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Senators Approve Safety Enhancements at Health Facilities

Week 13 - Week of March 26 - 30, 2007

Jefferson City — State senators advanced several measures to the House this week, including a major initiative affecting homes for Missourians with disabilities.
The Senate approved legislation implementing several new safety requirements at health-care facilities. Under Senate Bill 3, nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are required to install fire alarm systems by August 2009. Most of these facilities would have to set up sprinkler systems by 2013. Loans from the state are available for qualifying homes.
Pressure for tighter safety regulations at assisted living facilities mounted after a Nov. 27, 2006, fire at a home for Missourians with mental disabilities killed 11 people. The fire, which occurred at the Anderson Guest House in Southwest Missouri, prompted the governor to order a review of state fire-safety laws.
SB 3 also revises state laws concerning mental health facilities in response to newspaper reports of abuse and neglect a…

Major Senate Bills Advance in First Half of Session

Week 12 - Week of March 19 - 23, 2007Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate is adjourned and lawmakers are back in their districts this week for the annual spring recess. Senators have sent 102 measures to the House during the first half of session, including 99 bills and three concurrent resolutions. Two Senate measures have been sent to the governor to be signed into law.
Among the bills delivered to the governor is Senate Bill 284, which allows cable and telecommunications companies to receive statewide licenses to provide cable service. Currently, cable providers and telephone companies looking to enter the cable market must establish franchise agreements with local governments in order to provide service. Supporters say the measure will improve competition, resulting in lower prices for consumers.
The Legislature has also given final approval to SB 339, the Fairness in Public Construction Act. The legislation bars local governments from requiring contractors to enter “project labor a…

Senate Bills Sent to the Governor

Week 11 - Week of March 12 - 16, 2007

Jefferson City —In the final week before the Missouri Senate broke for a weeklong spring recess, lawmakers have approved the first Senate bills sent to the governor this year.
Senate Bill 284 allows cable and telecommunications companies to receive statewide licenses to provide cable service. Currently, cable providers and telephone companies looking to enter the cable market must establish franchise agreements with local governments in order to provide service. Similar legislation introduced last session did not pass. However, lawmakers were able to reach a compromise earlier this year. The legislation will become law with the governor’s signature. Proponents say the measure will improve competition and lower prices for consumers.
The Legislature has also given final approval to a measure affecting public construction projects and labor unions. SB 339, entitled the Fairness in Public Construction Act, bars state and local governments from requiring …

“Castle Doctrine” Legislation Sent to the House

Week 10 - Week of March 5 - 9, 2007 Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate advanced a variety of measures this week, including legislation affecting gun rights, renewable fuels and K-12 education. Meanwhile, Senate committees debated several high-profile bills.
Lawmakers sent to the House legislation expanding the rights of Missourians to kill intruders. Under SB 62, known as the “Castle Doctrine,” Missourians who use deadly force against individuals unlawfully entering their home or vehicle are exempt from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits. The House approved similar legislation earlier this year.
The Senate gave first-round approval to the Green Power Initiative, which sets targets for the use of renewable energy sources by certain Missouri utility companies. Senate Bill 54 sets goals for the use of renewable fuels, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and biomass power, at 3 percent by 2012, 7 percent by 2015 and at least 10 percent by 2020. The Missouri Public Service Commission is…