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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 31, 2014: Session Preview

JEFFERSON CITY—This Week in the Missouri Senate review how oftentimes, legislation that is unsuccessful one session may be introduced again the following year. And, sometimes it may be years before a measure reaches the governor's desk. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We've included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, 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.

The Missouri Senate's Capitol Briefing for December 2014

JEFFERSON CITY—During December, lawmakers continued preparing for the upcoming legislative session of the 98th General Assembly, which begins on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at noon. Many legislators prefiled bills throughout the month, indicating their priorities for next year. Committees also met throughout the final month of interim to address current issues in the state and to draft final reports to the Legislature.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 22, 2014: Education

JEFFERSON CITY—This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews what role education could play in the upcoming legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We've included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan. Click here to listen to the report. You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting the This Week in the Missouri Senate website. The report is also available as a podcast. Right click on the "subscribe" button and choose "copy shortcut," then paste that link into your podcast player's website.

Video: December 2014 Edition of Missouri Legislative Update

December 2014 – In the last episode of Missouri Legislative Update for this year, we highlight new leadership in the Senate and House. We also review the first hearing of the Joint Committee on Government Accountability and talk to a few retiring lawmakers. Plus, Missourinet’s Bob Priddy sits down with Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, to discuss their new leadership roles and various issues regarding the Legislature.

Click here to watch the December 2014 edition of Missouri Legislative Update via YouTube.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: Dec. 25, 1848

This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews Dec. 25, 1848, the first day of the First Regular Session of the 15th General Assembly. This feature 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 Date in Missouri Senate History website. The report also is availab

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 18, 2014: Government Accountability

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the first hearing of the Joint Committee on Government Accountability. The 14-member panel held an organizational meeting on Dec. 11. By statute, the panel can meet four times next year and have a final report issued to the full Legislature no later than Jan. 15 of 2016. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, 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.

The Senate Minute for Dec. 16, 2014: Government Accountability

Jefferson City — The Joint Committee on Government Accountability holds its first hearing. The panel’s job is to look into alleged inefficiencies, fraud and misconduct in state government — in this case, related to the state’s role following a police shooting and subsequent grand jury decision in Ferguson. The committee will continue to meet next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, 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’s website.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 11, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some legislation from this past legislative session that could be introduced again next year. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start its work within the next 30 days. 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 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.

The Senate Minute for Dec. 9, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — Some legislation from this past legislative session could be introduced again next year. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start its work within the next 30 days. 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.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 4, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the philosophies that go into legislating. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Paul LeVota, 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 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.

The Senate Minute for Dec. 2, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — With one month before the start of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers are preparing strategy. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Paul LeVota, 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’s website.

Capitol Briefing: Month of November 2014: Senate Prepares for 98th General Assembly

The 2014 General Election brought little change to the makeup of the Missouri State Senate. The majority currently holds 23 seats, while the minority holds nine. Two seats are vacant. Once the election results have been certified by the Missouri Secretary of State, the majority-minority ratio in the Missouri Senate will change to 25-9.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 26, 2014: Criminal Code

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the way sentencing is handled for certain crimes, and how it may change in a few years. Even though Senate Bill 491 became law earlier this year, most of the elements of the new law won’t take effect until 2017. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield — both of whom sponsored this legislation — 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.

The Senate Minute for Nov. 25, 2014: Criminal Code

Jefferson City — The way sentencing is handled for certain crimes may change in a few years. Even though Senate Bill 491 became law earlier this year, most of the elements of the new law won’t take effect until 2017. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield — both of whom sponsored this legislation — in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 20, 2014: Education

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two education measures that may be introduced once again next year. Prefiled legislation will receive bill numbers starting on Dec. 1, 2014. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: Nov. 20, 1838

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews Nov. 20, 1838, the date marking the governor's biennial address to the Missouri Legislature. 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 Date in Missouri Senate History 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.

The Senate Minute for Nov. 18, 2014: Education

Jefferson City — A couple of education measures may be introduced once again next year. Prefiled legislation will receive bill numbers starting on Dec. 1, 2014. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 13, 2014: New Leadership

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews new leadership for the upcoming regular legislative session. Senator Tom Dempsey of St. Charles will return as Senate President Pro Tem in 2015, while Sen. Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis will take over as Senate Minority Floor Leader. We’ve included actualities from both of these senators 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.

The Senate Minute for Nov. 10, 2014: New Leadership

Jefferson City — Changes are made in Missouri Senate leadership for the upcoming legislative session. Senator Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, will return as Senate President Pro Tem in 2015, while Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, will take over as Senate Minority Floor Leader. We’ve included actualities from these two senators in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Nov. 6, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate previews some of the issues senators believe should be a part of the next legislative session. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

The Senate Minute for Nov. 4, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — The 2015 legislative session starts in only two months. As is the case most years, there are bills that do not reach the finish line and come back the following year. The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on Jan. 7, 2015. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.

Capitol Briefing for the Month of October 2014

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Missouri voters will cast their ballot for local, state and federal elections, as well as four proposed constitutional amendments, three of which originated in the General Assembly as joint resolutions.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Constitutional Amendment 2, which addresses the prosecution of sexual crimes against children, began as House Joint Resolution 16 during the 2013 legislative session, sponsored by Rep. John McCaherty, R-High Ridge, and carried in the upper chamber by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph. The measure was approved by a vote of 30-2 in the Senate, sending it to the secretary of state for inclusion on the 2014 general election ballot.
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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 30, 2014: FY 2015 Update

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews how two state senators believe the fiscal year is progressing. Fiscal Year 2015 started on July 1, and will end on June 30 of next year. This year’s budget totals $26 billion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia — who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee — and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton — who also serves on the appropriations panel — 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.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: Oct. 28, 1861

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews Oct. 28, 1861, the date marking the Legislature’s move toward secession from the Union. 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 Date in Missouri Senate History 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.

The Senate Minute for Oct. 28, 2014: FY 2015 Update

Jefferson City — A couple of Missouri senators comment on how they believe the fiscal year is progressing. Fiscal Year 2015 started on July 1, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia — who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton — who also serves on the appropriations panel — in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Click here to listen to the report.

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.