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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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 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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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.

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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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 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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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.

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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