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Showing posts from May, 2006

Selected Key Dates

Following are selected dates leading up to the next legislative session.

For more information on these dates, or on any legislative matter, call Senate Communications at: (800) 877-5982.

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30 Constitutional Adjournment of the Year’s Regular Session.

30 2006 Fiscal Year Ends.

01 Secretary of the Senate Begins Accepting Bills.
01 2007 Fiscal Year Begins.
14 Last Day for the Governor to Veto Bills.

08 Primary Elections. (6 for Senate Seats)
28 Effective Date for (Most) Enacted Bills.

12 Veto Session Convenes, if one or more vetoes exist.

07 General Elections. (17 for Senate Seats)

01 Secretary of the Senate Begins Numbering Prefiled Bills.

January, 2007
03 First Regular Session of the 94th General Assembly Convenes.

Lawmakers Approve Voter ID, Ethanol Standard in Final Week

Campaign-finance reform, sex-offender legislation also passes

Jefferson City — In the final week of the legislative session, lawmakers worked late into the night on several occasions to compromise on and pass legislation before the 6 p.m. Friday deadline. One particularly contentious bill makes changes to state laws affecting voters.

The General Assembly gave final passage to Senate legislation requiring Missourians to submit a government-issued photographic identification card in order to vote. SB 1014 prohibits individuals from using paychecks, utility bills or bank statements as valid identification. The bill also requires the state to issue photo IDs to all citizens who cannot afford them.

SB 1014 contains several exemptions to the photo-ID requirement for the 2006 elections. Under the latest version, elderly and mentally and physically disabled Missourians, those with a “sincerely held” religious opposition to photo IDs, and individuals 65 or older can still vote in this year’s elec…

Lawmakers Agree on Bill Limiting Use of Eminent Domain

Legislation sets requirements for fair compensation

Jefferson City — Lawmakers from the Senate and House agreed to legislation modifying state laws on eminent domain.

The House bill tightens state law concerning the use of eminent domain. HB 1944 prohibits eminent domain from being used solely for economic development. The legislation also prohibits farmland from being considered “blighted.”

HB 1944 also requires factors such as fair market value and heritage value to be considered when deciding fair compensation for property taken through eminent domain. Those who have had their homes taken by a condemning authority are required to receive 25 percent more than the home’s value. Under the heritage value provision, homes, farms or businesses that have been in the same extended family for at least 50 years will automatically receive an additional 50 percent of the land’s value. The bill is on its way to the governor.

The General Assembly gave final approval to the budget for the fiscal year…