Thursday, June 30, 2011

Missouri’s FY 2012 Operating Budget Receives Governor’s Signature

JEFFERSON CITY — In early June, the bills that make up Missouri’s $23.2 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012 received the governor’s signature.  Appropriations for many of the state’s programs and departments include funding for elementary and secondary education, higher education, highways and transportation, social services and agriculture.  Legislation relating to health care providers, fine arts education and taxes received the governor’s approval.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Senate Minute for June 28, 2011

Missouri’s next fiscal year will start this Friday (7/1). Senators discuss the budget for Fiscal Year 2012, a budget that will total $23.2 billion.

Senate Interim Committees Formed to Focus on Natural Disaster Recovery and Health Insurance Exchanges

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, recently created two Senate interim committees to examine both short- and long-term issues affecting Missouri. The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery Efforts, chaired by Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was created in response to the string of natural disasters, ranging from blizzards, tornadoes and massive flooding, that has hit the state in the last several months.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 23, 2011: Special Session?

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews continuing calls for the governor to call a special session to address economic development and early site permit legislation that would begin the process of building a second nuclear power plant in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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May/June 2011 Missouri Legislative Update

In this episode of Missouri Legislative Update we highlight the final days of the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly.  We also take a closer look at several key pieces of legislation passed during session.  This includes measures dealing with voter identification, abortion, redistricting, transportation, firearms and drug testing for welfare recipients.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Senate Minute for June 21, 2011: Special Session?

Some Missouri senators are still discussing the possibility of a special session this fall. Among the topics is site permit legislation, which would start the process of building a second nuclear power plant in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, 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.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for June 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with several lawmakers, appear on the June edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Rep. Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis, review some of the highlights of the 2011 legislative session, which concluded on May 13, 2011. Among the highlights is passage of the state’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which will start on July 1, 2011.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 17, 2011: Budget Withholdings

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the $172 million in withholdings made to the Fiscal Year 2012 Missouri budget. The governor announced withholdings to the $23.2 billion budget when he signed it on June 10, 2011. Fiscal Year 2012 will start on July 1, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Senate Minute for June 14, 2011: Budget Withholdings

The governor has signed the 13 individual bills that comprise Missouri’s $23.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2012. In doing so, he also says he will withhold $172 million, which includes money originally slated for universities, community colleges and school transportation. 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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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, June 10, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 10, 2011: SB 54

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 54, which would create the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act” and establish the “Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.” The measure was passed by the Missouri General Assembly during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly and now sits on the governor’s desk. 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 visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Legislation Assisting Certain Missourians with Prescription Medications Signed Into Law

JEFFERSON CITY — Low-income seniors and those citizens with disabilities will benefit from legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session and recently signed by the governor.  House Bill 412, carried through the upper chamber by Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, extends the sunset on the Missouri Rx (MoRx) Plan, among other provisions.

MoRx, Missouri’s State Pharmacy Assistance Program, was created to provide prescription drug assistance to Missouri citizens by coordinating benefits with Medicare’s (Part D) Prescription Drug Program.  The program’s expiration date has been extended from Aug. 28, 2011, to Aug. 28, 2014.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Senate Minute for June 7, 2011: SB 54

Among the bills awaiting the governor’s signature is Senate Bill 54, which would create the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act” and establish the “Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.” 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.

Friday, June 03, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 3, 2011: Philosophies

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the priority legislation and thought processes that went into the 2011 legislative session. More than 145 measures were passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. 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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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.