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Bob Dixon

Serving the People of the
30th Senatorial District

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Senator Bob Dixon
Missouri Senate
State Capitol, Room 332
201 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101



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End-of-Session Review: Part I


Measuring Success

Every session is accompanied by updates, briefings, grades, report cards, etc. There is a natural tendency to determine whether the session was a "success" or a "failure." Of course, where one person sees a wildly successful session, another sees a dismal failure. In championship games, one team wins, one loses, and other teams don't even make it to the game. Dozens of quality bills may pass, but what if one priority bill fails?


Personally, I worked hard to deliver as many of my top priorities to the governor's desk as possible. Having completed one priority - benevolent tax credits renewal (SBs 20, 15 and 19) - early in the year, I devoted the remainder of session to working on other bills I had sponsored. By the end, the General Assembly had sent 14 bills to the governor's desk containing provisions I sponsored to promote jobs, justice, and good government. No matter how it's measured, this session proved to a productive one for a number of priorities important to our area and the people of the 30th District. Below is a link to a chart summarizing some of my legislative work from this session. This Dialogue will focus on the first category, and I will go into more detail on the others in following Dialogues.

2013 Session Chart (PDF)

The Legislative Process Continues


"Are we there yet?"

It's a familiar question on a family vacation, but it's also appropriate for the final phases of the legislative process. The "last" day of the legislative session (May 17 this year) tends to garner the lion's share of the attention, because it is the last day for the General Assembly to consider bills. However, the General Assembly didn't officially adjourn until Thursday, May 30. Those two extra weeks were devoted to the last steps necessary to send bills to the governor's desk: the preparation of official, final copies of the bills for signing in open session by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tem. This was just one of a series of often-overlooked deadlines set out in the constitution.


If the preparation and filing of bills (December-April) is the first phase of the legislative process, and the legislative session (January-May) is the second phase, then we've entered the third phase (May-July). The focus has shifted from the House and Senate chambers to the second floor and the governor's office. According to the constitution, the governor has 45 days from the end of session (May 30) to act on any bill sent to him by the General Assembly. By July 14, he must sign or veto these bills, or allow them to become law without his signature. Then, unless a bill includes a different effective date, it becomes law on August 28. Also, before the next fiscal year begins on July 1, the governor must reject or sign the 13 appropriations bills that make up the state operating budget. Finally, on the "first Wednesday following the second Monday in September" (this year falling on September 11), the General Assembly will reconvene to consider only those bills vetoed by the governor. For the moment, the rush of activity in mid-May is replaced with a waiting game.        



This session, I filed several bills to streamline government and help position Missouri as an excellent place to start, expand or relocate a business. SB 323 consolidated four existing business development programs into a single, streamlined initiative, called Missouri Works, which provides flexibility, simplicity of use, and broad applicability, as well as ensuring accountability and budget certainty. Missouri Works passed as a part of HB 184. Unpredictable regulatory policies negatively impact the cost of doing business and discourage entrepreneurs or businesses from investing or expanding. SB 416, which passed in HB 28, reduces unnecessary barriers and cuts red tape with a streamlined permitting process for the state Department of Natural Resources.


The cornerstone of job creation and economic development is a skilled workforce and quality education. Recognizing this fact, I have worked in the Senate over the last three years to hold the line on current education funding, despite the limited options we face, advocate for sensible tax credit reform, and oppose siphoning money from public education to fund the expansion of other programs. The final version of HB 2 (Elementary and Secondary Education) totals $5.5 billion, including over $3 billion for the state's Foundation Formula. For the most part, HB 3 (Higher Education) reflected the Senate position, with $25 million in increased funding for public colleges and universities. The new funds will be distributed based on a performance funding model. This means an additional $2.4 million in funding for MSU, which has met 100 percent of the performance targets considered. HB 3 also included $1.3 million (added in the Senate) to fund an Occupational Therapy program at Missouri State University to meet growing needs in the health care field. Finally, our region will also benefit from $10 million in funding for UM-Columbia School of Medicine, part of which will be used to create a Springfield clinic campus, in partnership with Cox and Mercy hospitals.


Governor's Actions on Legislation


In addition to reviewing the legislation on which I worked during session, I will continue to provide a running list in this and other Dialogues of the actions taken by the governor on bills passed by the General Assembly. Click here or scroll down to see the list of bills already signed or vetoed at this time.



Keep Me Informed

I appreciate your support and involvement in your state government. It has always been an honor to serve you in Jefferson City and cast your vote on the Senate floor. Even though the legislative session has ended, my work as your senator continues throughout the year. My office is open and my staff is ready to help you with any issues, so feel free to contact us. Call (573) 751-2583 or visit my website at www.senate.mo.gov/dixon. An e-mail, phone call or letter letting me know what you think about legislation or the governor's actions on legislation is always welcome. 





Governor's Action on Legislation


SB 205 - Allows for higher education or armed services visits for children in foster care or in the Division of Youth Services and raises the age limit for foster care re-entry

June 13, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 208 - Raises the age limit for when a youth may reenter into foster care

June 13, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 133 - Changes the laws regarding the accreditation requirements for reinsurance companies and specifies when an insurance company can take credit or reduce liability due to reinsurance

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 315 - Requires a health carrier that provides coverage for prescription eye drops to cover a refill without regard to a restriction for an early refill if it is authorized by the prescribing health care provider

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 197 - Modifies current provisions relating to tuberculosis treatment and prevention and provides for meningococcal disease information

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 656 - Combines the parking enforcement division and parking meter division in the City of St. Louis into a parking division

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 36 - Modifies provisions related to juvenile offenders who have been certified as adults and found guilty in a court of general jurisdiction

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 72 - Designates the month of May as "Motorcycle Awareness Month"

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 33 - Modifies provisions relating to individuals with mental disabilities and establishes PKS Awareness Day

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 121 - Modifies provisions relating to liquor control laws

June 12, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 253 - Establishes the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2013 that reduces the tax on corporate business income and business income for sole proprietors, partners, and shareholders in S-corporations

June 5, 2013 - Vetoed by Governor      view veto letter


SB 267 - Specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the law of other countries and jurisdictional issues involving other countries

June 3, 2013 - Vetoed by Governor      view veto letter


HB 256 - Extends the expiration date of certain provisions of the Open Meetings and Records Law

May 31, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 68 - Designates the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Missouri

May 31, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 235 - Modifies the law relating to residential real estate loan reporting

May 17, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 59 - Modifies provisions relating to the regulation of the Missouri Property and Casualty Insurance Association and the Missouri Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association

May 17, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 60 - Modifies the law regarding the accreditation requirements for reinsurance companies and specifies when insurers can take credit or reduce liability due to reinsurance

May 17, 2013 - Vetoed by Governor      view veto letter


SB 234 - Requires an applicant for a marital and family therapist license to show a master's or doctoral degree from a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy accredited program

May 17, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 237 - Exempts certain telecommunications companies from Public Service Commission price caps

May 17, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 287 - Modifies Missouri's captive insurance law to allow for the formation of sponsored captive insurance companies and other ancillary matters

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 80 - Requires the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators to notify, instead of mail, an applicant when it is time for license renewal

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 306 - Allows the Board of Pharmacy to test the drugs possessed by licensees

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 324 - Regulates the sale of travel insurance and establishes a limited lines travel insurance producer licensure system

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 376 - Allows hospital districts to permit higher education institutions to use space for health care education or training

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 191 - Allows the Public Service Commission to publish certain papers, studies, reports, decisions and orders electronically

May 16, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


HB 163 - Allows certain third class cities to eliminate any primary election for the office of mayor and councilman

May 15, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 350 - Eliminates the renter's portion of the Senior Citizens Property Tax Credit and creates the Missouri Senior Services Protection Fund

May 14, 2013 - Vetoed by Governor      view veto letter


SB 16 - Exempts farm work performed by children under 16 from certain child labor requirements

May 10, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 329 - Modifies the definition of eggs

May 10, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SB 182 - Eliminates state and local use taxes on motor vehicle sales and modifies state and local sales taxes on such purchases

April 19, 2013 - Vetoed by Governor      view veto letter


HB 14 - Appropriates money for supplemental purposes

April 11, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SBs 10 & 25 - Creates a tax credit to attract amateur sporting events to the state

March 29, 2013 - Signed by Governor      


SBs 20, 15 & 19 - Modifies provisions of law regarding certain benevolent tax credits

March 29, 2013 - Signed by Governor