Thursday, December 31, 2009

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 28, 2009: Top Issues for 2010

Senators say the budget, tax credits and ethics reform will likely be among the most talked about issues when they return to Jefferson City next week.

Listen to This Week in the Missouri Senate's report on the upcoming legislative session here.

This Week in the Missouri Senate is a weekly, five-minute audio program that wraps up the week’s news in the Missouri Senate. Programs are posted online every Friday in .mp3 format. Listeners have the option of subscribing to the program via podcast.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Senate Minute for Dec. 29, 2009: Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City in one week. When they come back, they will spend a great deal of time working on the fiscal year 2011 budget.

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the budget here.

The Senate Minute is a condensed, one-minute audio report of current Senate news. Programs are posted in .mp3 format and available through podcast.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of Dec. 21, 2009

The 2010 legislative session, the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly, will begin in just two weeks when lawmakers convene in the Capitol at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Already on the docket for 2010 is legislation addressing ethics reform, insurance coverage for autism and advanced voting systems.

Numbers have been assigned to prefiled bills since Dec. 1. All prefiled bills will automatically be introduced and read for the first time on the opening day of the session. The following is a sampling of some of the bills that have already been prefiled by senators for consideration in 2010:

Click here to read more.

 

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 21, 2009: Session Priorities

When lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly in January, the budget, ethics reform and tax credits could dominate the discussion.

Listen to This Week in the Missouri Senate's report on the upcoming legislative session here.

This Week in the Missouri Senate is a weekly, five-minute audio program that wraps up the week’s news in the Missouri Senate. Programs are posted online every Friday in .mp3 format. Listeners have the option of subscribing to the program via podcast.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Senate Minute for Dec. 22, 2009: Lawmakers Convene Jan. 6

Lawmakers are preparing to return to Jefferson City in two weeks. The Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. The budget will be a major issue for Missouri senators.

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the issue here.

The Senate Minute is a condensed, one-minute audio report of current Senate news. Programs are posted in .mp3 format and available through podcast.


Friday, December 18, 2009

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 14, 2009: Autism Insurance Bill to be Considered in 2010

Missouri senators plan to focus some of their attention on autism next year. Senate Bill 618 is similar to a measure that was introduced during the 2009 legislative session.

Listen to This Week in the Missouri Senate's report on the autism insurance bill here.

This Week in the Missouri Senate is a weekly, five-minute audio program that wraps up the week’s news in the Missouri Senate. Programs are posted online every Friday in .mp3 format. Listeners have the option of subscribing to the program via podcast.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Senate Minute for Dec. 15, 2009: Health Care Coverage for Autism

Lawmakers are shifting some of their focus to autism. Senate Bill 618 has been pre-filed. It resembles a bill that ran out of time last year on the same matter.

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the issue here.

The Senate Minute is a condensed, one-minute audio report of current Senate news. Programs are posted in .mp3 format and available through podcast.


Friday, December 11, 2009

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 7, 2009: Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Public Hearings

The Senate Appropriations Committee holds public hearings as lawmakers begin to craft Missouri's fiscal year 2011 budget.

Listen to This Week in the Missouri Senate's report on the budget hearings here.

This Week in the Missouri Senate is a weekly, five-minute audio program that wraps up the week’s news in the Missouri Senate. Programs are posted online every Friday in .mp3 format. Listeners have the option of subscribing to the program via podcast.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of Dec. 7, 2009

Last week marked the first day (12/1) that bills prefiled by Missouri senators for the 2010 legislative session could be assigned a bill number.

 

In preparation for the beginning of the legislative session in January, Missouri Senate rules allow prefiled bills to receive a number beginning Dec. 1 (senators may prefile bills as soon as July 1 each year). It is customary that each member of the Senate, beginning with the most senior member, picks his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.

 

Lawmakers may prefile bills continuing up to, but not including, the first day of session. Bills filed during this pre-introduction period are automatically introduced and read the first time on the opening day of session. Bills may also be introduced by any senator during the session, up until a certain deadline.

 

Read more here.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

November 2009 Capitol Dialogue

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, discuss autism and how insurance coverage could be expanded for children across the state. Senator Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, R-St. Louis; and Rep. Gina Walsh, D-St. Louis, review the roles of lawmakers in the Senate and House regarding autism. A measure that addressed the needs of parents with autistic children ran out of time during the 2009 legislative session. All four lawmakers are concerned with the growing number of children born in Missouri with autism and share how they will address this issue in 2010.

To view the show in streaming video, click here.

Capitol Dialogue is a monthly half-hour roundtable program hosted by Missourinet's Bob Priddy that brings legislators together from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives from different political parties to discuss their positions on specific issues and legislation.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Senate Minute for Dec. 8, 2009: Appropriations Committee Holds Budget Hearings

The Senate Appropriations Committee held two days of hearings this week as lawmakers start to consider the 2011 fiscal year budget, which will take effect on July 1, 2010.

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the issue here.

The Senate Minute is a condensed, one-minute audio report of current Senate news. Programs are posted in .mp3 format and available through podcast.


Senate Appropriations Committee Conducts Public Budget Hearings

This week (Dec. 7 and 8) the Senate Appropriations Committee held two public hearings in the Capitol to take budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

The committee holds these annual hearings to gather public testimony regarding the financial situation and budget needs of the various organizations, departments and agencies that receive state funds. The testimony will help inform committee members as they create a budget for FY 2011, which begins July 1, 2010, and runs through June 30, 2011.

 

Read more here.

 

Thursday, December 03, 2009

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 30, 2009: Transportation Funding

Members of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight have heard from the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), who says his department will lose two-thirds of its normal funding in a few years.

Listen to This Week in the Missouri Senate's report on transportation funding here.

This Week in the Missouri Senate is a weekly five-minute audio program that wraps up the week’s news in the Missouri Senate. Programs are posted online every Friday in .mp3 format. Listeners have the option of subscribing to the program via podcast.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Senate Leader Appoints New Select Committee to Prepare for Congressional Redistricting

In the Senate’s first step to prepare for its constitutionally mandated task of determining Congressional redistricting following the 2010 Decennial Census, Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, recently announced the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. The committee is charged with performing all duties necessary for the General Assembly to prepare for its role in the census.

 

In Missouri, Congressional redistricting is the responsibility of the Legislature. The task of redrawing the state’s 34 Senatorial districts and 163 House districts is assigned to two bipartisan commissions appointed by the governor.

 

Read more here.

 

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Senate Minute for Dec. 1, 2009: Role of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight

The Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight has heard from the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Department funding is expected to decrease by about one-third within a few years.

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the issue here.

The Senate Minute is a condensed, one-minute audio report of current Senate news. Programs are posted in .mp3 format and available through podcast.


Bill Pre-filing Begins for 2010 Legislative Session; Sen. David Pearce Appointed Senate Education Committee Chairman

JEFFERSON CITY—Today (12/1) marked the first day that bills pre-filed by Missouri senators for the 2010 legislative session could be assigned a bill number.

 

In preparation for the beginning of the legislative session in January, Missouri Senate rules allow pre-filed bills to receive a number beginning Dec. 1 (senators may pre-file bills as soon as July 1 each year). It is customary that each member of the Senate, beginning with the most senior member, picks his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.

 

Read more here.