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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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, 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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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 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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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, 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.

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of May 28, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Last week’s Capitol Briefing highlighted Senate bills that passed the legislative finish line and were sent to the governor for his signature. This week’s report focuses on House bills slated to become law.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 1, 2012: Reflection

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the legislative successes during the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly, including economic development, education funding and the Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget. 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 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.