Friday, January 31, 2014

Senators Debate First Bill of the Session

JEFFERSON CITY – This week lawmakers in the upper chamber considered the first measure to move to the full Senate for debate. Numerous measures also work their way out of Senate committees for possible debate in the upper chamber. The first House bill this session also makes its way over to the Senate for its consideration.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 31, 2014: Floor Debate and Committee Hearings

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·       Senate Bill 507, which would modify the gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and vacancies in certain public offices (Audio: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield);

·       Senate Bill 787, which would create a Capital Sentencing Procedures and Protocols Commission (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·       The Senate Education Committee meets to hear several proposals relating to school accreditation and transfers (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);

·       Senate Bill 493, which would modify provisions relating to school accreditation, student transfers, and create a statewide achievement school district (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City); and

·       Missouri senators continue to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and how it relates to education (Audio: Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis). 

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Gives First-Round Approval to First Bill of the 2014 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY – Members of the Missouri Senate prove time is of the essence and perfect, or give first-round approval, to the first measure of the 2014 session. Senate Bill 507, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, changes the state’s gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and the process for filling vacancies in certain state public offices.

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Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 30, 2013

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 513 being presented to the Senate Ways and Means Committee and first-round approval of Senate Bill 507.
 
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The Senate Minute for Jan. 30, 2014: SB 493

Jefferson City — The Senate Education Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 493, which would modify provisions relating to school accreditation, student transfers, and create a statewide achievement school district. This is the sixth measure relating to school transfers heard by the panel this month. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 29, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 638, Senate Bill 647 and Senate Bill 493 being presented in committee.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 29, 2014: SBs 507 and 787

Jefferson City — Missouri senators continue to introduce legislation on the Senate floor, and also have started to debate measures. Senate Bill 507 would modify the gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and vacancies in certain public offices. Senate Bill 787 would create a Capital Sentencing Procedures and Protocols Commission. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, 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, January 28, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 28, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature SB 787, legislation that would create a Capital Sentencing Procedures and Protocols Commission, and SB 507, a measure that would modify the gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and vacancies in certain public offices.
 
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The Senate Minute for Jan. 28, 2014: 2015 Budget

Jefferson City — A week following delivery of the governor’s annual budget address, Missouri senators continue to talk about what needs to be done to ensure a balanced budget is in place by July 1, 2014, which is the beginning of the next fiscal year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 27, 2014: School Transfers

Jefferson City — The Senate Education Committee first met on Jan. 22 to hear several proposals from five St. Louis-area senators concerning transfers, and plans to hear more legislation this week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 24, 2014: Committee Hearings

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·       The Senate Appropriations Committee hears an overview of the governor’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget recommendations (Audio: Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City);

·       The Senate Ways and Means Committee considers Senate Bill 496, now combined with Senate Bill 509, which would create an individual income tax deduction for business income and phase it in over a period of five years (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City);

·       The Senate General Laws Committee hears Senate Bill 613, which would modify provisions relating to firearms (Audio: Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington);

·       Senate Concurrent Resolution 24 encourages the State Board of Education to take certain actions to address struggling school districts (Audio: Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence); and

·       The Senate Education Committee hears five proposals, each dealing with school transfers. 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Senate's Work Compares to Various Priorities Laid Out in State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY – The General Assembly gathered this week in a joint session to hear the governor’s State of the State address.  This annual speech allows the Legislature to hear legislative and budgetary priorities outlined by the state’s highest ranking executive official.  The address highlighted the need for investing in and improving all levels of education and promoting job growth while maintaining a balanced budget, areas of common ground in the Missouri Senate.

One day after listening to the governor’s State of the State address, senators returned to the House chamber to hear Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell deliver her State of the Judiciary address.  The speech marked the 40thanniversary of the first State of the Judiciary address.  In this year’s speech, Chief Justice Russell highlighted the Senate’s work on legislation designed to overhaul Missouri’s criminal code, stating “sensible efforts at streamlining our criminal code are warranted.”

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 23, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate Education Committee, floor discussion from Thursday and Senate Concurrent Resolution 21.

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The Senate Minute for Jan. 23, 2014: FY 2015 Budget

Jefferson City — The Senate Appropriations Committee holds its first meeting of the year to hear an overview of the governor’s Fiscal Year 2015 proposal. The budget has to be completed by May. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 22, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Joint Resolution 28.
 
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The Senate Minute for Jan. 22, 2014: SB 613 and SCR 24

Jefferson City — Committee hearings progress in the Missouri Senate. The Senate General Laws Committee hears Senate Bill 613, which would modify provisions relating to firearms. Also, senators continue to introduce bills on the Missouri Senate floor. For instance, Senate Concurrent Resolution 24 encourages the State Board of Education to take certain actions to address struggling school districts. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 21, 2014: SB 496

Jefferson City — Missouri senators continue to hear legislation in committee. The Senate Ways and Means Committee hears Senate Bill 496, which would create an individual income tax deduction for business income and phase it in over a five-year period. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Lawmakers in Upper Chamber Prepare for State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY – Members of the General Assembly begin planning for the next fiscal year budget long before the governor outlines his fiscal priorities in his annual State of the State address each year.

Article IV, Section 9, in the Missouri Constitution states, “The governor shall, at the commencement of each session of the general assembly, at the close of his term of office, and at such other times as he may deem necessary, give to the general assembly information as to the state of the government, and shall recommend to its consideration such measures as he shall deem necessary and expedient. On extraordinary occasions he may convene the general assembly by proclamation, wherein he shall state specifically each matter on which action is deemed necessary.”

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Senate Committees Begin Their Work Considering Bills Filed for 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – Members of Senate committees attend hearings this week and listen to testimony on some of this session’s top priority legislation, including tax reform and the state’s criminal code. Senators also continue to file legislation for the 2014 legislative session.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 17, 2014: Committee Hearings

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·         Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law, heard by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·         Senate Bill 492, which would require the cooperative development of a university resource allocation model that incorporates performance funding for public four-year institutions of higher education, heard by the Senate Education Committee (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg);

·         Senate Bill 507 and Senate Joint Resolution 30, which are both related to vacancies in elected offices, department directors positions, boards and commissions. These were heard by the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee (Audio: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence); and

·         Budding issues in the early stages of the 2014 legislative session (Audio: Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Sen. Justus; Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar; and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis).
 
This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 15, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 492, higher education performance funding, and Senate Bill 496, related to tax deductions for business income.
 
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The Senate Minute for Jan. 16, 2014: Committee Hearings

Jefferson City — Some of the more significant measures of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly were heard this week in committee, including Senate Bill 491 (seeks to modify provisions relating to criminal law) and Senate Bill 492 (higher education funding formula). We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 15, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on Senate Bill 491, a measure that would modify provisions relating to criminal law in Missouri.
 
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The Senate Minute for Jan. 15, 2014: Vacancies

Jefferson City — The Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee holds its first hearing of the year. The panel heard Senate Bill 507 and Senate Joint Resolution 30, which are both related to vacancies in elected offices, department directors’ positions, and boards and commissions. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 14, 2014: Legislative Priorities

Jefferson City — While each Missouri senator has his or her own legislative priority, all senators agree there are certain themes and issues that will take precedent over others during the regular session. As the second week of session continues, committee hearings are also underway. 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.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 13, 2014: Taxes

Jefferson City — As Missouri senators prepare for the first committee hearings of 2014, they’re also talking about what role tax reform will play in the legislative session. A proposal to cut the state income tax was vetoed by the governor last year. The Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry; Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence; and Education panels are all scheduled to meet this week. 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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Friday, January 10, 2014

School Transfer Law and Criminal Code Top Joint Legislative Priorities While Tax Reform and Medicaid Expansion Remain Separate Focus in the Senate

JEFFERSON CITY – Senators jumped right into business on the first day of the 2014 regular legislative session, introducing the more than 190 measures prefiled back in December. Nearly 35 pieces of legislation were added to this list throughout the week. Upon conclusion of lawmakers’ work this week, more than 50 of these measures were referred to their respective committees, which will begin meeting next week to hold hearings on assigned bills.

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This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 10, 2014: Session Begins

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the start of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, which began on Jan. 8. Tax reform, education and Medicaid reform are among the issues lawmakers may address this year. The session will conclude on May 16, 2014. 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; Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton; Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 9, 2014: Session Begins

Jefferson City — As the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly begins, some Missouri senators are taking note of the differences in priorities between the upper chamber and the Missouri House. Among these is an effort to pass a “Right to Work” law. 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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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 8, 2014: Session Begins

Jefferson City — The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly is officially underway. The 2014 legislative session started today (1-8) at noon. Lawmakers remain focused on a myriad of issues, from tax reform to the budget to Medicaid reform. 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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Audio/Video Clips for Jan. 8, 2014

Streaming and broadcast audio and video clips feature Senate leaders answering questions by members of the media and B-Roll from the opening day of session in the Senate.

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Senators' Shared Priorities Top the List for the 2014 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY — As the cold, arctic air moves out of the Midwest, focus now turns to the first day of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly.  Lawmakers in the Senate are eager to begin their work in Jefferson City, and agree tackling Missouri’s school transfer law and revising the state’s criminal code are some of the top priorities for the 2014 legislative session. 

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 7, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — Lawmakers are on their way to Jefferson City, in anticipation of the start of the next regular session. Items such as tax reform and the budget are on the minds of Missouri senators. The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly will start at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, 1-8). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, January 06, 2014

The Senate Minute for Jan. 6, 2014: Session Preview

Jefferson City — The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly is set to begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Among the priority issues that could see a lot of attention this year are taxes, Medicaid and education. School transfers are among the items, relating to education, which may be debated during 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, January 03, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Jan. 3, 2014: Session Preview

JEFFERSON CITY — This Week in the Missouri Senate previews the upcoming legislative session. Missouri senators will return to the Capitol next week. Several topics could become a part of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, including tax cuts and Medicaid reform. The session will start at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

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

Jefferson City — Missouri senators will return to the Capitol next week for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Several topics could become a part of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, including tax cuts and Medicaid reform. The session will start at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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