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Transportation Panel to Meet

JEFFERSON CITY — The Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight will meet Tuesday, July 31 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The meeting will feature presentations by MoDOT Director Pete Rahn and Assistant Secretary of Transportation Tyler Duvall.
The meeting is being billed as the 2007 Transportation Funding Summit, and attendees will review what other states are doing regarding transportation infrastructure funding.
The committee is required by statute to meet at least twice a year, and the agenda must include but may not be limited to the following:
(1) Presentation of a prioritized plan for all modes of transportation;
(2) Discussion of department efficiencies and expenditure of cost- savings within the department;
(3) Presentation of a status report on department of transportation revenues and expenditures, including a detailed summary of projects funded by new state revenue as provided in paragraph (a) of subdivision (1) of subsection 3 of this section;
(4) Review of an…

Senate Interim Committee to Review Funding for County Sheriff Offices

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, has created an interim committee to study current funding levels for county sheriff offices across Missouri. The five-member Senate Interim Committee on Funding for County Sheriff Offices will:
Ø Review current court costs, fees and other funding mechanisms relating to the operation of law enforcement or civil justice-related activities of county Sheriff departments;
Ø Study the current compensation formulas for deputy sheriffs in Missouri counties;
Ø Compare compensation of deputy sheriffs across different county classifications in Missouri and neighboring states.
Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, has been named chairman of the interim committee.
“Our county sheriffs and their deputies play a crucial role in law enforcement in this state, particularly in rural areas of Missouri,” Sen. Griesheimer said. “We will help make sure they are fairly compensated for the job they…

Flurry of Senate Bill Signings

JEFFERSON CITY — More than a third of all the senate bills approved by the legislature this year were signed by the governor on the next to last day that he could affix his signature to a bill. Under the state constitution, the governor has 45 days from the official last day of the 94th General Assembly’s First Regular Session to either sign a bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. The last 21 of the 57 senate bills that received the governor’s approval did so on July 13th. Some of the highlights included reforms to the state’s mental health system, unemployment compensation for veterans, and making more severe the punishment for dealing drugs in and around state parks.
Senate Bill 3 reforms Missouri’s mental health system and was a priority for sponsor Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons (R-Kirkwood). The new law is aimed at better protecting the safety and quality of life of Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens served by both private and state-run car…

Bill Creating Protections for Crime Victims Signed into Law

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Michael Gibbons, Gov. Matt Blunt, and other state legislators traveled to Columbia Thursday (July 12) for the signing of House Bill 583. The bill, which Sen. Gibbons made a priority in the Senate over the past session, protects the rights of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child exploitation.
Experts estimate that only 1 out of 10 sexual assaults are reported and only half of domestic abuse cases are reported. House Bill 583 has been hailed as a way to encourage victims of violent crimes to report the incidents through increased confidentiality and protections.
The bill includes provisions requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services to pay for examinations for victims of sexual offenses and the State Highway Patrol to distribute free evidence collection kits to medical providers. Rape crisis centers must maintain the confidentiality of their victims and cannot release information relating to the identity of t…