Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Senate Interim Committees Begin to Wrap Up Work

Joint Education Committee Meets This Week

JEFFERSON CITY — Interim committees appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem typically must report their findings to the full Senate by the first week of the new year, so a number of committees that have been meeting during the summer and fall are trying to wrap up their work for the year.
For example, three subcommittees of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism, chaired by Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, are meeting this week as the panel finalizes its report to the Senate. The 16-member Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism is comprised of lawmakers, parents, doctors, and health officials and is charged with determining the state of autism in Missouri. Panel members are looking at services, teaching, training and research and will make recommendations for improving the quality of life for those with autism and their families. The panel plans to issue a report to Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, by October 31st.
Next Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Senate Interim Committee on Funding for County Sheriff Offices will travel to Shelby County to meet local law enforcement officials at the Shelby County Courthouse. Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence, requested the committee meet in his district.
Sen. Gibbons created the 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 is:
Ø Reviewing 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 Studying the current compensation formulas for deputy sheriffs in Missouri counties;
Ø Comparing compensation of deputy sheriffs across different county classifications in Missouri and neighboring states.
The bi-partisan panel will issue a report of their findings for any legislative action to the General Assembly no later than January 1st, 2008.

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Also, the Joint Committee on Education holds a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Senate Committee Hearing Room 1 to receive testimony from Rick Sullivan, CEO of the Special Administrative Board for the St. Louis Public Schools, on the board’s first 100 days.
Sullivan was appointed to the board by the governor and has yet to be confirmed by the state Senate. The Special Administrative Board took control of the school district after the district lost its accreditation June 15.

For more information on items mentioned here or other action in the Missouri Senate, visit www.senate.mo.gov. To contact Senate Communications, dial (573) 751-3824 or send an email to newsroom@senate.mo.gov.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Tom Dempsey Sworn In as 23rd District Senator

JEFFERSON CITY —Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, was sworn-in Wednesday (10/3) to fill the 23rd District Senate seat vacated by Chuck Gross. Gross resigned from the Missouri Senate at the end of the 2007 regular legislative session to take a position in St. Charles County government.
The 23rd Senate District covers the eastern part of St. Charles County. Senator Dempsey will serve the remainder of Gross’s Senate term, which expires in January of 2009. State law allows Sen. Dempsey to subsequently serve up to two full four-year Senate terms.
Senator Dempsey fills the only Senate vacancy in the 94th General Assembly. The regular session begins in January, but the swearing-in ceremony allows Sen. Dempsey to begin serving immediately. When asked about his priorities in the Senate, Sen. Dempsey stated that healthcare reform and immigration would be some of the issues he would like to address.
Previously a state representative, Sen. Dempsey vacated the House seat for the 18th District. The governor has yet to set the date for a special election to fill that open seat.
For more information about this event or legislation in the Missouri Senate, visit www.senate.mo.gov. To contact Senate Communications, dial (573) 751-3824 or send an email to newsroom@senate.mo.gov. -END