Friday, April 30, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 26, 2010

Missouri senators finish the 2011 Missouri budget one week early. The Senate also debates Senate Joint Resolution 45, which would merge the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and House Bill 2111, an omnibus transportation and traffic safety bill. There are two weeks remaining in the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Senate Passes FY 2011 Budget Ahead of Deadline

With more than a week to spare, the Legislature on Thursday passed a $23.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011, sending all 13 regular budget bills to the governor’s desk.

 

Following the House’s gradual completion of the budget, the Senate passed most of the budget bills on Wednesday evening and finished the final three bills (HBs 2011–2013) on Thursday afternoon before adjourning for the week. The budget will take effect on July 1 pending the governor’s signature.

 

Read more here.

 

The Senate Minute for April 29, 2010

Missouri senators pass two House bills that share the goal of making Missouri government work better. House Bill 1965 would trim outdated statutes from the books. House Bill 1892 would undo a law that requires a school principal’s permission before a 16-year-old can get a job.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 28, 2010

Missouri senators pass Senate Joint Resolution 45, which would aid in the merging of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the Department of Higher Education, a move endorsed by senators in their Rebooting Government efforts. Also, the Senate is revisiting the 2011 fiscal year budget, after Senate-House conferees finish work.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 27, 2010

Missouri senators pass a bill aimed at improving transportation and traffic safety in Missouri. House Bill 2111 contains several Senate amendments, including one that would keep police department from putting up cameras in dangerous locations and another that would name a spur to the Katy Trail.

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Senate Gives First Nod to School Attendance Measure

JEFFERSON CITY—Two kindergarten start dates may soon be offered in school districts across the state if a bill that today received initial approval from the Senate is enacted into law.

Senate Bill 969 allows a school district to offer, by majority vote of the school board, two start dates for kindergarten. One date would occur on the district’s normal starting date for kindergarten and the other would occur approximately halfway through the year. Under the bill, a district that adopts a second start date for kindergarten students would not lose eligibility to receive state aid—regardless of the timing or number of days of actual pupil attendance. Also, school districts would be required to give parents a choice regarding their child’s kindergarten start date.  

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 26, 2010

The Senate Education Committee hears House Bill 1543, which would make changes to certain school violence and bullying rules. The bill is heard as three weeks remain in the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly. At the same time, a Senate-House conference committee is working on final changes to the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 19, 2010

Missouri senators discuss several bills that are related to restructuring and streamlining state government. There are three weeks left in the 2010 legislative session.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of April 19, 2010

A proposal to consolidate the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE) cleared major hurdles in the Missouri Senate this week.

 

Voters must approve the consolidation because both departments are in the state constitution. The overall proposal is contained in two joint resolutions that would be placed before voters in an upcoming general election. The first measure, Senate Joint Resolution 44, is a constitutional amendment to eliminate DESE, DHE and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, and instead create a new State Board of Education, which would coordinate public early childhood, K-12 and higher education. The measure received final approval from the Senate this week and now moves to the House.

 

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The Senate Minute for April 22, 2010

Missouri senators debate Senate Joint Resolution 45, which would combine the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The proposal would go on a future ballot, if approved by the Missouri General Assembly.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 21, 2010

Missouri senators pass a bill that’s designed to reform the state’s pension system. Senate Bill 714 modifies certain provisions related to Missouri’s state employee retirement system. The measure is another in a series designed to streamline state government.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 20, 2010

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 1007, which would change several requirements for public assistance programs administered by the state. The bill’s sponsor says, ultimately, the measure would save the state money.

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Budget Conference Committee Members Appointed

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) today appointed five senators to serve on the budget conference committee that will work out the differences between the Senate and House regarding the fiscal year 2011 budget.

 

Five members of the House will join Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer (R-Dexter), Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville), Sen. Joan Bray (D-St. Louis), and Sen. Tim Green (D-St. Louis) to serve on the 10-member conference committee, which will discuss House Bills 2001 through 2013. These 13 bills make up the FY 2011 budget.

 

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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 19, 2010

Missouri senators continue to debate a number of bills as they head into the final month of the 2010 legislative session. The Senate has passed Senate Bill 1014, which is aimed at reducing Missouri’s prison population and saving the state money; and has given preliminary approval to Senate Bill 793, which would change certain consent rules in relation to abortions.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 12, 2010

Missouri senators pass the fiscal year 2011 budget, sign off on the supplemental budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year and debate several bills related to Rebooting Government.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Senate Approves $23.1 Billion FY 2011 Operating Budget

With a constitutional deadline nearly three weeks away, the fiscal year 2011 budget was the primary order of business for the Missouri Senate this week.

 

The Senate’s version of the 13 budget bills account for an approximately $23.1 billion operating budget for the upcoming 2011 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. Dramatically decreased state revenues prompted the Senate to include nearly $500 million in across-the-board reductions from the budget proposed by the governor in January.

 

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The Senate Minute for April 15, 2010

Missouri senators debate and pass the 13 bills that comprise the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget. This includes restoring $37.5 million for Career Ladder, a program that pays teachers for doing extra work in their school districts.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pair of Rebooting Government Bills Earns First Senate Nod

Two ideas that came out of last month’s “Rebooting Government” work day received initial Senate approval yesterday. These measures, which are estimated to save Missouri taxpayers approximately $28 million, need one more passing vote from the Senate before moving to the House for similar consideration.

 

At an approximate savings of $2 million, Senate Bill 1057, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), would merge the State Water Patrol into the Missouri State Highway Patrol and transfer the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Revenue.

 

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The Senate Minute for April 14, 2010

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 943, which would modify the elementary and secondary education foundation formula and require the Joint Committee on Education to study state funding for elementary and secondary education.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Public Retirement Reform Gains Ground in Senate

Significant changes could be in store for certain public retirement systems in the state after a bill moved forward in the Senate yesterday.

 

Senate Bill 714 contains several provisions relating to retirement, including a measure that would allow the state auditor to audit any state or local public employee retirement system at least every three years.

 

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The Senate Minute for April 13, 2010

Missouri senators debate a bill related to the process of streamlining and restructuring state government. Senate Bill 714 would make changes to certain aspects of the state’s public employee retirement system, minus teachers.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 12, 2010

After spending a week on it, the Senate Appropriations Committee has trimmed $500 million from the governor’s proposed $23.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Now, the full Senate will begin debating the 13 individual budget bills.

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Friday, April 09, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 5, 2010

Missouri Senators spent time, both in committee and on the floor, debating bills related to efforts to streamline and restructure state government. They will start on the 2011 Missouri budget next week.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 8, 2010

The Missouri House rejects changes made by Missouri senators to House Bill 2014, which is a supplemental budget bill for the current, 2010 fiscal year. While the House has requested a conference committee between the two chambers, senators say this may not happen.

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Senate Advances Education Bill

Education was a primary focus for the Missouri Senate this week, as lawmakers gave initial approval to a wide-ranging bill relating to Missouri’s public school system.

 

Senate Bill 815, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle (R-Lee’s Summit), contains several provisions, some of which include:

 

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

“Rebooting Missouri Government” Measure Advances in Senate

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Senate today gave first-round approval to a bill that contains a few of the many cost-saving recommendations that were presented during the Senate’s “Rebooting Government” work day, which was held March 23.

Senate Bill 734 , sponsored by Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), includes some of the ideas the education working group considered last month in the Senate’s effort to begin restructuring and streamlining state government.

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The Senate Minute for April 7, 2010

Missouri senators discuss two concurrent resolutions. Senate Concurrent Resolution 51 urges Missouri's Congressional delegation to oppose funding the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study. Senate Concurrent Resolution 54 would create the Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Senate Minute for April 6, 2010

Missouri senators discuss two bills related to improving economic development in Missouri. Senate Bill 895 is a wide-ranging economic development improvement proposal and Senate Bill 905 would implement provisions of the streamlined sales and use tax agreement. At the same time, the Senate Appropriations Committee continues to go line by line through the 2011 fiscal year Missouri budget.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 29, 2010

Missouri Senators pass the supplemental budget bill for fiscal year 2010, debate a number of bills on the floor and continue to hear bills in committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee is now going line by line through the fiscal year 2011 budget bills.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for Week of March 29, 2010

The Missouri Senate this week 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.

Supplemental Funding Bill

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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The Senate Minute for April 1, 2010

As the Senate Appropriations Committee starts to go line by line over the 13 bills that comprise the fiscal year 2011 Missouri budget, the full Senate has passed the supplemental budget bill for the rest of the current fiscal year.

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