Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Daily Audio/Vide Clips for April 30, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Joint Resolution 68 (Transportation Sales Tax) and House Bill 1490 (Common Core).
 
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The Senate Minute for April 30, 2014: HJR 68

Jefferson City — Missouri senators pass House Joint Resolution 68, which would — upon voter approval — add a three-quarter cent sales tax for transportation, over a 10-year period. The resolution now goes to a Senate-House conference committee. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for April 29, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature the Senate's work on Missouri's FY 2015 operating budget and Senate Bill 491.

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The Senate Minute for April 29, 2014: HB 2002

Jefferson City — Debate begins on Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget. Missouri senators have now passed their version of the 2015 fiscal year spending plan, including House Bill 2002, which funds elementary and secondary education for the coming fiscal year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Missouri Senate Advances State Budget

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Senate today (4-29) gives its approval to the 13 bills that make up the state’s $26.8 billion operating budget for FY 2015. Senators debated the state spending plan adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, which reflected the upper chamber’s funding priorities. These measures were handled in the Senate by Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Senate Minute for April 28, 2014: Budget

Jefferson City — Work on the Fiscal Year 2015 Missouri budget is scheduled to begin this week in the Missouri Senate. The final version of the budget has to be to the executive branch by 6 p.m. on May 9, 2014. Fiscal Year 2015 will start on July 1, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 25, 2014: Floor Debate

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·     House Bill 1501, which would change the laws regarding the Distressed Area Land Assemblage Tax Credit Act (Audio: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis);

·     Senate Bill 795, which would modify the prohibition on a quality rating system for early childhood education that is not established through the state (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah);

·     Senate Bill 912, which would change provisions relating to the Missouri Technology Corporation and create a tax credit for donations to the investment fund (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·     Senate Bill 491, which would modify the state’s criminal code (Audio: Sen. Justus and Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia); and

·    The Senate Appropriations Committee finishes work on the state’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The full Senate could debate these bills starting next week. 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Senate Delivers Criminal Code Bill to Governor

JEFFERSON CITY – In a display of bipartisan support, lawmakers in the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives this week gave their final approval to legislation designed to streamline Missouri’s statutes regarding crimes and punishments. Senate Bill 491, co-sponsored by Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, reorganizes crimes to fit new penalties in state statutes, and ensures that crimes count toward repeat offenders’ enhanced sentences. Lawmakers did compromise on fines for first-time offenses regarding marijuana possession. Provisions found in Senate Bill 491 would not take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, ensuring any changes necessary to the bill could be made before it becomes law. Once the bill is signed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem, the governor has 15 days to approve or veto the criminal code measure.


Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week wrapped up their work on the state’s operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year. Now, the approximate $26 billion spending plan moves to the full Senate for debate where each of the 13 bills will be brought up for the upper chamber’s approval by Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia. Any differences between the House and the Senate’s budget plan will be ironed out in conference committee. The budget must be passed by the General Assembly and delivered to the governor’s desk by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 9.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for April 24, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 754, Senate Bill 964 and Senate Bill 491.
 
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The Senate Minute for April 24, 2014: SB 795 and SB 912

Jefferson City — Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 795, which would modify the prohibition on a quality rating system for early childhood education that is not established through the state, and Senate Bill 912, which would change provisions relating to the Missouri Technology Corporation. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, 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, April 23, 2014

Daily Audio/Video Clips for April 23, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature House Bill 1501, Senate Bill 795 and Senate Bill 912.

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The Senate Minute for April 23, 2014: HB 1501

Jefferson City — Missouri senators debate House Bill 1501, which would change the laws regarding the Distressed Area Land Assemblage Tax Credit Act. The measure has been set aside for further debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, 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
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Senate Minute for April 22, 2014: SB 992 and SB 599

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give final passage to Senate Bill 992, which would make the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives and the President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate voting members of the Board of Public Buildings, and Senate Bill 599, which would restrict the storage and use of data collected through automatic license plate readers. Both measures were sent to the Missouri House on April 17. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 18, 2014: Debate and Memorial Service

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·     Senate Bill 754, which would extend the expiration date of the MO RX Prescription Drug program from 2014 to 2017 (Audio: Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville);

·     Senate Bill 758, which would change the term “free health clinic” to “community health clinic” and modify its definition for the purposes of the State Legal Expense Fund (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City);

·     Senate Bill 966, which would modify the law relating to the ethical behavior of public officials and lobbyists (Audio: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City);

·     Senate Bills 509 & 496, which would institute a gradual .5 percent tax cut for individuals and a 25 percent deduction for small businesses;

·    Senate Joint Resolution 48, which — upon voter approval — would create a temporary 1-cent sales and use tax for transportation purposes (Audio: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Sen. Holsman); and

·    This week’s Memorial Service held by the Missouri Senate. 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Senate's Tax Cut Bill Moves to the Governor's Desk

JEFFERSON CITY – Before members of the upper chamber met for their legislative committees or took up debate on the Senate floor, lawmakers – past and present – family and friends gathered to remember the 60 former members of the Missouri Senate who have passed away since May 1987 in a Memorial Service filled with music, tributes and tradition.


Legislation designed to cut taxes for individuals and small businesses in Missouri was truly agreed to and finally passed this week, sending the bill to the governor for his signature. Senate Bills 509 & 496, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, would institute a gradual .5 percent tax cut for individuals and a 25 percent deduction for small businesses. However, these tax cuts, which would not start until 2017, would only take effect if Missouri’s general revenue grows more than $150 million over the highest of the three previous fiscal years. In addition, the legislation would require individual income tax brackets be adjusted each year based on the percentage of increase in inflation. For individuals with a Missouri adjusted gross income of less than $20,000, the measure would also increase the personal income tax exemption by $500. The governor has until May 1 to sign or veto the legislation.


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The Senate Minute for April 17, 2014: SJR 48

Jefferson City — The Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hears Senate Joint Resolution 48, which would — upon voter approval — create a temporary sales and use tax for transportation purposes. The committee votes to send the resolution to the full Missouri Senate. 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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Daily Audio/video Clips for April 17, 2014

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Senate Bill 599, Senate Bill 992, Senate Bill 758, Senate Bill 786, Senate Bill 794 and Senate Bill 509.
 
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