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The Senate Minute for Jan. 31, 2011: Vehicle Bills

Some of the bills that have been introduced, so far, this legislative session focus on cars and trucks. Senate Bill 132 would make changes to the way certain extended service contracts are handled. Senate Bill 24 would raise the violation for not wearing a seat belt from $10 to $50. 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.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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 28, 2011: Committee and Floor Action

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews this week’s action, including: Senate Bill 68, which would change the way the Missouri General Assembly reviews subpoenas for records (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);Senate Bill 113, which would modify the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” (Audio: Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Callahan);Senate Bill 74, which would require drug testing for certain recipients of receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits (Audio: Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis);Senate Joint Resolutions 2 and 9, which would put a voter ID law to a vote of the people (Audio: Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);Senate Bills 18 and 19, which would cap the state’s corporate franchise tax and eliminate over a five-year period (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale); andSenate Bill 24, which would incre…

Daily Audio and Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality video and audio clips feature the presentation of Senate Bill 13 to the Senate Education Committee, debate over Senate Bill 68 on the Senate floor, and debate over a current proposal regarding K-12 education funding for fiscal year 2012.

"Capitol Briefing" for the Week of Jan. 24, 2011 - Committee Work Dominates Most of Senate's Schedule

JEFFERSON CITY — More than 15 Senate committees held hearings this week to hear testimony on a wide range of legislation. The Missouri Senate also considered measures on the Senate floor addressing electric utility renewable energy standard requirements and subpoenas for records in the General Assembly.


On Monday (1-24), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee continued their overview of the governor’s fiscal year 2012 budget recommendations. The committee also listened to FY 2011 supplemental budget recommendations and statewide issues for FY 2012. Throughout the rest of the week, members considered budget proposals from various state departments, including the Department of Revenue and the Department of Transportation.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 27, 2011: SB 113

The Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee heard bills related to last year’s Proposition B. Senate Bill 113 is one of three Senate measures that would make changes to the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 26, 2011: TANF Benefits

There are several proposals in the Missouri Senate that would change the rules regarding drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Senate Bills 5, 7 and 74 were all heard in the Senate Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee on Tuesday (1/25). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, 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.

Daily Audio and Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature work of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee, the Senate Jobs Economic Development and Local Government Committee, and the Senate Progress and Development Committee.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 25, 2011: Voter ID

The Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections hears testimony on measures related to voter ID. Senate Bill 3 would establish guidelines for the law, while Senate Joint Resolutions 2 and 9 would put the measure to a vote of the people. The committee is currently considering the legislation. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 24, 2011: Missouri's Budget

After hearing the annual budget address from the governor, Missouri senators are ready to begin working on the state’s next fiscal year budget. Fiscal Year 2012 will start on July 1, 2011. The Missouri General Assembly is required to have the budget finished and delivered to the governor by May. 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.

Capitol Dialogue for Jan. 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two senators, appear on the January edition of Capitol Dialogue to preview the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, which started on Jan. 5, 2011. Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, talk about the budget, jobs, redistricting and other issues that will dominate the 2011 regular session.Click here to watch.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 21, 2011: Reviewing Week Three

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews committee hearings, floor debate and “Rebooting Government” work group recommendations.The Senate Appropriations Committee began its work on Tuesday (1/18) with public hearings. (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia)The Senate Transportation Committee heard several bills on Wednesday (1/19). (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, Senate Bill 11; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, Senate Bill 45; and Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, Senate Bill 28)On the Senate floor, Senate Bill 124 was introduced. The measure would change the starting age for kindergarten to five in the St. Louis Public School District. (Audio: Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis). Senators also adopted Senate Resolution 27, which asks the state attorney general to join a lawsuit against federal health care reform. (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City)Final recommendations for the 2011 Rebooting Government initiative we…

Committee Work Begins In the Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Several Senate committees held their first meetings of the 2011 legislative session this week.  Among those was the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.  Committee members heard public testimony from various state departments, including Social Services; Mental Health; Health and Senior Services; Judiciary; Public Safety; Corrections; Elementary and Secondary Education; Transportation; Economic Development; Revenue; Office of Administration; Higher Education; Conservation; Agriculture; Natural Resources; Labor and Industrial Relations; and Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 20, 2011: Transportation Bills

The Senate Transportation Committee held its first meeting this year. Members heard a couple of high-profile bills, in Senate Bills 11 and 28. Senate Bill 11 would extend the current ban on texting while driving to include all drivers. Senate Bill 28 would repeal the motorcycle helmet law for adults. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, and Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, 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.

"Rebooting Government" Work Groups Present Their Findings

JEFFERSON CITY — Last week’s “Rebooting Government” work groups prepared their recommendations and presented their findings to Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and other members of the Senate this week.

The Education work group listed several recommendations for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), K-12, and higher education.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 19, 2011: Senate Resolution 27

Missouri senators pass the first legislation of 2011. Senate Resolution 27 urges Missouri’s Attorney General to challenge the federal health reform act by joining the other attorneys general in the lawsuit, file an independent lawsuit or join the Lt. Governor's lawsuit. The measure was heard in the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee yesterday (1/18) and was adopted by the Missouri Senate today (1/19). 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 18, 2011: Committee Hearings

Missouri senators say they will have a better understanding of what direction the body will take this year once committee hearings are underway. Committee assignments were made last week and the first hearings were also held last week. The Senate Appropriations Committee began meeting today (1/18). 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. 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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 14, 2011: Rebooting Government

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews hearings conducted by the “Rebooting Government” work groups. Sessions were held by seven different panels throughout the week, with recommendations to be made to members of the Senate on Jan. 19, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville; Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis; Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon; Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; and Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, 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 …

Senate Committees Named for 96th General Assembly

JEFFERSON CITY — As part of his leadership responsibilities, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, named members of the Missouri Senate to 18 of the upper chamber’s standing committees this week. Standing committees, as opposed to other committees such as conference, interim, joint, select, and statutory committees, have continuous existence and consider bills by subject pursuant to the Missouri Senate’s rules.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 13, 2011: Rebooting Government Concludes

The Missouri Senate’s “Rebooting Government” work groups wrapped up their hearings today (1/13). The next step in the process will be the release of all of their recommendations, which is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2011. The Senate’s efforts to streamline and restructure state government are now in its second year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, 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.

Senate Committee Chairs and Members Announced

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate floor action on Wednesday (1-12) included Senate President Pro Tem Robert N. Mayer’s, R-Dexter, announcement regarding who would serve on 15 of the Senate’s standing committees and preside as chair of those respective panels. Three standing committees, Administration, Gubernatorial Appointments, and Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics, were announced on Tuesday (1-11).

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 12, 2011: Rebooting Government

The Missouri Senate’s “Rebooting Government” efforts continue this week. The first work group to meet was the Education panel. More sessions are scheduled throughout today (1/12) and two more are set for tomorrow (1/13). Recommendations will be presented to the entire Senate next week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 11, 2011: Working Together

Missouri senators say they are looking forward to working together in committees and on the Senate floor during this year’s legislative session. Senators started holding work group sessions to hear “Rebooting Government” ideas from the general public. Final recommendations will be announced next week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 10, 2011: Rebooting Government

Missouri senators will spend three days this week in special work groups discussing ideas submitted by the general public for “Rebooting Government.” The first steps in this process were taken last year. After this week’s hearings, recommendations will be presented to all Missouri senators next week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 7, 2011: Session Underway

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the opening day of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, which happened on Wednesday (1/5). The Missouri Senate saw 17 members sworn in, including 12 new members. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, 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.

Missouri Senate Convenes for 2011 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY — The first day of the 96th General Assembly, First Regular Session began with 17 newly elected and re-elected members taking their oath of office in the Missouri Senate.


Twelve new members, who each won their respective November 2010 general elections, took their place in the upper chamber.

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REVISED Date and Time for "Rebooting Government" Courts and Public Safety Work Group

JEFFERSON CITY -- Dates and times of the seven work groups encompassing the Missouri Senate's "Rebooting Government" initiative were recently announced. These working groups are responsible for examining state departments and programs in order to reduce costs and maximize state resources.

Please note the date and time change in the Courts and Public Safety work group as well as the dates and times for the other Rebooting Government panels.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 6, 2011: Session Underway

The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly officially opened yesterday (1/5). Missouri senators are looking ahead to working together, both on the floor and in committees, but also as they continue to “reboot” state government. Streamlining government is among the top priorities of lawmakers as they begin work for 2011. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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.

Opening Day Ceremony Brings 12 New Lawmakers to the Missouri Senate

Senator Robert N. Mayer Sworn in to Serve as President Pro Tem, Legislative Priorities Announced for 2011 Legislative Session
JEFFERSON CITY — The first day of the 96th General Assembly, First Regular Session began with the swearing in of 17 members to the Missouri Senate, 12 of which are new to the upper chamber.
Senator Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City (6th District); Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit (8th District); Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis (14th District); Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla (16th District); Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown (18th District); Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa (20th District); Sen. John Lamping, R-St. Louis (24th District); Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington (26th District); Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar (28th District); Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield (30th District); Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin (32nd District); and Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph (34th District) were all elected to the Senate during the November 2010 general election.
Members re-elected to the Misso…

The Senate Minute for Jan. 5, 2011: Session Begins

The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly officially began at Noon today (1/5). The first order of business for Missouri senators will be to continue work on “Rebooting Government” efforts, which were started last year. A series of work group sessions is scheduled to begin next week. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 4, 2011: Session Priorities

The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin at noon tomorrow (1/5). Besides the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget, jobs and economic development will top the list of priorities for Missouri senators.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.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 3, 2011: Session Preview

Jefferson City — Missouri senators are two days from the start of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. On Wednesday (1/5), all 34 senators will be sworn in — including 12 new members who were elected in November. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, 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.

"Rebooting Government" Work Groups Announced for 2011 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate will continue its effort to “Reboot Government” with its recent announcement of seven work groups designed to examine state departments and programs in order to reduce costs and maximize state resources.

Senate President Pro Tem-elect Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, recently released the working groups’ schedule and member assignments. The groups are charged with collecting citizens’ submitted ideas through the Rebooting Government website (www.senate.mo.gov/RebootMO) and examining how to make state government more efficient through control, alterations and deletions.

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