Monday, June 30, 2014

Senate Bills Receive Governor’s Signature

JEFFERSON CITY – Much of June was dedicated to the signing of legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session, including more than a dozen Senate bills designed to address how higher education institutions receive future funding, provide consumer protections in the construction industry, expand public assistance and implement measures to prevent welfare fraud, and change the date of Missouri’s presidential primary election.


June also included action on the $26.4 billion budget delivered to the governor by the Legislature. The 2015 fiscal year starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2015. Of the funds allocated by lawmakers for Missouri’s departments and programs, including areas of education, social services, and transportation, the governor vetoed $275.7 million and is withholding $846.3 million in overall funding, totaling more than $1.1 billion. Under Article IV, Section 27, in the Missouri Constitution, “the governor may control the rate at which any appropriation is expended during the period of the appropriation by the allotment or other means, and may reduce the expenditures of the state or any of its agencies below their appropriations whenever the actual revenues are less than the revenue estimates upon which the appropriations were based.”


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Missouri Legislative Update: June 2014

This month, we highlight the last day of the legislative session with reaction from House and Senate leadership. We also take a look at several high-profile Senate bills passed this session. Also, Missourinet’s Bob Priddy sits down with House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, to discuss various issues regarding the Legislature.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 27, 2014


Jefferson City — With the recent veto of 10 bills passed by the General Assembly this year, This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews one of the biggest measures vetoed earlier this year by the governor and overridden by the Legislature. Senate Bill 509 & 496, which modifies provisions relating to income taxes, was originally vetoed by the governor in early May. The veto was overridden by the Legislature just days later. With the 2015 Fiscal Year right around the corner, we review House Bill 2014, a supplemental budget bill that cover’s the state’s fiscal needs for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which was signed into law in late April. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit; Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City; Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence; Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton; and Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Senate Minute for June 24, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — Following the veto of 10 tax-related measures, Missouri senators reflect on a tax-cutting bill that will become law. Senate Bill 509 & 496, which modifies provisions relating to income taxes, is set to become law on Aug. 28 — but the tax cuts would start in 2017. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, 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 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
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Friday, June 20, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 20, 2014: Tax Bill Vetoes

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the governor’s announcement he has vetoed 10 different measures, all of which relate to taxes. The Missouri General Assembly’s annual veto session is slated for mid-September. We’ve included audio from Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, 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
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Senate Minute for June 17, 2014: Tax Bill Vetoes

Jefferson City — Missouri senators continue to react to the veto of 10 bills, all relating to taxes, passed during the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. The measures were vetoed by the executive branch on June 11. 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
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Friday, June 13, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 13, 2014: Health Care Legislation

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the measures passed during the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly that relate to health care. These include: 

·     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, and Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown);

·     House Bill 1320, which will stop local governments from enacting ordinances that prohibit or restrict a mother from breastfeeding a child in public or private. The measure also allows nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty with a written statement from their physician (Audio: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City);

·     House Bill 1411, which will require persons younger than 17 years of age using a tanning device in a tanning facility to have the parent or guardian of the minor give written consent in person to the minor's use of a tanning device (Audio: Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);

·     House Bill 1656, which will specify that if an anatomical gift is medically unsuitable for transplantation or therapy, the gift may be used for research, education or pass to an appropriate procurement organization;

·     Senate Bill 532 allows caregivers that are related either by blood, marriage or adoption — under a sworn statement — to consent to medical and educational services for a minor if the parent or guardian cannot be reached after a reasonable amount of attempts; and

·     Senate Bill 716, which includes provisions pertaining to umbilical cord blood banks, the meningitis vaccine, newborn screening tests, vaccinations provided by pharmacists, and diabetes care and control. 

This feature is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Senate Minute for June 10, 2014: SB 668 and HB 1411

Jefferson City — Some of the measures passed during the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly relate to health. These include Senate Bill 668, which will require insurance companies that already cover both oral and injection chemotherapy treatments to offer the same out-of-pocket costs for each, and House Bill 1411, which requires people younger than 17 — using a tanning device in a tanning facility — to have the parent or guardian give written consent in person. Both of these measures will take effect on Aug. 28, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, 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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Friday, June 06, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for June 6, 2014: Tax Committee

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews upcoming work from the Senate Interim Committee on Tax Administration Practices. The panel was named by the Senate president pro tem on May 29. A final report could come from the committee by Dec. 31, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence — both of whom have been named to serve on the 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
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Senate Minute for June 3, 2014: Tax Committee

Jefferson City — The Senate Interim Committee on Tax Administration Practices has been named to investigate the process and policy used by the Missouri Department of Revenue to interpret, enact and enforce tax statutes. The panel will have a report prepared by Dec. 31, 2014. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, 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
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