Thursday, March 31, 2016

This Date in Missouri Senate History for April 1: April 1, 1872

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews April 1, 1872, the last day of the 26th General Assembly’s adjourned session. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 31: SB 623 and SB 786

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 623, which — upon voter approval — would raise the state’s gas tax from 17- to 22.9 cents per gallon, and Senate Bill 786, which would modify the law relating to the prosecution of election offenses. Both measures still need another positive vote before they could move to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 30: HB 1983

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give final passage to an ethics reform measure. House Bill 1983 would create new provisions of law relating to elected officials acting as paid political consultants. The proposal now awaits the governor’s signature. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 29: SB 1036

Jefferson City — As Missouri senators return to the Capitol for the second half of the 2016 legislative session, several measures are yet to be decided. Among these is Senate Bill 1036, which would require the Missouri Department of Public Safety to establish a pilot program in St. Louis to address the violent crime rate there. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

This Week in the Missouri Senate for the Week of March 21: Mid-Session

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the first half of the 2016 legislative session and looks ahead at what could be coming in the remaining weeks. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City; Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin; Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia; and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 24: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — When lawmakers return to the Capitol on March 29, one of the items to be considered will be the operating budget for Missouri Fiscal Year 2017, which has to be completed no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair — Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia — and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 23: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — As the traditional mid-session recess continues for Missouri senators, thoughts start to turn to what could be ahead in the final seven weeks of the 2016 legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 22: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — As with any legislative session, the mark of success varies by senator. While transportation funding solutions have been at a standstill for the Legislature, some good news may be coming from St. Louis in only a matter of days. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

This Date in Missouri Senate History for March 22: March 22, 1913

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 22, 1913, the day Missouri’s official state flag was adopted. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 21: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — Missouri senators reflect on the first half of the 2016 legislative session. Their annual mid-session recess will conclude on March 29. The Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will wrap up on May 13. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

This Week in the Missouri Senate for the Week of March 14: Legislation

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·     Senate Bill 1031, a measure that would establish the Missouri Child Protection Registry (Audio: Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville);

·     Senate Bill 646, legislation that would require the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education (Audio: Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur);

·     Senate Bill 1096, which would modify provisions pertaining to non-participating manufacturers in the Master Settlement Agreement (Audio: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield);

·     Senate Bill 1028, a proposal that seeks to modify provisions relating to ratemaking for public utilities (Audio: Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City); and

·     Senate Bill 980, which would require public retirement plans to provide certain financial information to participants and would modify the criteria for when a public retirement plan would be deemed delinquent (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby). 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 17: SB 980

Jefferson City — Missouri senators debate Senate Bill 980, which would require public retirement plans to provide certain financial information to participants and would modify the criteria for when a public retirement plan would be deemed delinquent. The measure has been set aside for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 16: SB 1096 and SB 1028

Jefferson City — Committee hearings are held on Senate Bill 1096, a proposal that would modify provisions pertaining to what is called the Master Settlement Agreement, which relates to the tobacco lawsuit of 1998, and Senate Bill 1028, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to ratemaking for public utilities. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 15: Children's Issues

Jefferson CitySenate Bill 1031, which would establish the Missouri Child Protection Registry, is heard in a Missouri Senate committee. Senate Bill 646, legislation that would require the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education, awaits full Missouri Senate debate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.


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Monday, March 14, 2016

This Date in Missouri Senate History for March 15: March 15, 1907

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 15, 1907, the day state representatives approved a Missouri Senate resolution that gave the Show-Me State the ability to let citizens draft initiative petitions and referendums to be determined on ballots. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 14: Legislation

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate approaches its annual mid-session recess, the traditional week that separates the first and second halves of the regular session. There are still several items not yet debated on the Missouri Senate floor, including the Fiscal Year 2017 state operating budget. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

This Week in the Missouri Senate for the Week of March 7: High-Profile Legislation


Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·     Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would — upon voter approval — prohibit the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to take part in same sex marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious beliefs (Audio: Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis; Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur; and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis);

·     Senate Bill 904, which would modify provisions related to gifted education (Audio: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg); and

·     Senate Bill 1029, a measure that would modify several provisions relating to student safety (Audio: Sen. Schupp). 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 10: Education Measures


Jefferson City — Legislation related to education is primed for floor debate in the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 904, which would modify provisions related to gifted education, and Senate Bill 1029, which would modify provisions relating to student safety, are just two of the proposals the full Missouri Senate could consider this year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

 
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 9: SJR 39

Jefferson City — After nearly 40 hours, debate on Senate Joint Resolution 39 comes to a close. The resolution, upon voter approval, would prohibit the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to take part in same-sex marriage ceremonies due to religious beliefs. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 8: SJR 39

Jefferson City — Missouri senators continue to debate Senate Joint Resolution 39 (as of noon, March 8). The resolution would — upon voter approval — prohibit the state from penalizing clergy, religious organizations and certain individuals for their religious beliefs concerning marriage between two people of the same sex. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Monday, March 07, 2016

This Date in Missouri Senate History for March 8: March 8, 1988

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 8, 1988, Missouri’s first foray into a presidential primary, after years of holding a caucus. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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The Senate Minute for March 7: Ethics Reform

Jefferson City — Missouri senators have given approval to half of the ethics reform measures sent to them by the Missouri House of Representatives. The other three bills could be considered at any time. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

This Week in the Missouri Senate for the Week of Feb. 29: Priority Legislation

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·     House Bill 1891, a measure that would prohibit any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization (Audio: Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur);

·     House Bill 2203, which would change the laws regarding the investment of campaign funds (Audio: Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Schupp);

·     Senate Concurrent Resolution 58 urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to build a new facility in St. Louis (Audio: Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin);

·     Senate Bill 1037, which would modify exemptions to duty to retreat when using force against another person; and

·     Senate Bill 907, which seeks to create a right to unpaid leave for employees who are affected by domestic violence. 

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

This Date in Missouri Senate History for March 4: March 4, 1849

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 4, 1849, the day a Missourian served as U.S. president — if only for a day. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
 
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The Senate Minute for March 3: Committee Hearings

Jefferson City — As the 2016 legislative session nears the halfway point, the Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee hears Senate Bill 1037, which would modify exemptions to “duty to retreat” when using force against another person, and Senate Bill 907, which seeks to create a right to unpaid leave for employees who are affected by domestic violence. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 2: HB 1891

Jefferson City — Missouri senators approve House Bill 1891, which would prohibit any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization. The now-amended measure now returns to the Missouri House of Representatives. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Senate Minute for March 1: SCR 58

Jefferson City — A Missouri Senate resolution gets a hearing in the Missouri House of Representatives. Senate Concurrent Resolution 58 urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to build a new facility in St. Louis City. A final decision on the fate of the NGA could come before May. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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