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Senate Advances First Funding Bills

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate yesterday (1/28) passed three supplemental budget bills that will now move on to the governor’s desk for signing into law. Each session the legislature considers funding needs that arise during the middle of the budget year and makes adjustments accordingly through supplemental budget bills.House Bill 2015 provides $6.4 million in additional funding to Missouri’s Utilicare program, which was established in 1979 to help low-income families with their utility costs. In recent history, Utilicare has been funded solely by the federal government, but in 2006 the state began to once again supplement the program with state dollars so more Missourians could receive assistance. Specifically, the additional funding will be added to the Utilicare Stabilization Fund for the purpose of aiding the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP ensures that approximately 22,000 Missouri families who would likely otherwise have their service terminated because …

Senators Join Fellow Lawmakers for State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives gathered last night (1/15) for the governor’s State of the State Address.The speech reviewed the accomplishments of 2007 and outlined priorities for 2008.The speech praised many accomplishments from the previous year.Senators worked hard last session to pass several Senate bills including one reforming Missouri’s healthcare system (SB 577) and another funding capital improvement projects and increased scholarships for higher education in the state (SB 389).Both bills were signed by the governor and became law last year. The governor’s address echoed many items that senators have announced as the top of their legislative agendas.Healthcare will again be a concern this session as lawmakers work to increase the availability of affordable health insurance.Property tax reform is another issue the General Assembly has been working to address with several bills already filed that are attempting to find solutions…

Senators Begin Work on Legislation

Second Regular Session of 94th Missouri General Assembly Begins Jefferson City — Missouri lawmakers gathered this week at the state Capitol to begin the 2008 Legislative Session. Senators gathered in the Senate Chamber at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9.Work has already begun on a legislative agenda as senators continue to add to the more than 200 measures already filed.Introductory remarks by the Senate President Pro Tem set several priorities for lawmakers as well as a desire to create legislation that will make life better for Missourians.Issues that will be a priority for the Senate include the rising cost of property taxes, the problems created by illegal immigration, and making healthcare more accessible to more people. In addition to the more than 200 Senate bills that were prefiled before the session began, 12 measures were introduced on the floor this week.Before work can begin on specific legislation, bills must first be referred to committees.Some of the referrals were made this …

Senators Prepare for 2008 Legislative Session

Missouri General Assembly Convenes January 9
Jefferson City — Lawmakers are making the final preparations before the start of the 2008 legislative session on Jan. 9. Prefiled legislation was numbered and available to the public on Dec. 1, and senators have continued to file legislation since that date.
To date (1/3), senators have prefiled more than 200 bills for the 2008 legislative session. Lawmakers have until March 1 to file legislation. A Senate bill is first discussed in committee where lawmakers hear testimony and then vote on whether or not to send the measure forward to the full Senate. Once the Senate approves a bill, it goes to the House for committee discussion and debate. House bills begin the same process in House committees before moving on to the Senate. Any disagreements on legislation are ironed out in a conference committee. When the Legislature completes work on a bill, it is sent to the governor for final approval before being signed into law.
Throughout the…