Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 31, 2011: Bipartisanship

Both sides of the aisle are complimenting the other on how well they worked together during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 26, 2011: Reflections

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the issues senators debated during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senators considered job creation to be the top priority for the session this year, along with education and streamlining state government. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Priority Legislation Passed by Senate Awaits Governor's Action

JEFFERSON CITY - The governor has until July 14, 45 days after the constitutional last day of session (May 30) to act on 46 Senate bills and 101 House measures delivered to him.

Three bills have already been vetoed: Senate Bill 188 would have modified the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination, House Bill 193 changes the composition of congressional districts based on the 2010 Census (veto overridden by the Legislature), and House Bill 209 would have revised the laws regarding private nuisances when it originates from property used for farm production and when a court must visit an alleged affected property (similar legislation, Senate Bill 187, which changes state laws regarding nuisances and junkyards, was later signed by the governor).

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The Senate Minute for May 26, 2011: "Right to Work"

Missouri senators continue to talk about “Right to Work” legislation. After much talk about Senate Bill 1 early in the session, the measure was only debated once on the Senate floor. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 25, 2011: Rebooting Government

Missouri senators’ efforts to streamline state government continued during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The Missouri Senate’s “Rebooting Government” plan saw a few added changes during the session this year. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 24, 2011: Education Funding

Education funding remains a top priority for Missouri senators. Funding for Missouri schools will remain at current levels during Fiscal Year 2012, which will start on July 1, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 23, 2011: Recurring Issues

Missouri senators are looking at what issues they plan to address during the interim and next year. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, May 20, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 20, 2011: Session Recap

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several of the highlights of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The session came to an end with some issues unresolved, which may mean the potential of a special session sometime later this year. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Measures Pass by the Senate and House Signed by Governor

JEFFERSON CITY— More than 145 Senate and House measures were delivered to the governor before the end of the 2011 legislative session. Some legislation has already been enacted into law, others have been signed by the governor and will take effect on a later date, and many more await Missouri’s top executive’s approval.

The Senate Minute for May 16 and May 17 features President Pro Tem Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, reflecting on the highlights of the 2011 legislation session.

Unemployment Benefits – Signed April 13

Passed by the Legislature and enacted into law in mid-April, House Bill 163, handled by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, extends unemployment benefits for Missouri families who have reached, or are nearing, the 79-week cut-off. The legislation also reduces Missouri’s share of initial unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks for future benefit recipients.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 19, 2011: Special Session?

No sooner than lawmakers were wrapping up the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, talk of a special session was beginning. What would comprise an extraordinary session and when it would be held are some of the questions Missouri senators have. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

April 2011 Missouri Legislative Update

In the fourth episode of Missouri Legislative Update, lawmakers approve and send several measures to the governor for his signature.  Also, the Senate and House of Representatives approve a $23.2 billion state operating budget before the constitutional deadline of Friday, May 6.  Plus, we take a look at how a new addition to the Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City was made possible by lawmakers and a family of special donors.

The Senate Minute for May 18, 2011: Economic Development

Missouri senators were able to pass an economic development bill during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. However, House Bill 116 did not receive a final floor vote in the House before the end of session. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 17, 2011: Session Reaction

Missouri senators continue to reflect on the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The session concluded on May 13. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 16, 2011: Session Completed

The First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly came to a close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Missouri senators are now reflecting on the highlights of the just-completed session. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Legislative Session Ends With the Passage of Several Priority Bills

JEFFERSON CITY— As Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, let the final gavel fall this session, the 96th General Assembly, First Regular Session, came to a close. Approximately 1,455 bills were filed during the 2011 legislative session. Forty-six Senate and 101 House measures were passed by the General Assembly and delivered to the governor for his signature. Several of those measures were approved this week.

Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

Ushered through the upper chamber by Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, House Bills 73 and 47 create the “TANF Child Protection and Drug Free Home Act.” This act would develop a program to test work-eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, applicants and recipients when a person is believed to be using illegal drugs. Operated by the Family Support Division under the Missouri Department of Social Services, this program provides assistance to needy families with children so they can be cared for in their home, while reducing dependency by promoting job preparation and employment.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 116, House Bill 473, Senate Bill 48, Senate Bill 356, House Joint Resolution 16 and Senate Bill 8.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 13, 2011: Session Ends

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the legislation debated during the final week of the 2011 legislative session, including:

  • Reaction to passage of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Joint Resolution 2 and Senate Bill 3, which would put early voting and voter ID on a future ballot (Audio: Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • House Bill 697, which specifies any administrative rule proposed, adopted or amended by a state agency after Aug. 28, 2011, must automatically terminate six years after its effective date (Audio: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Green);
  • House Bill 294, which would modify laws regarding firearms, ammunition and concealed carry endorsements (Audio: Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, Sen. Green and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis); and
  • Senate Bill 187, which would modify laws regarding nuisances and junkyards (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah).

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

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 38, Senate Bill 187, House Bill 430 and House Bill 294.

The Senate Minute for May 11, 2011: HB 697

Missouri senators debate House Bill 697, which specifies any administrative rule proposed, adopted or amended by a state agency after August 28, 2011, must automatically terminate six years after its effective date. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Several Senate Bills Delivered to Governor by Mid-Point of Session's Last Week

JEFFERSON CITY - With less than 48 hours to go before the 6:00 p.m. Friday deadline, lawmakers have already “truly agreed to and finally passed” several Senate bills, sending them to the governor to become law.

Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, would require the September 1996 Supreme Court standards for representation by guardians ad litem (for the purpose of a lawsuit or legal action) be updated. The state’s highest court adopted statewide standards on Sept. 17, 1996, in order to ensure that Missouri children had a right to adequate and effective representation in child welfare cases.

Sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, SJR 2 would allow enabling legislation for advance voting and photo ID for voting. This constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would require a person to show a valid, government-issued photo ID to vote. The joint resolution would also allow advance voting. Final passage of this measure brings this issue straight to the ballot – it does not need the governor’s approval.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Joint Resolution 2, Senate Bill 3, House Bill 71, House Bill 697, House Bill 604 and House Bill 562.

The Senate Minute for May 10, 2011: SJR 2

Missouri senators give final approval to Senate Joint Resolution 2, which will allow enabling legislation for advance voting and photographic identification for voting. The proposal will go on a future ballot. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Timothy Green, Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for May 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two lawmakers, appear on the May edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss the 2012 Missouri budget. Senator Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, talk about the process of crafting Missouri’s $23.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which will start on July 1, 2011. Lawmakers were required to have the budget delivered to the governor’s desk by 6 p.m. on May 6, 2011.

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The Senate Minute for May 9, 2011: Budget Delivered

The Missouri General Assembly delivers the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget one day ahead of the deadline. The next fiscal year will start on July 1, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature speeches from the floor with the Senate Leader and Senate Appropriations Chairman discussing the process of crafting the state's FY 2012 operating budget.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 6, 2011: Budget Finished

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews completion of Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, and other priority legislation, including:

  • House Bill 17, which appropriates money for capital improvements and other purposes (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • House Bill 193, which contains a new congressional redistricting map for Missouri (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville);
  • House Bill 294, which would change laws regarding firearms and conceal-carry permits (Audio: Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City);
  • House Bill 282, an omnibus pension bill that would modify various provisions regarding some public employee retirement systems (Audio: Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau); and
  • House Bill 641, which would modify provisions relating to controlled substances (Audio: Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence).

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

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Lawmakers Deliver FY 2012 Budget to Governor Before Constitutional Deadline

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers deliver the state’s FY 2012 operating budget to the governor one day ahead of schedule. The $23.2 billion state spending plan includes funding for Missouri’s vital departments and services that help run the state. In addition, members of the Senate and House make history with a veto override on legislation that creates a new district map for members of U.S. Congress.


Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Friday, May 6, was the General Assembly’s deadline to deliver to the governor a budget that funds the major departments and programs for the state. Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, handled the budget bills in the Senate. After much negotiation in the budget conference committee, which was made up of five members of the Senate and five members of the House, lawmakers in both chambers were able to pass the Fiscal Year 2012 budget one day ahead of schedule.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 163, House Bill 282 and Senate Bill 57.

The Senate Minute for May 5, 2011: HB 17

Before finishing work on the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget, Missouri senators complete work on supplemental budget bills for FY 2011, which will end on June 30, 2011. This includes debate on House Bill 17, which appropriates money for capital improvements and other purposes. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Senate Overrides Governor's Veto on Congressional Redistricting Map

JEFFERSON CITY - For the first time in more than 30 years, the General Assembly has overturned a governor’s veto during a regular session. House Bill 193, handled by Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, in the upper chamber, implements a new congressional district map that includes six Republican and two Democratic congressional districts.

Lawmakers were charged this session to draft a new congressional map after the 2010 Census results showed that, despite a population growth of 7 percent, Missouri would lose a congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, there are nine congressional districts in the state. The new congressional district map approved by the Legislature only has eight.

Click here to see the congressional district map found in HB 193.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 17 and House Bill 18.

The Senate Minute for May 4, 2011: HB 315 and 294

In addition to the budget, Missouri senators continue to debate other House bills. Senators pass House Bill 315, which would combine repeated laws, and debate House Bill 294, which would make changes to Missouri’s conceal-carry laws. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Joint Resolution 29, House Bill 641, House Bill 294, House Bill 315, House Bill 300, House Concurrent Resolution 15, House Concurrent Resolution 11 and House Bill 442.

The Senate Minute for May 3, 2011: SB 19 and 23

While some Senate bills from this legislative session have already become law, others still await more debate on the Missouri Senate floor. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Senate Minute for May 2, 2011: Redistricting

Missouri senators react to the governor’s veto of the congressional redistricting map. Lawmakers say they would like to have this resolved before the end of the regular session, which will be Friday, May 13, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Employment Discrimination and Congressional Redistricting Legislation Vetoed by Governor

JEFFERSON CITY— Two Senate bills passed by the General Assembly and delivered to the governor for his signature in April were recently vetoed.

Senate Bill 188, sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and passed by the Legislature on April 13, would have changed the state’s law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination.

The legislation would have changed Missouri’s employment discrimination law to mirror the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifying that discrimination must be a “motivating factor” rather than “a contributing fact” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

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