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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