Friday, April 29, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 29, 2011: Major Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews four major proposals, all of which received floor time this week, including:

  • Senate Bill 161, which contains new provisions regarding modifications to the laws relating to the dog breeding industry (Audio: Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • House Bill 193, which would change the composition of congressional districts in Missouri based on the 2010 Census (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City);
  • House Bill 116, a comprehensive economic development measure regarding the authorization and regulations pertaining to certain state tax credits in the state (Audio: Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • House Bill 73 and 47 in the Senate. The measure would create the “TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act” requiring drug testing for certain work-eligible Temporary Assistance of Needy Families applicants and recipients (Audio: Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence).

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

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Senate Bill Signed by Governor Provides Additional Animal Protections

JEFFERSON CITY - In the Senate this week, lawmakers approve legislation that makes changes to the state’s dog breeding facilities and a measure that crafts a new congressional district map. Senators also consider bills in the upper chamber that would require drug testing for Missourians receiving certain benefits, create economic development incentives for the state and crack down on human trafficking.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 161, House Bill 193, House Bill 116 and House Bill 260.

The Senate Minute for April 28, 2011: HB 73

Missouri senators give preliminary approval to House Bill 73, which would create the "TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act" regarding drug testing for work-eligible TANF applicants and recipients. The proposal still needs another positive vote before it would return to the Missouri House. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Animal Protection Measure Filed in Senate Signed by Governor

JEFFERSON CITY — A measured prompted by the November 2010 passage of Proposition B, a ballot initiative that made changes to the state’s dog breeding facilities, was signed into law this week. Senate Bill 113, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, makes changes to the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Under this measure, the name of the act is changed to the Canine Cruelty and Prevention Act and language restricting anyone from having more than 50 breeding dogs has been removed.


Currently, the maximum fee for obtaining a license to operate certain dog facilities is $500 each year. Senate Bill 133 increases this to $2,500 and requires licensees to pay a $25 fee each year to be used by the Department of Agriculture for Operation Bark Alert, a program launched in 2009 to crack down on unlicensed breeders.

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First Senate Measure of 2011 Session Receives Governor's Signature

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, today received the governor’s stamp of approval during a bill signing ceremony in Kansas City.


The measure, which was passed by the General Assembly on April 6, will cap corporate franchise taxes paid by a company at its 2010 rate, and completely phase out the corporate franchise tax over a five-year period.

In Missouri, the corporate franchise tax is imposed on companies based on a percentage of their assets. Senate Bill 19 will limit the amount of corporate franchise taxes any business must pay to its 2010 level, freezing its rate at what it paid in the 2010 tax year. A company that moves to Missouri after 2010 will be capped at its franchise tax liability for its first full year of existence.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on House Bill 73 and 47, legislation that would create the "TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act."

The Senate Minute for April 27, 2011: SB 390

Missouri senators are set to debate Senate Bill 390, which would authorize tax incentives to encourage foreign trade. Supporters say the measure would make Missouri an international trade hub. 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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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Senate Minute for April 26, 2011: House Bills

Missouri senators continue to hear House bills in committee, with three weeks remaining in the 2011 legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 22, 2011: Budget

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews actions taken on Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, and other measures debated on the Senate floor, including:

  • House Bill 2, which funds the State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia);
  • House Bill 3, which appropriates money for the Department of Higher Education (Audio: Sen. Schaefer);
  • House Bill 4, which funds the Missouri Department of Transportation (Audio: Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • House Bill 14 and House Bill 15, which are the supplemental budget bills for the current fiscal year (Audio: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City);
  • A proposal to build a second nuclear power plant in Missouri (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City); and
  • Senate Joint Resolution 12, which would, if approved by voters, increase term limits for members of the Missouri General Assembly from eight to 16 years in each chamber (Audio: Sen. Timothy P. Green, D-Spanish Lake).

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

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Capitol Briefing: Senate Approves $23.2 Billion FY 2012 Operating Budget

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri Senate began its full debate on the 13 measures that make up the state’s operating budget this week.  In addition, the Senate sent several bills to the governor’s desk for his approval.  And lawmakers move one step closer in coming up with a compromise on a new congressional district map.

Crafting the State’s Budget
Lawmakers in the Senate worked this week to give their approval to its version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s operating budget.  The budget bills, which range from measures designed to fund elementary, secondary and higher education in Missouri to legislation crafted to provide funding for the state’s transportation needs, total $23.2 billion for the upcoming 2012 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.  The Senate’s version of the FY 2012 budget includes a $6 million net reduction in spending compared to the governor’s budget proposed in early January.  Priorities of the FY 2012 budget include increases over recommended funding for K-12 education transportation and public colleges and universities.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 4, Senate Joint Resolution 1 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 11.

The Senate Minute for April 21, 2011: 2012 Budget

Missouri senators pass their version of the state budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which will start on July 1, 2011. The budget has to be sent to the governor no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

March 2011 Missouri Legislative Update

This month on Missouri Legislative Update, we highlight several proposed bills as they travel through the General Assembly, including measures relating to dog breeding, human rights, minimum wage, abortion and employee unions.  We also highlight work done by lawmakers during the first half of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly.  Also, we introduce Missouri’s newest state senator and take a look at session through the eyes of freshman representatives.

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 167, Senate Bill 48, Senate Joint Resolution 12, House Bill 2, House Bill 3, and House Bill 840.

The Senate MInute for April 20, 2011: HB 45

Missouri senators pass House Bill 45, which would provide an income tax deduction for certain small businesses that create new full-time jobs. The measure now returns to the House for final approval. 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.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 14, House Bill 15, House Bill 45 and House Bill 339.

The Senate Minute for April 19, 2011: Supplemental Budget

Missouri senators pass House Bills 14 and 15, which are the supplemental budget bills that cover the remainder of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2011. House Bill 15 includes $189 million in education funding. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Senate Minute for April 18, 2011: Budget and Redistricting

Missouri senators, this week, are expected to begin debate on the budget for fiscal year 2012. The budget is due on the governor’s desk no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011. Missouri’s next fiscal year will start on July 1, 2011. More action is expected on new congressional redistricting maps this week as well. 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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Friday, April 15, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for April 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two lawmakers, appear on the April edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss redistricting. Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, and House Minority Whip Mike Colona, D-St. Louis, talk about the current Senate and House redistricting proposals for Missouri’s congressional districts and what fate a final redistricting map could receive from the governor.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 15, 2011: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews priority legislation presented on the Senate floor, including:

  • House Bill 193, which would change the composition of congressional districts, based on the 2010 census (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville; Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City; and Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon);
  • Senate Bill 286, which would create the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act and establish the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (Audio: Sen. McKenna);
  • Senate Bill 320, which would modify provisions relating to domestic violence (Audio: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence); and
  • Senate Bill 291, which would modify provisions relating to charter schools (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City).

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

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Capitol Briefing: Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed into Law

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation continues to move forward in the Senate, including several bills that have been approved by both chambers and now move to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Early in the week, the Senate gave final approval to House Bill 163, legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for Missouri families who have reached, and those nearing, the 79-week cut-off. The legislation, handled in the Senate by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, was adopted with an emergency clause. The governor signed the legislation on Wednesday. Since the legislation contained the emergency clause, the bill went into effect immediately with the governor’s signature.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 291, Senate Bill 296, Senate Bill 230 and House Bill 193.

Missouri Senate Approves New Congressional Map

JEFFERSON CITY — On Wednesday, April 13, the Missouri Senate approved a congressional map that was drafted to accurately represent Missouri’s population, based on the results from the 23rd Decennial Census.

When the results were announced last December, it was shown that despite a population growth of 7 percent, Missouri would lose a congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, resulting in a drop of nine to eight Missouri congressional seats. The Missouri Legislature is responsible for congressional redistricting, while the responsibility of redrawing Missouri’s Senatorial districts and House districts is given to two bipartisan commissions appointed by the governor. 

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The Senate Minute for April 14, 2011: Congressional Redistricting

Missouri senators discuss and approve a congressional redistricting map. The proposal has been sent to the House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Legislature Gives Its Approval to Senate Bill Providing Additional Protections to Animals

The General Assembly today approved legislation that would provide additional protections for animals throughout the state.

Voters in November last year made their way to the polls to support Proposition B, a ballot measure that amended Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with various provisions, prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies, and create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.

Lawmakers in the Senate gave their approval to Senate Bill 113, which would modify the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.

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The Senate Minute for April 13, 2011: HB 193

Missouri senators debate House Bill 193, which would create new Congressional district boundaries for Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 88, Senate Bill 320 and House Bill 193. Clips also feature Senate Joint Resolution 22 and Senate Bill 298 being presented to members of the Senate General Laws Committee.

The Senate Minute for April 12, 2011: SB 320

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 320, which would modify provisions of Missouri’s domestic violence laws. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John T. Lamping, R-Ladue, 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, April 11, 2011

The Senate Minute for April 11, 2011: SB 240

The Senate Progress and Development Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 240, a measure that would make changes to anti-bullying rules in Missouri schools. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Capitol Briefing: Bills Dealing with Fire Sprinklers, Corporate Franchise Tax Sent to Governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Senators approved a variety of bills this week, giving 33 bills initial approval and sending 22 of those bills to the House for similar consideration. Two bills were approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Senate Bill 108, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, was the first bill to be approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor this session. Senate Bill 108 would extend a provision already in law that would otherwise expire. The 2009 International Residential Code would have mandated the installation of fire sprinklers in all newly constructed homes. Instead, the General Assembly passed a measure in 2009 requiring home builders to offer buyers an option for the installation of fire sprinklers, allowing the consumer the choice to install or decline to install fire sprinkler systems.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 8, 2011: Busy Week

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several bills that were debated by Missouri senators, including:

  • House Bill 163, which would modify laws relating to unemployment (Audio: Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 390, which would authorize tax incentives to encourage foreign trade (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 202, which would require authorization for certain labor unions to withhold fees from paychecks or make political contributions (Audio: Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • Senate Bill 394, which would modify human trafficking laws (Audio: Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City); and
  • Senate Bill 286, which would establish the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City).

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

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 286, Senate Bill 65, Senate Bill 116, Senate Bill 202 and House Bill 163.

The Senate Minute for April 7, 2011: SB 394

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 394, which would modify Missouri’s human trafficking laws. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal-D, University City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Legislature Approves Phasing-Out and Capping Corporate Franchise Tax

JEFFERSON CITY — On April 6, the House of Representatives gave final approval to Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale. With the governor’s signature, 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.

The corporate franchise tax is imposed on companies based on a percentage of their assets. The bill would limit the amount of corporate franchise taxes any corporation must pay to their 2010 level, essentially freezing their rate at what they paid in the 2010 tax year. Companies that move to Missouri after 2010 would be capped at their franchise tax liability for their first full-year of existence.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Measure Concerning the Extension of Sprinkler System Installations Passed by the Legislature

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Bill 108, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, was passed today by both the Missouri House and the Senate, and will now be sent to the governor for approval. The legislation is the first bill of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly to be passed by both the House and Senate.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 388 and Senate Bill 372 being presented to members of the Senate General Laws Committee, and floor debate on Senate Bill 351, Senate Bill 202 and Senate Bill 394.

The Senate Minute for April 6, 2011: SB 390

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 390, which would authorize tax incentives to encourage foreign trade. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bills 264, 401, 418, 54, 9, 240, 390 and Senate Joint Resolution 10.

Senate Select Committee on Redistricting Approves New Congressional Map

JEFFERSON CITY — On Monday, April 4, the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting released a new congressional map that was drafted to accurately represent Missouri’s population based on the results from the 23rd Decennial Census.

Last December, it was announced that despite a population growth of 7 percent, Missouri would lose a congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, resulting in a drop of nine to eight Missouri congressional seats.

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The Senate Minute for April 5, 2011: SJR 10

Missouri senators debate Senate Joint Resolution 10, which would trim Missouri House membership by 60 people, starting in the year 2022. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, April 04, 2011

The Senate Minute for April 4, 2011: Budget

Missouri senators are expected to begin debating the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget this week. The budget has to be completed, and delivered to the governor, no later than 6 p.m. on May 6, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 1, 2011: Second Half

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several measures that received debate by Missouri senators, including:

  • Senate Bill 247, which would modify the elementary and secondary education funding formula (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg);
  • Senate Bill 175, which would modify restrictions on the use of organized labor on public contract projects (Audio: Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 65, which would modify certain provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 280, which would modify certain Missouri tax credit programs (Audio: Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield); and
  • Senate Bill 242, which would allow certain students to enroll in adjoining school districts (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Callahan).

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

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Capitol Briefing Week of March 28, 2011 - Senators Pass Legislation to Change Abortion Laws

JEFFERSON CITY — Senators gave first-round approval to a measure this week to prevent partial birth abortions this week.  The Missouri Senate also discussed several major issues, including tax credit reform and changes to the school funding formula.  

Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, would change the laws relating to abortion in the state in respect to viability.

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