Friday, October 28, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 24, 2011


JEFFERSON CITY Eleven days before the constitutional deadline to wrap up the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, the Senate adjourned sine die on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, for the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly.

On Aug. 22, the governor called lawmakers for a special session, which began Tuesday, Sept. 6, to focus on economic development, job creation, as well as other measures. During special session, numerous bills were introduced that addressed similar matters considered during the 2011 regular session. In the end, the Legislature successfully ushered two measures past the legislative finish line. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 27, 2011: Special Session Ends

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the final days of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. The governor has signed the two measures that were passed by lawmakers during the special session: Senate Bill 1 (modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students) and Senate Bill 7 (establishes the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act). Lawmakers were unsuccessful in passing Senate Bill 8 (a tax credit reform, job creation and economic development measure) and House Bill 1 (would have transferred control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the City of St. Louis). 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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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for October 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with three lawmakers, appear on the October edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss some of the legislation from the 2011 regular session that relates to agriculture. Senator Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown; and Rep. Tom Shively, D-Shelbyville, review some of the agriculture legislation that became law during 2011, as well as discuss urban agriculture, which has become a focal point for some Missouri communities.

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Senate Concludes Special Session with Sine Die Motion

JEFFERSON CITY — With a strike of the gavel, the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly came to a close in the Missouri Senate Tuesday afternoon (10-25). Before Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, announced the sine die motion, legislators were able to deliver to the governor a measure that addresses how public school students and employees communicate online (Senate Bill 1) , as well as legislation designed to create, attract and retain jobs in the field of science in innovation through the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA (Senate Bill 7). The governor signed both SB 1 and SB 7 Friday afternoon (10-21), and both measures will take effect 90 days after receiving his signature, Jan. 19, 2012.

The General Assembly is scheduled to return to Jefferson City for the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

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The Senate Minute for Oct. 25, 2011: Special Session Ends

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly has come to a close. Lawmakers were successful in passage of Senate Bill 1 (social media interaction between teachers and students) and Senate Bill 7 (establishes Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act), but were unable to reach agreement on Senate Bill 8 (tax credit reform and economic development). Missouri senators will return to Jefferson City in January 2012 to begin the next regular session. 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 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, October 21, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 17, 2011

In the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 17, the full Senate reconvened to discuss Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary, listed under HB 3 and handled by Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, as well as SB 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter.

House Bill 3, introduced in the chamber across the building on the first day of session, would move Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary from February to March, in order to abide by regulations established by the national political parties. Parties in each state were to craft necessary changes outlined by their respective national party conventions by Oct. 1, so that the delegate count would not be compromised and the presidential selection schedule would not be disturbed. In conclusion, the Missouri Democratic Party took no action on the primary issue and the Missouri Republican Party decided to use a caucus system for its 2012 presidential delegates, making some question the necessity of next year’s primary.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 20, 2011: Special Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the latest in the continuing special session. The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly started on Sept. 6, 2011. Missouri senators considered Senate Bill 8, which contains tax credit reform and economic development language, and House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary from February to March. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington; Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; 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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 18, 2011: Special Session

The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly nears its conclusion. Missouri senators returned to the Capitol on Monday (10/17) to debate House Bill 3, which would move Missouri’s presidential primary date, and Senate Bill 8, which would reform tax credits. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, 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.

Update on Special Session: Senate Chamber Holds Steady On Economic Development Legislation

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate met on Monday afternoon to vote on a motion to return to the House for reconsideration its version of legislation that would make modifications to various tax credits in the state and establish new tax incentive programs designed to promote job creation in Missouri. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, includes the combination of several existing performance-based credits to create “Compete Missouri”; the sunset, capping or elimination of a number of tax credit programs; and the creation of incentives to support an international trade hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and attract amateur sporting events to Missouri. The version passed by the Senate is projected to save taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the next 15 years.

The main differences between the House and Senate versions of the economic development legislation remain to be the sunset dates on two tax credits: Low-Income Tax Credit and the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The Senate’s version places a 2018 sunset on these two programs for developers of low-income housing and historic buildings; the House’s version ties the legislation to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow, but not require, lawmakers to vote every four years (beginning 2016) on whether or not to maintain all tax credit programs. The two chambers also have differing opinions on other incentives to spur economic development in the state, most notably the “Compete Missouri” program.

Final approval of the Senate’s version of Senate Bill 8, which now rests in the House of Representative’s chambers, would send the legislation to the governor for his signature.

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Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality clips feature Senators discussing Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 3 during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Oct. 10, 2011


JEFFERSON CITY After conducting technical sessions to save taxpayer dollars and constitutionally keep special session going while lawmakers worked on a compromise regarding economic development legislation, the full Senate will return to the State Capitol at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. At the top of the Senate’s priority list is examining SB 8, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, which was passed in the House on Oct. 6 by a vote of 98-48.

One of the biggest topics of debate regarding the legislation is the notion of sunsets (deadlines for programs to be reviewed or terminated) on tax credit programs. Many senators would like to see seven-year sunsets on low-income housing and historic preservation tax credit programs, which do not appear in the House version of the bill. When the body reconvenes on Monday, senators will vote on whether or not to send the economic development legislation to a conference committee, where any conflicts would be ironed out between the Senate and House. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 13, 2011: Redistricting and Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • The congressional and Missouri Senate and House redistricting maps, which are now in the hands of judges after a lawsuit is filed against the congressional map and the Missouri Supreme Court picks judges to draw new state Senate and House boundaries (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence); and
  • The First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, which is set to resume on Oct. 17, 2011, when Missouri senators return to Jefferson City to discuss tax credit reform and economic development (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter).

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

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 11, 2011: Redistricting

Redrawing boundaries for congressional and Missouri Senate and House districts is moving toward its final steps. The process started after results of the 2010 census were made public earlier this year. New boundaries will be in place before the November 2012 elections. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 6, 2011: Governmental Accountability and Special Session

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • A highly anticipated hearing by the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee on Mamtek, a company that was in the process of building a plant in Moberly (Audio: Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia; and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City), and
  • An update on the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, which is now in its fifth week. Missouri senators have been waiting on renewed action on an economic development bill by the Missouri House (Audio: Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence).

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.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature a meeting of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee. Committee members reviewed information regarding a production facility, Mamtek, located in Moberly.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Senate Minute for Oct. 4, 2011: Special Session

Negotiations continue on an economic development plan. Missouri senators are waiting on House committees to approve Senate Bill 8, the measure that contains tax credit reform, economic development and job creation legislation. 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.