Monday, December 31, 2012

Capitol Briefing for the Month of December 2012

JEFFERSON CITY—In December, lawmakers continued preparing for the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Jan. 9. Many legislators prefiled bills earlier this month. Committees also met throughout the last month of the interim, and the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission released its updated report on the state’s various tax credit programs.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 28, 2012: Retiring Missouri Senators

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the legislative careers of two Missouri senators. Senator Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, are leaving due to term limits. 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Senate Minute for Dec. 26, 2012: Term Limits

Some of Missouri’s 34 senators will not return in 2013, due to term limits. These include Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton — who has served since 2005 — and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, who was first elected to the Missouri House in 1988 and has been a Missouri senator since 2005. 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 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’s website.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 20, 2012: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the issues that could be discussed during the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. The 2013 session will start on Jan. 9, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Capitol Dialogue for December 2012: Prefiled Legislation

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with three lawmakers, appear on the December edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss prefiled legislation and some of the issues that could be discussed during 2013. Senator John Lamping, R-Ladue; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Kevin McManus, D-Kansas City, talk about legislation they hope will be brought up for debate when lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Senate Minute for Dec. 18, 2012: Tort Reform

Missouri senators may revisit liability caps on medical malpractice cases, which were thrown out earlier this year by the Missouri Supreme Court. The First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly will begin on Jan. 9, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 13, 2012: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the issues that could dominate the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. These could include health care, tax credits and higher education funding. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Senate Minute for Dec. 11, 2012: Priority Legislation

Missouri senators are preparing for the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, which will begin on Jan. 9, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, 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.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 6, 2012: Prefiled Bills

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews prefiled legislation, which has been assigned bill numbers for the upcoming legislative session. This includes Senate Bill 20, which would modify provisions of law regarding certain benevolent tax credits, and a measure that would address criminal procedures in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Senate Minute for Dec. 4, 2012: SB 20

Prefiled legislation now has assigned bill numbers for the upcoming legislative session. This includes Senate Bill 20, which would modify provisions of law regarding certain benevolent tax credits. 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.

Prefiled Senate Measures Marked with Bill Numbers

JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri Senate rules dictate the first day of December as the day senators and senators-elect can have their prefiled legislation numbered for the upcoming legislative session. It is customary that each member of the Senate, beginning with the most senior member, pick his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.

Lawmakers were allowed to prefile bills beginning July 1 and may continue up to, but not including, the first day of session. Senate bills filed during this timeframe are automatically introduced in the upper chamber and read for the first time on the opening day of the legislative session. Measures may also be introduced by any senator during the regular legislative session until Feb. 28, 2013.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for November 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The results of Election Day held in early November include 12 new members who will take their oath of office in January to serve as Missouri state senators. In addition, majority and minority caucuses in the Senate met this month to elect new leadership, including the nomination of a new Senate President Pro Tempor.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 30, 2012


This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews work done by the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages, which is taking an in-depth look at state employee salaries. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Senate Minute for Nov. 27, 2012: Wages

The Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages is taking an in-depth look at state employee salaries, which rank 50th out of 50 states. The panel may continue to meet into next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, 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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 21, 2012: Education

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews work conducted by the Joint Committee on Education, which has been meeting throughout the interim and conducting hearings on ways to implement a funding formula for higher education. Their report is due on Dec. 31, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Senate Minute for Nov. 20, 2012: Education

The Joint Committee on Education has been meeting throughout the interim and conducting hearings on ways to implement a funding formula for higher education. Their report is due on Dec. 31, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, 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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 15, 2012: New Leadership

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews new leaders chosen for the upcoming legislative session, which will begin on Jan. 9, 2013. Leadership elections were held last week. We’ve included actualities from presumed Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and incoming Minority Floor Leader 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Senate Minute for Nov. 13, 2012: New Leadership

Both the Majority Caucus and the Minority Caucus in the Missouri Senate have chosen new leadership for the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Jan. 9, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles (tabbed by his caucus to serve as Senate President Pro Tem), and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City (elected by her caucus to serve as Minority Floor Leader), 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, November 08, 2012

New Senate Leaders Selected for 2013-2014 Session

JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers and newly-elected legislators convened in Jefferson City today to meet in their respective caucuses and select leaders for the 97th General Assembly, which begins in January.

The Senate Majority Caucus elected Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, to serve as President Pro Tem. He replaces outgoing Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, who is leaving office this year due to term limits. The pro tem is responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees, and ruling on points of order raised during debate on the Senate floor, among other duties. The full Senate will vote on this leadership position in January.

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Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the new Senate leadership for the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly at http://www.senate.mo.gov/newsroom/Pages/daily-audio-video-2012.html

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 8, 2012: Employment Discrimination

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the possibility that employment discrimination legislation could be debated again next year. During this year’s regular legislative session, Senate Bill 592 passed the Missouri Senate, but not the Missouri House, and House Bill 1219 was vetoed by the governor. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Senate Minute for Nov. 6, 2012: Employment Discrimination

After Senate Bill 592 passes the Missouri Senate — but not the Missouri House — and House Bill 1219 is vetoed by the governor, some are speculating employment discrimination legislation could be debated again next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, 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.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 1, 2012: SJR 51

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Constitutional Amendment 3, which comes as a result of Senate Joint Resolution 51, passed by the Missouri General Assembly in May. The amendment will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Month of October 2012

JEFFERSON CITY - Throughout the month of October, Missouri lawmakers focused on various state matters in their respective legislative committees. Among the important topics discussed at the Capitol and throughout the state were infrastructure upgrades, putting an end to child abuse, reviewing the state’s criminal laws, and crafting a comprehensive funding formula for Missouri public higher education institutions.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Senate Minute for Oct. 30, 2012: SJR 51

On Nov. 6, Missouri voters will see Constitutional Amendment Three, which comes as a result of Senate Joint Resolution 51, passed by the Missouri General Assembly in May. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, 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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 25, 2012: SB 464

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 464, which became law earlier this year, and will appear on the November ballot as Proposition E. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Senate Minute for Oct. 23, 2012: SB 464

Missouri voters will make a decision on health insurance exchanges, thanks to the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 464 became law earlier this year. The measure will appear on the November ballot as Proposition E. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 18, 2012: Criminal Code

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews work done by the Joint Interim Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code, which held its final hearing on Oct. 16, 2012. The panel will next issue its report to the full Missouri General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Senate Minute for Oct. 16, 2012: Criminal Code

Work of the Joint Interim Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code is nearing completion. The panel spent more than a month reviewing the state’s criminal laws and will next issue a report to the Missouri General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 11, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 11, 2012: Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the work of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, which was formed by Senate Bill 628, and met for the first time last month. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Senate Minute for Oct. 9, 2012: Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect

Among the panels meeting before the end of the year is the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. The group comes as a result of Senate Bill 628, which passed the Legislature this year. We’ve included an actuality from 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.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 4, 2012: Transportation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the first hearing conducted by the Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Needs, which met for the first time last month in Cape Girardeau. The panel plans to hold more hearings throughout the remainder of the year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Senate Minute for Oct. 2, 2012: Transportation

Members of the Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Needs are talking about the goal of finding a way for pay for infrastructure upgrades in Missouri. The solution, they say, needs to be determined within the next two years. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, 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, September 28, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 28, 2012: Joint Committee on Education

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews a meeting held by the Joint Committee on Education. The panel is discussing future funding options for higher education in Missouri and plans more hearings throughout the remainder of the year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Capitol Dialogue for September 2012: Retiring Senators

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two state senators, appear on the September edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss their retirement from the Legislature and term limits. Senator Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, has served in the Missouri Senate for eight years; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, is concluding 24 years in the Missouri General Assembly, eight of which were in the upper chamber. Both senators will retire this year due to term limits.

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Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for September 2012

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City for the Legislature’s annual veto session on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The session—constitutionally limited to 10 days—provides legislators an opportunity to override the governor’s veto of most measures passed during the regular legislative session.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Senate Minute for Sept. 25, 2012: Committee Hearings

The Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Interim Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code, the Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Needs and the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect are all meeting this week, either at the Capitol or other locations throughout Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, 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, September 24, 2012

Joint Committees Hold Meetings This Week at State Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY - Two joint legislative committees are scheduled to meet this week at the State Capitol to discuss two different topics designed to address the same issue: public safety. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 20, 2012: Health Care

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews last week’s legislative veto override of Senate Bill 749, which will provide protection for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization. During the regular session, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 464, which will appear on the November ballot as Proposition E. The measure addresses the establishment of health care exchanges, which are a part of the federal Affordable Care Act. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Senate Minute for Sept. 18, 2012: Health Care

On the heels of overriding the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 749, some Missouri senators are looking ahead to another aspect of health care, covered in Senate Bill 464. This will be on the November ballot as Proposition E. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, 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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 13, 2012: Veto Session

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate's veto override of Senate Bill 749, a measure that provides protection for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization.
 

Missouri Senate Convenes for Annual Veto Session

JEFFERSON CITY - Senators returned to Jefferson City today (9-12) to take part in the General Assembly’s annual veto session, which started at noon. This year, lawmakers have the option to consider overriding 13 of the 14 bills passed by the Legislature during the 2012 regular session that were vetoed by the governor.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Senate Minute for Sept. 11, 2012: Veto Session

Of the measures vetoed by the governor this year, Missouri senators plan to focus mainly on Senate Bill 749, which would have provided protection for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization; and House Bill 1329, which would have changed the laws regarding motor vehicles. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson 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 10, 2012

Several Committees Scheduled During Week of Veto Session

JEFFERSON CITY - The General Assembly’s annual veto session provides a time for lawmakers to gather and consider bills vetoed by the governor during the previous regular legislative session. Legislators also use this time during veto session to meet in Jefferson City and discuss various topics in legislative committees.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Sept. 7, 2012: Toll Roads

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews renewed discussion on Missouri’s transportation future. Senate Bill 752 was introduced during this year’s regular legislative session as a way to begin debate relating to paying for transportation needs in the Show-Me State. We’ve included actualities from Senate Transportation Committee members 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 visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Senate Minute for Sept. 4, 2012: Toll Roads

During the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, Senate Bill 752 was introduced as a way to start discussions on how to pay for future road projects in Missouri. Transportation may become a higher priority next year. 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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for August 2012

JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday, Aug. 28, marked the date that a large number of measures passed by the Missouri Senate during the 2012 regular session officially became law. For the measures listed below, this was the final step in the legislative process.

Higher Education

The quality and affordability of higher education in the Show-Me State is of great important to Missouri senators.


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 30, 2012: New Laws

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the legislation that became law on Aug. 28, 2012, including:

We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Capitol Dialogue for August 2012: New Laws

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two state senators, appear on the August edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss some of the new laws taking effect this year. Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, talk about legislation that received passage from the full Legislature and went on to be signed into law by the governor. Most laws took effect on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Senate Minute for Aug. 28, 2012: New Laws

Most legislation that was passed by the Missouri General Assembly and subsequently signed into law by the governor takes effect today (8-28). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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.

Numerous Senate Bills Take Effect Aug. 28

More than 15 measures originating out of the upper chamber become law today

JEFFERSON CITY - According to the Missouri Constitution (Article III, Section 29), “No law passed by the General Assembly, except an appropriation act, shall take effect until 90 days after the adjournment of the session in either odd-numbered or even-numbered years at which it was enacted.” The constitutional adjournment date for the Missouri Legislature was May 30, making Aug. 28 (90 days following the constitutional adjournment) the date most bills passed by the General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session and signed by the governor become state law.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 23, 2012: Education Funding

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews funding for education in Missouri and the foundation funding formula, which could be addressed during the next legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Senate Minute for Aug. 21, 2012: Education Funding

As students return to school, Missouri senators are talking about education funding. An effort to revise the school funding formula may materialize during next year’s regular session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 17, 2012: HB 1525

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the philosophy that goes into the legislative process and one of the measures that will become law on Aug. 28, 2012: House Bill 1525, which will establish the Justice Reinvestment Act and change the laws regarding criminal offenders under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Corrections. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Senate Minute for Aug. 14, 2012: HB 1525

Among the laws taking effect this year is House Bill 1525, which will change the laws regarding criminal offenders under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Corrections. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 10, 2012: Liability Caps

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the Missouri Supreme Court’s recent decision ending liability caps on medical malpractice lawsuits. The caps were the result of House Bill 393, which was signed into law in 2005. 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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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The Senate Minute for Aug. 7, 2012: Liability Caps

The Missouri Supreme Court recently handed down a decision ending liability caps on medical malpractice lawsuits. The caps were the result of House Bill 393, which was signed into law in 2005. We’ve included actualities from 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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Friday, August 03, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 3, 2012: Drought and Health Care

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews how the ongoing drought and heat wave are affecting Missouri farmers, and the possibility of discussions on health care legislation by the Missouri General Assembly yet this year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Month of July 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — July 14 was the constitutional deadline for the governor to take executive action on legislation passed by the General Assembly. If no action was taken on legislation, by either approval or veto, then the legislation will be automatically enacted into law on its effective date.

More than 1,600 bills and resolutions were introduced in the Legislature this year. Of those, 113 reached the governor’s desk. The following measures were signed into law by the governor during July and will become law on their effective date, which for the majority of the bills is Aug. 28.

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The Senate Minute for July 31, 2012: Drought and Health Care

This year’s drought continues to affect Missourians, especially farmers. Also, as Missouri senators gear up for the annual veto session in September, some lawmakers are asking time to be spent not only on the drought, but also on health care legislation. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, 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.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 26, 2012: SB 489

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 489, a measure that modifies provisions relating to weapons. The bill was signed into law on July 10 and immediately took effect because of an emergency clause. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Capitol Dialogue for July 2012: Education Funding

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with two lawmakers, appear on the July edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss education funding. Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Rep. Denise Montecillo, D-St. Louis, talk about the state of education funding in Missouri, as well as potential changes that could be made to the funding formula when lawmakers return to Jefferson City in January 2013 for the start of the next regular session.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Senate Minute for July 24, 2012: SB 489

Missouri senators are reacting to the shootings at a movie theater in Colorado. During the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 489, which fixes missing elements from last year’s House Bill 294. Both bills relate to the state’s concealed weapons law. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, 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, July 20, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 20, 2012: SB 749

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 749, which would have provided protection for the religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization. The measure was vetoed by the governor and may be revisited during the Legislature’s annual veto session in September. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; Assistant Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; 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 the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. 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’s website.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Senate Minute for July 17, 2012: SB 749

Among the measures vetoed by the governor this year is Senate Bill 749, which would have provided protection for the religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization. The bill may be revisited during the Legislature’s annual veto session in September. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John 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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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, July 13, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 13, 2012: Higher Education and Agriculture

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 562 and Senate Bill 563, two measures relating to higher education that have been signed into law by the governor; and
  • A recent trip taken by several Midwestern lawmakers, including two from Missouri. The visit to Taiwan could end a long-standing ban on imported U.S. beef to that country.

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

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Lone Senate Bill Left to Receive Governor's Approval


JEFFERSON CITY — One Senate bill and two House measures were signed into law today (7-13), leaving just one piece of legislation left on the governor’s desk for executive action.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Executive Action on Senate Bills Lead Measures Down Different Paths

JEFFERSON CITY — Just two days before the constitutional deadline for the governor to take action on legislation delivered to him by the General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session, eleven Senate bills approved by the Legislature today either joined others slated to become law on Aug. 28 or completed their legislative journey.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Senate Bill Protecting Elderly and Disabled Citizens Signed Into Law


JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Bill 689, approved by the Missouri Senate a few months into the 2012 legislative session, today (7-11) received executive approval. With the governor’s signature, the legislation will criminalize “undue influence” against certain members of the disabled and elderly population in Missouri.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Several Senate Bills Now Set to Become Law


JEFFERSON CITY — Twenty-five measures endorsed by the Missouri Senate, nine of which originated in the upper body, received the governor’s signature today (7-10), adding to the list of legislation that is slated to become law.

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The Senate Minute for July 10, 2012: Agriculture

Some Missouri lawmakers are among several from the Midwest who recently journeyed to Taiwan. Their goal was to assist in the lifting of a long-standing ban on imported beef from the United States, which could come this month. We’ve included an actuality from Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Additional Measures Passed by Missouri Senate Set to Become Law


JEFFERSON CITY — With less than a week left to take action on legislation delivered to him by the Missouri Senate, the governor today (7-9) signed into law several pieces of legislation. The highest ranking member of Missouri’s executive branch has until July 14 to sign or veto measures that were passed by the General Assembly. If no action is taken by this deadline, the legislation will become law on its effective date.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Another Round of Legislation Supported by Missouri Senate Given Governor's Approval

JEFFERSON CITY – A little more than week before his constitutional deadline to act on legislation delivered to him by the General Assembly, the governor signed multiple bills into law today (7-6), including a measure widely supported in the Missouri Senate that will give authorities access to a caller’s location via cell phone during emergency situations.

House Bill 1108, handled in the upper chamber by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, requires telecommunications carriers and certain commercial mobile service providers to provide caller location information in certain emergency situations. Currently, 911 dispatchers can pull up the location information for landline calls. Cell phone signals, however, can only be tracked if the cellular company provides the information. House Bill 1108 will require cellular companies to provide that information, while also prohibiting them from being sued for doing so. The law will take effect Aug. 28.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for July 6, 2012: HB 1900 and HB 1789

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two measures that have been vetoed by the governor:

  • House Bill 1900, a measure that would have changed the laws regarding executive branch reorganization, tax increment financing, annexation, employees, service dogs and accessible parking, and established the Iran Energy Divestment Act; and
  • House Bill 1789, which would have changed the laws regarding travel hardships for public school students.

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

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Numerous Bills Endorsed by Missouri Senate Receive Governor's Signature


JEFFERSON CITY — Multiple pieces of legislation received the governor’s endorsement today (7-5), many of which received wide support in the Missouri Senate.  Among those include an encompassing measure designed to address several provisions relating to education in the Show-Me State.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Senate Minute for July 3, 2012: HB 1900 and HB 1789

The governor vetoes two more bills. House Bill 1900 would have changed the laws regarding executive branch reorganization. House Bill 1789 would have changed the laws regarding travel hardships for public school students. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, 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, July 02, 2012

Legislation Backed by Senate Assisting Veterans and Their Families Signed Into Law

JEFFERSON CITY — On Monday (7-2), the governor signed into a law a measure benefiting Missouri’s veterans and their families.  House Bill 1680, widely supported in the Missouri Senate, expands and strengthens a program designed to help veterans and their families find employment. The legislation is the second bill given the governor’s approval in recent weeks that supports Missouri’s servicemen and women, reflecting the Legislature’s on-going commitment to helping the state’s heroes.

House Bill 1680 renames the Heroes at Home Program the Show-Me Heroes Program and expands it to include spouses of active duty military personnel. Under the bill, families of active duty service members are eligible for financial assistance, including payment of overdue bills, transportation and daycare costs during employment searches, vocational counseling and job-placement assistance. The legislation also allows for the creation of an on-the-job training program within the initiative, whereby employers would be reimbursed for 50 percent of a Show-Me Heroes participant’s wages during a specified training period. 

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Month of June 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Throughout the month of June, numerous measures passed by the Missouri Legislature were signed into law by the governor. In addition, the complete series of core budget bills that comprise the $24 billion spending plan for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget were given the governor’s final stamp of approval.

Higher Education Measure Signed Into Law

House Bill 1042
, handled in the upper chamber by the Senate Education Committee chairman, was signed into law by the governor on June 7. The measure, which received unanimous approval in the Missouri Senate, will make it easier for students in Missouri to transfer between public universities and earn their degree.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 28, 2012: Fiscal Year 2013

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget, which totals $24 billion. Fiscal Year 2013 will start on July 1, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Senate Appropriations Committee members Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

May/June 2012 Missouri Legislative Update

This episode of Missouri Legislative Update features the final day of the 2012 legislative session with reaction from General Assembly leaders.  We highlight the Legislature’s completion of the FY 2013 state operating budget and several bills sent to the governor’s desk for approval.  Also, House members who are term-limited take a look back at their public service, and lawmakers induct a bust of Dred Scott into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

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Charter School Legislation Passed by Senate Receives Executive Approval


JEFFERSON CITY — In the final week of the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers delivered to the governor a bill that brings greater accountability to charter schools in the Show-Me State. Senate Bill 576 received the governor’s signature late yesterday (6-27), adding it to the growing list of bills he has signed since the conclusion of the regular legislative session back in May.

The bill, among other provisions, modifies terms relating to charter schools, allowing these particular educational institutions to operate in unaccredited districts throughout the state, in addition to the St. Louis City and Kansas City school districts.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Widely Supported Job Creation Measure Signed by Governor


JEFFERSON CITY — By a vote of 33-0, the Missouri Senate delivered to the governor on the last day of session a bill designed to change the laws regarding income tax deduction for job creation by small businesses.

More specifically, House Bill 1661 clarifies the types of small businesses that can qualify for the income tax deduction for job creation by a small business. These businesses include those that are formed as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S-corporation, C-corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP), or other business entity.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Senate Minute for June 26, 2012: Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget

Missouri senators reflect on the process of creating Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget, which totals $24 billion. Fiscal Year 2013 will start on July 1, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, 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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Foster Care Legislation Supported by Senate Signed Into Law

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation that garnered unanimous approval in the Missouri Senate pertaining to citizens who provide care for individuals with developmental disabilities and those in the foster care system received the governor’s signature today (6-25).

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Remaining Budget Bills Passed by Senate Receive Governor's Approval

JEFFERSON CITY — The rest of the measures passed by the Missouri Senate that make up Missouri’s operating budget for FY 2013 received the governor’s signature approximately one week before the new fiscal year begins. However, several line-item vetoes and expenditure restrictions were enacted, making changes to the Senate’s approved plan delivered to the governor back in May.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 21, 2012: Economic Development

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce that claims Missouri’s economic growth is stagnant. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Legislation Endorsed by Missouri Senate Providing Funding for Department of Mental Health and Department of Health and Senior Services to Take Effect July 1

JEFFERSON CITY - Another budget bill that garnered overwhelming support in the Missouri Senate received the governor's stamp of approval on Thursday (6-21), making House Bill 2010 the second of 13 core budget bills to receive his signature.  The measure provides crucial funding for the state's Department of Mental Health ( DMH) and the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

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Capitol Dialogue for June 2012: Session Review

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along two lawmakers, appear on the June edition of Capitol Dialogue to review the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senator Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, talk about some of the highlights of the 2012 legislative session and what could be ahead when lawmakers return to Jefferson City to begin the 2013 session in January.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Senate Minute for June 19, 2012: Economic Development

A recent report, conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, questions Missouri’s economic growth. The report claims the state’s Gross Domestic Product has remained stagnant for two years. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, 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, June 18, 2012

K-12 Education Budget Bill Receiving Overwhelming Support in the Senate Receives Governor's Signature


JEFFERSON CITY - One of the 13 core budget bills passed by the Missouri Senate recently received the governor’s approval, providing crucial funding for elementary and secondary education in the Show-Me State.

House Bill 2002, handled in the upper chamber by the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, includes $3.009 billion for the Missouri’s school foundation formula, $99.8 million to transport students to and from school, $144.7 million for early childhood special education, $50 million for vocational education, and $15 million for early childhood development, among other important funding items.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 15, 2012: HB 1042

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews House Bill 1042, a measure that relates to higher education. The bill was signed into law last week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; and Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Legislation Adding Cell Phone Numbers to Missouri's No-Call List Set to Become Law


JEFFERSON CITY — In an effort to eliminate unwanted cell phone calls, texts and other solicited electronic messages, a bill unanimously passed by the Missouri Senate was signed by the governor today (6-14) during various ceremonial bill signings throughout the state. House Bill 1549, ushered through the upper chamber by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, garnered wide support in the Legislature and was delivered to the governor days before the last day of session in May.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Senate Minute for June 12, 2012: HB 1042

The governor signs into law House Bill 1042, a measure that relates to higher education. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Senate Bill Addressing Fireworks Becomes Law


JEFFERSON CITY - Senate Bill 835, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, today (6-11) received the governor’s signature, enacting the measure into law. The act updates references to fireworks classifications in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and removes references to American Pyrotechnics Association standards, the premier trade association of the fireworks industry.

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Friday, June 08, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 8, 2012: HB 1731

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews House Bill 1731, a measure that relates to funding veterans’ homes. The proposal has been signed into law by the governor. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau; Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Higher Education Measure that Received Unanimous Approval in the Senate is Signed by the Governor


JEFFERSON CITY — With more than 100 measures filed during the 2012 legislative session pertaining to education in the Show-Me State, the issue of providing Missouri students with a quality learning experience, both in elementary and secondary and higher education, remains a top priority for lawmakers in the General Assembly. House Bill 1042, handled in the upper chamber by the Senate Education Committee chairman, makes numerous changes to how students transfer between higher education institutions and obtain their degrees.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Senate Minute for June 5, 2012: HB 1731

House Bill 1731 has been signed into law by the governor. The new law addresses funding for Missouri’s seven veterans’ homes. 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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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.