Friday, February 26, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 22, 2010

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 577, which is the Senate's version of ethics reform, and hear several bills in committee.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Capitol Briefing for Week of Feb. 22, 2010

One of the biggest priorities of the legislative session crossed a major hurdle this week after the Senate gave first-round approval to a bill that would institute ethics reform in state government. 

 

Senate Bill 577, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), needs one more passing Senate vote before it may move to the House for similar consideration. If enacted into law, the bill would institute new ethical standards for elected officials and candidates, including giving new authority to the Missouri Ethics Commission to investigate potential violations based on reasonable grounds. If the commission votes unanimously to do so, the executive director would be able to conduct an independent confidential investigation without an official complaint.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Feb. 25, 2010

Missouri senators debate ethics reform for the third time this legislative session. Senate Bill 577 received a preliminary vote by the Senate on Wednesday evening (2/24).

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Senate Endorses Resolution Promoting International Education

In conjunction with International Education Day, where more than 200 international college students representing more than 50 countries from around the world visited the Capitol, the Missouri Senate today passed a resolution encouraging Missouri’s institutions of higher learning to promote international education in and out of the classroom.

 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 31, sponsored by Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), was passed by the Senate and now moves to the House for approval. The resolution encourages Missouri’s colleges and universities to promote international education in many areas, including increasing study abroad opportunities, improving foreign language instruction and exposing Missouri students to a cross-cultural educational environment.

 

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 24, 2010

The full Senate begins debate on Senate Joint Resolution 31, which would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment re-affirming the right to free religious expression. The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 904, which would enact a statewide smoking ban.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 23, 2010

The Senate Financial and Organizations and Elections Committee heard testimony on two bills this week. Senate Bill 712 would craft a committee to look into state health care and Senate Joint Resolution 38 would shorten the legislative session.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 22, 2010

As Missouri senators edge toward the midpoint of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly, the focus continues to be on the fiscal year 2011 budget, which has to be to the governor by 6 p.m. on May 7, 2010.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 15, 2010

Ethics reform, local government and toughening child pornography laws were discussed by Missouri senators this week, Also, the Senate Education Committee heard two education bills.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Capitol Briefing for Week of Feb. 15, 2010

A proposed constitutional amendment allowing the retroactive application of DNA profiling laws may soon be put before voters after gaining initial approval from the Missouri Senate this week.  

 

Senate Joint Resolution 20, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle (R-Lee’s Summit), seeks to create an exception to the constitutional ban on retroactive laws for the purpose of allowing DNA profiling laws to apply retroactively.

 

Read more here.

 

 

The Senate Minute for Feb. 18, 2010

For the second time this legislative session, ethics reform is debated on the Missouri Senate floor. Senators discussed Senate Bill 577 this week, and spent time debating an amendment that would enact new rules on lawmakers after they've left office.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Retroactive DNA Proposal Gets First Senate Nod

A constitutional amendment allowing the retroactive application of DNA sampling laws may soon be put before voters after the Missouri Senate today gave initial approval to the measure.

 

Senate Joint Resolution 20, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle (R-Lee’s Summit), seeks to create an exception to the constitutional ban on retroactive laws for the purpose of allowing DNA profiling laws to apply retroactively.

 

Read more here.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 17, 2010

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 596, which would create the "Show-Me Small Business Act" and establish small business enterprise zones in parts of cities and counties throughout the state.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Adoption Measures Gain Ground in Senate

The Missouri Senate today gave first-round approval to a pair of bills relating to adoption and foster care in Missouri.

 

First, the Senate voted to give initial passage to a bill that would allow adopted individuals 18 and older to obtain copies of their original birth certificates under certain circumstances, as well as other available information.

 

Read more here.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 16, 2010

Ethics reform and tax credits continue to be major topics of discussion for Missouri senators, both in committee and in floor debate. Lawmakers are nearing the halfway point of the 2010 legislative session.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 15, 2010

Missouri senators take up Senate Bill 607, which would require drug testing for applicants and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families under certain conditions.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Capitol Briefing for Week of Feb. 8, 2010

Giving first-round approval to a wide-ranging local government bill was part of the legislative agenda in the Missouri Senate this week, as well as giving a final passing vote to a bill that regulates sexually oriented businesses and continuing committee work.

 

Senators spent a significant amount of time this week on local government measure SB 580, sponsored by Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington), ultimately giving it initial approval. Most provisions contained in the bill are specific to certain Missouri cities and counties, but two provisions would apply to the entire state. The first would set specific bidding regulations for soliciting bids and awarding contracts of $6,000 or more to increase fairness in the bidding process. The provision would not apply to political subdivisions that have specific state or local competitive bidding requirements that are equivalent or stricter than those in the bill. \

 

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 8, 2010

The first floor debate on ethics reform happened this week, as Missouri senators discussed Senate Bill 577. The Senate also worked on Senate Bill 580, the first local government bill to be debated in the Senate in some time.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 11, 2010

Ethics reform takes center stage in the Missouri Senate, as members start debate on Senate Bill 577.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 10, 2010

Missouri senators debate a local government bill. Senate Bill 580 would allow city and county governments a bit more leeway in some of the rules they can impose.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

HPV Information Bill Passes Committee

The Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee today voted to send a bill to the Senate floor that would provide information to students about immunization for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is commonly linked to cervical cancer.

Senate Bill 627, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), would provide information regarding immunization against HPV to the parents or guardians of students enrolling in sixth grade at public schools. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services would directly mail age- and gender-appropriate information to the parents or guardians of these students, explaining the connection between HPV and cervical cancer and the availability of the HPV immunization.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 9, 2010

The Senate Appropriations Committee spent time discussing tax credits and Senate Bill 728, which would make tax credits a part of the regular budgeting process. The Missouri General Assembly is required to have a balanced budget presented to the governor by May 7, 2010.

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Monday, February 08, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 8, 2010

Missouri senators have two items at the top of their priority list right now: autism and tax credits. They are waiting to see what differences there are between their autism legislation and what the House has. A tax credit bill was heard in committee last week.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 1, 2010

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 618, which would require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment. Also, more bills get committee hearings as lawmakers begin the second month of the 2010 legislative session.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

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 Feb. 2, 2010

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 618, which would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment and diagnosis. Another vote would be necessary before the bill could move out of the Senate and to the House.

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Capitol Briefing for Week of Feb. 1, 2010

Missouri families struggling to care for a child with autism are one step closer to coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder under a bill that received initial approval by the Missouri Senate this week.

 

Senate Bill 618 , sponsored by Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville), would require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The bill needs one more passing vote from the Senate before it can move on to the House for similar consideration. 

 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Autism Insurance Bill Gains Initial Senate Passage

The Missouri Senate today gave first-round approval to a bill that would require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. 

 

Senate Bill 618 , sponsored by Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville), needs one more passing vote from the Senate before it can move on to the House for similar consideration. 

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Feb. 3, 2010

The first major piece of legislation to hit the Senate floor is Senate Bill 618, which would require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

TANF Drug Testing Bill Moves Forward in Senate

The Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee today voted to send a bill to the Senate floor that would allow drug testing of recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

 

Senate Bill 607, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton), would require the Department of Social Services to develop a program to test work-eligible TANF applicants or recipients when a case worker believes, based on reasonable suspicion, that a person is using illegal drugs. Similar measures were rolled into SB 607, including SB 602, sponsored by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau); SB 615, sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman (R-Mt. Vernon); and SB 725, sponsored by Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville). Senator Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) is also sponsoring a similar bill, SB 821, which is awaiting a committee hearing.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for Feb. 2, 2010

Missouri senators continue to push toward crafting a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011, which will begin on July 1, 2010.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

The Senate Minute for Feb. 1, 2010

A number of proposals have been introduced that would eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a higher sales tax. Among these is Senate Joint Resolution 37, which has been discussed in a Missouri Senate committee hearing.

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