Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature Senate Bill 451 and Senate Bill 434 being presented to members of the Senate General Laws Committee.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 31, 2012: High-Profile Legislation

Missouri senators could debate Senate Bill 592 again this week. The measure would modify the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. Another measure generating discussion is Senate Bill 469, which would make changes to regulations in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 30, 2012: Early Successes

Missouri senators are wrapping up the first month of the 2012 legislative session. Already, two Senate bills have been passed and are now in the Missouri House of Representatives. Economic development and job creation remain at the top of senators’ priority lists this year. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Capitol Dialogue for January 2012: Lawmakers Return

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with four lawmakers, appear on the January edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka; and Assistant House Minority Floor Leader Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis, talk about some of the major issues facing lawmakers in the 2012 legislative session.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 27, 2012: Priority Bills

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several bills debated on the Senate floor or heard in committee, including:

  • Senate Bill 592, which would modify the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination;
  • Senate Bill 467, which would require agencies that receive federal grants to track and disclose the usage of the funds and for the governor to report withholdings;
  • Senate Bill 464, which would prohibit the establishment and operation of health insurance exchanges in Missouri, unless certain criteria is met;
  • Senate Bill 443, which would modify the law with respect to the regulation of motor vehicles; and
  • Senate Bill 567, which would prohibit all drivers, regardless of age, from texting while driving, and would make it illegal for anyone to be pulled over solely for texting and driving.

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

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First Senate Bills Move to the Missouri House for Consideration

The first two Senate bills of the 2012 legislative session made their debut in the Missouri House this week, as both measures were third read and finally passed in the Senate on Thursday, Jan. 26. The legislation addresses the regulation of motor vehicles and how state departments record federal grants and funding.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Daily Audio/Video Clips Available for Jan. 26, 2012

Introduction of Senate Bill 710, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and final passage of Senate Bill 443, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 26, 2012: SB 567

The Senate Transportation Committee hears Senate Bill 567, which would prohibit all drivers — regardless of age — from texting while driving, and would make it illegal for anyone to be pulled over solely for texting while driving. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senate Sends First Measures to the House for Consideration

JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation addressing intoxication-related traffic offenses, among other transportation provisions, and a measure that would require Missouri state agencies that receive federal grants to track and disclose the usage of these funds received final approval in the Missouri Senate Thursday (1-26).


Senate Bill 467, sponsored by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, would require state departments and divisions that accept federal grants over $1 million to post information relating to the grant on the Missouri Accountability Portal. This portal allows individuals to do a comprehensive search of databases containing financial records based on real-time data.

Posted information to the portal would include the amount, origin, and purpose of the federal grant; and amount of the grant that’s transferred to another department or division, along with the purpose of the transfer; and how the secondary recipient used the funds from that grant, as well as the impact of that use.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality video and audio clips feature Senate Bill 567 being presented to the Senate Transportation Committee.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 25, 2012: SB 464

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 464, a measure that would prohibit the establishment and operation of health insurance exchanges in Missouri unless certain criteria are met. The bill has been held over for future debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, 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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality video and audio clips feature Senate Bill 592, Senate Joint Resolution 30, Senate Joint Resolution 23, Senate Bill 467, Senate Bill 464 and Senate Bill 540.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 24, 2012: SB 592

Missouri senators spend time debating Senate Bill 592, which would modify the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. The measure has been tabled for future debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, 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, January 23, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 23, 2012: Priority Bills

Missouri senators are looking at priority legislation for the 2012 legislative session. This includes Senate Bill 454, which would make changes to the state’s education funding formula, and Senate Bill 567, which would ban texting while driving for all Missouri drivers. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Jan. 16, 2012

Missouri senators got down to business this week as numerous Senate bills were voted out of their respective committees. In addition, the first Senate bill of 2012 received initial approval from the upper chamber.

The measure,
SB 443, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, would change state law regarding the regulation of motor vehicles.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 20, 2012: Committee Hearings

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

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

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality video and audio clips feature Senate Bill 443.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 19, 2012: Committee Hearings

Missouri senators continue to hear a number of bills, on varying subjects, in committee hearings. The measures range in scope from a tax credit to bring sporting events to Missouri to a proposal that would make changes to laws relating to the sale and purchase of cigarettes by minors. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, 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.

Missouri Senate Debates First Measure of the Year

JEFFERSON CITY - The full Senate today (1-19) considered and gave initial approval to Senate Bill 443, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton. The legislation would change state law regarding the regulation of motor vehicles.


More specifically, the measure addresses intoxication-related traffic offenses by changing current state statute to comply with federal law, which allows courts and the Department of Revenue to issue limited driving privileges to repeat offenders for the purpose of driving to or from his or her place of employment, school, alcohol or drug treatment programs, and seeking the services of a certified ignition interlock device provider. Limited driving privileges may not be granted for seeking medical treatment or other circumstances that create undue hardships for the driver.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate for Jan. 18, 2012

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips include discussion of several bills heard in two Senate committees today.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 18, 2012: Budget Reaction

Missouri senators are reacting to the governor’s annual budget address to the Missouri General Assembly. Traditionally, the State of the State message outlines some of the governor’s priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. The Senate Appropriations Committee continues to meet on the budget. Lawmakers are required to have the budget delivered to the governor by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 17, 2012: SJR 27

The Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee hears testimony on Senate Joint Resolution 27, which — upon voter approval — would increase the number of commissioners on the Missouri Conservation Commission. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 13, 2012: Committee Hearings

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several bills that were heard in committee during the week, including:

  • Senate Bill 572, which would modify the law relating to workers’ compensation. (Audio: Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 592, which would modify laws relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake);
  • Senate Bill 469, which would make changes to state regulations. (Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City); and
  • Senate Bill 455, which would modify some of the duties responsibilities of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg);
  • Plus, the Senate Appropriations Committee held its first hearing of the year. (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia).

We’ve included actualities from in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 455 and Senate Joint Resolution 27.

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Jan. 9, 2012

Missouri senators completed a productive first full week of the 2012 regular session, with more than 220 bills introduced thus far in the Missouri Senate.

In addition, legislative committees began work this week to consider a wide range of Senate bills filed this session and other state matters. After bills are first introduced in the Senate, also known as “first read,” the Senate leader must assign each bill to a committee before it can move forward in the legislative process — this process is known as second reading of bills. Three measures have already been voted out of their respective committees and may be sent to the Senate for possible debate.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 12, 2012: SB 469

The Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee hears a presentation on Senate Bill 469, a measure that would make changes to the way regulations are written and how often they would need review. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate for Jan. 11, 2012

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips include discussion of Senate Bill 469 in the Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee from today.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 11, 2012: SB 572

The Missouri Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 572, which would modify the law relating to workers’ compensation. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the first hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee and testimony on Senate Bill 572 and Senate Bill 592.

The Senate Minute for Jan. 10, 2012: Committee Hearings

Some of the first committee hearings of the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will be held this week, including the Senate Appropriations Committee, which met today (1.10.12). Committee hearings comprise the bulk of Missouri senators’ time during the early weeks of the legislative 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.

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 9, 2012: Priority Issues

Missouri senators begin the first full week of the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The bulk of the work this week will take place in committees, with several hearings already on the calendar. 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.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Jan. 2, 2012

Missouri senators assembled for the 96th General Assembly, Second Regular Session, at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4. As the day began, the Senate President Pro Tem pinpointed several legislative priorities in his opening day address, including passing a balanced budget without issuing a tax increase, creating quality jobs with benefits and reforming Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation Law, and providing Missourians with a top-notch education.

More than 200 measures were first read in the upper chamber before senators adjourned for the week. Several of those bills have already been assigned to their respective
legislative committees. Committee hearings are scheduled to begin next week. To view the Senate’s committee schedule, visit www.senate.mo.gov and click on the “Senate Hearing” link.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 6, 2012: Session Begins

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the opening day of the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The session began on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Many of the concerns of Missouri senators are similar to those of past sessions, including the budget, job creation and economic development. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter; Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence; and Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, 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.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 5, 2012: Priorities

For Missouri senators, job creation and the economy remain at the top of the priority list. The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly began yesterday (1.4.12). Committee hearings will start next week. We’ve included actualities from Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle discussing the 2012 legislative session and Senate Leader Mayer's opening day address.

Senators Return to Jefferson City for 2012 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers in the Missouri Senate convened today for the 96th General Assembly, Second Regular Session, which began at noon. The 34 members of the upper chamber utilized the opening day of session to listen to the Senate President Pro Tem’s address and introduce legislation for the 2012 session.

Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, carried on with tradition as he announced the chamber’s legislative priorities for the year, including passing a balanced budget without raising taxes; promoting economic development and commerce and reforming Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation law; and revising the state’s school foundation formula and addressing recent announcements regarding school accreditations to ensure a world-class education for all Missouri students.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 4, 2012: Session Begins

Now that the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly is underway, focus for many Missouri senators is already turning toward the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The next fiscal year will start on July 1, 2012. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee say the state could face an approximate $500 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year. 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.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Senate Minute for Jan. 3, 2012: Session Preview

The Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly will begin at noon tomorrow (1/4/12). Already, 150 measures have been prefiled by Missouri senators, including Senate Bill 438 (which would bar employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices) and Senate Bill 463 (which would increase the fine for seat belt violations from $10 to $50). 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.