Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 31, 2010

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 928, which would modify provisions of law regarding the sales tax treatment of sales for resale. The bill include entertainment tickets and other venues.

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Senate Approves FY 2010 Supplemental Budget Bill

The Missouri Senate yesterday gave final approval to its version of the first budget bill of the session, a supplemental appropriations measure that fills in budget gaps for the current fiscal year 2010, which ends June 30. House Bill 2014 now moves back to the House, which must approve the changes made by the Senate prior to final passage.

 

Each year the General Assembly considers funding needs that arise during the middle of the budget year and makes adjustments accordingly through an all-encompassing supplemental budget bill. The measure allocates additional funding to various state departments, agencies and programs for fiscal year 2010. 

 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 30, 2010

The Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee heard two bills on Monday (3/29). Senate Bill 1003 would make changes to requirements for private investigator licensing. Senate Bill 1066 would help women and minority small businesses.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 29, 2010

Missouri senators will begin debating the 13 House bills that comprise the fiscal year 2011 budget this week. At the same time, Senate Bill 1000 has been introduced and heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure would move budget dollars from 23 different funds into the General Revenue fund.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 22, 2010

Missouri senators spent Tuesday split into groups, making recommendations on ways to Reboot Government; debated Senate Joint Resolution 25 and talked a little about the redistricting process, after the Census 2010 numbers come in.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of March 22, 2010

The Missouri Senate this week held a work day dedicated solely to parsing through the hundreds of suggestions it has received via the Senate’s “Rebooting Government” website.

 

To get a wide range of ideas on how to trim the state’s budget, Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) recently launched the Rebooting Government initiative on the Senate website, which invites Missourians to share their ideas on how to restructure and streamline state government.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 25, 2010

Missouri senators debate Senate Joint Resolution 25, which would prohibit laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care. If approved, the measure would go on a future ballot.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Senate Holds “Rebooting Government” Work Day

The Missouri Senate yesterday held a work day dedicated solely to parsing through the hundreds of suggestions it has received via the Senate’s “Rebooting Government” initiative.

 

With the state’s budget situation requiring difficult decisions to be made by the Legislature, Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) recently launched the Rebooting Government initiative on the Senate website, which invites Missourians to share their ideas on how to rework state government.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 24, 2010

Missouri senators complete their one-day work session designed to find solutions to the state’s budget challenges. The eight work groups worked throughout the day Tuesday, then presented their suggestions to the full Senate.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 23, 2010

Missouri senators spend the day in work groups crafting ideas to streamline and restructure state government. Eight groups with four senators each spent Tuesday discussing ideas that have come in through the Senate’s Rebooting Government page on its website. The 40 recommendations produced by the panels now go to the Senate President Pro Tem.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 22, 2010

The next step in “rebooting Missouri government” will happen tomorrow (3/23). Missouri senators will spend the day reviewing suggestions sent in through the Rebooting Government section of the Missouri Senate website. The eight work groups will consist of four members each and provide five recommendations each to the Senate President Pro Tem at the end of the day.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 15, 2010

The second half of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly is underway. Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City on Monday (3/15) to debate bills on the Senate floor, hear bills in committee and learn the next step in the process of streamlining and restructuring state government.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for March 15, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Senate this week gave final approval to a bill that would require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Under Senate Bill 618, health carriers that issue or renew health benefit plans on or after Aug. 28, 2010, would be required to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The bill would also prohibit health carriers from refusing to cover an individual or dependent solely because the individual is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

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The Senate Minute for March 18, 2010

The Missouri Senate could see the 13 bills that comprise the 2011 fiscal year state budget as early as next week. In the meantime, senators continue to discuss bills in committee and on the Senate floor. These include Senate Bill 887, which would add items to the list of controlled substances; and Senate Bill 641, which would make information about charter schools public.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vehicle Inspection Insurance Bill Earns First Senate Nod

The Missouri Senate today gave first-round approval to a bill that would protect vehicle owners from any possible damage inflicted to their vehicles during a routine state safety inspection.

 

Senate Bill 687, sponsored by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis), would require official motor vehicle inspection and emission stations to have liability insurance to cover any possible damages to a vehicle during an inspection.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 17, 2010

A Missouri senator has introduced a bill that would give every town in Missouri equal opportunity to bring major sporting events into the state. Senate Bill 840 was presented to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee on Tuesday (3/16).

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 16, 2010

Missouri senators return to the state Capitol after having completed their week-long mid-session recession. Monday afternoon saw a return to Senate floor for debate of two different bills: Senate Bill 777, which would allow for the sale of certain financial products and plans associated with certain loan transactions; and Senate Bill 905, which would implement provisions of the streamlined sales and use tax agreement.

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Senate to Hold Work Day for “Rebooting Government” Efforts

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) today announced that next Tuesday, March 23, the Senate will dedicate a full work day to discuss ideas relating to the Senate’s new “Rebooting Government” initiative in lieu of holding committee hearings.

 

With the state’s budget situation requiring difficult decisions to be made by the Legislature, Sen. Shields recently launched the Rebooting Government program on the Senate website, which invites Missourians to share their ideas on how to rework state government. Next week’s work day event is designed for groups of senators to review and discuss the suggestions received and then submit at least five ideas they agree upon to be introduced in legislation or through the budget process. 

 

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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 15, 2010

Now that Missouri senators are back from their annual mid-session recess, the focus is turning to the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget. Lawmakers are set to debate a variety of bills aimed at reducing costs and saving jobs, including Senate Bills 991 and 839.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 8, 2010

Missouri senators are preparing to return to Jefferson City for the second half of the 2010 legislative session. When they do, the fiscal year 2011 budget will be a top priority. The budget has to be finished by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of March 8, 2010

The Missouri Senate stands adjourned this week for its annual mid-session recess. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to begin the second half of the legislative session.

 

Forty-four Senate bills have been passed by the Senate and sent to the House for consideration as of last week’s adjournment—12 are consent bills and 32 are regular bills. Some of the Senate bills currently in the House include SB 577, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph (institutes ethics reform in state government); SB 614, sponsored by Sen. Yvonne Wilson, D-Kansas City (expands the definition of bullying to include “cyberbullying” and electronic communications in school policies); and SB 580, sponsored by Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington (changes provisions relating to local governments). Conversely, 16 House bills have been sent to the Senate for approval.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 11, 2010

Missouri senators will return from their annual mid-session recess on Monday (3/15). When they do, their main focus will shift to the budget and a decrease in state revenues. The Missouri General Assembly is required, by law, to have a balanced budget submitted to the governor by 6 p.m. on May 7 of this year. The 2011 fiscal year will begin on July 1, 2010.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 10, 2010

With the beginning of the second half of the 2010 legislative session only five days away, Missouri senators are focusing their attention on the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget. They also want to hear your ideas for streamlining and restructuring state government.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 9, 2010

Missouri senators are out of Jefferson City and back in their districts for their annual mid-session recess. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday, March 15, 2010.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 8, 2010

Missouri senators reach the halfway point of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly. Dozens of bills have been heard in committee and debated on the Senate floor in the first nine weeks of the legislative session. Next up for the Senate will be the fiscal year 2011 budget.

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Friday, March 05, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 1, 2010

The final week of the first half of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly included debate on major legislation. The Missouri General Assembly is now in its annual mid-session recess and will return to Jefferson City on March 15, 2010.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for March 1, 2010

Before the Senate adjourned for its mid-session recess, lawmakers began floor debate on what will likely be one of the most heavily discussed topics of the session: economic development.

 

Senate Bill 895, a wide-ranging economic development bill aimed at creating jobs, sponsored by Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), was briefly brought to the floor this week for debate. The bill would, among other provisions, allow municipalities to establish Missouri Jobs for the Future Districts for which they may issue obligations to pay for costs incurred while developing the areas to attract businesses and create jobs.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 4, 2010

Preliminary approval is given to a Senate bill that would make changes to several traffic laws in the state. Another vote still needs to be taken before Senate Bill 781 could be sent onto the House.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 3, 2010

Getting petition initiatives on the ballot would become easier under a bill being debated by the Missouri Senate. The first discussions were held on Senate Bill 818 this week.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Prostate Cancer Pilot Program Proposal Heard in Senate Committee

The Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee today heard a bill that would establish a prostate cancer pilot program to provide screening, referral services, treatment and outreach to certain Missouri men.

 

Senate Bill 676, sponsored by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis), would, subject to appropriations, establish two prostate cancer pilot programs within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, one located in the St. Louis area and the other in Pemiscot, New Madrid or Dunklin county. The program would fund prostate cancer screening and treatment services, as well as outreach and educational opportunities.

 

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The Senate Minute for March 2, 2010

The Missouri Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee heard Senate Bill 645 this week. The measure would trim the number of boards and commissions in state government over a period of time.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

The Senate Minute for March 1, 2010

The first half of the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly is coming to a close. As Missouri senators approach this mark, they are waiting to see what challenges will face them in regard to the fiscal year 2011 state budget.

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