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Senate Bill Signings Continue

Bills Modifying Special Education, Expanding Renewable Energy And Helping Victims of Theft Among Those Signed

JEFFERSON CITY — Governor Matt Blunt signed a number of Senate bills into law this week, including legislation to encourage power companies to increase their use of renewable sources of energy in power generation.
Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Chris Koster (R-Cass), creates the Green Power Initiative, which encourages electric companies to make good-faith efforts toward meeting the following renewable energy targets:
• 4% of total retail electric sales come from certain renewable energy technologies by 2012;
• 8% of total retail electric sales come from certain renewable energy technologies by 2015; and
• 11% of total retail electric sales come from certain renewable energy technologies by 2020.
Electricity generation from renewable sources prior to August 28, 2007, may be counted toward the targets, provided they continue to be used.
The act establishes reporting requirements un…

More Senate Bills Signed Into Law

Senate’s Priorities of Protecting and Educating Children, Providing Educational Opportunities for the Hearing Impaired, and Conducting Children’s Eye Exams Among Those Signed

JEFFERSON CITY — More legislation sponsored by several different senators has gained the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s signatures this week. Senate Bill 16, SB 64, SB 84, and House Bill 181 – which contains some key senatorial provisions - will take effect on August 28th, 2007.
Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Delbert Scott (R-Lowry City), requires comprehensive eye examinations for children entering kindergarten or first grade. It also requires vision screenings for students beginning first and third grades. Sen. Scott has a personal connection to this measure as he had a lazy eye that went undiagnosed as a child, which has led to a lifetime of wearing glasses for him.
Senate Bill 64 was signed into law by Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, who was acting in Gov. Matt Blunt’s place while the governor was …

Corrections Committee, Autism Panel to Hold Hearings

The Joint Committee on Corrections holds a hearing Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. in House Hearing Room 1. The panel will elect officers and hear a presentation from officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections.
A spokesman for the Department of Corrections says officials likely will discuss death penalty protocols the department has developed in the wake of the court-ordered suspension of the death penalty in Missouri. Last year a federal judge ordered the state to reform its protocols and to retain a doctor with expertise in anesthesia, though the state has been unable to find a doctor willing to serve. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in St. Louis ruled the state’s method of execution - lethal injection – did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Days later, the state attorney general asked the state supreme court to set execution dates for 10 condemned inmates.
The Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism holds the first in a series of five meetings next week. Sen.

Recent Senate Bill Signings

Five Senate Bills Gain Governor’s Signature

New Laws Include Measures Dealing with Tax Cuts, State Agency Designations, Law Enforcement, Long-term Care, and a Commission Makeup

JEFFERSON CITY — Several key pieces of legislation sponsored by a variety of State Senators will become law now that Governor Blunt has signed those bills. Senate Bill 30, SB 162, SB 352, SB 397, and SB 420 all gained the governor’s signature yesterday (June 13th).
Senate Bill 30, sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), creates several tax cuts and exemptions for businesses in Missouri, encouraging economic growth throughout the state. It expands tax exemptions for common carriers to cover those who only conduct business within the state. SB 30 will also give tax credits for homes inherited by a person whose spouse was a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. State and local sales tax exemptions for expenditures on utilities, chemicals, machinery, and equipment will apply to television or radio broadc…

First Meeting of Senate-Initiated Autism Panel Set for June

JEFFERSON CITY — A new Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism will gather in a series of five meetings this summer across the state. Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, will chair the 16-member committee consisting of lawmakers, parents, doctors and health officials that is charged with determining the state of autism in Missouri. Panel members will look at services, teaching, training and research and then make recommendations for improving the quality of life for those with autism and their families. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, created the Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism to guide lawmakers during the Second Regular Session of the 94th Missouri General Assembly, which convenes in January.
The first meeting of the panel will be held at the State Capitol in the Senate Lounge on Friday, June 29th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This gathering will organize the group, and there will be testimony from experts in the field as well as opportunities for the public to testify. Additional mee…

Senate Says Goodbye to Sen. Gross

Architect of State Budget Wraps Up 15 years of Service to the State

JEFFERSON CITY — After a 15-year career in the State House and Senate, Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles) has resigned from the state legislature’s upper chamber. Sen. Gross was first elected to the House in 1992, where he served until 2000 when he won a seat for the State Senate’s 23rd District. He’s leaving the Senate to become the St. Charles County director of administration.
Among his numerous committee assignments, Sen. Gross has served on the Senate Appropriations Committee since he arrived in the upper chamber in 2001. By 2003 he was elevated to Vice Chair of the committee and has served as the Chair for the last three years. His leadership on the budget work has produced spending plans the last three years that ended years of turmoil and garnered him praise from leaders and members from both sides of the political aisle.
“We are so far gone now from the days when even though we said we had a certain number of …