Journal of the Senate

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

FIRST EXTRA SESSION


THIRTEENTH DAY--TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2003


The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Senator Vogel in the Chair.

RESOLUTIONS

On behalf of Senator Bland, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 80, regarding the death of Lucile H. Bluford, Kansas City, which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 81, regarding the 2003 State Champion Track and Field Women's Team from Jefferson City High School, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Loudon, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 82, regarding Jonathan Sutter "Jon" Londeen, Wildwood, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Steelman, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 83, regarding Beulah D. Purdham, Vienna, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Foster, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 84, regarding M. Tom Eastman, Poplar Bluff, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Foster, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 85, regarding the 2nd Infantry "Indian Head" Division Association, Inc., which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 86, regarding Olga Christine "Chris" Morton, Jefferson City, which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 87, regarding Russell J. "Rusty" Esvelt, Jefferson City, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Klindt, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 88, regarding Seth David Euler, Stewartsville, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Klindt, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 89, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Estel Theis, Savannah, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Klindt, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 90, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hamilton, Bethany, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Klindt, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 91, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Jones, Bethany, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Klindt, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 92, regarding the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dinsmore, Ridgeway, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Scott, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 93, regarding James Bennett, Warsaw, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Scott, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 94, regarding Bob Dickenson, Hermitage, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Scott, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 95, regarding Lamar Sheltered Workshop, Incorporated, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Bland, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 96, regarding the Reverend Dr. Joan S. Parrott, Clinton, Tennessee, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Griesheimer, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 97, regarding the New Haven-Berger Fire Protection District, which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 98, regarding Hazel Elder, Fulton, which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 99, regarding Lawanda Proctor, Russellville, which was adopted.

Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 100, regarding Raymond "Jeff" Kelley, Jefferson City, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Days, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 101, regarding Terri House, Ferguson, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Kinder, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 102, regarding Ray Wilson, Cape Girardeau, which was adopted.

On behalf of Senator Scott, Senator Vogel offered Senate Resolution No. 103, regarding Mark Wayne Breshears, Warsaw, which was adopted.

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR

The following message was received from the Governor, reading of which was waived:

June 18, 2003

TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF

THE STATE OF MISSOURI:

I am enclosing a Special Message to all members of the General Assembly. Please read the enclosed message during the Special Session.

Sincerely,

Bob Holden

Governor

SPECIAL MESSAGE

WHEREAS, by my Proclamation dated May 30th, 2003, I convened the Ninety Second General Assembly of the State of Missouri in the First Extra Session of the First Regular Session; and

WHEREAS, in my Proclamation convening such special session I asked the General Assembly to appropriate money for the use of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education in an amount sufficient to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Missouri, especially the children of the state; and

WHEREAS, the budget the General Assembly approved during the extra session is significantly unbalanced and inadequate in that it fails to provide sufficient funds for education and those government services that protect all citizens, including children and the most vulnerable Missourians; and

WHEREAS, I hereby express my intent to veto the appropriations bill for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent to me by the General Assembly in the First Extra Session of the First Regular Session because:

This bill reduces state aid to our public schools to unacceptable levels. Since a significant percentage of the foundation program supports teacher salaries, such a cut is likely to result in the layoff of teachers across the state. The elimination of the Science, Social Studies, and Health Education assessments is a step backwards in accountability of Missouri schools. The department and local school districts will be unable to determine how well students are performing in these important subject areas. Our children are our future. Reduced funding for education jeopardizes our commitment and the progress we have made to provide quality education to our children. We must protect the state's investment in education; and

WHEREAS, I hereby express my intent to veto the appropriations bill for the Department of Higher Education sent to me by the General Assembly in the First Extra Session of the First Regular Session because:

This bill reduces state aid to Missouri's two- and four-year colleges and universities to unacceptable levels. Under this bill, tuition and fees would increase, forcing a "tax increase" on low- and middle-income families. The reductions to various grant and scholarship programs will further reduce the availability of higher education opportunities. Families with lower and middle incomes may no longer be able to afford the cost of college; and

WHEREAS, the failure of the General Assembly to pass and present to me a sufficient appropriation for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education has left those departments without operating funds for the duration of the new fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2003; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education have funds to operate beginning on July 1, 2003, because without such funds these Departments would be unable to meet their many responsibilities to all of the citizens of the state of Missouri.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BOB HOLDEN, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby amend the matters specifically designated and limited for consideration by the General Assembly in my May 30, 2003, Proclamation by deleting from said proclamation matters for the General Assembly's consideration one through six, and by renumbering the seventh matter for the General Assembly's consideration to one.

FURTHERMORE, I HEREBY amend the matters specifically designated and limited for consideration by the General Assembly in my May 30, 2003, Proclamation to add to those remaining matters the following additional specifically designated and limited matters. The additional specifically designated and limited matters on which the action of the General Assembly is deemed necessary are as follows:



2. To appropriate sufficient money on an emergency basis, pursuant to Article III, Section 25, and Article IV, Section 25, of the Missouri Constitution, for a limited term to end no earlier than September 15, 2003, and no later than September 30, 2003, for:

a. the expenses, grants, refunds, and distributions for the continued operations of the State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the several divisions and programs thereof, in an amount sufficient to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Missouri, to be expended only as provided in Article IV, Section 28, of the Constitution of Missouri, and to transfer money among certain funds; and

b. the expenses, grants, refunds, and distributions for the continued operations of the Department of Higher Education and the several divisions, programs, and institutions of higher education included therein, in an amount sufficient to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Missouri, to be expended only as provided in Article IV, Section 28, of the Constitution of Missouri, and to transfer money among certain funds.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 18th day of June, 2003.



/s/ Bob Holden

Governor

(SEAL) ATTEST:

/s/ Matt Blunt

Secretary of State

On motion of Senator Vogel, the Senate adjourned until 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2003.



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FOURTEENTH DAY-WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2003

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