Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 30, 2014: FY 2015 Update

Jefferson CityThis 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
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

Jefferson CityThis 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
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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
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 23, 2014: Legislative Priorities

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the priorities for lawmakers, as they prepare to start a new legislative session in 2015. A few of these issues may be holdovers from this past session. 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.

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
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Senate Minute for Oct. 21, 2014: Legislative Priorities

Jefferson City — Nearly a dozen different proposals comprise the measure that ultimately won legislative approval to make changes to Missouri’s laws relating to school transfers. This may be taken up again in 2015. 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.

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
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 16, 2014: Education Funding

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the spending priority for most Missouri senators: education. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg — who chairs the Senate Education Committee — and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton — who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee — 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
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Senate Minute for Oct. 15, 2014: Education Funding

Jefferson City — Among the perennial top priorities for Missouri senators is education, and 2014 is no different. Fiscal Year 2015 — which started on July 1, 2014 — saw an increase in funding for Missouri students. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg — who chairs the Senate Education Committee — and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton — who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee — 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
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 8, 2014: Retiring Senators

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews two Missouri senators’ time in the upper chamber, as they prepare to leave. They are among six, total, who will not be back next year. The next legislative session will start in January. 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.

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.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Senate Minute for Oct. 7, 2014: Retiring Senators

Jefferson City — After nearly a decade of service, two Missouri senators prepare to leave the upper chamber. They are among six, total, who will not be back next year. The next legislative session will start in January. 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.

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
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Thursday, October 02, 2014

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 2, 2014: Early Session Preview

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate previews the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly, which will start on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Most of the legislation that would be taken up during the session has yet to be filed, and those bills won’t receive their numbers until Dec. 1. There will be six new Missouri senators starting next year. 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.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Another Veto Session for the Record Books

JEFFERSON CITY – For the second year in a row, Missouri lawmakers voted to override a historic number of vetoed bills. The General Assembly convened at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for the annual veto session. By the time both chambers adjourned in the early hours of Sept. 11, 10 vetoed bills and 47 line-items within the budget had been successfully overridden.

A motion to override a veto must be made by the bill’s primary sponsor in the originating chamber. If approved by the constitutionally required two-thirds majority in that chamber, the bill then moves to the other chamber for consideration. A two-thirds majority requires 23 votes in the Senate and 109 votes in the House.

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