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Interim Committee to Hold Field Hearing

Interim Committee to Hold Field Hearing

The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education will hold a hearing next month in Joplin. The five-member committee is studying the role of state funding in higher education, considering alternative methods of funding a college education, and looking at the debt load college students are carrying. The panel will meet October 18 at the Billingsly Student Center, Room 310, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri. The public hearing will begin at 1 p.m.. The charge of the interim committee and a list of members is posted below:

Missouri State Senate
Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education


Gary Nodler, 32nd, Chairman
Scott Rupp, 2nd
Charlie Shields, 34th
Frank Barnitz, 16th
Chuck Graham, 19th

Established pursuant to the Missouri Constitution.

The committee shall consist of five members, three Republicans and two Democrats, and will be responsible for reviewing…

Democrats Fail to Convince Colleagues to Hold Special Session

Democratic leaders in the Missouri House and Senate attempted to bring motions to the floors of their respective chambers during the annual Veto Session calling for a special session to partially reinstate the Medical Assistance for the Working Disabled or MAWD program.
In the Senate, Minority Floor Leader Maida Coleman (link), D-St. Louis, rose to speak on a point of personal privilege and tried to introduce a motion allowing lawmakers to call themselves into special session. Senate Majority Floor Leader Charlie Shields (link), R-St. Joseph, cited Article III, Sect. 32 of the Missouri Constitution (link) in arguing that lawmakers convened during the Veto Session could only consider bills vetoed by the governor. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons (link), R-Kirkwood, then ruled the motion out of order.
In the House, Minority Leader Jeff Harris (link), D-Columbia, tried to introduce a similar motion but was ruled out of order by House Speaker Rod Jetton (link), R-Marble Hill.

Missouri Senate to Honor Retiring Members

The Missouri Senate will convene at noon September 13th for the annual Veto Session. Governor Matt Blunt has vetoed line items in four appropriations bills (veto messages), but lawmakers are not expected to muster the two-thirds majority necessary to override the governor’s vetoes. The Veto Session will mark the final chapter in the Senate careers of four retiring members.
Sen. Patrick Dougherty, D-St. Louis, was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001 and re-elected to a full term in the Senate in 2002. Dougherty is serving his last term in the legislature due to term limits (link, bio).
Sen. Charles Wheeler, D-Kansas City, the only physician serving in the upper chamber, was elected to the Senate in 2002 (link, bio). He retired from the Senate to pursue other elected office.
Sen. David Klindt, R-Bethany, was elected to the Senate in 2001 (link, bio). A farmer and rancher for over 30 years, Sen. Klindt has been named Vice President of the Association of Missouri Electric Coo…

Senate Hearings Scheduled for Week of Veto Session

Senate Hearings Scheduled for Week of Veto Session:

A number of Senate committees and Joint committees have scheduled hearings next week, when lawmakers will return to the Capitol for the annual Veto Session. If the governor vetoes a bill, it is returned to the house of origin with his objections. A two-thirds vote by members of both houses is required to override a governor's veto. To date, Governor Blunt has vetoed four line items in four appropriations bills, all of which originated in the House. To view the Veto Messages from the governor, click the following link:

Veto Messages

During the week of Sept. 11, the following committees will hold public hearings at the Capitol:

Committee: Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education
Date: Tuesday, September 12 Time: 10:00 AM Room: Senate Lounge

Committee: Joint Committee on Legislative Research
Date: Tuesday, September 12 Time: 2:00 PM Room: House Hearing Room 6
Quarterly business meeting. Some portions of the meeti…