Thursday, March 31, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 203, Senate Bill 65, Senate Bill 242, Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, Senate Bill 62 and Senate Bill 57.

The Senate Minute for March 31, 2011: SB 65

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 65, which would modify provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. The measure still needs another vote before it would be sent to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 65 and Senate Bill 280. Today's clips also feature Senate Bill 99 being presented to members of the Senate Education Committee.

The Senate Minute for March 30, 2011: SB 175

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 175, which would modify restrictions on the use of organized labor on public contract projects. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 71, Senate Bill 247, Senate Bill 80, Senate Bill 351, Senate Bill 175 and Senate Bill 370.

The Senate Minute for March 29, 2011: Education Measures

Missouri senators return to Jefferson City and debate Senate Bill 247, which would modify the education funding formula. Another education-related measure, Senate Bill 124, remains in a Missouri Senate committee. The proposal would lower the starting age for kindergarten in St. Louis and Kansas City. 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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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Senate Minute for March 28, 2011: Second Half

Missouri senators return to Jefferson City to start the second half of the 2011 legislative session. Among the bills that could see debate in the near future are House Bills 14 and 15, which are the supplemental budget bills for the remainder of the current fiscal year; and Senate Bill 23, which would return local control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 24, 2011: Mid-Session Review

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews accomplishments made during the first half of the 2011 legislative session. The Missouri General Assembly spent this week on its annual mid-session recess. Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City on Monday, March 28, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 24, 2011: Increasing Revenue

As Missouri senators end their annual mid-session recess, many are looking at ways to increase revenue for Missouri, which will be one of many discussions during the second half of the 2011 legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Capitol Briefing: Missouri Senate Stands Adjourned for Mid-Session Recess

The Missouri Senate stood adjourned this week for mid-session recess.  Major legislation that passed the Senate in the first half of the session included bills to phase-out the corporate franchise tax, modify Proposition B, establish a prostate cancer pilot program, and make changes to employment law.   

To date, 38 of the 433 Senate bills introduced have been approved by the Missouri Senate and sent to the Missouri House of Representatives.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Senate Minute for Mar. 23, 2011: SB 8

As Missouri senators continue to reflect on the first half of the 2011 legislative session, they are talking about Senate Bill 8, a measure that would make changes to workers’ compensation laws in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Senate Minute for Mar. 22, 2011: SB 19

Missouri senators reflect on the first half of the 2011 legislative session, including a measure aimed at job creation. Senate Bill 19 was sent to the House earlier this month. The measure would eliminate the state’s corporate franchise tax over five years. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Senate Minute for Mar. 21, 2011: Mid-Session Review

Missouri senators reflect on the first half of the legislative session. The Missouri General Assembly’s annual mid-session recess continues until Monday, March 28, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for Mar., 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the March edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss progress made during the first half of the 2011 session. Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; Rep. Shane Shoeller, R-Willard; and Rep. Jean Peters-Baker, D-Kansas City; talk about the issues they consider to be important as the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly reaches its halfway mark.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Mar. 18, 2011: Employment Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews four bills either debated on the Senate floor or heard in committee:

Senate Bill 1, which would bar employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices (Audio: Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville; Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);

  • Senate Bill 8, which would restrict co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases (Audio: Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon; Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau; and Sen. Callahan); and
  • Senate Bill 420 and Senate Bill 430, measures that would dissolve the Second Injury Fund and modify laws relating to Workers’ Compensation (Audio: Sen. Mayer and Sen. Callahan).

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

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Capitol Briefing: Senate Approves Employee Protection Measure

JEFFERSON CITY Before the Senate adjourned for its mid-session recess, lawmakers gave initial approval to a measure to protect co-employees from personal lawsuits

Senate Bill 8 received initial approval on Tuesday.  The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, ensures that co-employees will not be held responsible for workplace injuries under the workers' compensation system, except when they engage in a negligent act that purposefully and dangerously caused or increased the risk of injury.

The bill would abrogate an appeals court decision in Robinson v Hooker that opened up co-employees to a higher risk of being sued for accidents at work. The decision was made in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District on August 3, 2010.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Measure to Protect Employees Advances in the Missouri Legislature

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, was passed today by the Senate. The bill was introduced in the Missouri Senate on the first day of session, Jan. 5, and was passed in the Senate on March 17.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 420 and Senate Bill 430 being presented to the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 17, 2011: Education

Missouri senators discuss education proposals. Senate Bill 130 was heard on the floor yesterday (3/16). It would provide scholarships for those who graduate from high school early. The Senate Education Committee hears Senate Bill 294, which would expand charter schools in St. Louis. 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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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor presentation of Senate Bill 130 and Senate Bill 391, Senate Bill 184 and Senate Bill 294 being presented to the Senate Education Committee.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 16, 2011: SB 8

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 8, which would restrict co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases. The measure still needs another vote before it could be sent to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, 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, March 15, 2011

Daily Audio and Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 331 being presented to members of the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and floor debate on Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 8.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 15, 2011: SB 1

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 1, which supporters say would make Missouri a “Right to Work” state. After lengthy debate on Monday (3/14), the measure was tabled for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Senate Minute for Mar. 14, 2011: SB 113 and SB 1

Missouri senators continue to talk about one of the more high profile bills from this legislative session. Senators approved Senate Bill 113 by a 20-14 vote last Thursday (3/10). The measure, which has been sent to the Missouri House for similar consideration, would modify provisions of Missouri’s dog breeding law that was approved by voters in November, 2010. Senators plan to begin floor debate on Senate Bill 1, “Right to Work” legislation, this afternoon (3/14). 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, March 11, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Mar. 11, 2011: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several key pieces of legislation debated by Missouri senators, including:

Senate Bill 113, which would modify the Animal Care Facilities Act and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (Audio: Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City; Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

  • Senate Bill 188, which would change the Missouri Human Rights Act to mirror federal legislation (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 321, which would allow electric companies to recover costs from ratepayers associated with early site development for certain energy generating facilities (Audio: Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City);
  • Senate Bill 324, which would require that only one license plate be issued for all motor vehicles instead of the current two plates (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City); and
  • The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville).

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

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Missouri Senate's "Capitol Briefing" - Legislation Affecting Dog Breeding, Employment Law Passed by the Senate

Senators addressed several major issues this week, both on the floor and in committees.  Discussion on new laws affecting dog breeding, employment law, and the possibility of building a second nuclear plant highlighted activity in the Senate this week. 

On Monday, the Missouri Senate received a new member.  Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, was sworn into office to represent the 9th Senatorial District, which has been vacant since December.  She was given the oath of office before the entire Senate and was welcomed to the Senate by her colleagues.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature work of the Senate Veterans' Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions and Urban Affairs Committee and floor debate on Senate Bill 188 and Senate Bill 113.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 10, 2011: SB 113, 321 and 406

Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 113, which would make changes to Proposition B, and hear testimony on two Senate bills relating to building an additional nuclear power plant in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Missouri Legislative Update for February 2011

This month on Missouri Legislative Update, lawmakers continue the 2011 legislative session by working on several bills designed to create economic development, and require photo identification for voting, as well as proposed measures regarding text messaging while driving and English only drivers' tests. We also take a look back at the 1911 State Capitol fire.  That and more in the February issue of our program.

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature debate on Senate Bill 113, Senate Bill 324, Senate Bill 163 and work of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 9, 2011: SB 23 and 113

Missouri senators debate two major bills: Senate Bill 23, which give control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city; and Senate Bill 113, which would make changes to the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” We’ve included actualities from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Daily Audio and Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 23 and recent bills presented to the Senate General Laws Committee.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 8, 2011: Busy Week

Missouri senators have a busy week in store, in terms of debating major legislation. A number of bills have already been sent to the House, as the Legislature nears the halfway point of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

The Senate Minute for Mar. 7, 2011: SB 243

Missouri senators approve Senate Bill 243, which would establish the “Sharing of Services and Increasing Efficiencies Act,” to allow school districts and other entities to share services. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 04, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Mar. 4, 2011: Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several measures debated on the floor and in committee, including:
  • Senate Bill 188, which would change laws relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • Senate Bill 8, which would restrict co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases (Audio: Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau);
  • Senate Bill 187, which would make changes to the state’s nuisance laws (Audio: Sen. Lager and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 133, which would expand design-build contracts for the Highways and Transportation Commission (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • House Bill 163, which would change laws regarding unemployment compensation in order to receive federal funds (Audio: Senate Leader Robert Mayer, R-Dexter); and
  • Senate Bill 79, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Act (Audio: Sen. Justus).
This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 247 introduced to the Senate Education Committee and floor debate on Senate Bill 188 and Senate Bill 8.

Missouri Senate's "Capitol Briefing" - Senate Focuses on Measures Regarding Unemployment Discrimination and Compensation

Senators kicked off the third month of the 2011 legislative session with debate on measures pertaining to unemployment compensation, the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination, and making school districts and other entities in the state more efficient.


When lawmakers returned to the Senate chamber for session on Monday (2-28), they took up several measures for first-round consideration. Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, would designate the month of October in Missouri as “Walk & Bike to School Month.” In addition, the bill would make the first Wednesday of October “Walk and Bike to School Day,” the month of May “Missouri Bicycle Month,” the third Friday in May “Bike to Work Day,” and the week of “Bike to Work Day” “Bike to Work Week.”

Senate Bill 38, sponsored by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, would establish a prostate cancer pilot program to provide screening, referral services, treatment, outreach and education activities. The program would be open to certain uninsured and economically challenged men who are at high risk for prostate cancer.

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The Senate Minute for Mar. 3, 2011: SB 188

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 188, which would modify the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. 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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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 243, Senate Bill 188, Senate Bill 133, Senate Bill 79, Senate Bill 279 and Senate Bill 296.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 2, 2011: HB 163

Missouri senators debate House Bill 163, a measure that would change laws regarding unemployment compensation in order to receive federal funds. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 187 and House Bill 163.

The Senate Minute for Mar. 1, 2011: SB 187

Missouri senators give final approval to Senate Bill 187, a measure that would make changes to laws governing nuisance lawsuits in Missouri. 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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