Thursday, December 30, 2010

Members Wrap Up "2020 Committees" While Senate Announces Return of "Rebooting Government" Workgroups

JEFFERSON CITY -- Before the conclusion of 2010, several lawmakers submitted their final recommendations for the Missouri Senate’s three “2020 Committees.” The legislative panels were created by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, in 2009 to look at the state’s long-range plan for education, health and job creation. All three committees terminated on Dec. 31, 2010.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 27, 2010: Session Preview

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews what some Missouri senators consider to be the important issues when lawmakers return for the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, which will start on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Senators say the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget will top their list of priorities, as will job creation and other items. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Senate Minute for 12/28/10

Missouri senators are preparing for the next legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The budget will top the list of senators’ priorities, along with job creation, streamlining government and other issues. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 22, 2010: November Election Issues in the Next Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Proposition A (earnings tax) and Proposition B (dog breeders), which were both approved by Missouri voters in November. Both issues could be revisited by Missouri senators when the Legislature returns to Jefferson City next month to begin the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Capitol Dialogue for December, 2010: Session Preview

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the December edition of Capitol Dialogue to preview the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5, 2011. Senator Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, talk about the budget, streamlining state government, redistricting and other issues that will dominate the next regular session.

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The Senate Minute for Dec. 21, 2010: Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee Recommendations

The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee has released its recommendations. The panel was one of three “2020” committees that were responsible for drawing up a strategic plan for Missouri of where to be — in areas of job creation, health care and education — by the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Missouri Senate Daily Audio/Video Clips for Dec. 17, 2010

Click here to watch several daily audio video clips featuring Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, during a press conference annoucing the Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee's final recommendations.

Senate 2020 Committee Releases Final Recommendations

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee recently released its final recommendations to create a vision for a better Missouri that strives to support an educated and academically skilled citizenry in the state for the future.

Committee Chair Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, accompanied by Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, held a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the committee's recommendations.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 16, 2010: Legislative Priorities

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews priorities for lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. At the top of most Missouri senators’ lists will be job creation and Missouri’s budget for fiscal year 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Senate Minute for Dec. 14, 2010: Legislative Priorities

Missouri senators are taking priorities into account as they prefile legislation for the upcoming session. The budget is among their priorities. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin on January 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 9, 2010: Prefiled Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some proposals that have been, and will be, prefiled by Missouri senators before the next regular session.

These include:

  • Proposed changes to the Missouri Plan, which is Missouri’s nonpartisan method of choosing judges (audio from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis);
  • Changes to legal decisions that affect existing and potential Missouri businesses (audio from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah);
  • Senate Bill 4, which would repeal the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” (audio from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton);
  • Senate Bill 5, which would require drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (audio from Sen. Stouffer); and
  • Changes to current state laws on payday loans (audio from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis).

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Senate Minute for December 7, 2010: Prefiled Legislation

Prefiling legislation began on Dec. 1. Bills that are prefiled by lawmakers are now getting their official numbers for the upcoming legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will start on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 2, 2010: Healthy Missourians

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the work of the Missouri Senate Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee, one of three “2020” panels set to have recommendations finished before Dec. 31, 2010. The committees are drawing a blueprint for the state in terms of job creation, education and health care for the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Capitol Dialogue for November, 2010: Election Review

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the November edition of Capitol Dialogue to review ballot issues from the November election, including one related to the earnings tax and another affecting dog breeders. Senator David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, talk about what impact these issues may have on the upcoming legislative session.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Lawmakers Begin to Prefile Measures for 2011 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY— December 1 marks the first day that senators and senators-elect can begin to prefile their measures for the 2011 legislative session.

In preparation for the beginning of the legislative session in January, Missouri Senate rules allow bills to be prefiled on December 1. 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 period are automatically introduced and read the first time on the first day of the legislative session. Measures may also be introduced by any senator during the session, up until March 1, 2011.

This process is well underway, with approximately 45 measures already prefiled in the Missouri Secretary of Senate’s office. Among those measures include bills addressing education, labor organizations, dog breeders, voter photo identification, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, automated phone calls, text messaging while driving, red light cameras, child support, and motor vehicle inspections.

A list of the bills prefiled for the 2011 legislative session will be available online at http://www.senate.mo.gov/ , click on “List of 2011 Senate Bills” under the “Legislation” drop down menu.

The First Regular Session of the 96th Missouri General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010. For more information about the Missouri Senate, visit http://www.senate.mo.gov/ . To contact the Senate Newsroom, call (573) 751-3824 or e-mail newsroom@senate.mo.gov.


November 2010 Capitol Briefing - New Leaders Announced for 96th General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY — After the general election in November, senators and senators-elect traveled to the State Capitol to select leaders for the 96th General Assembly, which begins in early January. Members met in their respective caucuses to elect several leadership positions, including majority and minority caucus floor leaders, assistant floor leaders, chairmen and secretaries.


The Senate Majority Caucus endorsed Sen. Robert N. Mayer (R-Dexter) to serve as president pro tem, a position currently held by term-limited Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph). Among other duties, as pro tem, Sen. Mayer would be responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees, and ruling on points of order raised during debate in the Senate Chamber. Before Sen. Mayer can take over as pro tem, he must be voted on by the full Senate, which will take place on the first day of session.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Senate Minute for November 30, 2010: Healthy Missourians

Among the three panels working on recommendations before Dec. 31 is the Missouri Senate Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee. Committee members are creating a blueprint of where Missouri should be, in terms of health care, by the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 24, 2010: SB 588 and 822

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two measures that were considered during this year’s regular session. Senate Bill 588 was signed into law earlier this year and postpones a requirement of a property tax reform bill from 2008. Another measure considered last session, Senate Bill 822, would have raised fines for not wearing seat belts. The measure is expected to be introduced again next session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Senate Minute for November 23, 2010: SB 588 and 822

Most of the bills that were passed by the Missouri General Assembly and subsequently signed into law by the governor are now in effect. This includes Senate Bill 588, which allows counties to postpone sending tax estimates, as required in Senate Bill 711 from 2008. Pre-filing of bills will start on December 1, 2010 and will feature a repeat of this year’s Senate Bill 822, which would have increased fines for not wearing a seat belt.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 18, 2010: HB 1965 and Tax Credits

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews House Bill 1965, which is a new law that trims old and obsolete statutes in Missouri, and work completed by the governor’s Tax Credit Review Commission. The panel consists of more than two dozen Missourians, including some Missouri senators. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Senate Minute for November 16, 2010: HB 1965 and the Tax Credit Review Commission

During the regular legislative session, Missouri lawmakers sent House Bill 1965 to the governor, who later signed the measure. The new law eliminates outdated statutes and also ends the practice of printing the state manual, commonly known as the “Blue Book.” Also, a panel investigating tax credits is nearing completion of its work. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 10, 2010: New Leadership

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews who will be serving in leadership positions in the Missouri Senate, when the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly begins its work in January 2011, and some of their priority issues for the upcoming legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Senate Minute for November 9, 2010: Leadership Chosen for 96th General Assembly

Missouri senators and senators-elect came to Jefferson City last week to decide on leadership positions for the 96th General Assembly. Senator Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, was tabbed by the Majority Caucus to serve as Senate President Pro Tem. Senator Victor Callahan, D-Independence, was re-elected by the Minority Caucus to serve as Minority Floor Leader. The next legislative session will start on Jan. 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mayer and Sen. Callahan in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 4, 2010: Missouri Senate Job Creation 2020 Committee

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews progress made by the Missouri Senate Job Creation 2020 Committee. The panel is one of three that was put together by senators last year. It goal is to draft a strategic plan of where Missouri should be by the year 2020, in terms of job creation health care and education. The committee will have a report ready by December 31, 2010. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale; Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips Available for November 4, 2010

New Leaders Selected for 2011-2012 Legislative Session

Current and future members of the Missouri Senate made their way to the State Capitol today (11-4) to meet in their respective caucuses to select leaders for the 96th General Assembly, which begins in early January.

The Senate Majority Caucus endorsed Sen. Rob Mayer (R-Dexter) to serve as president pro tem, which is currently held by outgoing Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph).  The pro tem is responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees, and ruling on points of order raised during debate in the Senate Chamber, among other powers.  The full Senate will vote on this leadership position in January.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Senate Minute for November 2, 2010: Missouri Senate Job Creation 2020 Committee

The Missouri Senate Job Creation 2020 Committee expects to have a final report ready by its Dec. 31, 2010 deadline. The panel was formed by senators last year to scope out a strategic plan of where the state should be — in terms of job creation — by the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 28, 2010: Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews progress being made by the Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee. The panel is one of three that was established last year to help develop a strategic plan for where Missouri should be — in terms of education, job creation and health care — by the year 2020. The committee will issue its recommendations by December 31, 2010. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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October 2010 Capitol Briefing - Legislation Passed During Special Session Takes Effect

JEFFERSON CITY — Two bills — legislation creating tax incentives in order to develop or retain jobs and a measure changing the state employee pension system — passed by the General Assembly during the 2010 special session took effect on Oct. 12, 90 days after the special session concluded.

House Bill 2, also known as the Manufacturing Jobs Act, provides tax incentives for qualified auto suppliers or manufacturing facilities that create or retain jobs in Missouri. The legislation, handled by Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville), allows certain companies to retain a total amount of withholding taxes at $10 million a year, while the total amount of available tax incentives is capped at $15 million each year for 10 years. In addition, qualified companies must meet a specific set of requirements to receive these tax incentives. Those companies that qualify are prohibited from simultaneously receiving benefits from multiple tax incentive programs.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October-November 2010 Missouri Legislative Update

The September-October 2010 edition of Missouri Legislative Update has been posted on the Missouri Senate Newsroom website (http://www.senate.mo.gov/Newsroom/Pages/MLU2010.html).

This program includes lawmakers' work during the annual veto session held each September, special ceremonies taking place in each legislative chamber to honor those who are retiring from the General Assembly, and work by several different committees made up of members from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.

You can also click here to watch the streaming program.

The Senate Minute for October 26, 2010: Senate 2020 Committees' Progress

The Missouri Senate’s 2020 Committees are working toward their December 31, 2010 deadline. The Job Creation 2020 Committee, Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee and Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee have been meeting periodically throughout the year, and will continue to do so for the next month or so. They will present recommendations to the Senate President Pro Tem on December 31. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 21, 2010: Transportation Funding in Missouri

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews transportation funding. In recent weeks, the president has called for $50 billion for infrastructure improvements nationwide. This has members of the Missouri Senate Transportation Committee thinking about how transportation will be funded in the “Show-Me” state in the years to come. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Rita Heard Days, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Senate Minute for October 19, 2010: Transportation Funding in Missouri

Missouri senators are discussing the president’s recent call to spend $50 billion on infrastructure improvements nationwide and what impact it could have on the Show-Me State. Members of the Missouri Senate Transportation Committee are looking ahead to what funding options are available and what projects should be prioritized. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Rita Heard Days, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.


Monday, October 18, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 14, 2010: New Laws Taking Effect This Month

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the two bills, approved by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by the governor, that were considered during July’s First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly . By law, bills that are approved by the Legislature during a special session become law 90 after conclusion of this session. This month, House Bill 1 — pension reform — and House Bill 2 — the Manufacturing Jobs Act — become law. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, discussing the pension reform measure in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate . The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Senate Minute for October 12, 2010

Among the measures passed during the First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly is House Bill 1, pension reform. By law, bills passed during a special session become law 90 days after the session finishes.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Senate Minute for Sept. 28, 2010

School districts across Missouri are beginning to implement all of the different aspects of this year’s omnibus education bill, House Bill 1543. The measure includes many different aspects involved in teaching children and keeping schools safe throughout Missouri.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 20, 2010

Missouri senators are watching the governor's Tax Credit Review Commission. The panel has started to meet across the state and is expected to have recommendations made by the end of the year. Of the 25 Missourians on the commission, three are Missouri senators.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Senate Minute for Sept. 21, 2010

Missouri senators are watching the governor’s Tax Credit Review Commission, which was put together in July and started meeting in August. The panel will review all of Missouri’s 61 tax credit programs. Among the committee members are three Missouri senators.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 13, 2010

 Lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week for the annual veto session. None of the governor's five vetoes were overturned by the General Assembly, but several committee hearings were held and members were named to several new panels that will meet throughout the remainder of the interim. Retiring Missouri senators were also honored during a ceremony this week.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 2010 Capitol Briefing: General Assembly Convenes for Annual Veto Session

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, lawmakers assembled for the annual veto session in Jefferson City. A September veto session is required by the Missouri Constitution if the governor vetoes any bills passed during the year’s legislative session. 

 

A two-thirds majority vote from both chambers is required to override a veto, while initial passage of any bill requires a simple majority. A vote to overturn a veto is a rare occurrence and hasn’t taken place since 2003 when legislators voted to overturn three vetoes relating to concealed carry, lawsuits against gun manufacturers and abortion.

 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lawmakers Return to Capitol for Veto Session

The Missouri Legislature today (9/15) assembled for its annual veto session in Jefferson City. A September veto session is required by the Missouri Constitution if the governor vetoes any bills passed during the year’s legislative session. 

 

A two-thirds majority vote from both chambers is required to override a veto, while initial passage of any bill requires a simple majority. A vote to overturn a veto is a rare occurrence and hasn’t taken place since 2003 when legislators voted to overturn three vetoes relating to concealed carry, lawsuits against gun manufacturers and abortion.

 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Senate Committees Hold Hearings

Today (9/14) the Joint Committee on Education and Joint Committee on Tax Policy held meetings in the Capitol as legislators returned to Jefferson City for the General Assembly’s annual veto session this week.

 

The Joint Committee on Education met at 2 p.m. in the Senate Lounge to recognize retiring members, as well as discuss K–12 public school funding, teacher compensation and the efficiency of the state’s Regional Professional Development Centers. The committee also talked about topics for potential future study such as voluntary pre-kindergarten and higher education funding models.

 

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The Senate Minute for Sept. 14, 2010

Lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the annual veto session, which will begin at Noon tomorrow (9/15), to consider five vetoed bills: Senate Bill 777, which would have allowed for the sale of certain financial products and plans associated with certain loan transactions; House Bill 1741, which would have changed the laws regarding a meeting of a board of directors or the executive committee of a corporation; House Bill 1831, which would have allowed a school district to sell donated property as surplus; House Bill 1903, which would have established funds for receiving federal money; and House Bill 2317, which would have authorized the governor to convey certain state properties.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 6, 2010

With several new laws on-the-books in Missouri, Missouri senators are talking about how those bills progressed through the upper chamber and eventually were signed by the governor. This week, we focus on Senate Bill 844 (ethics reform), House Bill 1311 (autism insurance coverage), House Bill 1472 ("K2" ban), House Bill 1695 (new DWI laws), House Bill 1 (pension reform) and House Bill 2 (Manufacturing Jobs Act).

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Senate Minute for Sept. 7, 2010

Missouri Senators continue to talk about Senate Bill 844. While most senators agree the new ethics reform law increases transparency, some say the measure could have gone further. Some ideas that were not included in the bill may be introduced by lawmakers next year.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 30, 2010

Senate Bill 844, new ethics reform legislation that became law on Aug. 28, 2010 is the focus this week. The new law, in part, requires the reporting of contributions of over $500 to be done within 48 hours; prohibits “committee to committee” transfers of contributions, and allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to investigate ethics violations independently.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Senate Minute for Aug. 31, 2010

Among the higher profile measure to be introduced in the Missouri Senate this year was Senate Bill 844. The ethics reform measure was passed by both the Senate and the House, and then signed by the governor. Its provisions took effect on Aug. 28, 2010.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 23, 2010

Most new laws will take effect on Aug. 28, 2010. Included in this list is House Bill 1695, which is aimed at strengthening the state's DWI laws.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 2010 Capitol Briefing: Majority of Passed 2010 Bills Become Law Aug. 28

This Saturday, Aug. 28, most of the bills passed during the 2010 legislative session that were not previously enacted or do not have specified future effective dates will officially become law.

Rather than being just an arbitrary date, Aug. 28 is 90 days after the constitutional end of session. This is significant because the Missouri Constitution requires that no passed bills take effect before 90 days have passed with a few exceptions.  

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Senate Minute for Aug. 24, 2010

Earlier this year, the Missouri General Assembly passed, and the governor later signed, House Bill 1695. The measure makes changes to certain aspects of driving while intoxicated cases and the use of drug courts in Missouri.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 16, 2010

Missouri senators are looking ahead to the date when most bills passed and signed by the governor this year will become law, including House Bill 1311, which requires insurance providers to cover autism diagnosis and treatment. The governor signed the measure earlier this summer and it will take effect on Aug. 28, 2010.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Senate Minute for Aug. 17, 2010

After being passed by the Missouri General Assembly, the governor signed House Bill 1311 into law. The new law changes requirements for insurance companies’ coverage of autism and will take effect on August 28, 2010.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 9, 2010

Education funding is on the minds of many Missouri senators. Both the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee are scheduled to meet next month, in conjunction with the annual veto session in Jefferson City.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Senate Minute for Aug. 10, 2010

Missouri’s fiscal started on July 1. Lawmakers had to cut $456 million to help balance the fiscal year 2011 state budget. Parts of those cuts came from education spending. Senators say it’s tough to look at education spending without looking at the entire budget.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 2, 2010

The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee meets in Kansas City to discuss urban education, the school funding formula and education reform. The committee is one of three that was put together by the Senate President Pro Tem last year and will make final recommendations to the full Senate by the end of this year.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Senate Minute for Aug. 3, 2010

The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee held an all-day session in Kansas City, focusing on three issues: the education funding formula, urban education and education reform. The panel is one of three formed by senators last year. They expect to have final recommendations made to the full Senate by the end of this year.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 26, 2010

Of Missouri's 34 senators, 10 are facing term limits. Among the longest-serving lawmakers currently in the Senate are Sen. Delbert Scott of Lowry City, who first started in the Missouri House after being elected in 1985, and Sen. Joan Bray of St. Louis, who was first-elected to the House in 1992. Both are in their final terms as Missouri senators.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 2010 Capitol Briefing

Shortly after the special session that finalized passage of the Manufacturing Jobs Act and made changes to the state employee pension system came to a close on July 14, the governor signed both corresponding bills approved by the Legislature. The governor called the special session at the end of June to have lawmakers work on these issues specifically.

 

House Bill 2, better known as the Manufacturing Jobs Act, was handled in the Senate by Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) during the special session. This bill will provide tax incentives for qualified auto suppliers or manufacturing facilities that create or retain Missouri jobs. Although it could apply to similar companies, HB 2 is aimed at enticing the Ford Motor Company to manufacture a new product line at its existing automotive assembly plant in Claycomo. In the Senate, HB 2 passed by a vote of 20-7 after more than 20 hours of non-stop debate.

 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Senate Minute for July 27, 2010

The Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee holds a hearing in Kansas City to talk about urban education. The panel was formed by senators last year and is one of three assigned with duties to have policies in place to meet the needs of the state by the year 2020.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 19, 2010

Missouri senators have wrapped up the First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly. House Bill 1 (pension reform) and House Bill 2 (the Manufacturing Jobs Act) were both passed by the Senate and subsequently signed by the governor.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate Minute for July 20, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly draws to a close, with two pieces of legislation sent to the governor. House Bill 1 makes changes to the state employee pension system. House Bill 2, also known as the Manufacturing Jobs Act, would give incentives to certain car makers. Both measures have been signed by the governor.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Governor Signs Bills Passed During Special Session

JEFFERSON CITY—The governor today signed a bill that will make changes to the state employee pension system, one of the two measures that were approved by state lawmakers during the special session that ended July 14.

House Bill 1 , which was handled in the Senate by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), will modify the retirement system for any person who becomes a new state employee on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The changes will not affect current state employees.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 12, 2010

As state general revenue continues to decline, Missouri senators get ready for the next budget cycle and the possibility of creating new sources of revenue.  The 2011 fiscal year began on July 1, 2010. Missouri’s 2011 budget totals $23.3 billion after cuts were made by Missouri senators and the governor.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Special Session Comes to a Close, Governor Signs Regular Session Bills

The special session that brought lawmakers back to Jefferson City as of June 24 ended today after the General Assembly passed the two bills the governor called on members to send to his desk. 

 

The first issue involved state employee pension reform. House Bill 1, which was handled in the Senate by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), will modify the retirement system for any person who becomes a state employee on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The changes will not affect current state employees.

 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Governor Signs Several Bills Prior to July 14 Deadline

Tomorrow (7/14) marks the last day the governor may sign bills sent to him during the 2010 regular session. Today in a ceremony at the Capitol, he signed numerous bills, including:

 

Senate Bill 583

(Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield)

Modifies several provisions relating to insurance regulation, including requiring that the unearned portion of any premium paid beyond the month of cancellation for Medicare supplement or long-term care insurance policy premiums be refunded by the insurer to the policy-holder. Also requires non-resident drivers to conform with the motor vehicle financial responsibility laws of their state of residence.

 

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The Senate Minute for July 13, 2010

Missouri's 2011 fiscal year began on July 1, 2010. The budget for this year totals $23.3 billion. After Missouri senators trimmed $456 million from the original proposal, the governor cut $280 million from it last month. Members from the Senate Appropriations Committee discuss these cuts and how they will affect Missourians.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Urban Farming Measure Among Those Signed by Governor

With a July 14 deadline to sign the 2010 regular session’s bills into law, the governor today added his signature to a handful of measures passed by the Legislature, including legislation relating to urban farming.

 

House Bill 1848 establishes the Joint Interim Committee on Urban Farming, which will consist of 10 members, five from the Senate and five from the House of Representatives. The committee is charged with studying and making recommendations regarding the impact of urban farm cooperatives, vertical farming and sustainable living communities, and examining various trends in urban farming and existing resources and capacity. Members will also determine any needed legislation, policies or regulations regarding urban farming in Missouri.

 

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Friday, July 09, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 5, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly continues. Missouri senators will return to the Capitol on Tuesday (7/13) to resume debate on pension reform (Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1) and tax incentives for certain automobile manufacturers (Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2).

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

K2 Ban Signed into Law

The governor today added his signature to HB 1472, a measure that criminalizes the possession of spice cannabinoids, also known as “K2,” in Missouri. The synthetic compounds mimic the effects of marijuana. 

 

House Bill 1472 was handled in the Senate by Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) and takes effect Aug. 28.

 

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The Senate Minute for July 6, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly continues. Negotiations continue on the two issues at stake: state pension reform (House Bill 1) and the Manufacturing Jobs Act (House Bill 2).

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Lawmakers Consider Tax Incentives Package and Pension Reform During First Week of Special Session

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Lawmakers Consider Tax Incentives Package and Pension Reform During First Week of Special Session


The Missouri General Assembly this week debated two measures the governor called on lawmakers to consider: tax incentives for qualified companies that create Missouri jobs and state employee pension reform.

 

Lawmakers officially convened last Thursday (6/24) for the special session, which was followed by committee work in both chambers early this week. The House sent its bills, HB 1 (pension reform) and HB 2 (tax incentives) to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.  The Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee unanimously passed HB 2.  Also receiving a unanimous nod was HB 1, heard by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs, Pensions and Urban Affairs Committee.  Both measures were then delivered to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.  House Bill 1 was voted out of the committee and sent to the full Senate for debate.  House Bill 2 has yet to receive a vote.

 

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Senate Minute for June 29, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly is underway. The Senate Veterans' Affairs, Pensions and Urban Affairs Committee heard Senate Bill 1 yesterday (6/28). The measure would make changes to the state’s pension system.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 21, 2010

The governor called lawmakers back to Jefferson City this week to consider two issues: tax incentives for automobile manufacturers and reforming the state’s pension system. The General Assembly will start debating Senate Bill 1, House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 next week.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of June 21, 2010

Following the governor’s call last week for the Legislature to return to Jefferson City for a special session, the Missouri Senate today (6/24) convened at noon to begin work on two measures, one aimed at providing tax incentives to certain companies that create Missouri jobs, and another that would reform the state employee pension system.

 

This special session marks the first time since 2007 that lawmakers have been called back to the Capitol. During the 2007 special session, the Legislature passed an economic development package, as well as a transportation bill.

 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Senate Minute for June 22, 2010

The governor has called the first special session in three years. Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City on Thursday (6/24) to begin debating two measures: one to offer tax incentives to Ford for its Claycomo plant and another on state employee pensions. The special session is expected to conclude by July 1, 2010.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Lawmakers to Return for Special Session

The governor today called a special session of the General Assembly that will convene at noon on Thursday, June 24.

 

The governor is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which was originally contained in HB 1675. The legislation would provide tax incentives for qualified suppliers or manufacturing facilities that create or retain Missouri jobs, and is aimed at the Ford Motor Company's automotive plant in Claycomo.

 

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 14, 2010

A special legislative session could be held this summer to address tax incentives for Ford Motor Company's plant in Claycomo. Lawmakers are awaiting word from the governor as to when such a session would start, if called. Also, the governor has signed Missouri's fiscal year 2011 budget into law.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of June 14, 2010

Following the General Assembly’s early delivery of the $23.3 billion FY 2011 budget to the governor’s desk during the legislative session, this week he signed the appropriations bills that comprise the state’s upcoming spending plan.

 

The governor signed House Bills 2001–2013 on June 17, as well as announced $301.4 million in budget cuts (mostly withholdings) based on lower-than-expected state revenue. During the budget process, lawmakers were forced to make more than $450 million in cuts from the governor’s original budget proposal. Most of the savings came from streamlining state departments, including eliminating more than 1,000 government jobs and items such as equipment, travel and expenses.

 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Senate Minute: June 15, 2010

The governor has until July 14 to sign or veto bills that came from this year’s legislative session. Many of these are high-profile bills, including ethics reform (Senate Bill 844) and a ban on synthetic marijuana (House Bill 1472). Other major legislation, such as House Bill 1695 (DWI bill) and House Bill 1311 (autism legislation) has already been signed.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 7, 2010

Missouri senators are looking at ways the Missouri General Assembly could increase revenues to the state. Senators say their "Rebooting Government" efforts were a start and that more needs to be done with tax credits.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of June 7, 2010

With a little more than a month remaining for the governor to sign the bills sent to his desk, the vast majority of legislation passed in 2010 still awaits his signature. However, this week, the governor signed into law one of the Legislature’s top priorities for the year: insurance coverage for autism.

 

House Bill 1311  requires health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Specifically, HB 1311 requires health carriers that issue or renew health benefit plans on or after Jan. 1, 2011, to provide coverage to Missouri residents for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Likewise, the bill prohibits health carriers from refusing to cover an individual or dependent solely because the individual is diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

 

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Senate Minute: June 8, 2010

Missouri senators have been in their interim period (the time between sessions) for nearly a month. The governor has signed some of the bills to be passed by the General Assembly and more are expected to be signed by July 14, 2010.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 31, 2010

Missouri senators are reacting to comments made by the governor that suggest another $350 million may have to be cut from the fiscal year 2011 budget. Missouri's 2011 fiscal year will start on July 1, 2010.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of May 31, 2010

Now that the General Assembly is nearly three weeks into the interim, the focus has shifted to one of the final steps in the legislative process: the governor’s signature.

 

Last week (5/25), the General Assembly convened for a technical session to officially send most of the passed 2010 bills to the governor’s desk for his signature. The governor has until July 14 to either sign or veto each bill; if he doesn’t lend his signature to any piece of legislation by the deadline, it automatically becomes law.  

 

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

DWI Bill Signed by Governor

Individuals driving while intoxicated in Missouri will soon face stronger penalties and stricter laws designed to crack down on repeat offenders after the governor today (6/2) signed House Bill 1695 into law.

 

The bill, handled in the Senate by Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), makes several changes to the state’s laws regarding intoxication-related traffic offenses. The main provisions include:

 

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Senate Minute for June 1, 2010

The governor signs several bills related to the military, including House Bills 1524, 2262, 2147 and 1893. These measures address several issues, including overseas voting.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 24, 2010

Missouri senators look back at some of the top issues for the 2010 legislative session, including the budget, Rebooting Government bills and autism legislation (House Bill 1311).

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 27, 2010

Missouri senators are waiting to learn when autism legislation would be signed by the governor. The Missouri General Assembly passed House Bill 1311 on May 12, two days before the end of the legislative session.

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The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for May 24, 2010

As the nation readies itself to recognize Memorial Day on Monday, May 31 to honor the military members who lost their lives while serving their country, lawmakers are able to count the passage of several bills addressing military and veterans’ issues among the successes of the 2010 legislative session.

 

The governor this week signed a handful of these bills relating to the military and veterans, including House Bill 1524, handled in the Senate by Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg). This comprehensive bill contains several provisions that will affect military members and their families.

 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 26, 2010

The Missouri Senate’s Rebooting Government efforts began with public input in March and has since resulted in some legislation that works to streamline and restructure Missouri government. Some, but not all, of the legislation related to these efforts was successful during the legislative session.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 25, 2010

Some of the measure targeted at Rebooting Government were successful this legislative session, while others were not. Among the bills that passed is House Bill 1868, which would combine the state’s Highway and Water patrols in a cost-saving effort.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 24, 2010

Missouri lawmakers passed a balanced budget in late April and sent it to the governor’s desk eight days ahead of a constitutionally mandated deadline. After senators cut $456 million from his original proposal, the governor says another $350 million will have to be withheld. The next fiscal year will start on July 1, 2010.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 17, 2010

Some of the major pieces of legislation to come from the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly are highlighted this week, along with comments from Senate leadership.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 20, 2010

Missouri senators learned this week another $350 million could be withheld from the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget. Lawmakers submitted a balanced budget at the end of April, but now officials say revenue projections are lower than anticipated.

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Legislature Sends More Than 100 Bills to Governor

When the 2010 legislative session wrapped up last Friday (5/14), Missouri lawmakers had passed 106 of the more than 1750 bills filed in the General Assembly this year (32 of the measures receiving final approval were Senate bills). As senators return to their respective districts for the interim, in the coming weeks the governor will consider each bill that was sent to him for signing into law.

 

The governor has 15 days to act on a bill if it is sent to him during the legislative session, and 45 days if the Legislature has adjourned. All of the following bills were passed by the Legislature this year and now await the governor’s signature.

 

Listen to The Senate Minute’s report on the end of session.

 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 19, 2010

Missouri senators are highlighting some of the major issues that were brought forth during the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly. Among these is Senate Bill 844, ethics reform. Some lawmakers are talking about term limits, as there will be 10 new Missouri senators next year.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 18, 2010

Missouri Senate leadership talks about how well they worked together during the just-completed 2010 legislative session, including House Joint Resolution 86, which would have limited certain ballot initiatives from being offered.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Senate Minute for May 17, 2010

Missouri senators are reflecting on the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly, which concluded this past Friday (5-14). In all, 32 Senate bills and 73 House bills were sent to the governor, who has until July 14 to sign or to veto legislation.

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