Thursday, September 29, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 29, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the latest on the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. The special session continued into its fourth week. Earlier in the session, Missouri senators passed Senate Bill 8, which includes economic development incentives and tax credit reform. Some senators are also hopeful that House Bill 1, which would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city, will be heard on the Senate floor. The special session started on Sept. 6, and can last as long as 60 days. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis; and Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, 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.

Senate's Governmental Accountability Committee Examines State's Role in Economic Development Deal

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability, chaired by Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, is responsible for all matters relating to state laws, programs and agencies.  The panel is also charged with enacting new or additional legislation to improve the efficiency of any state law or entity.
The committee was recently called by the Senate President Pro Tem to investigate how a company received $37 million in bonds from the city of Moberly to build a new facility to make artificial sugar.  The company, prospected to create hundreds of jobs for mid-Missouri, later missed its bond payment and potentially left the burden for repaying the debt to the city.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Senate Minute for Sept. 27, 2011: Special Session

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly continues into a fourth week. Economic development and job creation remain the focal point for lawmakers during the special 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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 23, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the status of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senators met for the third week of the special session this week. At the same time, two Senate measures have cleared the House:

  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students; and
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, also known as MOSIRA.

We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

New Daily Audio/Video Clips Available from the Missouri Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2011


**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Daily Audio/Video Clips Available from the Missouri Senate


JEFFERSON CITY – Senate Communications posts audio and video clips from Senate committee hearings, floor debate, press conferences, and other legislative events on the Senate Communications Daily Audio/Video Clips Web site (Senate Newsroom - Daily Audio and Video Clips).


This feature allows radio and television stations to use these audio and video clips from the Senate for their coverage of legislative events. When downloaded, these audio and video files are broadcast quality. Downloaded files may be broadcast in whole or in part.


The following clips are posted and removed on a rotating basis:


Audio/Video Clips from September 23, 2011


Cut 1: During Friday’s technical session, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, recounts the Senate’s work on economic development legislation during the 2011 regular session. (OC: down to the house. RT: 11)


Cut 2: During discussion with Sen. Mayer, Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, shares his view on passing last session’s economic development and tax credit bill. (OC: it was both. RT: 30)


Cut 3: Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, says tax credit reform has been a bipartisan effort. (OC: that's been a bipartisan. RT: 24)


Senate Communications continues to provide stations with multiple mediums for legislative coverage. The Senate Minute, produced Mondays through Thursdays during session and Tuesdays during the interim, encapsulates lawmakers’ actions into a 60-second package each week, ready for airplay or for podcast. And every Friday – year round – Senate Communications offers This Week in the Missouri Senate, a five-minute wrap-up of the week’s actions that includes audio from floor debate, committee hearings, and one-on-one interviews with the senators themselves.


The Capitol Briefing, written weekly during the legislative session and less frequently throughout the interim, summarizes the latest news generated by the Missouri Senate. If you would like to subscribe to the Missouri Senate’s Capitol Briefing, please click here.


Contact Information:
Senate Communications
State Capitol, Room 424-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Tel: (573) 751-3824 — E-mail: newsroom@senate.mo.gov

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Before adjourning for the week, members of the Senate and House sent to the governor for his approval legislation that would “fix” provisions regarding communication between school district employees and students, and a measure that would help attract high-tech science and innovation industries to the state. 

“Facebook Fix” Receives General Assembly’s
Final Approval

Shortly after lawmakers on the other side of the building gave their final approval to Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, the measure was signed by the Senate President Pro Tem and delivered to the governor for his consideration. With his signature, Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, fulfilled the final technical step for the legislation in the Senate.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Senate Minute for Sept. 20, 2011: HB 3

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly continues into its third week. Among the measures lawmakers are considering is House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s presidential primary from February to March. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, 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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 12, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — After considering a more than 200 page bill relating to economic development, senators returned to Jefferson City on Sept. 12, ready to work. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, was brought up for debate on the Senate floor on Sept. 13. The following day, the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 26-8.

The legislation is designed to create performance-based tax incentive programs that would stimulate the economy and create employment opportunities for Missourians.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 16, 2011: Veto and Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews actions taken during the annual veto session and the second week of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Missouri senators, this week, passed three measures:

  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students. (Audio: Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • Senate Bill 8, which would modify provisions of Missouri tax credit programs. (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, and Sen. Justus); and
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) (Audio: Sen. Mayer).

Missouri senators will return to the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. 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.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on House Bill 3, a measure that would change laws regarding presidential elections in Missouri.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor action on Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 from Tuesday (9-13) evening.

Update: Lawmakers Scheduled to Meet for Annual Veto Session

Update: The General Assembly did not attempt to override any of the governor’s vetoes made during the 2011 regular legislative session.


JEFFERSON CITY — For the first time since 2005, the Missouri Senate will hold its annual veto session alongside a special session, which has been underway since Sept. 6. Veto session in the General Assembly is scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Veto sessions are held each year to consider legislation passed by the Legislature during the regular session that was vetoed by the governor. Fourteen measures were vetoed by the governor: six Senate bills and eight House measures.

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Lawmakers Scheduled to Meet for Annual Veto Session

JEFFERSON CITY — For the first time since 2005, the Missouri Senate will hold its annual veto session alongside a special session, which has been underway since Sept. 6.  Veto session in the General Assembly is scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Veto sessions are held each year to consider legislation passed by the Legislature during the regular session that was vetoed by the governor.  Of the 14 measures vetoed by the governor, six Senate bills and eight House measures, below are some of the vetoed bills the Senate could consider overriding:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on Senate Bill 1, a measure that would change certain provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.

The Senate Minute for Sept. 13, 2011: SB 1

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 1, which would make changes to the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” which was held up by the courts after having been signed into law earlier this year. The measure is among several that comprise the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, and still needs another positive vote before it could move on to the Missouri House. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas 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.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Senate Gives Initial Approval to Teacher-Student Communication Legislation

JEFFERSON CITY - To further address legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session designed to maintain a safe learning environment in school districts throughout the state, the Missouri Senate gave its first-round approval to Senate Bill 1, a measure sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Cunningham. Her legislation makes changes to a new provision in state law that requires each school district to promulgate a written policy on teacher-student and employee-student communication by Jan. 1, 2012. The specific section in the bill places restrictions on teachers’ use of work- and nonwork-related Internet sites, including Facebook.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 9, 2011: Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews how the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly began. The special session calls attention to several different issues, including:

  • Senate Bill 8, which would modify provisions of Missouri tax credit programs, in accordance with recommendations made by the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission Report;
  • Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA); and
  • Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.

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

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Sept. 5, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY Following Labor Day weekend, Missouri lawmakers returned to Jefferson City for the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Included in the governor’s call for special session are several matters previously debated by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session. 

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature a hearing of the Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Commitee regarding Senate Bill 8 and floor action from Thursday morning.

July/August 2011 edition of Missouri Legislative Update

This episode of Missouri Legislative Update features several pieces of legislation that are now enacted into law, the governor's call for special session, and a preview of veto session.  We also highlight the work of several interim committees and what lawmakers are doing to address recent natural disasters throughout the state.  We also travel to the city of Joplin, where several lawmakers help residents during clean-up efforts.

Legislation Moving Forward in Special Session

JEFFERSON CITY - Several Senate Committees held hearings on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to consider measures introduced during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.  Many of those measures were approved by their respective committees, receiving the panels’ approval to move on to the full Senate for debate.

The
Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, heard testimony on SB 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield.  Her legislation, which would lay out specific requirements for school district policies regarding teacher/employee-student communications, was overwhelmingly approved by committee members.

Two measures, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, also received committee approval Wednesday.  The
Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, considered SB 7 and SB 8.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature testimony regarding Senate Bill 1 during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee.

Special Session Measures Introduced and Begin to Move Through Legislative Process

JEFFERSON CITY — After the gavel sounded the start of special session in the Missouri Senate on Sept. 6, several bills have already been introduced and assigned to their respective committees.


Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, addresses a provision in legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2011 regular session that required school districts to adopt a teacher/employee-student communications policy by Jan. 1, 2012.

Sen. Cunningham’s legislation would still require school districts to adopt a communications policy by the first of January next year; however, her bill lays out the required components for inclusion in each district’s policy, including:

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate for Sept. 6, 2011

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips include activity from the first day of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.
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The Senate Minute for Sept. 6, 2011: Special Session

Missouri senators return to the Capitol to begin the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Tax credit reform, economic development, job creation, moving the date of Missouri’s presidential primary, revising the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” and local control of the St. Louis Police Department are all included in the agenda for the special session. 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 1, 2011: Education Funding

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews funding for Missouri schools. Lawmakers continue to look at ways to maintain adequate and fair funding after the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2012. In the meantime, senators are preparing to return to Jefferson City to begin the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly on Sept. 6, 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.