Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Daily Audio/Video Clips Available from the Missouri Senate for Feb. 29, 2012

Clips include SB 869 (would modify provisions pertaining to the Public Service Commission, Office of Public Counsel and nuclear plant development cost recovery), SB 762 (would modify provisions relating to alternative educational procedures for charter schools).

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 29, 2012: SB 568

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 568, legislation that would expand the state’s “Move Over” Law and increase penalties for moving violations and traffic offenses that occur within an active emergency zone. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 28, 2012: Redistricting and SB 762

Missouri senators continue to watch developments in redistricting. As they do, they are also debating bills on the Senate floor and hearing them presented in committee. Among the proposals is Senate Bill 762, a measure that would modify provisions relating to alternative educational procedures for charter schools. 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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New Daily Audio/Video Clips Available from the Missouri Senate for Feb. 28, 2012

Clips include SB 852 (would place newly hired St. Louis City firemen into a new retirement system if the city adopts a new system), SB 655 (would create the "Higher Education Capital Fund"), and SB 568 (would expand the Move Over Law and increase penalities for violations within an active emergency zone.
 
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Senate Gives Initial Approval to Legislation Designed to Assist Capital Improvement Projects for Public Higher Education Institutions

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers in the Missouri Senate today (2-28) considered legislation that would assist higher education institutions with funding capital improvement projects. Senate Bill 655, sponsored by Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, would create the “Higher Education Capital Fund” to provide matching funds to public colleges and universities for capital projects.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 27, 2012: SB 492

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 492, legislation that would modify the retirement benefits formula for members of the Missouri General Assembly and statewide elected officials who first take office on or after Jan. 1, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 24, 2012: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 773, which would modify the filing period for the August 2012 state primary election;
  • Senate Bill 749, which would provide protections for religious beliefs regarding the imposition of certain health care services, such as abortion, contraception or sterilization;
  • Senate Joint Resolution 26, which — upon voter approval — proposes a constitutional amendment to create term limits for all statewide elected officials;
  • Senate Bill 752, which would authorize the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to form a public-private partnership to develop and operate I-70 as a toll road; and
  • Senate Bill 744, which would require video surveillance of all public spaces within the State Capitol.

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

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 549, Senate Joint Resolution 26 and Senate Bill 773.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 23, 2012: SB 752

The Senate Transportation Committee hears Senate Bill 752, a measure that would authorize the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to form a public-private partnership to finance, develop and operate I-70 as a toll road. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 22, 2012: SB 749

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 749, a measure that would provide protections for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception or sterilization. The bill has been tabled for future debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature SB 744, SB 752, SB 484, SB 492, SB 661 and the first meeting of the Senate Special Committee on Social Service Program Savings.

Legislation Pertaining to Temporary Boating Licenses, Missouri's No-Call List and Retirement Benefits for Elected Officials Considered in the Senate

The Missouri Senate considered legislation that would allow out-of-state residents to legally operate a rented watercraft in Missouri (SB 719), change the state's no-call list and create "paid for by" requirements for political phone calls (SB 484), and modify retirement benefits for elected officials (SB 492).

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature floor debate regarding Senate Joint Resolution 26, Senate Bill 457 and Senate Bill 749.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 21, 2012: Transportation

Transportation is becoming a priority for many of Missouri’s 34 state senators. Funding has become a key element, and this is reflected in a proposal that would allow a private-public partnership to be formed to help rebuild I-70 through Missouri. Senate Bill 752 will be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee this 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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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 20, 2012: Varying Legislation

Missouri senators continue to debate and introduce legislation. The Senate has sent Senate Bill 572 to the Missouri House. The measure addresses workers’ compensation issues. Another bill, Senate Bill 762, looks at charter schools in Missouri. This proposal is awaiting a committee hearing. 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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Friday, February 17, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 17, 2012: Pressing Issues

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 773, which would postpone the current filing period for this year’s elections by one month, starting on March 27, instead of Feb. 28;
  • Senate Bill 572, which would change current laws relating to workers’ compensation;
  • Senate Bill 469, which would require a periodic review of all state regulations;
  • Senate Bill 611, which would require MoDOT to establish minimal change interval times for intersections;
  • Senate Bill 743, which would exempt motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet while driving;
  • Senate Bill 705, which would change the law regarding how funds from the Breast Cancer Awareness special license plate are used;
  • Senate Bill 717, which would create a traffic offense for distracted driving; and
  • Senate Bill 516, which would modify provisions regarding gubernatorial appointments.

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

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Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Feb. 13, 2012

Before adjourning for the week, Missouri senators gave their stamp of approval to numerous measures. The bills are on their way to the House of Representatives for possible debate.

Among the initiatives that received Senate approval was a measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield.
Senate Bill 469 would require a periodic review of all administrative rules and modify provisions regarding the awarding of certain fees in administrative actions.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 654, Senate Bill 677, Senate Bill 611 and Senate Bill 469.

Senate Delivers Several Measures to the House of Representatives

JEFFERSON CITY - Before adjourning for the week, the Missouri Senate gave its final approval today (2-16) to numerous bills, sending them to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, sponsors Senate Bill 572, which addresses protections for co-employees who are at risk of personal lawsuits for their role in honest accidents at work, among other provisions. The act would make occupational disease exclusively covered under Missouri’s workers’ compensation system. This includes toxic exposure that causes health-related illness or death to workers.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 16, 2012: SB 773

Missouri senators give final approval to Senate Bill 773, a measure that would change the filing period for the August 2012 primary election to run from March 27-April 24, 2012. The measure now moves to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature SJR 47, SJR 39, SB 743, SB 705, SB 717, SB 516 and SB 773.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 15, 2012: SB 572

Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 572, a measure that would modify the law relating to workers’ compensation. The proposal still needs a second positive vote before it would move onto the Missouri House for similar consideration. 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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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature SB 469, SB 611, SB 594, SB 699, SB 727, SB 790, SB 572, SB 749 and SB 657.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 14, 2012: SB 773 and 603

The Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 773, which would establish a March 27 to April 24 filing period for the 2012 state primary election, and Senate Bill 603, which would establish an advanced voting system for elections. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Lawmakers Debate Legislation Designed to Address Obsolete, Duplicative and Overlapping State, Federal and Local Rules

JEFFERSON CITY - In the Senate’s continuation to find ways to operate a more streamlined and efficient government, members of the upper chamber considered legislation Monday (2-13) that would require a periodic review of all administrative rules and modify provisions regarding the awarding of certain fees in administrative actions.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 773, Senate Bill 603 and Senate Bill 710 being presented to members of the Senate Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 13, 2012: Education Funding

As the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly continues, more of the pressing issues facing lawmakers are coming to the Missouri Senate floor. This includes education funding. 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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Friday, February 10, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 10, 2012: Floor Debate

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 752, which would allow a public-private partnership to rebuild Interstate 70;
  • Senate Bill 469, which would require a periodic review of all administrative rules;
  • Senate Joint Resolution 29, which – upon voter approval – would amend the constitution to shorten the legislative session by several weeks;
  • Senate Bill 773, which would move back the filing period for candidates in this year’s elections;
  • Senate Bill 455, which would make several changes to higher education; and
  • Senate Bill 589, which would allow cities using red-light cameras to distribute traffic fines to their local school districts for transportation purposes.

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

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Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Feb. 6, 2012

The Missouri Senate sent multiple bills to the House this week for consideration, and offered its first-round approval to various measures.

One of the bills sent over to the House this week was legislation that would change state law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) and employment discrimination. 

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 9, 2012: SB 773 and 589

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 773, a measure that would postpone the filing dates for this year’s elections, and Senate Bill 589, a measure that would change where fines — that come from red light cameras — could be distributed. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senate Moves Legislation Forward before Adjourning for the Week

JEFFERSON CITY - Before the Missouri Senate wrapped up its work for the week, today (2-9) lawmakers gave their first-round approval to a bill that would prohibit cities from restricting veterans organizations from operating resale shops in certain areas. They also sent a measure over to the House that would waive the motorcycle roads skills test for members of the Armed Forces who have successfully completed certain military motorcycle rider training courses.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

New Audio/Video Cuts Available from the Missouri Senate for Feb. 8, 2012

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature Senate Bill 504, Senate Bill 719, Senate Bill 773, Senate Bill 455 and Senate Bill 589.

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Missouri Legislative Update for January 2012

In the first episode of Missouri Legislative Update for 2012, the Senate and House of Representatives begin a new legislative session. You'll see lawmakers' reaction to the governor's State of the State address, legislators start the session by approving several measures and lawmakers - and special guests - celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 8, 2012: SJR 29

Missouri senators debate Senate Joint Resolution 29, which would end the regular legislative session at the end of March. The session currently runs until mid-May. 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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Senate Delivers Measure to the House and Several Bills Receive Upper Chamber's Initial Approval

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate today (2-8) gave its final approval to a measure that would change state law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) and employment discrimination. Employment provisions found in the MHRA make it illegal to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age or disability.

Sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, Senate Bill 592 changes the standard for proof under the Missouri Human Rights Act for discrimination lawsuits, putting Missouri in line with federal law. Currently, state law requires workers to prove that discrimination is a contributing factor in a discrimination lawsuit against the employer. Legislation currently under consideration in the Senate would change this to a motivating factor, the same standard laid out in the federal Civil Rights Act.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature Senate Bill 752, Senate Bill 469, Senate Joint Resolution 29, Senate Concurrent Resolution 19 and Senate Bill 605.

The Senate Minute for Feb. 7, 2012: SB 469

Missouri senators resume debate on Senate Bill 469, a measure that would require a periodic review of all administrative rules. 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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Monday, February 06, 2012

The Senate Minute for Feb. 6, 2012: Job Creation

The top priority for most Missouri senators is job creation and economic development. Senators say they agree that education is also necessary, in order for job creation to take shape effectively. 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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Friday, February 03, 2012

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of Jan. 30, 2012

Bills continue to make their way to the floor while the Senate sends more legislation to the House for consideration this week.

To put the matter of a health insurance exchange in the people’s hands,
SB 464, sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, would prohibit the establishment, creation, or operation of a state-based health insurance exchange, unless the Legislature or an act of the people, such as an initiative petition or referendum, created it. The act specifically prohibits the governor from establishing an exchange by executive order.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Feb. 3, 2012: Priority Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 451, which would establish the "Sharing of Services and Increasing Efficiencies Act"; Senate Bill 434, which would modify procedures for changes in school district boundary lines; and Senate Bill 581, which would modify provisions relating to school district boundary line changes, school accreditation and employment of retired teachers under certain circumstances;
  • Senate Bill 727, which would create the “Low-Wage Trap Elimination Act;"
  • Senate Bill 592, which would modify the law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination; and
  • Senate Bill 464, which would prohibit the establishment and operation of health insurance exchanges in Missouri unless certain criteria are met.

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

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Senators returned to the floor Thursday (2-2) morning. Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, sponsors Senate Bill 464, a measure that would prohibit the establishment and operation of health insurance exchanges in Missouri unless certain criteria are met. The measure was approved and now moves to the House for similar consideration.

Bill that Could Give Voters a Choice on Health Insurance Exchanges Approved by Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Bill 464, sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, received final approval from the Senate today (2-2), sending it over to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration.  His legislation would prohibit the establishment and operation of health insurance exchanges in Missouri, unless certain criteria are met, such as approval by Missouri voters.

Health insurance exchanges are state-regulated, standardized health care plans that allow individuals to purchase health insurance.  These exchanges are scheduled for launch by states across the nation in 2014.

Senate Bill 464 would prohibit the establishment, creation or operation of a state-based health insurance exchange unless the exchange is created by a legislative act, an initiative petition or referendum.  More specifically, the act prohibits the establishment of an exchange by an executive order issued by the governor.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 2, 2012: SB 727 and 592

Missouri senators continue to introduce legislation on the Senate floor. Senate Bill 727 is one such proposal. It would enact the “Low-Wage Trap Elimination Act.” Senators are also debating legislation, including Senate Bill 592, which has now gained first-round approval. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate for Feb. 1, 2012

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature introduction of Senate Bill 727 and debate on Senate Bill 592.

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The Senate Minute for Feb. 1, 2012: SB 434, 451 and 581

The Senate General Laws Committee hears three measures relating to school districts and their boundary lines (Senate Bills 451, 434 and 581). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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