Friday, March 29, 2013

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 29, 2013: Second Half

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 20, which would modify provisions of laws relating to certain benevolent tax credits (Audio: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);
  • Senate Bill 116, a measure that would modify the law relating to uniformed military and overseas voters (Audio: Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis);
  • Senate Bill 61, which would require the Missouri State Auditor to compare the costs of death penalty cases — as well as first-degree murder cases — in which the death penalty is not sought (Audio: Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue); and
  • Senate Bill 178, which would modify provisions relating to safety at state mental health facilities (Audio: Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City).

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

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The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of March 25, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Senate rounded out the legislative week by sending to the governor for his signature a supplemental budget bill (HB 14) totaling $219 million that would provide funding for the remaining months in Fiscal Year 2013 for programs including the School Food Services Program, School Age Child Care Program, Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, and the Rail Program under the Department of Transportation, among others. Lawmakers in the Senate also advanced several measures to the House of Representatives this week.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 28, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 350, Senate Bill 161 and Senate Bill 289.

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The Senate Minute for March 28, 2013: SB 178

Jefferson City — Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 178, which would modify provisions relating to safety at state mental health facilities. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 27, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 35, Senate Bill 178, Senate Bill 230 and Senate Bill 262.

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The Senate Minute for March 27, 2013: SB 61

Jefferson City — Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 61, which would require the Missouri State Auditor to compare the costs of death penalty cases — as well as first-degree murder cases — in which the death penalty is not sought. The measure has been set aside for future debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 26, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature floor action on Senate Bill 116 and Senate Bill 61. Also, we highlight the presenation of Senate Bill 367 to members of the Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee.

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The Senate Minute for March 26, 2013: SB 116

Jefferson City — Senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 116, a measure that would modify the law relating to uniformed military and overseas voters. The legislation still needs another vote before it could move to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 25, 2013: SB 20

Jefferson City — Missouri senators are back in Jefferson City to begin the second half of the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. The session will conclude on May 17, 2013. Among the measures now awaiting the governor’s signature is Senate Bill 20, which would modify provisions of law regarding certain benevolent tax credits. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Mid-Session Review: Senate Swiftly Moves Bills Through Upper Chamber

JEFFERSON CITY – Many of the lawmakers in the Missouri Senate spent this week back home in their legislative districts meeting with constituents and sharing their work regarding the first half of the 2013 legislative session with citizens. Information highlighted in this Capitol Briefing detail measures that were delivered to the governor for his approval, advanced out of the Senate and on to the House of Representatives for its consideration, and scheduled for hearings in Senate committees.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 21, 2013: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the highlights of the first half of the 2013 legislative session, and what is ahead for lawmakers when they return to the Capitol on Monday, March 25, 2013. The First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly will conclude at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale; and Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 21, 2013: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — Taxes have played a central role in most legislation debated by Missouri senators, so far, this session. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on March 25. The session will end on May 17, 2013, at 6 pm. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 20, 2013: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — In addition to the budget, there will be others pieces of legislation that will be considered when Missouri senators return from their mid-session recess next week. There are still a number of bills to be heard in committee, plus some House bills to consider, before senators start on the next budget. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 19, 2013: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — While many priority bills have been sent either to the Missouri House or to the governor, others await time on the Missouri Senate floor. Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City on Monday, March 25, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 18, 2013: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — Missouri senators reach the midpoint of the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. Lawmakers are back in their districts this week, and will return to Jefferson City on March 25, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Senate Minority Floor Leader 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’s website.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for the Week of March 11, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY – Before lawmakers made their way back to their respective legislative districts for the General Assembly’s annual spring recess, the Legislature gave its final approval to various measures — moving these Senate bills to the governor for his signature — that address certain benevolent tax credits, and would spur economic development through various tax credits.  Lawmakers in the Senate also advanced bills to the House regarding public employees’ dues and fees taken from paychecks, as well as personal and corporate income tax reform.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 15, 2013

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 29, which would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and require consent for withholding earnings from paychecks (Audio: Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla);
  • Senate Bill 26, which would modify laws regarding taxation (Audio: Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 148, which relates to salvaged vehicle titles in Missouri (Audio: Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa);
  • Senate Bill 218, which would allow for the display of the “Honor and Remember” flag at all state buildings and parks (Audio: Sen. LeVota);
  • Senate Bill 253, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City); and
  • Senate Bill 349, which would extend benefits under the MO HealthNet program beginning in 2014 (Audio: Sen. LeVota and Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia).

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

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 14, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 20, House Bill 14, Senate Bill 29, Senate Bill 125, Senate Joint Resolution 16 and Senate Bill 224.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 14, 2013: SB 349

Jefferson City — The Senate Appropriations Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 349, which would extend benefits under the MO HealthNet program beginning in 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, and Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Senate Tax Credit Legislation Designed to Promote Economic Growth and Help Benevolent Organizations Delivered to Governor

JEFFERSON CITY – The first Senate bills voted out of the upper chamber this session are the first measures to reach the governor’s desk for his signature this year. Senate Bill 20, 15 & 19, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin; and Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, respectively, would modify various provisions in state law regarding certain benevolent tax credits. In addition, Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, would create a tax credit to attract amateur sporting events to the Show-Me State.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 13, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 26 and Senate bill 349.

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The Senate Minute for March 13, 2013: SB 26

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give final approval to Senate Bill 26, which would modify laws regarding taxation. The measure is now in the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Income Tax Reform Measure Moves to House

JEFFERSON CITY – By a vote of 23-11, members of the Missouri Senate gave their final approval today (3-12) to Senate Bill 26, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit. The measure is designed to cut certain taxes in order to promote job growth in Missouri, one of the Senate’s legislative priorities for the 2013 legislative session.

Senate Bill 26 would lower individual and corporate state income tax by .75 percent over a five-year period, beginning with tax year 2014. Fall all tax years beginning on or after 2018, the maximum tax rate for personal income would be 5.25 percent; the maximum tax rate on corporate income would be 5.5 percent for all tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

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Daily Audio Video/Video Clips for March 12, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 253, Senate Bill 29 and Senate Joint Resolution 16.

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The Senate Minute for March 12, 2013: SB 253 and SB 29

Jefferson City — The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 253, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law. Meanwhile, Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 29, which would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and require consent for withholding earnings from paychecks. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Measure Addressing Union Paycheck Fees and Dues Advances in the Senate

JEFFERSON CITY – In the early morning hours on Tuesday (3-12), lawmakers in the Missouri Senate gave their first-round approval to a bill that would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and bar these unions from withholding earnings from their members’ paychecks.
Senate Bill 29, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, would require annual written approval from public employee union members in order to withhold earnings for dues, agency shop fees, or any other fees paid by public employee members of a labor organization.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 11, 2013: SB 148 and SB 218

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give final approval to Senate Bill 148, which relates to salvaged vehicle titles in Missouri, and Senate Bill 218, which would allow for the display of the “Honor and Remember” flag at all state buildings and parks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Video: February 2013 Missouri Legislative Update

In this edition of Missouri Legislative Update, House leaders discuss the governor’s 2013 State of the State Address. The Senate approves several pieces of legislation ranging from tax policy to gun safety training and education, and the House approves a measure dealing with voter identification. Also, we highlight the work of the Senate regarding bills dealing with K-12 and higher education in the state. Plus, Missourinet's Bob Priddy sits down with Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport. (Runtime: 29:50)

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 8, 2013: Floor Debate

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

  • Senate Bill 26, which would modify laws regarding taxation (Audio: Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);
  • Senate Bill 127, which would authorize a statewide delivery system for dental care under MO HealthNet (Audio: Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence);
  • Senate Bill 236, which would ensure a Missouri Highway Patrol fund to include money for the maintenance for all Highway Patrol vehicles, watercraft and aircraft (Audio: Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar);
  • Senate Bill 164, which would protect employees from having to disclose personal user names or passwords (Audio: Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors); and
  • Senate Bill 251, which would update provisions relating to public assistance fraud and abuse (Audio: Sen. Kraus and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City).

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

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Individual and Corporate Income Tax Measure Advances in the Senate

JEFFERSON CITY – This week in the Missouri Senate, legislators advanced a bill that includes various individual and corporate income tax reforms. In addition, senators considered legislation that addresses how dues and fees taken from certain public employees’ paychecks are used. Lawmakers in the Senate also gave their final approval to numerous bills this week before concluding their legislative work and heading back to their Senatorial districts. Such legislation would make it more difficult for thieves to get money for stolen copper and metal, make it easier for certain licensed health care professionals to offer their volunteer services, protect employees’ personal online information, and allow youth to re-enter foster care services.
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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 6, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 26, Senate Bill 218 and Senate Bill 148.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 7, 2013: SB 26

Jefferson City — Missouri senators began debate on Senate Bill 26, which would modify laws regarding taxation. The measure receives preliminary approval and still needs another vote it could move to the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 6, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 262, Senate Bill 239, Senate Bill 157, Senate Bill 36, Senate Bill 199 and Senate Bill 29.

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The Senate Minute for March 6, 2013: SB 236 and SB 164

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 236, which would ensure the Missouri Highway Patrol fund includes money for the maintenance for all vehicles, watercraft and aircraft; and Senate Bill 164, which would protect employees from having to disclose personal user names or passwords. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 5, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio/video clips feature Senate Bill 251, Senate Bill 164, Senate Bill 18, Senate Bill 236 and Senate Bill 208.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 5, 2013: SB 251

Jefferson City — Two Missouri senators hold a press conference to discuss Senate Bill 251, a measure that would update provisions relating to public assistance fraud and abuse. The legislation was heard in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on March 4, 2013. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

The Senate Minute for March 4, 2013: SB 127

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 127, which would authorize a statewide delivery system for dental care under MO HealthNet. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Friday, March 01, 2013

Senators Work Through Second Round of Winter Weather to Hit the Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY – Senators concluded the month of February by delivering to the House a measure that would change several existing tax credit programs and create new tax incentives to attract businesses to the Show-Me State. The last day of February also marked the deadline for senators to file legislation for the 2013 legislative session.
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This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 1, 2013

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

· Senate Bill 29, which would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and bars them from withholding earnings from paychecks (Audio: Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

· Senate Bill 120, which would modify provisions relating to tax credits and tax incentives (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City);

· Senate Bill 75, which would authorize school districts and charter schools to provide training and education about firearms safety and address potentially dangerous or armed intruders (Audio: Sen. Brown and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence);

· Senate Bill 176, which would designate the new I-70 bridge crossing the Mississippi River as the “Stan Musial Memorial Bridge” and designate a portion of I-70 as the “Andy Gammon Memorial Highway” (Audio: Sen. Schmitt and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City).

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Brad Bashore.
 
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