Friday, January 29, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 25, 2010

More Missouri Senate bills received committee hearings this week. Plus, the first floor action took place, when senators rejected a proposed tax increase on certain Missouri landowners.

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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, January 28, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of Jan. 25, 2010

The Missouri Senate passed its first measure of the session this week in the form of Senate Concurrent Resolution 35, which would reject the Missouri State Tax Commission’s recent decision to increase some of the values assigned to agricultural land in Missouri.

 

Senator Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) is sponsoring the resolution, which would ensure that the tax commission’s vote to increase land valuations on certain grades of farmland and decrease land valuations on others will not be enacted. The valuation changes would amount to an approximately 11.5 percent increase in taxes on farmland overall.

 

Read more here.

New Daily A/V Clips Posted

Audio and video clips of recent Senate committee hearings and floor action are available on the Senate Newsroom website.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 28, 2010

The Missouri Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee hears Senate Joint Resolution 25, which seeks to protect Missourians' freedom of choice, and the Senate Transportation Committee hears Senate Bill 701, which would expand the ban on sending and reading text messages while driving.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Texting While Driving Ban Heard in Transportation Committee

The Senate Transportation Committee today (1/27) heard a bill that would ban texting while driving in Missouri—for all ages. 

 

A law passed last year prohibits drivers 21 years of age and younger from texting while driving. This session, Sen. Ryan McKenna (D-Crystal City), who also sponsored last year’s provision, is sponsoring SB 701. The measure applies the text message ban universally so that all drivers, regardless of their age, are prohibited from texting while operating a motor vehicle.

 

Read more here.

January 2010 Capitol Dialogue

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, discuss the 2010 legislative session. Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph; Sen. Joan Bray, D-St. Louis; House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley, R-Perryville; and Representative John Burnett, D-Kansas City, discuss differences in the opening day of the legislative from previous years and what impact the budget will have on lawmakers this year.

Capitol Dialogue is a monthly roundtable show that is produced throughout the year and brings legislators from both sides of the aisle together to discuss their positions on pending legislation and issues affecting all Missourians.

Watch the January 2010 Capitol Dialogue here.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 27, 2010

Senate Bill 577 is heard by the Missouri Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee. The proposal would make changes to existing ethics laws in Missouri.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Daily A/V Clips for Jan. 26, 2010

Audio and video clips of recent Senate committee hearings are available on the Senate Newsroom website.

Ethics Reform Bill Receives Committee Hearing

Touted as a top priority for the legislative session, ethics reform was in the spotlight of today’s (1/26) events as one of the Legislature’s most comprehensive bills on the subject received a hearing in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.

 

Senate Bill 577, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), would create the position of an independent investigator within the Ethics Commission, bar certain contributions to incumbent officials during session and expand income reporting requirements to include legislative staff.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Jan. 26, 2010

Committee hearings continue this week for Missouri senators. Senate Bill 636 would make changes to Missouri "prompt pay" statutes and Senate Bill 641 would require charter schools to release more of their information to the public.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Officially Begins Budget Work

The Senate Appropriations Committee met yesterday for the first time since the governor unveiled his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year 2011 budget during his State of the State address on Jan. 20. Committee members will continue to meet throughout this week and the weeks to come as they begin to develop their budget plan in conjunction with the House Budget Committee. The bills comprising the FY 2011 budget will eventually be debated, first in the House and then in the Senate (all appropriations bills originate in the House).

 

Yesterday’s (1/25) appropriations meeting included an overview of the governor’s recommendations for FY 2011, and well as statewide issues that the Legislature must address for FY 2011. The committee also discussed FY 2010 supplemental recommendations. Each session the Legislature considers funding needs that arise during the middle of the budget year and makes adjustments accordingly through supplemental budget bills.

 

Read more here.

 

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Senate Minute for Jan. 25, 2010

With more details now known about Missouri's fiscal year 2011 budget, Missouri senators are moving toward solutions as they work toward a May deadline for having the budget delivered to the governor.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 18, 2010

Missouri senators are reacting to this week's annual budget address from the governor, also referred to as the "State of the State" address. Also, the first Senate bills received hearings this week as lawmakers complete their third week back at the Capitol.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Capitol Briefing for Week of Jan. 18, 2010: Lawmakers Assemble for State of the State Address

Lawmakers gathered for a joint legislative session of the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives this week to hear the governor’s long-anticipated recommendations for creating a fiscal year 2011 state budget, as well as his priorities for the 2010 legislative session. 

 

The State of the State address, which was held in the House chamber at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, is an annual event that gives the governor an opportunity to outline his legislative goals and unveil his budget recommendations for the coming year to the full General Assembly. Given the current economic climate, it came as no surprise that job creation, small business development, investment in emerging industries and job training topped the governor’s legislative agenda. Other issues he prompted the General Assembly to address this year are autism insurance coverage, DWI laws and campaign contribution limits.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Jan. 21, 2010

The Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee hears testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution 35, which asks the Legislature to undo a potential tax increase on some Missouri landowners.

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Senate Education Committee Hears 'Race to the Top' Update

The Senate Education Committee yesterday (1/20) received an update on Missouri’s application for the federal government’s Race to the Top program during its weekly meeting in the Capitol.

 

Race to the Top is a newly established, highly competitive $4.3 billion grant program that is challenging states to develop ambitious school-improvement proposals addressing four central areas of education reform. These areas are: developing standards and assessments, supporting instruction through data systems, cultivating great teachers and leaders, and turning around struggling schools.

 

Read more here.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A/V Clips from Jan. 19 Senate Committee Hearings

Broadcast-quality video and streaming video and audio clips from yesterday's (1/19) committee hearings are now available on the Senate Newsroom website.

Clips include:

  • On Tuesday (1-19), Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 35, a measure that would attempt to undo increased land valuations on productive croplands, to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee (1-19).  Sen. Stouffer does not agree with methods the Tax Commission uses to create land valuations.
  • Sen. Joan Bray, D-St. Louis, asks Sen. Stouffer and Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, when, if ever, is a good time to raise land valuations.  Sen. Crowell filed similar legislation this year regarding increased land valuations.
  • During the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Sen. Crowell, presented Senate Bill 653.  This bill prohibits felony sexual offenders whose victim is less than 17 years of age from being allowed to participate in the state’s 120-day “shock incarceration program.” He says the program does not work.
  • Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, also presented Senate Bills 586 and 617 (sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon) to the committee. These bills further regulate sexually oriented businesses in Missouri. Senator Bartle asserts these measures are reasonable and have been tested in other jurisdictions. 

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A/V Clips from Autism Insurance Bill Hearing

Broadcast-quality video and streaming video and audio clips from yesterday's (1/19) committee hearing on SB 618 are now available on the Senate Newsroom website.

The Senate Committee on Small Business, Insurance and Industry met yesterday to discuss Senate Bill 618, which would require health insurance carriers to provide coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 20, 2010

The Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 618, a measure that would enhance rules for autism coverage from insurance companies.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Autism Insurance Bill to Receive Senate Hearing

A bill that would require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders is among the first Senate bills to receive a committee hearing this session.

 

Senate Bill 618, sponsored by Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville), is slated to receive a public hearing today (1/19) when the Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee meets at 2 p.m. A committee hearing for a bill typically involves the measure first being presented by its sponsor, and then proponents and opponents both issuing opinions on the bill.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Jan. 19, 2010

Missouri senators will get the latest information on Missouri's budget tomorrow evening when the governor delivers his annual budget message, commonly known as the "State of the State."

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Friday, January 15, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 11, 2010

Missouri senators take part in seminars designed to inform them of pressing issues for the legislative session. Topics range from the 2010 Census to health care to tax policy.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Jan. 11, 2010

As is typical during the opening weeks of any legislative session, senators spent limited time in the Senate chamber and several hours participating in the various seminars, committee meetings and workshops that were held during the first full week of session.

 

The Senate seminars, which were organized by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), were held this week in the Capitol for the second year in a row. The seminars were designed to provide all senators with a foundation of knowledge on an array of issues concerning the state, while also stimulating discussion on Missouri’s future. A dozen experts in their respective fields gave presentations and spurred discussion at the seminars, including representatives from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Missouri Budget Project and Show-Me Institute.

 

Listen to the Senate Minute's report on the seminars.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Jan. 14, 2010

Seminars designed to educate Missouri senators on a wide range of topics wrapped up at the Capitol this week. Senators received updates on the Senate's 2020 Committees from the chairmen of those panels during one seminar.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Senate Minute for Jan. 13, 2010

Missouri senators learn about the latest in telecommunications access for rural Missouri and emergency services. Also, the concept of eliminating the state income tax is discussed during a Senate seminar.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Senate Minute for Jan. 12, 2010

A Missouri senator will introduce a resolution that seeks to keep a proposed tax increase from happening to some Missouri landowners.

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Senators to Attend Educational Seminars this Week

With the 2010 legislative session now underway, today kicked off the first in a series of topical Senate seminars organized by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph). The second-annual Senate seminars are designed to provide all senators with a foundation of knowledge on an array of issues concerning the state while also stimulating discussion on Missouri’s future.

 

Listen to the Senate Minute’s report on the seminars.

 

Senator Shields has scheduled a total of seven Senate seminars for the 2010 legislative session, which will take place over this week and will include the following topics: ethics, federal health care legislation, health information technology, the higher education P-20 Council, Senate “2020” Committees, tax policy, and the 2010 U.S. Census.

 

Read more here.

 

Monday, January 11, 2010

A/V Clips from Senate Workshop on Telecom Access Rates

Broadcast-quality video and streaming video and audio clips from today's Senate workshop on telecom access rates are now available on the Senate Newsroom website.

Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, held a workshop with communication industry leaders in the Capitol today to continue the informal discussion of telecom access rates in Missouri. Senator Griesheimer emphasized the importance of Senate Bill 698, a bill filed this year designed to change telecommunications provisions relating to carrier of last resort obligations, exchange access rates and emergency phone services.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 11, 2010

Missouri senators will spend their first full week of the session taking part in various workshops and seminars, covering topics from the 2010 census to the Senate's 2020 Committees to state tax policy.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 4, 2010

The Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly is officially underway. The session started at noon on Wednesday (1/6). Also, the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee met for the first time this year.

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

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of Jan. 4, 2010

Missouri lawmakers gathered this week at the State Capitol for the beginning of the 2010 legislative session, which began at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 6. It promises to be a challenging year as lawmakers confront revenue shortfalls and complicated issues such as economic development, ethics reform and health care.

 

Listen to the Senate Minute’s report on the opening day of session.

 

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) kicked off the legislative session by addressing the Senate and outlining his priorities for the year. Senator Shields expressed his desire for state government to focus on long-term solutions, acknowledging that with 10 senators term-limited this year, and an additional 10 senators term-limited in two years, focusing on the future will require lawmakers to take a forward-thinking approach to public service. Plans are underway to propose legislation this year to make long-term planning a permanent part of the legislative process.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Jan. 7, 2010

Now that Missouri senators are back in Jefferson City, the real work begins. Topping the list of priorities this year will be the budget, followed by ethics reform and autism legislation.

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Video/Audio Clips from Opening Day Now Available

Broadcast-quality video and streaming video and audio clips from the first day of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly are now available on the Senate Newsroom website. Highlights include Senate Leader Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) addressing senators during his opening day speech in the Senate chamber and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan (D-Independence) listing his priorities for the session during a press conference.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Senate Minute for Jan. 6, 2010

The Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly is underway. Senators say ethics reform will be among their priorities this year, along with autism legislation and economic development.

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Lawmakers Convene in Jefferson City for 2010 Legislative Session

The Second Regular Session of the 95th Missouri General Assembly began at noon today (1/6) as state lawmakers gathered in their respective chambers in the Capitol for what promises to be a challenging session. Lawmakers will confront revenue shortfalls and complicated issues such as promoting economic development and cutting down the costs of health care. 

 

As is custom, Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) kicked off the legislative session by addressing the Senate and outlining his priorities for the year. Senator Shields expressed his desire for state government to focus on long-term solutions, acknowledging that with 10 senators term-limited this year, and an additional 10 senators term-limited in two years, focusing on the future will require lawmakers to take a forward-thinking approach to public service. He said that he will propose legislation this year to make long-term planning a permanent part of the legislative process.

 

Read more here.

 

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on E. coli in Lake of the Ozarks

The Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee met today (1/5) in the Capitol to discuss the Missouri Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) actions regarding the discovery of high levels of E. coli bacteria in the Lake of the Ozarks last summer.

 

The committee invited several individuals to testify, including DNR Director Mark Templeton, former DNR Deputy Director and general counsel Joe Bindbeutel, former DNR Communications Director Susanne Medley, as well as lab technicians who conduct water quality tests for Missouri’s public waterways.

 

Read more here.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 5, 2010

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee now have this year's Consensus Revenue Estimate and will use this figure to help craft the fiscal year 2011 budget. The Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly will start tomorrow (1/6).

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Monday, January 04, 2010

The Senate Minute for Jan. 4, 2010

Missouri senators are preparing to return to Jefferson City. The Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly will start at noon on Wednesday (1/6).

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