Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 26, 2010

Of Missouri's 34 senators, 10 are facing term limits. Among the longest-serving lawmakers currently in the Senate are Sen. Delbert Scott of Lowry City, who first started in the Missouri House after being elected in 1985, and Sen. Joan Bray of St. Louis, who was first-elected to the House in 1992. Both are in their final terms as Missouri senators.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 2010 Capitol Briefing

Shortly after the special session that finalized passage of the Manufacturing Jobs Act and made changes to the state employee pension system came to a close on July 14, the governor signed both corresponding bills approved by the Legislature. The governor called the special session at the end of June to have lawmakers work on these issues specifically.

 

House Bill 2, better known as the Manufacturing Jobs Act, was handled in the Senate by Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) during the special session. This bill will provide tax incentives for qualified auto suppliers or manufacturing facilities that create or retain Missouri jobs. Although it could apply to similar companies, HB 2 is aimed at enticing the Ford Motor Company to manufacture a new product line at its existing automotive assembly plant in Claycomo. In the Senate, HB 2 passed by a vote of 20-7 after more than 20 hours of non-stop debate.

 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Senate Minute for July 27, 2010

The Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee holds a hearing in Kansas City to talk about urban education. The panel was formed by senators last year and is one of three assigned with duties to have policies in place to meet the needs of the state by the year 2020.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 19, 2010

Missouri senators have wrapped up the First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly. House Bill 1 (pension reform) and House Bill 2 (the Manufacturing Jobs Act) were both passed by the Senate and subsequently signed by the governor.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate Minute for July 20, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly draws to a close, with two pieces of legislation sent to the governor. House Bill 1 makes changes to the state employee pension system. House Bill 2, also known as the Manufacturing Jobs Act, would give incentives to certain car makers. Both measures have been signed by the governor.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Governor Signs Bills Passed During Special Session

JEFFERSON CITY—The governor today signed a bill that will make changes to the state employee pension system, one of the two measures that were approved by state lawmakers during the special session that ended July 14.

House Bill 1 , which was handled in the Senate by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), will modify the retirement system for any person who becomes a new state employee on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The changes will not affect current state employees.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 12, 2010

As state general revenue continues to decline, Missouri senators get ready for the next budget cycle and the possibility of creating new sources of revenue.  The 2011 fiscal year began on July 1, 2010. Missouri’s 2011 budget totals $23.3 billion after cuts were made by Missouri senators and the governor.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Special Session Comes to a Close, Governor Signs Regular Session Bills

The special session that brought lawmakers back to Jefferson City as of June 24 ended today after the General Assembly passed the two bills the governor called on members to send to his desk. 

 

The first issue involved state employee pension reform. House Bill 1, which was handled in the Senate by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), will modify the retirement system for any person who becomes a state employee on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The changes will not affect current state employees.

 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Governor Signs Several Bills Prior to July 14 Deadline

Tomorrow (7/14) marks the last day the governor may sign bills sent to him during the 2010 regular session. Today in a ceremony at the Capitol, he signed numerous bills, including:

 

Senate Bill 583

(Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield)

Modifies several provisions relating to insurance regulation, including requiring that the unearned portion of any premium paid beyond the month of cancellation for Medicare supplement or long-term care insurance policy premiums be refunded by the insurer to the policy-holder. Also requires non-resident drivers to conform with the motor vehicle financial responsibility laws of their state of residence.

 

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The Senate Minute for July 13, 2010

Missouri's 2011 fiscal year began on July 1, 2010. The budget for this year totals $23.3 billion. After Missouri senators trimmed $456 million from the original proposal, the governor cut $280 million from it last month. Members from the Senate Appropriations Committee discuss these cuts and how they will affect Missourians.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Urban Farming Measure Among Those Signed by Governor

With a July 14 deadline to sign the 2010 regular session’s bills into law, the governor today added his signature to a handful of measures passed by the Legislature, including legislation relating to urban farming.

 

House Bill 1848 establishes the Joint Interim Committee on Urban Farming, which will consist of 10 members, five from the Senate and five from the House of Representatives. The committee is charged with studying and making recommendations regarding the impact of urban farm cooperatives, vertical farming and sustainable living communities, and examining various trends in urban farming and existing resources and capacity. Members will also determine any needed legislation, policies or regulations regarding urban farming in Missouri.

 

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Friday, July 09, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 5, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly continues. Missouri senators will return to the Capitol on Tuesday (7/13) to resume debate on pension reform (Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1) and tax incentives for certain automobile manufacturers (Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2).

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

K2 Ban Signed into Law

The governor today added his signature to HB 1472, a measure that criminalizes the possession of spice cannabinoids, also known as “K2,” in Missouri. The synthetic compounds mimic the effects of marijuana. 

 

House Bill 1472 was handled in the Senate by Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) and takes effect Aug. 28.

 

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The Senate Minute for July 6, 2010

The First Extraordinary Session of the 95th General Assembly continues. Negotiations continue on the two issues at stake: state pension reform (House Bill 1) and the Manufacturing Jobs Act (House Bill 2).

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Lawmakers Consider Tax Incentives Package and Pension Reform During First Week of Special Session

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Lawmakers Consider Tax Incentives Package and Pension Reform During First Week of Special Session


The Missouri General Assembly this week debated two measures the governor called on lawmakers to consider: tax incentives for qualified companies that create Missouri jobs and state employee pension reform.

 

Lawmakers officially convened last Thursday (6/24) for the special session, which was followed by committee work in both chambers early this week. The House sent its bills, HB 1 (pension reform) and HB 2 (tax incentives) to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.  The Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee unanimously passed HB 2.  Also receiving a unanimous nod was HB 1, heard by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs, Pensions and Urban Affairs Committee.  Both measures were then delivered to the Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.  House Bill 1 was voted out of the committee and sent to the full Senate for debate.  House Bill 2 has yet to receive a vote.

 

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