Thursday, December 30, 2010

Members Wrap Up "2020 Committees" While Senate Announces Return of "Rebooting Government" Workgroups

JEFFERSON CITY -- Before the conclusion of 2010, several lawmakers submitted their final recommendations for the Missouri Senate’s three “2020 Committees.” The legislative panels were created by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, in 2009 to look at the state’s long-range plan for education, health and job creation. All three committees terminated on Dec. 31, 2010.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 27, 2010: Session Preview

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews what some Missouri senators consider to be the important issues when lawmakers return for the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, which will start on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Senators say the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget will top their list of priorities, as will job creation and other items. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Senate Minute for 12/28/10

Missouri senators are preparing for the next legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The budget will top the list of senators’ priorities, along with job creation, streamlining government and other issues. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 22, 2010: November Election Issues in the Next Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Proposition A (earnings tax) and Proposition B (dog breeders), which were both approved by Missouri voters in November. Both issues could be revisited by Missouri senators when the Legislature returns to Jefferson City next month to begin the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Capitol Dialogue for December, 2010: Session Preview

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the December edition of Capitol Dialogue to preview the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5, 2011. Senator Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, talk about the budget, streamlining state government, redistricting and other issues that will dominate the next regular session.

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The Senate Minute for Dec. 21, 2010: Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee Recommendations

The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee has released its recommendations. The panel was one of three “2020” committees that were responsible for drawing up a strategic plan for Missouri of where to be — in areas of job creation, health care and education — by the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Missouri Senate Daily Audio/Video Clips for Dec. 17, 2010

Click here to watch several daily audio video clips featuring Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, during a press conference annoucing the Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee's final recommendations.

Senate 2020 Committee Releases Final Recommendations

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee recently released its final recommendations to create a vision for a better Missouri that strives to support an educated and academically skilled citizenry in the state for the future.

Committee Chair Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, accompanied by Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, held a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the committee's recommendations.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 16, 2010: Legislative Priorities

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews priorities for lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. At the top of most Missouri senators’ lists will be job creation and Missouri’s budget for fiscal year 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Senate Minute for Dec. 14, 2010: Legislative Priorities

Missouri senators are taking priorities into account as they prefile legislation for the upcoming session. The budget is among their priorities. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin on January 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 9, 2010: Prefiled Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some proposals that have been, and will be, prefiled by Missouri senators before the next regular session.

These include:

  • Proposed changes to the Missouri Plan, which is Missouri’s nonpartisan method of choosing judges (audio from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis);
  • Changes to legal decisions that affect existing and potential Missouri businesses (audio from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah);
  • Senate Bill 4, which would repeal the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” (audio from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton);
  • Senate Bill 5, which would require drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (audio from Sen. Stouffer); and
  • Changes to current state laws on payday loans (audio from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis).

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Senate Minute for December 7, 2010: Prefiled Legislation

Prefiling legislation began on Dec. 1. Bills that are prefiled by lawmakers are now getting their official numbers for the upcoming legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will start on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 2, 2010: Healthy Missourians

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the work of the Missouri Senate Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee, one of three “2020” panels set to have recommendations finished before Dec. 31, 2010. The committees are drawing a blueprint for the state in terms of job creation, education and health care for the year 2020. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Capitol Dialogue for November, 2010: Election Review

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the November edition of Capitol Dialogue to review ballot issues from the November election, including one related to the earnings tax and another affecting dog breeders. Senator David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, talk about what impact these issues may have on the upcoming legislative session.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Lawmakers Begin to Prefile Measures for 2011 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY— December 1 marks the first day that senators and senators-elect can begin to prefile their measures for the 2011 legislative session.

In preparation for the beginning of the legislative session in January, Missouri Senate rules allow bills to be prefiled on December 1. It is customary that each member of the Senate, beginning with the most senior member, picks his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.

Lawmakers may prefile bills continuing up to, but not including, the first day of session. Bills filed during this period are automatically introduced and read the first time on the first day of the legislative session. Measures may also be introduced by any senator during the session, up until March 1, 2011.

This process is well underway, with approximately 45 measures already prefiled in the Missouri Secretary of Senate’s office. Among those measures include bills addressing education, labor organizations, dog breeders, voter photo identification, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, automated phone calls, text messaging while driving, red light cameras, child support, and motor vehicle inspections.

A list of the bills prefiled for the 2011 legislative session will be available online at http://www.senate.mo.gov/ , click on “List of 2011 Senate Bills” under the “Legislation” drop down menu.

The First Regular Session of the 96th Missouri General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010. For more information about the Missouri Senate, visit http://www.senate.mo.gov/ . To contact the Senate Newsroom, call (573) 751-3824 or e-mail newsroom@senate.mo.gov.


November 2010 Capitol Briefing - New Leaders Announced for 96th General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY — After the general election in November, senators and senators-elect traveled to the State Capitol to select leaders for the 96th General Assembly, which begins in early January. Members met in their respective caucuses to elect several leadership positions, including majority and minority caucus floor leaders, assistant floor leaders, chairmen and secretaries.


The Senate Majority Caucus endorsed Sen. Robert N. Mayer (R-Dexter) to serve as president pro tem, a position currently held by term-limited Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph). Among other duties, as pro tem, Sen. Mayer would be responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees, and ruling on points of order raised during debate in the Senate Chamber. Before Sen. Mayer can take over as pro tem, he must be voted on by the full Senate, which will take place on the first day of session.

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