Friday, December 30, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 30, 2011: Upcoming Legislative Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the priorities and issues Missouri senators expect will be discussed during the next legislative session. The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Month of December 2011

JEFFERSON CITY The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly is scheduled to commence at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4. In preparation for the 2012 legislative session, Missouri senators prefiled more than 150 measures, which received bill numbers on Dec. 1. Customarily, each member of the Senate — beginning with the lawmaker who has the most seniority — picks his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.

Legislation submitted to the Secretary of the Senate during the prefiling timeframe will be introduced on the opening day of session.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Senate Minute for Dec. 27, 2011: Preview of Upcoming Legislative Session

The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin at Noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Missouri senators expect job creation to top their priority list once again next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 21, 2011: Disaster Recovery

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews recommendations made by the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery, and what role the findings could have in the upcoming legislative session. The panel was formed as a result of several weather-related disasters that hit Missouri throughout the year. The next regular legislative session will begin on Jan. 4, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Senate Minute for Dec. 20, 2011: Disaster Recovery

Members of the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery present recommendations, after spending part of this year gathering information. The panel was the result of several weather-related disasters that affected Missouri over the past year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 15, 2011: Education

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews education and its importance to Missouri senators, in terms of next year’s legislative session. Lawmakers are preparing to return to Jefferson City. In the process, they are reviewing items they believe will become a part of next year’s agenda. The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will start on Jan. 4, 2012. 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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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Senate Minute for Dec. 13, 2011: Important Issues

Education and transportation are among the topics lawmakers expect to spend time on, when they return to Jefferson City next year. The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will start work on Jan. 4, 2012. 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 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 08, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 8, 2011: Redistricting

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews redistricting. New Missouri Senate and House district boundaries were released on Nov. 30, 2011. At the same time, a lawsuit challenging new congressional boundaries is scheduled to be heard by a judge later this month. New district boundaries will take effect when officeholders are sworn into office in January 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Senate Minute for Dec. 6, 2011: Redistricting

The new boundaries for Missouri’s 34 Senate and 163 House districts are now known. Missouri senators are studying the maps, as they prepare to return to Jefferson City for the next legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 1, 2011: SB 351

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 351, a measure that makes changes to rules relating to adoption records in Missouri. Meanwhile, new district boundaries are now known for both the Missouri Senate and House, and lawmakers have begun prefiling legislation for the upcoming regular session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John T. Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Month of November 2011

After the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly concluded with a sine die motion on Oct. 25, lawmakers have focused on addressing matters in their districts, taking care of constituent needs, and dedicating their time to their respective legislative committees.

Throughout November, several legislative panels met throughout the state to address pressing issues in Missouri, including the possibility of forming a state health insurance exchange, reviewing the state transportation and criminal justice systems, public employee retirement, and school accreditation.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Senate Minute for Nov. 29, 2011: SB 351

A new law that took effect on Aug. 28, 2011, focuses on adoption records in Missouri. The governor signed Senate Bill 351 into law on July 5, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal 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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 23, 2011: Transportation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the most recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. The panel heard from the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) about its approach to budgeting and the potential of toll roads as a way to help to improve I-70 across Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for November 2011: Natural Disaster

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with four lawmakers, appear on the November edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss natural disaster recovery. Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin; and Rep. Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville, review some of the findings by natural disaster recovery committees in both the Missouri Senate and House, after several weather-related incidents occurred throughout the state in 2011.

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The Senate Minute for Nov. 22, 2011: Transportation

The most recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight featured discussion on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) smaller budget and the potential of a toll road to help pay for improvements to I-70 through Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, 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 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, November 17, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 17, 2011: Insurance Exchanges

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two recent hearings held by the Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges. The panel will continue to gather public testimony for the remainder of the year, with their findings leading to legislation during next year’s regular legislative session. Health insurance exchanges are a requirement contained in the federal Affordable Care Act. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Senate Minute for Nov. 15, 2011: Insurance Exchanges

The Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges continues to meet. The panel held a hearing last week and is scheduled to hold another this week. The committee will continue to gather for the rest of the year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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, November 10, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 10, 2011: Important Issues

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 320, which modifies provisions relating to domestic violence laws, with Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue. Also, Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, is hopeful to see an update to the African-American timeline on the Missouri Digital Heritage website. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Senate Minute for Nov. 8, 2011: Important Issues

Missouri senators are looking at issues of importance to the state. Senate Bill 320 became law earlier this year. The new law modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. Also, a Missouri senator is asking that the African-American timeline on the Missouri Digital Heritage website be updated. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, 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 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, November 04, 2011

September/October 2011 Missouri Legislative Update

In this episode of Missouri Legislative Update, we highlight the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly and veto session. We also take a look at the 2013 fiscal year budget as well as the work of interim committees in the Senate. Also, we highlight the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony held in the State Capitol.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 3, 2011: Working Group

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the Missouri Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections, a panel comprised of three Missouri senators and three Missouri representatives. Members say their goal is to meet for the rest of the year and help craft legislation that would be considered during next year’s legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Senate Minute for Nov. 1, 2011: Working Group

Three Missouri senators help to comprise the six-member Missouri Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections, a panel that is expected to meet for the remainder of the year and help craft legislation for next year’s regular session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, 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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 24, 2011


JEFFERSON CITY Eleven days before the constitutional deadline to wrap up the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, the Senate adjourned sine die on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, for the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly.

On Aug. 22, the governor called lawmakers for a special session, which began Tuesday, Sept. 6, to focus on economic development, job creation, as well as other measures. During special session, numerous bills were introduced that addressed similar matters considered during the 2011 regular session. In the end, the Legislature successfully ushered two measures past the legislative finish line. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 27, 2011: Special Session Ends

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the final days of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. The governor has signed the two measures that were passed by lawmakers during the special session: Senate Bill 1 (modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students) and Senate Bill 7 (establishes the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act). Lawmakers were unsuccessful in passing Senate Bill 8 (a tax credit reform, job creation and economic development measure) and House Bill 1 (would have transferred control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the City of St. Louis). We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, 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 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, October 25, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for October 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with three lawmakers, appear on the October edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss some of the legislation from the 2011 regular session that relates to agriculture. Senator Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown; and Rep. Tom Shively, D-Shelbyville, review some of the agriculture legislation that became law during 2011, as well as discuss urban agriculture, which has become a focal point for some Missouri communities.

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Senate Concludes Special Session with Sine Die Motion

JEFFERSON CITY — With a strike of the gavel, the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly came to a close in the Missouri Senate Tuesday afternoon (10-25). Before Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, announced the sine die motion, legislators were able to deliver to the governor a measure that addresses how public school students and employees communicate online (Senate Bill 1) , as well as legislation designed to create, attract and retain jobs in the field of science in innovation through the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA (Senate Bill 7). The governor signed both SB 1 and SB 7 Friday afternoon (10-21), and both measures will take effect 90 days after receiving his signature, Jan. 19, 2012.

The General Assembly is scheduled to return to Jefferson City for the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

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The Senate Minute for Oct. 25, 2011: Special Session Ends

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly has come to a close. Lawmakers were successful in passage of Senate Bill 1 (social media interaction between teachers and students) and Senate Bill 7 (establishes Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act), but were unable to reach agreement on Senate Bill 8 (tax credit reform and economic development). Missouri senators will return to Jefferson City in January 2012 to begin the next regular session. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, 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, October 21, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 17, 2011

In the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 17, the full Senate reconvened to discuss Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary, listed under HB 3 and handled by Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, as well as SB 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter.

House Bill 3, introduced in the chamber across the building on the first day of session, would move Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary from February to March, in order to abide by regulations established by the national political parties. Parties in each state were to craft necessary changes outlined by their respective national party conventions by Oct. 1, so that the delegate count would not be compromised and the presidential selection schedule would not be disturbed. In conclusion, the Missouri Democratic Party took no action on the primary issue and the Missouri Republican Party decided to use a caucus system for its 2012 presidential delegates, making some question the necessity of next year’s primary.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 20, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the latest in the continuing special session. The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly started on Sept. 6, 2011. Missouri senators considered Senate Bill 8, which contains tax credit reform and economic development language, and House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary from February to March. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington; Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; and Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 18, 2011: Special Session

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly nears its conclusion. Missouri senators returned to the Capitol on Monday (10/17) to debate House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s presidential primary date, and Senate Bill 8, which would reform tax credits. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal 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.

Update on Special Session: Senate Chamber Holds Steady On Economic Development Legislation

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate met on Monday afternoon to vote on a motion to return to the House for reconsideration its version of legislation that would make modifications to various tax credits in the state and establish new tax incentive programs designed to promote job creation in Missouri. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, includes the combination of several existing performance-based credits to create “Compete Missouri”; the sunset, capping or elimination of a number of tax credit programs; and the creation of incentives to support an international trade hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and attract amateur sporting events to Missouri. The version passed by the Senate is projected to save taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the next 15 years.

The main differences between the House and Senate versions of the economic development legislation remain to be the sunset dates on two tax credits: Low-Income Tax Credit and the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The Senate’s version places a 2018 sunset on these two programs for developers of low-income housing and historic buildings; the House’s version ties the legislation to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow, but not require, lawmakers to vote every four years (beginning 2016) on whether or not to maintain all tax credit programs. The two chambers also have differing opinions on other incentives to spur economic development in the state, most notably the “Compete Missouri” program.

Final approval of the Senate’s version of Senate Bill 8, which now rests in the House of Representative’s chambers, would send the legislation to the governor for his signature.

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Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality clips feature Senators discussing Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 3 during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 10, 2011


JEFFERSON CITY After conducting technical sessions to save taxpayer dollars and constitutionally keep special session going while lawmakers worked on a compromise regarding economic development legislation, the full Senate will return to the State Capitol at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. At the top of the Senate’s priority list is examining SB 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, which was passed in the House on Oct. 6 by a vote of 98-48.

One of the biggest topics of debate regarding the legislation is the notion of sunsets (deadlines for programs to be reviewed or terminated) on tax credit programs. Many senators would like to see seven-year sunsets on low-income housing and historic preservation tax credit programs, which do not appear in the House version of the bill. When the body reconvenes on Monday, senators will vote on whether or not to send the economic development legislation to a conference committee, where any conflicts would be ironed out between the Senate and House. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 13, 2011: Redistricting and Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • The congressional and Missouri Senate and House redistricting maps, which are now in the hands of judges after a lawsuit is filed against the congressional map and the Missouri Supreme Court picks judges to draw new state Senate and House boundaries (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence); and
  • The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, which is set to resume on Oct. 17, 2011, when Missouri senators return to Jefferson City to discuss tax credit reform and economic development (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter).

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

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 11, 2011: Redistricting

Redrawing boundaries for congressional and Missouri Senate and House districts is moving toward its final steps. The process started after results of the 2010 census were made public earlier this year. New boundaries will be in place before the November 2012 elections. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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, October 06, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 6, 2011: Governmental Accountability and Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • A highly anticipated hearing by the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Mamtek, a company that was in the process of building a plant in Moberly (Audio: Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia; and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City), and
  • An update on the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, which is now in its fifth week. Missouri senators have been waiting on renewed action on an economic development bill by the Missouri House (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence).

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.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature a meeting of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee. Committee members reviewed information regarding a production facility, Mamtek, located in Moberly.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 4, 2011: Special Session

Negotiations continue on an economic development plan. Missouri senators are waiting on House committees to approve Senate Bill 8, the measure that contains tax credit reform, economic development and job creation legislation. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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, September 29, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 29, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the latest on the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. The special session continued into its fourth week. Earlier in the session, Missouri senators passed Senate Bill 8, which includes economic development incentives and tax credit reform. Some senators are also hopeful that House Bill 1, which would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city, will be heard on the Senate floor. The special session started on Sept. 6, and can last as long as 60 days. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senate's Governmental Accountability Committee Examines State's Role in Economic Development Deal

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability, chaired by Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, is responsible for all matters relating to state laws, programs and agencies.  The panel is also charged with enacting new or additional legislation to improve the efficiency of any state law or entity.
The committee was recently called by the Senate President Pro Tem to investigate how a company received $37 million in bonds from the city of Moberly to build a new facility to make artificial sugar.  The company, prospected to create hundreds of jobs for mid-Missouri, later missed its bond payment and potentially left the burden for repaying the debt to the city.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Senate Minute for Sept. 27, 2011: Special Session

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly continues into a fourth week. Economic development and job creation remain the focal point for lawmakers during the special session. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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, September 23, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 23, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the status of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senators met for the third week of the special session this week. At the same time, two Senate measures have cleared the House:

  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students; and
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, also known as MOSIRA.

We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips Available from the Missouri Senate


JEFFERSON CITY – Senate Communications posts audio and video clips from Senate committee hearings, floor debate, press conferences, and other legislative events on the Senate Communications Daily Audio/Video Clips Web site (Senate Newsroom - Daily Audio and Video Clips).


This feature allows radio and television stations to use these audio and video clips from the Senate for their coverage of legislative events. When downloaded, these audio and video files are broadcast quality. Downloaded files may be broadcast in whole or in part.


The following clips are posted and removed on a rotating basis:


Audio/Video Clips from September 23, 2011


Cut 1: During Friday’s technical session, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, recounts the Senate’s work on economic development legislation during the 2011 regular session. (OC: down to the house. RT: 11)


Cut 2: During discussion with Sen. Mayer, Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, shares his view on passing last session’s economic development and tax credit bill. (OC: it was both. RT: 30)


Cut 3: Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, says tax credit reform has been a bipartisan effort. (OC: that's been a bipartisan. RT: 24)


Senate Communications continues to provide stations with multiple mediums for legislative coverage. The Senate Minute, produced Mondays through Thursdays during session and Tuesdays during the interim, encapsulates lawmakers’ actions into a 60-second package each week, ready for airplay or for podcast. And every Friday – year round – Senate Communications offers This Week in the Missouri Senate, a five-minute wrap-up of the week’s actions that includes audio from floor debate, committee hearings, and one-on-one interviews with the senators themselves.


The Capitol Briefing, written weekly during the legislative session and less frequently throughout the interim, summarizes the latest news generated by the Missouri Senate. If you would like to subscribe to the Missouri Senate’s Capitol Briefing, please click here.


Contact Information:
Senate Communications
State Capitol, Room 424-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Tel: (573) 751-3824 — E-mail: newsroom@senate.mo.gov

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Before adjourning for the week, members of the Senate and House sent to the governor for his approval legislation that would “fix” provisions regarding communication between school district employees and students, and a measure that would help attract high-tech science and innovation industries to the state. 

“Facebook Fix” Receives General Assembly’s
Final Approval

Shortly after lawmakers on the other side of the building gave their final approval to Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, the measure was signed by the Senate President Pro Tem and delivered to the governor for his consideration. With his signature, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, fulfilled the final technical step for the legislation in the Senate.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Senate Minute for Sept. 20, 2011: HB 3

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly continues into its third week. Among the measures lawmakers are considering is House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s presidential primary from February to March. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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, September 16, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 12, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — After considering a more than 200 page bill relating to economic development, senators returned to Jefferson City on Sept. 12, ready to work. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, was brought up for debate on the Senate floor on Sept. 13. The following day, the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 26-8.

The legislation is designed to create performance-based tax incentive programs that would stimulate the economy and create employment opportunities for Missourians.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 16, 2011: Veto and Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews actions taken during the annual veto session and the second week of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Missouri senators, this week, passed three measures:

  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students. (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • Senate Bill 8, which would modify provisions of Missouri tax credit programs. (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, and Sen. Justus); and
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) (Audio: Sen. Mayer).

Missouri senators will return to the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on House Bill 3, a measure that would change laws regarding presidential elections in Missouri.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor action on Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 from Tuesday (9-13) evening.

Update: Lawmakers Scheduled to Meet for Annual Veto Session

Update: The General Assembly did not attempt to override any of the governor’s vetoes made during the 2011 regular legislative session.


JEFFERSON CITY — For the first time since 2005, the Missouri Senate will hold its annual veto session alongside a special session, which has been underway since Sept. 6. Veto session in the General Assembly is scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Veto sessions are held each year to consider legislation passed by the Legislature during the regular session that was vetoed by the governor. Fourteen measures were vetoed by the governor: six Senate bills and eight House measures.

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Lawmakers Scheduled to Meet for Annual Veto Session

JEFFERSON CITY — For the first time since 2005, the Missouri Senate will hold its annual veto session alongside a special session, which has been underway since Sept. 6.  Veto session in the General Assembly is scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Veto sessions are held each year to consider legislation passed by the Legislature during the regular session that was vetoed by the governor.  Of the 14 measures vetoed by the governor, six Senate bills and eight House measures, below are some of the vetoed bills the Senate could consider overriding:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 1, a measure that would change certain provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.

The Senate Minute for Sept. 13, 2011: SB 1

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 1, which would make changes to the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” which was held up by the courts after having been signed into law earlier this year. The measure is among several that comprise the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, and still needs another positive vote before it could move on to the Missouri House. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Senate Gives Initial Approval to Teacher-Student Communication Legislation

JEFFERSON CITY - To further address legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session designed to maintain a safe learning environment in school districts throughout the state, the Missouri Senate gave its first-round approval to Senate Bill 1, a measure sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Cunningham. Her legislation makes changes to a new provision in state law that requires each school district to promulgate a written policy on teacher-student and employee-student communication by Jan. 1, 2012. The specific section in the bill places restrictions on teachers’ use of work- and nonwork-related Internet sites, including Facebook.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 9, 2011: Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews how the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly began. The special session calls attention to several different issues, including:

  • Senate Bill 8, which would modify provisions of Missouri tax credit programs, in accordance with recommendations made by the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission Report;
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA); and
  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.

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

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 5, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY Following Labor Day weekend, Missouri lawmakers returned to Jefferson City for the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Included in the governor’s call for special session are several matters previously debated by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session. 

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature a hearing of the Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Commitee regarding Senate Bill 8 and floor action from Thursday morning.

July/August 2011 edition of Missouri Legislative Update

This episode of Missouri Legislative Update features several pieces of legislation that are now enacted into law, the governor's call for special session, and a preview of veto session.  We also highlight the work of several interim committees and what lawmakers are doing to address recent natural disasters throughout the state.  We also travel to the city of Joplin, where several lawmakers help residents during clean-up efforts.

Legislation Moving Forward in Special Session

JEFFERSON CITY - Several Senate Committees held hearings on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to consider measures introduced during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.  Many of those measures were approved by their respective committees, receiving the panels’ approval to move on to the full Senate for debate.

The
Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, heard testimony on SB 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield.  Her legislation, which would lay out specific requirements for school district policies regarding teacher/employee-student communications, was overwhelmingly approved by committee members.

Two measures, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, also received committee approval Wednesday.  The
Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, considered SB 7 and SB 8.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature testimony regarding Senate Bill 1 during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee.

Special Session Measures Introduced and Begin to Move Through Legislative Process

JEFFERSON CITY — After the gavel sounded the start of special session in the Missouri Senate on Sept. 6, several bills have already been introduced and assigned to their respective committees.


Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, addresses a provision in legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session that required school districts to adopt a teacher/employee-student communications policy by Jan. 1, 2012.

Sen. Cunningham’s legislation would still require school districts to adopt a communications policy by the first of January next year; however, her bill lays out the required components for inclusion in each district’s policy, including:

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate for Sept. 6, 2011

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips include activity from the first day of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.
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The Senate Minute for Sept. 6, 2011: Special Session

Missouri senators return to the Capitol to begin the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Tax credit reform, economic development, job creation, moving the date of Missouri’s presidential primary, revising the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” and local control of the St. Louis Police Department are all included in the agenda for the special session. 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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, September 01, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 1, 2011: Education Funding

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews funding for Missouri schools. Lawmakers continue to look at ways to maintain adequate and fair funding after the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2012. In the meantime, senators are preparing to return to Jefferson City to begin the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly on Sept. 6, 2011. 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for August 2011

JEFFERSON CITY Several measures filed during the 2011 legislative session and approved by the governor have reached the finish line — Aug. 28 marked the date that several bills took effect in Missouri.

The governor had until July 14 — 45 days past the constitutional last day of session (May 30) — to take action on bills approved by the Missouri Legislature. If a bill received neither a “yes” nor “no” from the governor, it automatically becomes law on its effective date. More than 120 bills received a stamp of approval by the governor. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Senate Minute for Aug. 30, 2011: Education Funding

Missouri senators assess the future of education funding in Missouri. During the regular legislative session, a move was made to begin to update the school funding formula. 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.