Platte County. At 29, Grill is one of youngest legislators in the state of Missouri. In his first term, Rep. Grill sponsored and passed legislation, which was signed into law, to fight identity theft and help men and women in the military. He has served on numerous committees and currently serves on the House Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions, and Personal Privacy committees.

The King Hershey law firm, founded by the late Richard A. King, a pioneer of innovative public/private development partnerships, works with municipalities, developers and financial institutions to foster economic growth projects throughout Missouri.

King Hershey president Mike Burke said, “Jason is a top-notch attorney and a passionate, hard working legislator who is committed to helping move Kansas City, Platte County, and Missouri forward. We are excited to have him joining us at King Hershey.”Missouri State Representative Jason Grill recently joined King Hershey PCRecently, Rep. Grill was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri’s Up and Coming Lawyers. The weekly magazine recognized the best attorneys in Missouri who are under the age of 39 and who represent determination in legal work and in community betterment. In 2008, Rep. Grill was voted and recognized as KC’s “Best Local Politician” by KC Magazine. He has worked in the White House, at CNN Washington, and at other Kansas City and St. Louis based law firms. Rep. Grill is a 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he earned an Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Founded in 1988, King Hershey’s practice emphasizes real estate development, public finance and complex commercial transactions and litigation. The firm offers a broad range of general business and litigation services, and is known for its ability to structure complicated public/private financing for development projects.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rep. Grill votes to reject salary increase for legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - State Representative Jason Grill, D-Parkville, recently voted in favor of a resolution rejecting potential salary increases for lawmakers and statewide elected officials. The measure, HCR 5, passed in the Missouri House of Representatives.
“With many Missourians losing their jobs and the state facing a tight budget situation, now is not the time to pay elected officials higher salaries,” Grill said. “This is simply not a priority use of taxpayer money.”

HCR 5 rejects recommendations made late last year by the State Salary Commission that call for pay increases for elected officials in each of the next two fiscal years. Under the Missouri Constitution, the recommended pay increases will take effect unless rejected by both chambers of the General Assembly with two-thirds majorities by Feb. 1. The measure now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Because the resolution is to reject pay raises rather than endorse them, a “yes” vote was to oppose raises while a “no” vote was to support raises.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lawmaker appointed to four committees for 2009 session

Jefferson City - Representative Jason Grill, D-Parkville, was recently appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul LeVota (D-Independence), to serve on four powerful House committees for the 2009 legislative session. Rep. Grill was named to the House Committees on Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions, and Real ID and Personal Privacy.

The House Judiciary Committee considers and reports upon bills and matters relating to the judicial branch of the State and the practices and procedures of the courts of this State, on matters pertaining to civil and administrative laws and procedures, and on matters relating to the ethics of public officials. The House Committee on Ways and Means is responsible for all bills relating to the taxes of the State, tax credits, revenue and public debt of the State, and the interest thereon, and the administration of taxation and revenue laws.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve on these influential committees and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming months as we try to find solutions to the problems our state currently faces,” said Rep. Grill. “I am confident my experience as an attorney will help immensely as I work with the members of the Judiciary Committee to craft legislation that will support and improve the judicial process. I’m also excited to work with the members of the Ways and Means Committee as we look for ways to streamline our tax codes and lower taxes for working Missourians.”

The House Committee on Financial Institutions is responsible for all bills relating to banks, savings and loans, credit unions and other financial institutions. The House Committee on Real ID and Personal Privacy considers and reports upon bills and matters relating to the protection of personal privacy and security concerns.

“With the current financial crisis, I look forward to being a member of the Financial Institutions Committee as we try to find legislative solutions that ensure the stability of our banks and credit unions for all Missouri consumers and businesses. I am also looking forward to working with the members of the Real ID and Personal Privacy Committee to make certain the personal information of Missourians remains private,” said Rep. Grill. “This will be a challenging session but I am ready to get to work and am confident we can pass legislation that will make a real difference in the lives of all Missourians.”