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This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 19: Priority Legislation

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:

Final committee work on Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget; Senate Bill 414, a measure that seeks to create the "Missouri Health Insurance Innovation Task Force"; Senate Bill 288, legislation that would modify provisions relating to jury instructions for first-degree murder; and Senate Bill 462, which would provide a procedure by which a defendant may be found to be not eligible for the death penalty due to serious mental illness.


This Date in Missouri Senate History: April 19, 1878

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews April 19, 1878, the day the first telephone exchange was established in Missouri.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 18: Remaining Legislation

Jefferson City — Missouri senators have yet to discuss Senate Bill 448, which would modify the law regarding the provision of health care through a child support order. In addition, Senate Bill 22 seeks to modify Missouri Supreme Court rules relating to discovery in criminal cases.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 17: Legal Legislation

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee discusses Senate Bill 288, legislation that would modify provisions relating to jury instructions for first-degree murder, and Senate Bill 462, which would provide a procedure by which a defendant may be found to be not eligible for the death penalty due to serious mental illness.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: April 17, 1802

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews April 17, 1802, the day former lawmaker John Bullock Clark, Sr., was born.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 16: Health Care

Jefferson City — Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 414, a measure that seeks to create the "Missouri Health Insurance Innovation Task Force." Another positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 15: Budget

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee plans to take more time this week to review Missouri’s operating budget for the next fiscal year. By law, the budget has to be submitted to the governor by 6 p.m. on May 10.



This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 12: Priority Legislation

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would — upon voter approval — modify provisions relating to members of the Missouri General Assembly; Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, which would authorize the Office of Administration to execute and deliver a financing agreement for payment of debt service on transportation bonds issued by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission; Senate Bill 56, legislation that seeks to modify the Missouri Works program; and House Bill 445, a measure that would prohibit lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials.

The Missouri Senate Minute for April 11: Lobbyist Gifts

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Government Reform Committee hears House Bill 445, a measure that seeks to prohibit lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: April 11, 1811

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews the day Charles Daniel Drake was born. The one-time state lawmaker is best-known for his action during the Civil War.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 10: Term Limits and Transportation

Jefferson City — Missouri senators discuss Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would — upon voter approval — modify provisions relating to members of the General Assembly, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, which would authorize and direct the Office of Administration to execute and deliver a financing agreement for payment of debt service on transportation bonds issued by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Both of these resolutions have been set aside for future consideration.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 9: Workforce Development

Jefferson City — Missouri senators take a second look at Senate Bill 56, legislation that seeks to modify the Missouri Works program. The measure is tabled for further discussion.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 8: Budget

Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin reviewing the Missouri House of Representatives’ version of Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget this week. The full Missouri Senate could have the blueprint in two weeks.



This Week in the Missouri Senate for April 5: Legislation Advances

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews:
Senate Joint Resolution 1, legislation that seeks to modify Missouri’s initiative petition process; Senate Bill 292, a measure that would modify provisions relating to elementary and secondary education; Senate Bill 44, which would modify provisions relating to gaming; and Transportation funding.


The Missouri Senate Minute for April 4: Sports Betting

Jefferson City — Senate Bill 44, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to gaming, is discussed by Missouri senators. The measure is held over for future discussion.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 3: Charter Schools

Jefferson City — Missouri senators examine charter school expansion. Senate Bill 292 is legislation that would modify provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. The measure has been set aside for later talks.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 2: Initiative Petitions

Jefferson City — Missouri senators spend time on Senate Joint Resolution 1, which seeks to modify Missouri’s initiative petition process. The resolution is laid over for further discussion.



The Missouri Senate Minute for April 1: Transportation Funding

Jefferson City — Missouri senators will soon discuss how to pay for needed infrastructure repairs in our state. Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget is on its way to the upper chamber.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: April 1, 1872

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews April 1, 1872, the last day of the 26th General Assembly’s adjourned session.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 30, 1927

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 30, 1927, the day the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation designating the bluebird as the official state bird.



This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 29: Second Half Begins

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews: Senate Bill 19, a measure seeks to create penalty enhancements for certain crimes against emergency service providers; Senate Bill 264, legislation that would transfer the Missouri Arts Council from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to the lieutenant governor’s office; Senate Bill 65, which would modify provisions regarding punitive damages; Senate Bill 263, legislation that seeks to provide for postpartum depression screening and treatment for certain mothers; and Overall atmosphere of the Missouri Senate, following the first half of the legislative session.


This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 29, 1883

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 29, 1883, the day the Missouri General Assembly creates the State Board of Health.



The Missouri Senate Minute for March 28: Punitive Damages

Jefferson City — Missouri senators spend time discussing Senate Bill 65, which would modify provisions regarding punitive damages. The measure has been laid aside for further talks.



The Missouri Senate Minute for March 27: Postpartum Depression

Jefferson City — Senate Bill 263 would provide for postpartum depression screening and treatment for certain mothers. The Missouri Senate Health and Pensions Committee heard the measure today (3/27).



The Missouri Senate Minute for March 26: Second Half Begins

Jefferson City — Missouri senators return from mid-session recess to spend extended time on two measures: Senate Bill 19, a measure seeks to create penalty enhancements for certain crimes against emergency service providers; and Senate Bill 264, legislation that would transfer the Missouri Arts Council from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to the lieutenant governor’s office.


The Missouri Senate Minute for March 25: Second Half Begins

Jefferson City — With lawmakers back in the Capitol, time is running out for this year’s legislative session. The Fiscal Year 2020 state operating budget has to be delivered to the executive branch by May 10. Session will end one week later.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 25, 1905

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 25, 1905, the day the Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville is created by the Legislature.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 24, 1911

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 24, 1911, the day the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation to pay for a new Capitol.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 23, 1903

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 23, 1903, the day the Legislature passed a measure requiring licensing vehicles.



This Week in the Missouri Senate for March 22: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews several measures, already heard in committee, that could be heard by the full Missouri Senate before the 2019 session ends on May 17:

Senate Bill 149, which would place a 7.275 percent cap on the combined rate of local sales taxes; Senate Bill 8 and Senate Bill 74, both of which would allow courts to depart from a statutorily required minimum prison term when sentencing a defendant; Senate Bill 327 is a measure that seeks to modify several provisions relating to gaming; Senate Bill 431, which would also modify provisions relating to illegal gambling; Senate Bill 3, legislation that would allow certain people to enter abandoned property to secure it, maintain the grounds and provide immunity from civil and criminal liability; Senate Bill 412 would also modify provisions for the abatement of vacant nuisance properties in Kansas City; and Senate Bill 225 also addresses nuisance properties.

This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 22 1913

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 22, 1913, the day Missouri’s official state flag was adopted.



The Missouri Senate Minute for March 21: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — A couple of Missouri senators will join forces, in an effort to change sentencing guidelines for certain offenses. Both Senate Bill 8 and Senate Bill 74 await committee action. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to finish the 2019 legislative session.



This Date in Missouri Senate History: March 21, 1826

Jefferson City — This Date in Missouri Senate History reviews March 21, 1826, the day the Missouri General Assembly met in St. Charles for the final time.



The Missouri Senate Minute for March 20: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — Missouri senators are halfway through their annual mid-session recess. When they return Monday, several measures that have already been through committee await the next step, including:
Senate Bill 149, which would place a 7.275 percent cap on the combined rate of local sales taxes; and Senate Bill 225, legislation that would modify nuisance actions in certain cities.


The Missouri Senate Minute for March 19: Mid-Session Recess

Jefferson City — Mid-session recess continues for Missouri senators. There are still dozens of measures yet to be decided for this session, including: Senate Bill 431, which would modify provisions relating to illegal gambling; and Senate Bill 412 would modify provisions for the abatement of vacant nuisance properties in Kansas City.