Monday, February 28, 2011

The Senate Minute for Feb. 28, 2011: Afternoon Session

This week, Missouri senators expect to spend more time on the Senate floor, debating more bills. Afternoon floor debate will officially begin this week. In the meantime, other measures have been given approval and sent to the Missouri House. Plus, public hearings on redistricting have also begun. 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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Friday, February 25, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 25, 2011: Committee Hearings and Floor Debate

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several of the bills debated both on the Senate floor and in committee, including:

  • Senate Bill 187, which would modify laws regarding private nuisances against agricultural operations (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 188, which would modify statutes relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination (Audio: Sen. Lager and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • Senate Bill 13, which would require the Joint Committee on Education to oversee a task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 282, which would move the presidential primary in Missouri from February to March (Audio: Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington); and
  • Senate Joint Resolution 12, a measure that would — upon voter approval — increase term limits for members of the Missouri General Assembly (Audio: Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake).

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

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Capitol Briefing: Senate Moves Several Measures to the House of Representatives for Consideration

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City this week prepared to address various measures regarding teacher compensation, voter ID, and extending legislative term limits.

On Monday (2-21), the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee considered legislation that would increase term limits for members of the General Assembly from eight years to 12 years in each chamber. Senate Joint Resolution 12, sponsored by Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, is a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would increase the total number of years that a person may serve in both the Senate and the House from 16 to 24 years. The amendment would take effect Jan. 1, 2022, and would count any service prior to that date in calculating the term limits.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 108, Senate Bill 13 and Senate Joint Resolution 2.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 24, 2011: SB 187

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 187, a measure that would change some of the rules regarding nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations. The bill still needs another vote before it would be sent to the House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 260, Senate Bill 254, Senate Bill 187, Senate Bill 203 and Senate Bill 16.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 23, 2011: SB 188

A Missouri Senate committee hears Senate Bill 188, a measure that is designed to mirror the state’s Human Rights Act to federal law. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature several bills and Senators debating on the floor and in committees

The Senate Minute for Feb. 22, 2011: Voter ID and Redistricting

Missouri senators are poised to debate Senate Joint Resolution 2 once again. The measure would put voter ID on a future ballot in Missouri. At the same time, efforts to redraw Congressional districts are beginning in the Missouri General Assembly. 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.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

The Senate Minute for Feb. 21, 2011: Education

While many Missouri school districts face make up days, due to this month’s blizzard, Missouri has legislation on-the-books that guides districts on actions they can take to make up any lost time. At the same time, Senate Bill 124 would lower the starting age for kindergarten in St. Louis Public Schools. 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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Friday, February 18, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 18, 2011: Important Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews bills that have been passed and debated by Missouri senators, including:

  • Senate Joint Resolution 2, which would require — upon voter approval — citizens to present a valid, government-issued photo identification card before voting (Audio: Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 3, the companion voter ID measure to SJR 2 (Audio: Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 19, a measure that would freeze and ultimately phase out the corporate franchise tax over a five-year period (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale);
  • Senate Bill 243, which would allow school districts and other entities to share resources (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City);
  • Senate Bill 289, which would prohibit smoking or tobacco use in state-controlled correctional centers, and Senate Bill 212, which would require MoDOT to establish and maintain uniform yellow light change intervals for traffic lights and other traffic-control devices (Audio: Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis); and
  • Senate Bill 22, which would require newly constructed state buildings to meet certain green building standards (Audio: Sen. Wright-Jones and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis).

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

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 130 and Senate Bill 163 being presented to the Senate Education Committee, and Senate Bills 297 and 298 being introduced on the Senate floor.

Senate Sends Corporate Franchise Tax Legislation and Voter ID Bill to the House

JEFFERSON CITY - Measures dealing with voter ID, corporate franchise taxes, and fire sprinkler standards topped this week’s legislative agenda in the Missouri Senate.

Before session convened on Monday (2-14), members of the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee met to consider several bills, including Senate Bill 225, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington. If enacted into law, beginning Jan. 1, 2012, certain circuit and associate circuit judgeships in Missouri would become nonpartisan offices elected in nonpartisan elections.

This act would not apply to elections involving incumbent candidates who were seated before Jan. 1, 2012, and these same judges would be able to continue to hold office as partisan judges. In addition, judgeships selected before the nonpartisan court plan’s creation would be excluded from the provisions involving the nonpartisan elections, but not the provisions requiring the offices to be nonpartisan and prohibiting the judges from certain partisan activities. With the committee’s passing vote, members would give their approval for Senate Bill 225 to be sent to the full Senate for debate.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 17, 2011: SB 243

A Missouri Senate panel considers a bill designed to save money by combining services between local entities and school districts. Senate Bill 243 was heard by the Senate General Laws Committee. We’ve included actualities from Sen. in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 243, Senate Bill 212, Senate Bill 289, Senate Bill 217 and Senate Bill 22.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 16, 2011: Election Bills

Missouri senators debate measures related to elections. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would put certain elements from Senate Bill 3 onto a future ballot. Both proposals have received first-round approval by Missouri senators and still need a final vote before they would move to the Missouri House. 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, February 15, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature work of the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee, debate on Senate Joint Resolution 2, Senate Bill 19 and Senate Bill 3.

Senate Approves Legislation Capping and Phasing-Out Corporate Franchise Tax

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate today approved the second bill of the session to move on to the House, Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale.  The legislation would cap corporate franchise taxes for companies at their 2010 rate, and completely phase out the corporate franchise tax over a five-year period.  

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 15, 2011: Voter ID

Missouri senators debate a resolution that would put voter ID on a future ballot. Senate Joint Resolution 2 is a companion measure to Senate Bill 3, which would establish rules for a photo ID that would be required when voting. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Senate Minute for Feb. 14, 2011: Committee Hearings

Committee hearings continue to dominate the schedules of Missouri senators, which is standard for the first two months of the legislative session. Senators have heard a report from the governor’s Tax Credit Review Commission and have also heard Senate Bill 20, which would lower the starting age in the St. Louis Public School District from age seven to age five. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Capitol Briefing" for the Week of February 7 - Lawmakers Move Several Measures from Committee to Full Senate for Debate

JEFFERSON CITY Lawmakers began to catch up from a shortened legislative work week due to the storm that affected much of Missouri last week. 

On Monday (2-7), the Senate Financial and Governmental Organization and Elections Committee considered several measures pertaining to election laws in Missouri.  

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 10, 2011: Floor and Committee Debate

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the latest legislation discussed by senators, including:

  • Senate Bills 1 and 197, which would bar employers from requiring employees to engage in — or cease engaging in — certain labor practices (Audio: Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City);
  • Senate Bills 18 and 19, which would cap the state’s corporate franchise tax and then phase it out over a five-year period (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • Senate Bill 33, which would repeal a provision of law which requires the Missouri Department of Transportation to submit to binding arbitration in negligence actions (Audio: Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senator Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, discusses federal education funding that could be used in the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget; and
  • Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would change the requirements for referendums and initiative petitions before placement on ballots (Audio: Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City).

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

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature work of the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Ways and Means and Fiscal Ovesight Commitee, and Senate Bill 254, a measure that would modify Missouri's D.W.I. law.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 10, 2011: SB 1 and 197

A Missouri Senate committee hears bills related to “Right-to-Work.” Senate Bills 1 and 197 would bar employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality clips feature testimony of Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 197 to members of the Senate General Laws Committee, the presentation of Senate Bill 8 on the Senate floor and Senate Bill 146 being presented to the Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 9, 2011: SB 33

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to a measure that would no longer require money for roads to go to certain legal fees for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Senate Bill 33 was given first-round approval on Tuesday (2/8). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

New Daily Audio/Video Clips Available for Feb. 8, 2011

The Missouri Senate's Daily Audio/Video Clips for Feb. 8, 2011, include segments from the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee and Senate floor action on Senate Bills 18, 19, 225, and 33.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 8, 2011: SB 18 and 19

Missouri senators give first-round approval to measures aimed at keeping existing businesses in Missouri and bringing new companies into the Show-Me State. Senate Bill 18 would cap the current tax at $2 million, while Senate Bill 19 would phase it out completely over a five-year period. Both measures still need another vote before they move onto the Missouri House. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

The Senate Minute for Feb. 7, 2011: Budget and Initiative Petitions

Missouri senators return to the Capitol after a week shortened by bad weather. Some senators are questioning federal dollars that are meant to be used for education spending, and whether or not they should be factored into the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Meanwhile, Senate Joint Resolution 13 has been introduced. The measure focuses on petitions needed for ballot initiatives. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 4, 2011: Bills Debated

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews work completed by Missouri senators, before a snowstorm hit Missouri’s Capitol City, including:
  • Senate Bill 68, which would authorize the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter);
  • Senate Bill  11, which would extend Missouri’s ban on texting while driving to include all drivers (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City; Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; and Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles); and
  • Senate Bill 84, which would modify law relating to voter registration and election offenses (Audio: Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis).
This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Capitol Briefing for the Week of Jan. 31, 2011

Lawmakers Move Legislation Forward Before Blizzard Conditions Hit State Capitol

Historic Winter Storm Results in Cancelled Senate Committees

JEFFERSON CITY — Safety was a primary concern this week as lawmakers adjourned early to prepare for a historic winter storm that affected more than half the states in the nation.

Before the ice and snow made its way into mid Missouri, a few committees were able to meet on Monday (1-31) to consider several Senate bills. During the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee, members heard testimony on several Senate bills. One of those measures, Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, would modify state law relating to voter registration and election offenses.

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Daily Audio and Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality video and audio clips feature final approval of Senate Bill 68, a measure which would modify how certain subpoenas for witnesses are issued at the request of lawmakers, and debate on Senate Bill 11, a measure that would prohibit all drivers, regardless of age, from texting while driving.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 3, 2011: Individual Bills

The focus in the Missouri Senate is turning to individual bills, now that committee hearings are underway. Among these is a proposal that would ease subpoena reviews submitted by the Missouri General Assembly, under Senate Bill 68. Another is a potential check on voter registration laws in Missouri, as spelled out in Senate Bill 84. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Senate Minute for Feb. 1, 2011: Senate Works Through Snow

The snow making its way through Missouri is not stopping the state Senate from its legislative duties. Senators expect a lighter agenda than originally schedule for this week, with many committee hearings not cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday (2/1 and 2/2), but their work will continue. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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