Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 31, 2012: Education

Missouri senators consider education to be another of their priorities, and this was evident during the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. 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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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Veterans’ Funding Legislation Overwhelmingly Passed by Senate Receives Governor’s Signature

JEFFERSON CITY — Just days following Memorial Day, veterans’ legislation designed to create a dedicated funding source for the state’s veterans’ homes was signed into law during numerous ceremonial events throughout the Show-Me State. The measure received unanimous approval in the Missouri Senate.

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The Senate Minute for May 30, 2012: Reflection

Missouri senators weigh the importance of economic development legislation as they reflect on the just-completed legislative session. Also, the governor has signed House Bill 1731 into law. The measure addresses veterans’ home funding. 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, May 29, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 29, 2012: Reflection

Leadership in the Missouri Senate continues to reflect on this year’s legislative session. 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.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Senate Bills Debated Throughout the Year Now on the Way to the Governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Last week, the Capitol Briefing focused on legislation approved by the General Assembly during its final week of session. Highlighted in these next two columns are additional bills that made their way to the legislative finish line and are now await the governor’s signature. This week’s focus is on Senate bills.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 24, 2012: Final Day

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 749, which would provide certain protections for the religious beliefs and moral convictions of certain persons and health care entities (Audio: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);
  • Senate Bill 625, which would modify how funds are transferred between retirement systems for state employees (Audio: Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City);
  • House Bill 1789, which would change the laws relating to travel hardships for public school students (Audio: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City);
  • House Bill 1900, which would modify numerous state statutes, including changing the laws regarding executive branch reorganization, tax increment financing, annexation, employees, service dogs and accessible parking (Audio: Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown);
  • House Bill 1534, which would declare the Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the U.S. Constitution and would create criminal penalties for enforcing the act (Audio: Sen. Justus);
  • House Bill 1442, which would create procedures for filing vacancies (Audio: Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla); and
  • House Bill 1526, which would change the laws regarding school personnel (Audio: Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City).

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

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Capitol Dialogue for May 2012: Budget

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along four lawmakers, appear on the May edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; Rep. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City; and Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, talk about Missouri’s $24 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget was passed on May 10, 2012, and FY 2013 will start on July 1, 2012.

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The Senate Minute for May 24, 2012: HB 1442 and HB 1526

Missouri senators debate House Bill 1442, which would create procedures for filing vacancies, and House Bill 1526, which would change the laws regarding school personnel. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 23, 2012: HB 1900 and HB 1534

Missouri senators send to the governor House Bill 1900, which would modify numerous statutes, but not House Bill 1534, which would have declared the Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the U.S. Constitution and would have created criminal penalties for enforcing the act.

We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, 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, May 22, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 22, 2012: SB 625 and HB 1789

Among the measures sent to the governor are Senate Bill 625, which would modify fund transfers between retirement systems, modify retirement for certain public officials and set interest paid on member contributions at T-Bill rates; and House Bill 1789, which would change the laws regarding travel hardships for public school students. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 21, 2012: SB 749

During the final day of the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, Missouri senators send to the governor Senate Bill 749, a measure that would provide protection for the religious beliefs and moral convictions of certain persons and health care entities. 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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Friday, May 18, 2012

Updated Audio and Video Clips for May 18, 2012

Audio and Video clips, as updated at 9:00 p.m., include remarks from the end-of-session press conference with members of Missouri Senate leadership and b-roll from the floor of the Missouri Senate.
Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips page.

Senators Conclude Session by Sending More Than 110 Bills to the Governor

JEFFERSON CITY - Before the final gavel fell on the 2012 legislative session at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, the Missouri Senate gave its final approval to numerous measures, many of which were passed this week, sending them to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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Daily A/V Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate regarding Senate Bill 566, Senate Bill 625, Senate Bill 749, House Bill 1789 and House Bill 1051. Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips page.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 18, 2012: Final Week

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • House Bill 1402, an omnibus transportation bill;
  • House Bill 1403, which would modify the law relating to workers’ compensation;
  • House Bill 1540, a measure that would change the law relating to co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases; and
  • House Bill 1361, which would allow broadband service providers or rural electric cooperatives to attach, maintain and operate their equipment on another utility pole.

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

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate's consideration of House Bill 2099, House Bill 1526, House Concurrent Resolution 33 and final approval of Senate Bill 469. Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips page.

The Senate Minute for May 17, 2012: HB 1540

Missouri senators give final passage to House Bill 1540, a measure that would change the law relating to co-employee liability in workers’ compensation cases. 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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Senate Bills Move to the Governor in the Final Week of Session

JEFFERSON CITY — With one day left before the end of the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, those serving in the upper chamber remain focused on passing Senate bills through the Legislature and on to the governor’s desk for his approval. In just two days, the Senate has delivered several bills to the highest member of the executive branch, with many more Senate and House measures waiting in the wings.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate regarding House Bill 1540, House Bill 1659 and House Bill 1865. Click here to view the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips Page.

The Senate Minute for May 16, 2012: HB 1361

Missouri senators debate House Bill 1361, a measure that would allow telecommunications and broadband service providers or rural electric cooperatives to attach, maintain and operate their equipment on another's pole under specified terms and conditions. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature floor debate on House Bill 1403, House Bill 1361 and House Bill 1174. Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips page.

The Senate Minute for May 15, 2012: HB 1403

Missouri senators debate House Bill 1403, 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.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 14, 2012: HB 1402

Missouri senators debate House Bill 1402, an omnibus transportation bill. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, and Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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April 2012 Missouri Legislative Update

April 2012This episode of Missouri Legislative Update features the Senate's work on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget and several pieces of legislation approved by the House.  We also highlight measures related to education, elections and social services.  Also, two lawmakers travel to South America for a trade agreement between Missouri and Brazil, plus the 2011 - 2012 Mizzou Men's Basketball team visits the State Capitol. You can watch the full episode by visiting the Senate Newsroom's Missouri Legislative Update page.

Friday, May 11, 2012

This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 11, 2012: Budget

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

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

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Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of May 7, 2012

Numerous budget bills that comprise Missouri’s operating budget for FY 2013, which begins on July 1, were considered carefully in various conference committees this week. After ironing out differences between the Senate and House regarding HB 2002-HB 2013, the $24 billion budget is now on its way to the governor one day before its constitutional deadline of 6 p.m. on May 11.

Elementary & Secondary Education

House Bill 2002
includes $3.009 billion for the state’s school foundation formula, $99.8 million to transport students to and from the classroom, $144.7 million for early childhood special education, $50 million for vocational education, and $15 million for early childhood development. The total amount allocated for elementary and secondary education funding for FY 2013 is $5.4 billion.

Higher Education

The $1.2 billion allocated in
HB 2003 includes $33 million for the A+ Schools Program, $13.3 million for the Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program, and $57.8 million for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Fund.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 1402 and House Bill 2011. Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips page.

Upper Chamber Gives Its Final Approval to State's Operating Budget for FY 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Approximately one week after members of the General Assembly were named to the various conference committees established to work out the differences on many of the bills that make up the state’s budget, the Missouri Senate gave its final approval today (5-10) to the core measures that provide funding for the state’s most vital departments and programs. Lawmakers were able to deliver HB 2002-HB 2013 to the governor for his approval one day before the Legislature’s constitutional deadline to pass the state’s $24 billion operating budget.


Elementary & Secondary Education

HB 2002 includes $3.009 billion for the state’s school foundation formula, $99.8 million to transport students to and from the classroom, $144.7 million for early childhood special education, $50 million for vocational education, and $15 million for early childhood development. The total amount allocated for elementary and secondary education funding for FY 2013 is $5.4 billion.

Higher Education

The $1.2 billion allocated in HB 2003 includes $33 million for the A+ Schools Program, $13.3 million for the Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program, and $57.8 million for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Fund.

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The Senate Minute for May 10, 2012: HB 1731

Missouri senators approve House Bill 1731, which would change the way money from the Missouri Lottery and Gaming Commission Fund is distributed. The measure now returns to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor debate on House Bill 1731, a measure that would change the way money from the Missouri Lottery and Gaming Commission Fund is distributed. Click here to visit the Senate's Daily Audio/Video Clips page.

The Senate Minute for May 9, 2012: Successful Legislation

Missouri senators send several measures to the governor, as the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly rolls toward its May 18, 2012, adjournment. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Several Senators Assigned to Conference Committeess This Week

JEFFERSON CITY — Members of the upper chamber today (5-8) were named to serve on several conference committees established to work out differences between the Senate and House on various legislation moving through the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 569, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, would change Missouri’s law relating to elections.  The bill was originally introduced in the Senate as a measure that would change the dates available for elections.  Now the legislation includes provisions that would modify how vacancies are filled by the governor in statewide offices and the office of U.S. Senator, and require election judges to swear that they will support and defend the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, among other provisions.

Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington; Sen. Kraus; Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville; and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, as well as five members from the Missouri House, were selected to serve on the conference committee on SB 569.

The Senate Minute for May 8, 2012: SB 498 and 762

Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 498, which would prohibit cities from restricting veterans’ organizations from operating resale shops in certain areas. The measure is tabled for further debate. Senate Bill 762 is another measure that could be debated on the Missouri Senate floor yet this session. The charter schools proposal received approval from the Senate Education Committee earlier 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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Monday, May 07, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 7, 2012: Pending Legislation

There are two weeks remaining in the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, with several measures making their way through the Legislature, including Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget. 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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Friday, May 04, 2012

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of April 30, 2012

With only two full weeks remaining of the 2012 legislative session, which will draw to a close on Friday, May 18, Missouri senators offered their consideration to numerous bills this week. In addition, several bills were sent to the governor for his signature.

Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed

Handled by the Senate Appropriations chairman,
HB 2001, the first of 13 budget bills addressing the FY 2013 operating budget, would addresses public debt and appropriate more than $47.6 million to the Board of Fund Commissioners.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for May 4, 2012: Key Legislation

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 568, which contains several provisions relating to motor vehicles;
  • House Bill 1331, which addresses state employee retirement;
  • House Bill 1039, which would allow retirees of the Missouri Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LAGERS) to deduct health insurance or long-term care insurance premiums from their retirement;
  • House Bill 1623, which would modify provisions relating to political subdivisions; and
  • Conference committee work on Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget.

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

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Senate Minute for May 3, 2012: HB 1039 and HB 1623

Missouri senators send to the governor House Bill 1039, which would allow retirees of the Missouri Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LAGERS) to deduct health insurance or long-term care insurance premiums from their retirement, and debate House Bill 1623, which would modify provisions relating to political subdivisions. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, 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, May 02, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 1039 and House Bill 1623. Click here to view the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio/Video Clips Page.

The Senate Minute for May 2, 2012: 2013 Budget

Missouri Senate and House conferees have been named for the conference committee that will iron differences between the two chambers on Missouri’s $24 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senators Named to Conference Committee Formed to Iron Out Chambers' Differences in State Budget

JEFFERSON CITY — Members from the upper chamber were recently named to serve on the conference committee that will consider final negotiations on many of the bills that make up Missouri’s $24 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia; Sen. Dan. Brown, R-Rolla; Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, will serve on the conference committees for HB 2002-2013.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 1331 and the motion to grant a conference committee with the House regarding the 13 budget bills that encompass the state's $24 billion operating budget. Click here to visit the Senate Newsroom's Daily Audio and Video Clips Page.

The Senate Minute for May 1, 2012: HB 1331

Missouri senators debate House Bill 1331, a measure that would revise the computation of the accrued benefits when an employee transfers creditable service between the State Employees' Retirement System and the Department of Transportation Retirement System. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City; Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake; and Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, 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.