Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 31: Second Half

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·    Senate Bill 190, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to ratemaking for public utilities (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors);

·    Senate Bill 213, a measure that would establish requirements for certain settlement offers of tort claims which must be accepted within a specified period of time (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton); and

·    Senate Bill 293, which would modify the per-ton fee paid to the Missouri Division of Fire Safety for the use of explosives under the Missouri Blasting Safety Act (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City).
 
This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 30: SB 213

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 213, which would establish requirements for certain settlement offers of tort claims which must be accepted within a specified period of time. The measure would still need another “yes” vote before it could be sent to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 29: SB 190

Jefferson City — Missouri senators spend several hours talking about Senate Bill 190, which seeks to modify provisions relating to ratemaking for public utilities. Following a second day of discussion, the measure has been laid over for further dialogue. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 28: SB 293

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 293, a measure that seeks to modify the per-ton fee that is paid to the Division of Fire Safety for the use of explosives under the Missouri Blasting Safety Act. Another positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 27: SB 428

Jefferson City — The second half of the 2017 legislative starts today. In the remaining seven weeks of session, education measures may see more of a role, including Senate Bill 428. This measure would authorize charter schools to be operated in any school district in the state. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 24: Mid-Session

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews the first half of the 2017 legislative session, and what could happen in the seven remaining weeks of the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar; Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur; Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville; and Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 23: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — Many Missouri senators have legislation that has yet to be heard on the Missouri Senate floor. Legislative mid-session recess will conclude on March 27, at which point there will be seven weeks remaining in the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 22: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — Missouri senators look ahead to the second half of the 2017 legislative session. Many unresolved issues remain, with only seven weeks left before May 12. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 21: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — Many of the bills that have seen time on the Missouri Senate floor this session relate to labor reform. Among these is House Bill 251, which would create new provisions relating to public labor organizations. Missouri senators continue to be on mid-session recess, and will return to the Capitol  on March 27. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 20: Mid-Session

Jefferson City — Missouri senators reach the recognized halfway mark of the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. With 11 weeks now concluded, lawmakers have sent one Senate measure and two House bills to the executive branch. Session will continue on March 27. 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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 17: First Half

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: 

·    House Bill 251, a measure that would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and require consent for withholding earnings from paychecks (Audio: Bill handler, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis; Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City; and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);

·    Senate Bill 10, legislation that seeks to modify the Missouri Works and Missouri Works Training programs (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa); and

·     House Bill 153, which would modify provisions relating to expert witnesses (Audio: Bill hander, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Sifton). 

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 16: HB 153

Jefferson City — Missouri senators send to the governor House Bill 153, which would modify provisions relating to expert witnesses. Lawmakers are now on their annual mid-session recess, and will return to Jefferson City on March 27. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 15: SB 10 and HB 251

Jefferson City — Missouri senators spend time on two measures. Senate Bill 10 seeks to modify the Missouri Works and Missouri Works Training programs. This measure has received first-round Missouri Senate approval, and still needs another affirmative vote before it could move to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. The Missouri Senate also continues to discuss House Bill 251, which would create new provisions relating to public labor organizations. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: 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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 14: HB 251

Jefferson City — Debate begins on House Bill 251, a measure that would require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and require consent for withholding earnings from paychecks. The proposal has been laid over for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 13: SB 69

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Small Business and Industry Committee hears Senate Bill 69, legislation that would create new provisions of law relating to leave from employment. Committee action has not yet been taken on the measure. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 10: Priority Legislation

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:
 
·    Senate Bill 66, legislation that seeks to make changes to some of the laws relating to workers' compensation (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton);

·    Senate Bill 34, a measure that would create the crime of illegal reentry (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur); and

·    House Bill 130, which would create regulations relating to transportation network companies (Audio: Bill handler, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City).
This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 9: HB 130

Jefferson City — Missouri senators begin floor discussion of House Bill 130. The measure would create regulations relating to transportation network companies. A second day of talk continued into this afternoon. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 9, 1899

Jefferson CityThis Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 9, 1899, the day the State Historical Society of Missouri was incorporated. This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 8: SB 34

Jefferson City — Preliminary Missouri Senate approval is given to Senate Bill 34, legislation that would create the crime of illegal reentry. Another “yes” vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: 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.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 7: SB 66

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 66, which seeks to make changes to some of the laws relating to workers' compensation. Another “yes” vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Missouri Senate for March 6: SB 378 and SB 23

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Education Committee continues to hear legislation, as Missouri senators move toward the second half of the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. The panel is considering Senate Bill 378, a measure that would modify provisions relating to early childhood education, and Senate Bill 23, which seeks to make numerous changes to provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsors, Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

This Date in Missouri Senate History: 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.

Friday, March 03, 2017

This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 3: SB 43 and SB 128

Jefferson CityThis Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

·    Senate Bill 43, a measure that would make changes to the law relating to unlawful discrimination (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington; Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City; and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors); and

·    Senate Bill 128, a measure that would repeal provisions designating the number and location of the divisions of the 16th Judicial Circuit (Audio: Bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City). 

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

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 2: SB 128

Jefferson City — A rare move is made in the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 128, a measure that would repeal provisions designating the number and location of the divisions of the 16th Judicial Circuit, has been left on the Missouri Senate Consent Calendar — pending further study. Consent bills are those considered noncontroversial and/or without a fiscal note. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Missouri Senate Minute for March 1: SB 43

Jefferson CitySenate Bill 43 receives first-round Missouri Senate approval. The measure would make changes to the law relating to unlawful discrimination. The proposal still needs another affirmative Missouri Senate vote before it could be sent to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.