Monday, March 31, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 31, 2014: SB 723 and SB 558

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 723, which would raise the cap on the amount of revenue bonds that may be issued and limit the use of funds used to renovate existing state buildings. The measure needs another round of approval before moving to the House. Also, the Senate Ways and Means Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 558, which would reauthorize the Missouri Homestead Preservation tax credit program. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 28, 2014: Second Half

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·    Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·    Senate Joint Resolution 34, which would — upon voter approval — require the Missouri Senate to try all impeachments, except for the impeachment of the governor, which would be tried by the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court (Audio: Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar);

·    Senate Bill 593, which would allow certain political subdivisions to waive the conducting of non-partisan elections and provide for a recall procedure for members of an emergency services board (Audio: Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence);

·    Senate Bill 514, which would prohibit the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and school districts from implementing the Common Core State Standards (Audio: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City);

·    Senate Bill 512 would modify the law relating to campaign finance (Audio: Sen. Lamping); and

·    Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 would urge the National Football League to award an upcoming Super Bowl to Kansas City (Audio: Sen. LeVota). 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Second Half of Legislative Session Well Underway with Senate Advancing Numerous Measures to House

JEFFERSON CITY – Before legislators broke for their annual mid-session recess, more than 540 Senate bills and over 1,150 House measures were filed in the General Assembly, totaling nearly 1,730 pieces of legislation (excluding withdrawn bills). Last week, five of the Senate bills that were delivered to the governor during the first half of the legislative session were signed into law. Now, senators are focusing on the remaining seven weeks of session to advance their legislative priorities, including passing a fiscally responsible budget and advancing a bill to the governor that will revise Missouri’s aging criminal code.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 27, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 514, Senate Bill 509 & 496, Senate Bill 558 and Senate Bill 723.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 27, 2014: SB 514

Jefferson City — The Senate Education Committee hears a measure relating to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Senate Bill 514 would prohibit the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and school districts from implementing Common Core. Another committee hearing will be held on Senate Bill 514 next week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 26, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Revision Bill 714, Senate Bill 712, House Bill 2014 and Senate Bill 601.

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The Senate Minute for March 26, 2014: SB 593

Jefferson City — Senators give initial approval to Senate Bill 593, which would allow certain political subdivisions to waive the conducting of non-partisan elections and provide for a recall procedure for members of an emergency services board. The measure still needs another round of approval before moving to the Missouri House for similar consideration. 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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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for March 25, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 491, Senate Joint Resolution 34 and Senate Bill 593.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 25, 2014: SB 491 and SJR 34

Jefferson City — Missouri senators begin the second half of the legislative session, and hear an update on Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law. Senators also debate Senate Joint Resolution 34, which would — upon voter approval — require all impeachments to be tried by the Missouri Senate. When the governor or a Missouri Supreme Court justice is tried, the chief justice would preside over the trial. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 24, 2014: SB 512 and SCR 34

Jefferson City — Missouri senators return to Jefferson City today (3-24) for the second half of the 2014 legislative session. Among measures still awaiting committee action are Senate Bill 512, which would modify the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying and public official conflicts of interest; and Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, which urges the National Football League to award an upcoming Super Bowl to Kansas City. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senate Begins Second Half of Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY – The first full week of the spring season ushers lawmakers back to Jefferson City to begin the second half of the 2014 legislative session. Nearly 1,730 measures were filled this session (excluding withdrawn bills); more than 540 originated in the Senate and over 1,150 were filed in the House of Representatives.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 21, 2014: Mid-Session Update

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·    Senate Bill 643, which would modify current provisions relating to the publishing of the Missouri statutes (Audio: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville);

·    Senate Bill 530, which would allow for drug use or convictions to be considered in determining parental fitness in termination of parental rights proceedings (Audio: Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·    Senate Bill 523, which would prohibit school districts from requiring a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology to transmit certain information (Audio: Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Justus);

·    Senate Bill 668, which will require health benefit plans to establish equal out-of-pocket costs for covered oral and intravenously administered chemotherapy medications (Audio: Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City);

·    Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law (Audio: Sen. Justus); and

·    Senate Bill 519, which would extend the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 72 hours (Audio: Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City). 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Upcoming Memorial Service Planned for Mid-April Pays Tribute to Former Senators (Districts 29-34)

JEFFERSON CITY – The Senate shares the final group of former members who served Senatorial Districts 29-34 and are scheduled to be honored at its Memorial Service scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. These senators are part of a body of 60 former members who have passed away after May 1987.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 20, 2014: SB 668 and SB 491

Jefferson City — While Senate Bill 668, which will require health benefit plans to establish equal out-of-pocket costs for covered oral and intravenously administered chemotherapy medications, has been signed into law; Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law, continues to be debated. The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly will resume, starting on Monday, March 24, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, 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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Former Senators Set to be Honored at Upcoming Memorial Service in Mid-April (Districts 22-28)

JEFFERSON CITY – As the Senate prepares to honor 60 distinguished former members of the upper chamber in a Memorial Service scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., the legislative body continues to remember those senators who have passed away after May 1987. Here is a list of former senators who served the constituents of Senatorial Districts 22-28 during their time in the Missouri Senate.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 19, 2014: SB 523

Jefferson City — Missouri senators pass Senate Bill 523, which would prohibit school districts from requiring a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology to transmit certain information. The measure receives final Missouri Senate approval and is now in the Missouri House for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, 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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Memorial Service Scheduled for Mid-April Will Honor Former Senators (Districts 15-21)

JEFFERSON CITY – Sixty distinguished former members of the upper chamber, who passed away after May 1987, will be honored during a Memorial Service in the Missouri Senate. The Senate continues to recognize these former members, including those who served the constituents of Senatorial Districts 15-21.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 18, 2014: SB 530

Jefferson City — Among the measures sent to the Missouri House this year is Senate Bill 530, which would allow for drug use or convictions to be considered in determining parental fitness in termination of parental rights proceedings. The measure awaits House action. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, 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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Honoring Former Senators in Memorial Service Scheduled for Mid-April (Districts 8-14)

JEFFERSON CITY – The Senate continues to recognize former members of the upper chamber in a Memorial Service scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Sixty distinguished former members of the upper body, who passed away after May 1987, will be honored during the service, including those who served the constituents of Senatorial Districts 8-14.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Senate Minute for March 17, 2014: SB 643 and SB 519

Jefferson City — Missouri senators reach the halfway point of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. Among the measures passed, so far, is Senate Bill 643. This measure would modify provisions relating to publishing Missouri statutes. Missouri senators also debate Senate Bill 519, which would extend the waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Senate Prepares to Honor Former Members in Upcoming April Memorial Service (Districts 1-7)


JEFFERSON CITY — Members of the upper chamber are preparing to honor those former members who have passed away for their time and service to the Missouri Senate.  The event, scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., is dedicated to remembering the mark these former senators made while serving the Senate and recognizing the path they paved for current members serving in the upper body of the General Assembly. 

The memorial service will honor those senators who have passed after May 1987, shining a light on the historical decisions and important laws made by these former lawmakers.

A total of 60 distinguished former members of the Missouri Senate will be recognized in the Memorial Service.  Here are those members who served the constituents of Senatorial Districts 1-6 during their time in the upper chamber.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 14, 2014: Floor Debate

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·        Senate Bill 491, which would modify provisions relating to criminal law (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles);

·       Senate Bill 589, a measure that would modify provisions of law relating to civil actions for damages (Audio: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);

·       Senate Bill 509, which would reform certain tax credits and increase personal income tax exemptions for certain individuals (Audio: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis); and

·       Senate Bill 775, which would abolish the death penalty and provide that any person sentenced to death before Aug. 28, 2014, be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole (Audio: Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, and Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau).

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Mid-Session Mark Shows Bills Swiftly Moving through Legislative Process

JEFFERSON CITY – Before lawmakers headed back to their respective legislative districts for their annual spring recess, senators advanced several measures to the House for its consideration, with nearly 60 Senate bills and joint resolutions awaiting legislative action in the House chamber at the mid-session mark.  Of those Senate bills, five are still pending the governor’s approval.

Among those bills is Senate Bill 668, sponsored by Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, which would require health insurance plans to establish equal out-of-pocket costs for covered oral and intravenously administered chemotherapy medications.  In addition, a series of bills (Senate Bill 649, 650, 651, and 653) sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, designed to establish a statewide process for telecommunication companies to make infrastructure repairs and improvements, also await the governor’s approval.  Article III, Section 31, of the Missouri Constitution states the governor has 15 days to act on the legislation delivered to his desk by the General Assembly during the legislative session.