The Missouri Senate Minute

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March

March 4: Senate Bill 43 would require health benefit plans to cover at least those hearing aids covered for those receiving benefits under MO HealthNet. The measure receives preliminary Missouri Senate approval.
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March 3: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 152, a measure that seeks to modify provisions of the Missouri Education Savings Program. A second positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration.
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March 2: The Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee hears Senate Bill 140, legislation that would authorize a tax credit for the sale of ethanol fuel, and Senate Bill 243, a measure that seeks to modify provisions relating to the foreign ownership of agricultural land.
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March 1: Missouri senators plan to revisit Senate Bill 55, 23 & 25 this week.
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February

Feb. 25: Missouri senators send Senate Bill 189, which would create a special license plate, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, which asks the Missouri Department of Revenue to issue sales tax refunds to certain taxpayers, to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration.
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Feb. 24: Missouri senators spend several hours on Senate Bill 55, 23 & 25. This measure relates to education.
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Feb. 23: Missouri senators give Senate Bill 26 first-round approval. The measure relates to public safety.
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Feb. 22: Senate Bill 55, 23 & 25 has become the omnibus education measure for this session. Full Missouri Senate discussion of this proposal could happen this week.
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Feb. 11: Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 12. This public health-related measure has been set aside for further discussion.
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Feb. 10: Missouri Senate committees hear Senate Bill 225, which would allow the concealed carry of firearms on public transportation systems and transporting of non-functioning or unloaded firearms on public buses, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, which would condemn the Missouri Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision.
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Feb. 9: Missouri senators send House Bill 16 to the governor. The supplemental budget includes federal CARES Act funding for the current fiscal year.
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Feb. 8: The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee hears House Bill 16, which is the supplemental budget bill for the current fiscal year.
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Feb. 4: Senate Bill 187 would require school district nurses to develop individualized health care plans for students with epilepsy or seizure disorders. Senate Bill 138 would modify the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Both of these proposals were heard in committee this week.
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Feb. 3: Missouri senators give Senate Bill 51 preliminary approval. Another “yes” vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration.
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Feb. 2: Senate Bill 129 is heard in committee. The measure seeks to modify provisions relating to the unlawful posting of certain information over the Internet.
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Feb. 1: Missouri senators may discuss Senate Bill 51 this week. The measure would establish provisions relating to civil actions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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January 2021

Jan. 28: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee hears Senate Bill 78 and Senate Bill 120, measures that relate to jobs and military members in Missouri.
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Jan. 27: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 2, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to the Missouri Works program. Another “yes” vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration.
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Jan. 26: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 53 and Senate Bill 60, both of which pertain to public safety.
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Jan. 25: The first legislation for 2021 is voted out of committee. These measures could soon be discussed on the floor of the Missouri Senate.
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Jan. 21: The Missouri Senate Health and Pensions Committee hears several measures pertaining to public health, including Senate Bill 12.
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Jan. 20: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears some of the first measures for consideration this year. Both Senate Bill 51 and Senate Bill 42 relate to COVID liability.
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Jan. 19: The first committees of the 2021 legislative session start today.
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Jan. 18: Missouri senators are not in Jefferson City today. They plan to return tomorrow, following the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday.
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Jan. 14: Missouri senators are looking ahead to the next step in this legislative session: committee hearings, which are now set to begin next week.
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Jan. 13: Missouri senators have a hefty agenda for the 2021 legislative session. Most lawmakers believe the coronavirus pandemic will drive most legislation.
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Jan. 12: Missouri senators await their committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly. These could come yet this week.
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Jan. 11: Missouri senators take care of a bit of housekeeping, in their first “official” day of session, with adoption of Senate Resolution 4.
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Jan. 7: With the 2021 session underway, Missouri senators start to look at how to tackle their priorities.
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Jan. 6: The regular legislative session for 2021 gavels in.
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Jan. 5: As lawmakers return to Jefferson City, there are questions about how the public will be able to access their senators, with a pandemic still upon us.
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Jan. 4: The 2021 legislative session will start on Wednesday. Some lawmakers plan to make the continuing coronavirus pandemic their top concern this year.
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January 2020

Jan. 8: Missouri senators kick off the 2020 legislative session at the Capitol. Next up for lawmakers will be the first committee hearings of the year. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 7: Some of the goals lawmakers have set for this year’s regular legislative session range from stopping illegal gaming to testing for lead in schools. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 6: With only two days until the start of the 2020 legislative session, the list of priorities continues to build. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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December

Dec. 31: Individual priorities become group goals, the closer lawmakers get to session. The Second Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly will start on Jan. 8. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 24: Missouri senators may spend time discussing public safety next session. Among the pre-filed measures on this subject is Senate Bill 558, which would address residency requirements for St. Louis City police officers. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 17: When lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the start of the 2020 legislative session next month, one of the things on their minds may be continuing to find solutions to infrastructure challenges in our state. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 10: House Bill 126 is among the measures from this year’s legislative session that could be revisited next year. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol in January. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 3: The first pre-filed measures have received bill numbers for the 2020 legislative session. Many of these proposals closely resemble those that were filed for the 2019 session. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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November

Nov. 26: Senate Bill 4 is another measure from this year that did not get to the governor’s desk. Work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits may return next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 19: Senate Bill 28 was this year’s measure aimed at low-income housing tax credits, but went unfinished during the legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 12: Efforts to create a statewide prescription drug-monitoring program were unsuccessful during this year’s regular legislative session. Lawmakers may try again next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 5: The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on Public Safety holds its first hearing. The panel plans to have a report ready for the full Missouri Senate by early next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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October

Oct. 29: The Interim Committee on Tax Credit Efficiency and Reform meets for the third time. The panel plans to schedule a final hearing before the end of the year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 22: The Prescription Drug Transparency Interim Committee may meet again before year’s end. The panel held its first meeting on Sept. 11. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 15: A new state law aimed at transparency is now in effect. Senate Bill 213 enacts new provisions relating to the nonpartisan state demographer. It took effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 8: Senate Bill 203 modifies nuisance actions in certain cities and counties. This new law took effect on Aug. 28. We have included actualities from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 1: Among this year’s new laws are two considered economic development drivers, according to those who support the measures. Senate Bill 182 modifies provisions relating to the issuance of certain incentives to businesses relocating from certain counties in Kansas. Senate Bill 7 modifies provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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September

Sept. 24: A new economic development tool became law last month. Senate Bill 180 modifies provisions relating to incentives for the creation of military jobs, and has been on the books since Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 17: The MoDOT and Patrol Employee’s Retirement System Study Committee is among several panels that meets during last week’s extra and veto sessions. In addition, another committee may soon be formed to look into gun safety in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 10: Missouri senators begin the First Extraordinary Session of the First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly. Senate Bill 1, which would modify a sales tax allowance to allow for a credit for the sale of more than one vehicle, is the only Missouri Senate measure introduced. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 3: Among the half-dozen measures that were vetoed this year are Senate Bill 147 and Senate Bill 282. The annual veto session is set for Wednesday, Sept. 11. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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August

Aug. 27: Most new laws take effect tomorrow (Aug. 28). These include Senate Bill 391, which would modify provisions relating to agricultural operations, and House Bill 126, which modifies provisions relating to abortion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 20: Senate Bill 17 is set to become law on Aug. 28. The measure modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement systems. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 13: A new law will address certain parts of Missouri legal statute. Senate Bill 7 modifies provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 6: The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on Tax Credit Efficiency and Reform meets for this first time. The panel expects to meet three more times yet this year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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July

July 30: The MoDOT and Patrol Employee’s Retirement System Study Committee meets for the first time. Another hearing is now scheduled for September. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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July 23: A new law will add to the list of expungable offenses in Missouri. Senate Bill 1 removes certain offenses from the list of offenses where expungement is not currently available. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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July 16: Among the measures vetoed by the executive branch is Senate Bill 147, which would have enacted provisions relating to motor vehicles. Lawmakers might consider this proposal during the annual veto session in September. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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July 9: Only two more elements have to come into play before the state can start to repair suffering bridges in rural parts of our state. Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 was signed into, and became, law on June 10. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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July 2: Among the top priorities in the Missouri Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget is funding for more than 200 rural bridges in the Show-Me State. The new fiscal year started yesterday (7/1). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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June

June 25: Missouri’s next fiscal year will start on Monday. Fiscal Year 2020, by law, will start on July 1. Next year’s budget will total $29.7 billion. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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June 18: Missouri will give the Sunflower State the benefit of the doubt a second time. Senate Bill 182 modifies provisions relating to the issuance of certain incentives to businesses relocating from certain counties in Kansas. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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June 11: The Missouri towns of Portageville, Riverside and Fayette have new taxing authority, thanks to Senate Bill 21, which was signed into law at the end of May. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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June 4: New rules governing CAFOs are coming to Missouri. Senate Bill 391 modifies provisions of state law relating to agricultural operations. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May

May 28: The governor signs House Bill 126, a measure that modifies provisions relating to abortion. An emergency clause in the measure means it became law once it was signed. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 21: Missouri senators are looking back at the 2019 legislative session, which came to a close last Friday. In all, nearly 100 bills were sent to the executive branch this year. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 16: House Bill 126 would modify provisions relating to abortion. This measure still needs another “yes” vote before it would go to the governor for his consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 15: Missouri senators send Senate Bill 68 to the executive branch. The measure seeks to modify provisions relating to workforce development. Also, Senate Bill 83 — which would modify provisions relating to the relocation of a child covered by a custody or visitation order — goes to a conference committee. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 14: Discussion continues on the floor of the Missouri Senate over how to help General Motors potentially expand its plant in Wentzville. The answers may be found in either Senate Bill 68 or Senate Bill 184. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 13: The final week of the 2019 legislative session starts today. Session will end at 6 p.m. on Friday (5/17). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 9: Missouri senators prepare to deliver the next budget to the executive branch. The $29.7 billion blueprint, by law, has to be finished by 6 p.m. tomorrow (5/10). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 8: It only takes one day for the conference committee assigned the task of coordinating the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives’ version of the operating budget for Missouri’s next fiscal year. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 7: The Missouri Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee hears, and subsequently send to the full Missouri Senate, House Joint Resolution 48, 46 and 47. This resolution proposes constitutional amendments relating to lobbying, redistricting and the sunshine law, and would appear on a future ballot. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 6: Missouri senators hope General Motors follows through with its announcement and chooses to make improvements at its Wentzville plant. Lawmakers hope this can be accomplished before the 2019 legislative session ends one week from Friday. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 2: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 224, a measure that seeks to modify various Supreme Court rules relating to discovery. Another “yes” vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 1: Missouri senators spend time on House Bill 225, a measure that seeks to measure would modify provisions relating to workforce development. The proposal has been laid over for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April

April 30: Nearly 12 hours are spent on Senate Bill 391, a measure that seeks to modify provisions relating to county health ordinances. Missouri senators give the proposal preliminary approval. Another positive vote would send the bill to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 29: Only three weeks remain in the First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly. Session will conclude at 6 p.m. on May 17. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 25: The Missouri Senate now has its own version of an operating budget for our state. This will now go to a Missouri Senate-House conference committee. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 24: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 29, a measure that seeks to extend the sunset on certain health care provider reimbursement allowances, modify the managed care reimbursement allowance and define an essential safety net hospital. Another “yes” vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 23: There is only one month left in the 2019 legislative session. Lawmakers have a May 10 deadline to finish the state budget, and until May 17 to complete the rest of their work. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 22: Only one month remains in the 2019 legislative session. Senate Bill 308 seeks to prohibit public bodies from entering into certain contracts. This is among several proposals that has not yet been heard by the entire Missouri Senate. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 18: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 17: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 16: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 15: 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. We have included actualities from committee chair, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 11: The Missouri Senate Government Reform Committee hears House Bill 445, a measure that seeks to prohibit lobbyists from giving gifts to local government officials. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 10: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 9: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 8: 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. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 4: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 3: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 2: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 1: 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. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March

March 28: Missouri senators spend time discussing Senate Bill 65, which would modify provisions regarding punitive damages. The measure has been laid aside for further talks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 27: 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). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 26: Missouri senators return from mid-session recess to spend extended time on two measures:

Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan narrates this feature.

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March 25: 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. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 21: 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 20: 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 (Audio: Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester); and
  • Senate Bill 225, legislation that would modify nuisance actions in certain cities (Audio: Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City).

Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan narrates this feature.

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March 19: 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 (Audio: Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan); and
  • Senate Bill 412 would modify provisions for the abatement of vacant nuisance properties in Kansas City (Audio: Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City).

Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan narrates this feature report.

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March 18: Missouri senators are on their annual mid-session recess. When they return to the Capitol, they could discuss any number of items not yet heard on the Missouri Senate floor. These include:

  • Senate Bill 327, legislation that seeks to modify several provisions relating to gaming (Audio: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville); and
  • Senate Bill 3, a measure that would allow certain people to enter abandoned property to secure it, remove trash and graffiti, and maintain the grounds without civil or criminal liability (Audio: Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City).

Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan narrates this feature.

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March 14: Missouri senators spend additional time discussing Senate Bill 160, a measure that seeks to establish the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program. The proposal has been laid over for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 13: A day after tabling a move to change rules relating to impeachments in Missouri, the mechanism by which this would go to voters advances. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would require the Missouri Senate — beginning Jan. 1, 2021 — to try all impeachments and modify what constitutes grounds for impeachment. The resolution would put the plan on a future ballot. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 12: Changes could be made to the way impeachments are conducted in the Show-Me State. Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 9, legislation that seeks to require the Missouri Senate to try all impeachments and modify what constitutes grounds for impeachment. The proposal has been laid over for future talks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 11: Education proposals could be a bigger part of Missouri Senate floor discussion this week. Senate Bill 160 may be among these measures. It would establish the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 7: Missouri senators spend time on Senate Bill 46 and 50, legislation that would modify several provisions relating to taxation. The measure has been held over for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 6: Missouri senators devote time to two measures that come after last November’s election. Senate Bill 10 would modify provision relating to the minimum wage. Senate Bill 213 seeks to enact new provisions relating to the nonpartisan state demographer. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 5: Missouri senators spend time on Senate Bill 291, a measure that seeks to modify provisions relating to emergency communication services. The proposal has been set aside for further talks. The Missouri Senate Professional Registration Committee hears Senate Bill 336, legislation that would modify provisions relating to childcare facilities. No committee action has yet been taken on the matter. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 4: Prescription drug-monitoring legislation returns to the Missouri Senate. In early February, the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee did not have votes to send Senate Bill 155 to the full Missouri Senate. This changed last week. The measure would establish the Narcotics Control Act. We have included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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February

Feb. 28: Senate Bill 76 comes to the Missouri Senate floor for the first time. The measure seeks to require certain MO HealthNet participants to comply with work and community engagement requirements. The bill has been set aside for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 27: Missouri senators spend hours on Senate Bill 7, legislation that seeks to modify provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue. After discussion, the Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to the measure. Another positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 26: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 37, legislation that seeks to modify the offense and penalties of promoting prostitution in the first degree. The panel has not yet acted on the measure. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 25: Missouri senators may discuss Senate Bill 7 this week. The measure would modify provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 21: Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 154, which would modify laws regarding arbitration agreements between employers and employees. The measure has been set aside for future talks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 20: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee takes testimony on Senate Bill 232, legislation that would extend the expiration date of the Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program. At the same time, the panel has agreed to send Senate Bill 76, a measure that relates to certain requirements for MO HealthNet, to the full Missouri Senate for its consideration. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 19: A measure that addresses a single town’s ability to raise sales taxes for a school resource officer turns into a discussion over the state’s role in such matters. Missouri senators spend time on Senate Bill 21, legislation that would authorize the city of Portageville to propose a sales tax for public safety. The proposal has received first-round Missouri Senate approval. Another positive vote would send the bill to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 18: After spending time on Senate Bill 76 last week, the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee plans to continue hearing testimony again this week. The proposal would require certain MO HealthNet participants to comply with work and community engagement requirements. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 14: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 28, a measure that would makes changes to Missouri’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Another “yes” vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 13: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee hears Senate Bill 76, a measure that would require certain MO HealthNet participants to comply with work and community engagement requirements. The panel has not yet taken any action on the proposal. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 12: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 6, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to controlled substances, including the schedules, medical marijuana and criminal provisions involving controlled substances. A second “yes” vote would send this measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 11: Missouri could soon start discussing several different pieces of legislation for 2019. Senate Bill 4 seeks to modify the law relating to work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This proposal is on the Missouri Senate calendar, and could be taken up at any time. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 7: Missouri senators send House Bill 448 and 206 to the executive branch for consideration on a measure that would designates the Cloria Brown Memorial Highway in St. Louis County. This is the first bill to pass through the upper chamber this session. In addition, Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 is heard in committee. The resolution 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. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, and Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 6: This afternoon (2/6), the Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee will hear Senate Joint Resolution 14, a move that would — upon voter approval — change term limits for some elected officials. Some Missouri senators also continue to press for legislation that would help with tax code changes that are coming this year. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 5: The Missouri Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee will hear Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 this afternoon (2/5). The resolution seeks to 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. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 4: Missouri senators continue to react to a change in focus for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Some of the employees there have been, or will be, transferred to other state agencies. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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 January 2019

Jan. 31: The Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee hears Senate Bill 5, a measure that would modify the initiative and referendum process. The panel has not yet decided on the measure. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 30: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee hears a proposal that would create the Narcotics Control Act. Senate Bill 155 was presented to the panel this morning (1/30). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 29: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee holds its first hearing of the year. Members hear presentations on Senate Bill 1, which would modify provisions relating to the expungement of certain criminal records, plus Senate Bill 9 and Senate Joint Resolution 2, both of which relate to changes to impeachment proceedings. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 28: Missouri Senate committees hear the first legislation for 2019. This includes Senate Bill 14, legislation that seeks to modify provisions of law relating to child custody arrangements. The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee has not yet taken action on this proposal. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Karla May, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 24: The Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 15, legislation that seeks to enact provisions relating to the operation of motor vehicles while using electronic devices. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 23: Committees are starting to hear legislation that has been filed for this year’s legislative session. In addition to this, Missouri’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020 is on the minds of those Missouri senators who are on the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee, which holds its first hearings this week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 22: The first legislation for 2019 will be heard in committee this week. Several hearings are already on the calendar for the week. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 21: Missouri senators are about to start committee hearings. The panels, and their makeup, were released last week. The Missouri Senate is not in session today, in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Session will resume tomorrow. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 17: Missouri senators now have a better idea of the fiscal picture for the next year. The annual State of the State address was delivered yesterday (1/16). The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee plans to hold its first hearing next week. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 16: Some of the concerns Missouri senators of the past have had are shared by those who were only sworn in just one week ago. Lawmakers spent today learning of their committee assignments and the governor’s blueprint for state spending in the upcoming fiscal year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 15: After Missouri senators learn of their committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly, those panels can begin hearing legislation. In addition, this week, lawmakers are set to hear the governor’s intention for the Fiscal Year 2020 state operating budget. The annual State of the State will be delivered tomorrow (1/16). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 14: With the second week of the 2019 legislative session here, Missouri senators are ready to learn their committee assignments for this session. They are also preparing to hear from the governor, when he delivers the annual budget address — commonly referred to as the State of the State — on Wednesday afternoon. We’ve included actualities from new Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 10: Missouri senators spend time discussing Senate Resolution 19, which would make changes to some of the rules under which the Missouri Senate operates. Lawmakers ultimately pass the plan, which could come into play as early as next week, when committee assignments will be announced. We have included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 9: With an official start time of noon, the First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly is underway. There are some new leadership members and nine new Missouri senators this year. Committees will soon be put into place and filled, at which point these panels will start discussing legislation that could potentially be heard on the floor of the Missouri Senate. We have included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 8: Only one day remains until the start of the First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly. Session is set to begin at noon tomorrow (1/9), with nine new members to swear in. We have included actualities from incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and returning Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 7: Missouri’s next legislative session will start on Wednesday. The gavel is set to officially fall at noon on Jan. 9. When it does, nine new members will join 25 others in the upper chamber. We have included actualities from incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and returning Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 1: In eight days, the Missouri Legislature will return to the Capitol. A new year brings some new lawmakers and changes in leadership for the Missouri General Assembly. The First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly will start at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9. We’ve included actualities from incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and returning Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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December

Dec. 25: When the next legislative session starts on Jan. 9, there could be a mixture of previously seen and new items in store for Missouri senators. Add to this new leadership and some new faces in the upper chamber for the First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and returning Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 18: The next legislative session will start in three weeks. Some items from this past legislative session could materialize again in 2019. Among these is Senate Bill 162, which would create new provisions of law relating to leave from employment. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 11: A new state law relates to background checks. House Bill 1350 modifies provisions relating to criminal history records, including criminal record reviews and background checks for in-home service providers and childcare providers. This measure became law on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 4: A new law modifies laws that relate to the merit system for state government employees. Senate Bill 1007 took effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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November

Nov. 27: Senate Bill 954 allows individuals found guilty of certain offenses of unlawful use of a weapon to expunge these records. The new law took effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 20: When lawmakers return to Jefferson City for 2019 legislative session, they will be in a building currently undergoing a major renovation. Session will start in January. The renovation is set for completion in late 2020. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, and incoming Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 13: Missouri senators choose new leadership for the upcoming General Assembly. Selections were made last week. The First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly will start in January. We’ve included actualities from incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and returning Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 6: A new state law makes changes to some of Missouri’s boards and commissions. Senate Bill 843 took effect when it was signed into law on June 1. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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October

Oct. 30: A new Missouri law relates to opioids. Senate Bill 826 modifies provisions relating to health care. Because of an emergency clause, the new law took effect when the governor signed the measure into law on July 9. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 23: Senate Bill 819 modifies provisions of law relating to the protection of children. Senate Bill 982 enacts provisions relating to insurance. Both of these measures became law on Aug. 28. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 16: Women’s and minority business enterprises have new rules from the state. Senate Bill 802 became law on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 9: New rules regarding higher education in Missouri are now in place. Senate Bill 807 & 577, which modifies provisions relating to higher education, became law on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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June

June 12: Missouri senators are talking about the special address from the governor. The speech was given before a rare joint session of the Legislature yesterday afternoon (6/11). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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June 5: House Bill 1246 will take effect on Aug. 28. The new law will require the Missouri Department of Public Safety to develop human trafficking hotline posters. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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 May

May 29: In the final days of the 2018 legislative session, Senate Concurrent Resolution 49 was sent to the executive branch. The resolution moves the vote on Right to Work from November to August. Senate Concurrent Resolution 49 has since been signed into law. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 22: The Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly has come and gone. In the four and a half months of session, 143 bills were given final passage and sent on to the executive branch. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 17: Missouri senators approve House Bill 1413, legislation that would create new provisions relating to public sector collective bargaining. The now-amended proposal returns to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 16: Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 687, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to student transportation and allocation of school funds. The measure is now in a Missouri Senate-House conference committee. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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May 15: Missouri senators talk about tax reform, in the form of House Bill 2540, legislation that seeks to change the laws regarding state revenues. The measure has been set aside for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 14: Missouri senators have reached the final week of the Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. Several issues are still undecided for the year, with only days left before the session draws to a close. Session has to end, by law, no later than 6 p.m. this coming Friday, May 18. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 10: The budget for Missouri’s next fiscal year is delivered to the executive branch. The state’s financial blueprint for Fiscal Year 2019 totals approximately $28 billion. Fiscal Year 2019 will start on July 1, 2018. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 9: Missouri senators discuss House Bill 1288, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to tax credits for contributions to certain benevolent organizations. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 8: A Missouri Senate-House conference committee only needs one day to review differences between the two chambers’ version of the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget. Now, the 13 bills that make up the $28 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year will return to both the Missouri House and Senate for final votes. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 7: As Missouri senators move into the final two weeks of the legislative session, several issues remain unresolved. Among these is Senate Revision Bill 975, legislation that seeks to repeal expired, ineffective and obsolete statutory provisions. The measure has been in the Missouri House of Representatives for some time, awaiting its fate. Also in the air is Senate Bill 621, which would modify provisions relating to workers’ compensation for firefighters. This proposal awaits committee action. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 3: Missouri senators make changes to House Bill 2034, a measure that would modify provisions relating to industrial hemp. The proposal now returns to the Missouri House of Representatives for further consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 2: House Bill 2540 is the latest tax reform proposal to receive a Missouri Senate hearing. There are two weeks and two days left in the Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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May 1: Missouri senators discuss House Bill 1617, a measure that seeks to modify provisions relating to telehealth and health insurance payments. The proposal has been set aside for further discussion. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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April

April 30: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 1007, a measure that seeks to modify the state merit system. Another positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 26: Missouri senators add their changes to the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget. The $28 billion spending plan is made up of 13 separate measures, including House Bill 2002, which relates to elementary and secondary education. Next up for the budget will be a Missouri Senate-House conference committee. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 25: Missouri senators spend time on House Bill 1413, a measure that seeks to require authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and require consent for withholding earnings from paychecks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 24: Missouri senators discuss House Bill 1329, a measure that seeks to modify provisions of public employee retirement plans. It’s the second such proposal to be brought before the Missouri Senate in as many weeks. House Bill 1329 has been set aside for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 23: Missouri senators believe they will discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget this week. Once this is complete, those items that differ from the Missouri House of Representatives’ version would have to be ironed out in a conference committee. The 2019 fiscal year plan is due to the executive branch by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 19: Missouri senators discuss House Bill 2044, a measure that relates to public employee pensions. The proposal has been set aside for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 18: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 982, a measure that seeks to enact provisions relating to payments for health care services. The proposal still needs another “yes” vote before it could move to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 17: Missouri senators have the first measure to be passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on the calendar. House Bill 1303 seeks to change the laws regarding lobbyist expenditures. There are five weeks left in the 2018 legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 16: Missouri senators may discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 budget this week. The upper chamber has also sent a resolution to the Missouri House of Representatives that would let voters choose ending lobbyist gifts, while also doubling term limits for lawmakers. This is spelled out in Senate Joint Resolution 27. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 12: Missouri senators pass Senate Joint Resolution 27, a measure that – upon voter approval – would modify term limits and impose a gift ban for members of the Missouri General Assembly. The resolution now goes to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 11: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 674, legislation that seeks to modify several provisions relating to taxation. The measure still needs another positive vote before it could move to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 10: The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is now reviewing the 13 appropriations measures sent to them by the Missouri House of Representatives. Once complete, the entire Missouri Senate could consider the bills as soon as next week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 9: Several economic development measures remain undecided, with six weeks left in the 2018 legislative session. Among these is Senate Joint Resolution 40, which would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment relating to labor organizations, and Senate Bill 801, legislation that relates to Missouri’s minimum wage. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 5: The Missouri Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee hears House Bill 2265, which relates to grid modernization. Committee action is pending on the proposal. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 4: Missouri senators return from Easter break and give first-round approval to Senate Bill 954, legislation that seeks to allow people found guilty of certain weapons offenses to expunge those records, and Senate Bill 722, a measure that would require the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct a study regarding the importation of certain prescription drugs by the state. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, and Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 3: Missouri’s prevailing wage is among the unresolved issues of the 2018 legislative session. There are seven weeks left in this year’s regular session. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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April 2: Among the measures yet to be decided by Missouri senators is Senate Bill 654. This measure seeks to require every individual who is 17 years or older and is arrested for a felony offense to provide a biological sample for DNA profiling. The proposal would also create a procedure for certain persons who have had their samples collected to request expungement. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, and Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March

March 29: Time is spent on two different measures. Senate Bill 617, 611 and 667 relates to taxes, and has been given first-round Missouri Senate approval. Another “yes” vote would send it to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. Senate Bill 822 relates to seat belt’s roles as evidence, and has been tabled for future discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring; Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur; and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 28: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 874, a measure that seeks to allow citizens to summon a grand jury by filing a petition with the court. The proposal was heard Monday. The panel has not yet acted on the bill. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 27: Missouri senators come back from mid-session recess and discuss Senate Bill 578, legislation that seeks to make changes to laws regarding arbitration agreements between employers and at-will employees, and Senate Bill 802, a measure that would modify provisions relating to women’s and minority business enterprises. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 26: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 893, legislation that seeks to modify the initiative and referendum process. The Missouri Senate was in mid-session recess last week. Lawmakers return today for the second half of the 2018 legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 22: Taxes may become a focal point in the second half of the 2018 legislative session. Senate Bill 617, 611 and 667 contains not only cuts to the state income tax, but an increase to the state’s gasoline tax. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 21: Missouri senators are looking ahead to the second half of the 2018 legislative session. When they return, they will have eight weeks to finish work. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 20: The proverbial “halftime” continues for Missouri senators, as they reflect on the first 11 weeks of the 2018 legislative session. For some, this includes progress made on tax reform legislation. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 19: Missouri senators conclude the first half of the Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. The second half will start on March 26 and finish on May 18. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 15: Missouri senators make changes to House Bill 1531, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to interpleading in civil proceedings. The measure will return to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 14: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to a measure that would modify the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Senate Bill 590 was given Missouri Senate floor time again yesterday (3/13). Another “yes” vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 13: Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 617, 611 and 667, legislation that relates to taxation. The proposal has been set aside for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 12: As Missouri senators look ahead to the next two months of session, there are still plenty of bills to discuss. These include Senate Bill 869, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to employment security, and Senate Bill 680, a measure that would make changes to Missouri’s minimum wage. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 8: Senate Bill 960, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to the administration of eye drops to newborn infants, now awaits full Missouri Senate discussion. It was voted “do pass” by the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee on Wednesday morning. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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March 7: Missouri senators spend more time on Senate Bill 612, legislation that seeks to create provisions relating to alternative education options for elementary and secondary students. The measure has been set aside for further consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 6: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 800, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to termination of parental rights and consent to adopt petitions in juvenile courts. Another “yes” vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff; Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton; and Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 5: The Missouri Senate General Laws Committee hears Senate Bill 584, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to Civil War property. The panel has yet to take final action on the measure. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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March 1: Missouri senators take more time to talk about Senate Bill 546, legislation that would modify provisions of civil procedure regarding joinder and venue. The measure has been set aside for future consideration. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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February

Feb. 28: Missouri senators spend time on Senate Bill 813, a measure that seeks to modify the offense of peace disturbance and allow a civil action against a person who commits the offense of peace disturbance and blocks a highway or access to emergency medical services. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 27: Missouri senators spend time on a measure aimed at changing part of a new law. Senate Bill 786 seeks to make changes to “whistle-blower’s” protection for public employees. The measure comes in response to last year’s Senate Bill 43. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 26: Senate Concurrent Resolution 41 would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. The resolution awaits action from the Missouri Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 22: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee hears Senate Bill 948, legislation that would require certain MO HealthNet participants to comply with work and community engagement requirements. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 21: Missouri senators spend time on Senate Bill 612, which would establish the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program. The measure has been laid over for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 20: Senate Bill 590, legislation that seeks to modify the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and create the Capitol Complex and Public Building Preservation tax credits, gets time on the Missouri Senate floor. The measure has been set aside for further talks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 19: A Missouri senator looks at how much profit insurance providers make under federal law. Senate Bill 928 would modify provisions relating to emergency services health benefit determinations. The Missouri Senate Health and Pensions Committee heard the proposal on Feb. 7. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 15: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee considers Senate Bill 722, legislation that seeks to require the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct a study regarding the importation of certain prescription drugs, and Senate Bill 846, which would require certain health care professionals to complete two hours of suicide prevention training. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 14: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 699, which would modify the Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program. Another positive vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, and Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 13: Senate Bill 791, a measure that would make knowingly inciting another to commit suicide second-degree involuntary manslaughter, is heard in the Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The panel has not yet acted on the proposal. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 12: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 549, legislation that seeks to reauthorize the Missouri Works Training and Missouri Works programs, and could soon be combined with Senate Bill 550. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 8: Missouri senators spend a night talking about Senate Bill 564, which would modify provisions relating to public utilities. Discussion started just after 7 p.m. yesterday (2/7) and continued past noon today (2/8). We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 7: First-round Missouri Senate approval is given to Senate Bill 807 & 577, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to degree offerings at public institutions of higher education. Another positive vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 6: The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 710, a measure that would define the offense of driving with prohibited blood alcohol or drug content. The panel has not yet acted on the proposal. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 5: A measure dealing with opioid abuse makes its way to the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 826 seeks to modify provisions relating to the disposal of unused controlled substances, and was given committee approval on Jan. 31. It is now on the Missouri Senate calendar for full discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 1: The Missouri Senate Economic Development Committee takes action on Senate Bill 549, which would reauthorize the Missouri Works Training Program, and Senate Bill 550, which seeks to reauthorize the Missouri Works Program. Both have been voted “do pass” and could be considered by the entire Missouri Senate at any time. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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January 2018

Jan. 31: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 579, legislation that would modify provisions relating to certain crimes against emergency service providers. Another “yes” vote would send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 30: A move to undo part of a new state law has begun. The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 786, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to “whistle-blower’s” protection for public employees. This measure comes in response to Senate Bill 43, which was passed last year. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and committee member, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 29: Missouri senators spend time talking about Senate Bill 567, which would modify provisions relating to tax credits and funds for vulnerable populations. In doing so, they also mentioned the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 25: The third measure to be taken up on the Missouri Senate floor this week is Senate Bill 561, which would modify the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The proposal has been set aside for future discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 24: Missouri senators discuss Senate Bill 567, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to tax credits and funds for vulnerable populations. After lengthy talks on the Missouri Senate floor yesterday afternoon (1/23), the measure was laid over for future discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 23: The first measure to see floor time in the Missouri Senate this session is Senate Bill 564, legislation that would modify provisions relating to public utilities. In the meantime, the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee hears Senate Bill 547, which seeks to modify provisions relating to industrial hemp. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 22: Missouri senators continue to offer advice and consent on gubernatorial appointments made during the interim, which is the span between regular legislative sessions. By law, the Missouri Senate has 30 days to finish this task, once the regular session has started. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 18: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee sends a priority measure to the full Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 567 seeks to modify provisions relating to tax credits and funds for vulnerable populations. The measure could be brought up for discussion at any time. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 17: A Missouri Senate committee hears two proposals that would change the state tax code. The Missouri Senate Ways and Means Committee heard Senate Bills 611 and 617 yesterday (1/16). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 16: Committee hearings continue in the third week of the 2018 legislative session. Most of the measures getting committee time are priorities for Missouri senators. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 15: Missouri senators are moving forward with getting priority measures onto the floor for debate. More than 300 individual Missouri Senate bills are making their way either into, or through, committees. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 11: A Missouri Senate committee spends several hours hearing testimony on Senate Bill 564. The measure seeks to modify provisions relating to public utilities. The committee hearing was held yesterday afternoon (1/10). We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and committee member, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 10: Missouri senators are hearing proposals in committee. Among these is Senate Bill 567, which would modify provisions relating to tax credits and funds for vulnerable populations. The measure was heard in the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee this (1/10) morning. 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’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 9: Missouri senators continue to introduce legislation. Among these is Senate Bill 618, legislation that seeks to modify provisions related to charter schools, and Senate Bill 875, a measure that would require reporting lost or stolen firearms in St. Louis. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsors, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 8: Committee hearings are the next order of business for Missouri senators. Panels could start hearing legislation as early as this week. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 4: Lawmakers have concluded the first week of the 2018 legislative session. Prefiled legislation will likely start to be assigned to committees next week. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 3: Missouri senators have started the 2018 legislative session, which officially started at noon today (1/3) and will end on May 18. There are almost as many priorities for the Missouri Senate as there are members of the upper chamber. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 2: One of the ideas among some Missouri senators is tax reform. Senate Bill 617 is one such approach. Other Missouri senators worry cutting taxes will mean reducing services. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 1: The Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly will start in two days. The gavel will fall at noon on Jan. 3. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications’ Dean Morgan.
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 December 2017

Dec. 26: Missouri senators are only one week from starting the next legislative session. Many of the items they intend to tackle in the coming year are repeat proposals from previous years. The Second Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 19: Among the issues Missouri senators plan to address next year is upgrading utility infrastructure. This includes Missouri’s electrical grid. 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.
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Dec. 12: Many of the items that were a part of the 2017 legislative session will be seen again in 2018. This could include Missouri’s prevailing wage and in-home care for some in our state. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 5: Prefiled legislation for the 2018 session received bill numbers on Dec. 1. Among the measures gaining attention, so far, are Senate Bill 617 and Senate Bill 620. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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November

Nov. 28: A couple of new transportation laws are now in effect. Both Senate Bill 222 and Senate Bill 225 became law on Aug. 28. This comes at the same time the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force is about to complete its mission. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 21: New rules for foster families are now part of Missouri law. Senate Bill 160 modifies provisions relating to child protection, and took effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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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Nov. 14: A measure that did not survive the executive branch this year is Senate Bill 128, which would have modified various provisions relating to crime; however, Senate Bill 139, which modifies provisions relating to health care, did become law this year. 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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Nov. 7: The 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force has two hearings scheduled for this month. The first will be held tomorrow (11/8) at the Capitol. The second will be on Nov. 15 in Cape Girardeau. We’ve included actualities from task force member, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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October

Oct. 31: Senate Bill 5 modifies several provisions relating to abortion, and took effect on Oct. 24. A legal question over the measure was set aside by a judge last week, but a new lawsuit against the new law has been filed this week. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 24: A new Missouri law continues to be looked at by a variety of interests. Senate Bill 43 modifies the law relating to unlawful discrimination, and took effect on Aug. 28. There are some people who say the new law will result in the state receiving less federal money. 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.
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Oct. 17: The 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force holds its second hearing in just as many weeks. At the same time, some Missouri senators are still talking about a legislative transportation victory from earlier this year. We’ve included actualities from task force co-chair, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 10: The 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force plans to return to Jefferson City for its next hearing this week. The panel has been holding hearings all across Missouri since this summer. We’ve included actualities from committee member, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 3: Senate Bill 108 grants re-employment rights to members of the military. The new law took effect on Aug. 28. In the meantime, the Missouri Senate-House work group tasked with finding a funding solution for approximately 8,000 Missourians who require in-home care reaches its three-week deadline. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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September

Sept. 26: Health care the focus of a couple of new state laws. Senate Bill 88 establishes a two-year statute of limitation for claims of malpractice or negligence against veterinarians. Senate Bill 50 relates to health care registries. We’ve included actualities from both bill sponsors, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 19: A Missouri senator will co-chair a work group aimed at finding solutions to in-home care that could be lost to some 8,000 Missourians, since lawmakers were unsuccessful in overriding the veto of House Committee Bill 3. The work group has been given a three-week deadline. We’ve included actualities from work group co-chair, Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 12: When Missouri senators return to Jefferson City for this week’s annual veto session, several Missourians will be watching House Committee Bill 3, legislation that focused on funding for vulnerable senior citizens. The measure is one of five that saw a veto. Veto session will start tomorrow (9/13) at noon. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 5: Another new law comes from Senate Bill 52, legislation that creates several provisions relating to suicide awareness and prevention. In addition, lawmakers are starting to look ahead to the next legislative session. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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August

Aug. 29: Senate Bill 34 is among the measures that became law on Monday (8/28). The new law modifies and creates new provisions relating to criminal offenses. Among these is creation of the Blue Alert System a reality in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 22: The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on Labor Reform meets for the first time. The topic for the first hearing was prevailing wage. Other subjects could be talked about in future gatherings. We’ve included actualities from committee chair, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 15: Among the measures set to become law later this month is Senate Bill 66, which will modify provisions of law relating to workers’ compensation. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. 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.
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Aug. 8: Most Missouri laws take effect on Aug. 28. There are exceptions. For instance, Senate Bill 8, a proposal that changes the law relating to flashing lights on motor vehicles and equipment, which became law when it signed by the governor on June 28. Senate Bill 16 exempts delivery charges from sales and use taxes. It will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 1: Senate Bill 5 is the result of the Second Extraordinary Session of the 99th General Assembly. The measure modifies several provisions relating to abortion and will become law in late October. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July

July 25: Missouri senators return to Jefferson City to resume the Second Extraordinary Session of the 99th General Assembly. They are, again, considering Senate Bill 5. The measure relates to abortion. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 18: Another measure relating to tort reform is set to become law. On June 30, the governor signed Senate Bill 43, which will modify the law relating to unlawful discrimination. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 11: Among the measures that have seen a veto this year is House Committee Bill 3, which sought to modify provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 4: Missouri’s “Foster Care Bill of Rights” is closer to creation. Senate Bill 160 will modify provisions relating to child protection. While some provisions of the measure took effect when it was signed on June 22, others will become law on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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 June

June 27: Missouri’s next fiscal year will start on July 1. Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget totals $27.6 billion. Fiscal Year 2018 will last through June 30, 2018. 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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June 20: Both Senate Bills 108 and 279 are signed into law. Each measure relates to members of the military and will take effect on Aug. 28. In addition, the Second Extraordinary Session of the 99th General Assembly is in its second week. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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June 13: Missouri senators are set to debate Senate Bill 5, Senate Bill 6 and Senate Bill 1 — which closely mirrors Senate Bill 67 from this year’s regular session. The governor called the Second Extraordinary Session of the 99th General Assembly last week. It started yesterday (6/12). We’ve included actualities from 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.
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June 6: The governor signs Senate Bill 182, which will modify provisions of law relating to project-labor agreements, into law. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May

May 30: It only took five days to send House Bill 1 to the executive branch. The measure would authorize the Missouri Public Service Commission, or PSC, to approve a special rate for certain facilities. 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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May 23: Missouri senators begin the Extraordinary Session of the 99th General Assembly. The session was called by the governor in order to secure a smelter and steel mill in southeast Missouri. By law, an extraordinary — or special — session can last up to 60 days. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 16: The First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly comes to a close, which has some Missouri senators looking back at what worked and what didn’t. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 11: Missouri senators start a dialogue on House Bill 1194 and 1193, a measure that seeks to prohibit political subdivisions from requiring a minimum wage that exceeds the requirements of state law. The proposal has been set aside for further discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 10: Missouri senators amend and return to the Missouri House of Representatives House Bill 151, legislation that would allow the Missouri Department of Revenue to issue Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards. Session will conclude at 6 p.m. this coming Friday. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 9: House Committee Bill 3, which seeks to modify provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens, is back in the Missouri House of Representatives. Missouri senators made additional changes to the measure yesterday, after having passed it last week. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 8: Missouri senators send Senate Bill 313 to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration. The measure seeks to modify provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. Only one week remains in the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 4: Missouri senators begin discussion on the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget for the Show-Me State. The Missouri Senate-House conference committee completed its work in a single day. Missouri’s financial blueprint for the next fiscal year has to delivered to the governor by 6 p.m. tomorrow (May 5). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and committee member, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 3: Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget now moves to a Missouri Senate-House conference committee. By law, the budget must be sent to the executive branch no later than 6 p.m. on Friday (May 5). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee member, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 2: The Missouri Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee hears Senate Bill 73, a measure that seeks to create new provisions of law relating to financial disclosure under campaign finance laws. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 1: Now that Missouri senators have crafted their version of a financial plan for the state, it’s up to Missouri Senate and House conferees to get a budget through both chambers and to the executive branch by 6 p.m. this coming Friday (May 5). We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April

April 27: Missouri senators say yes to their version of the state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018. From here, the proposed financial plan will go to a conference committee of Missouri Senate and House members. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 26: Missouri senators add funding to education. An amendment to House Bill 2, which funds elementary and secondary education, would still need to go a Missouri Senate-House conference committee. Missouri senators began working on the Fiscal Year 2018 state operating budget yesterday (April 25). We’ve included actualities from Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee member, Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 25: House Bill 302 would create the “Blue Alert System” for notifying the public when law enforcement officers are seriously injured or killed. Missouri senators discussed the measure yesterday afternoon (April 24) and laid over the bill for future talks. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 24: Missouri senators could discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 state operating budget this week. The budget has to be approved by the full Missouri General Assembly by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee member, 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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April 20: Missouri senators make changes to House Bill 339, a measure that would modify provisions relating to settlement agreements in tort claims and establish a statute of limitations for claims against veterinarians. The proposal now returns to the Missouri House of Representatives with a Missouri Senate amendment. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 19: Missouri senators spend hours talking about House Committee Bill 3, legislation that seeks to modify provisions relating to funds for vulnerable senior citizens. The measure has been set aside for future discussion. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 18: The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is nearing the end of its goal for the year. The panel could have the Fiscal Year 2018 state operating budget ready for the full Missouri Senate before week’s end. The budget has to be delivered to the executive branch by May 5. We’ve included actualities from committee member, Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 17: The full Missouri Senate could begin discussing the Fiscal Year 2018 state operating budget this week. The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee spent most of last week going through the 13 bills that comprise the state’s spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. We’ve included actualities from committee chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and committee member, Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 13: Both Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 and Senate Bill 22 are sent to the Missouri House of Representatives. Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 asks Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of states to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution regarding term limits for members of Congress. Senate Bill 22 would modify provisions relating to contaminated homes. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 12: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 204, legislation that seeks to require every individual who is 17 years or older — and is arrested for a felony offense — to provide a biological sample for DNA profiling, and return to the Missouri House of Representatives House Bill 130, a measure that would enact provisions relating to transportation network companies. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, and Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 11: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 313, a measure that would modify provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. A second positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester; Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis; and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 10: Missouri senators make changes to the supplemental budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year. House Bill 14 now returns to the Missouri House of Representatives for renewed consideration. Fiscal Year 2017 will end on June 30. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 6: Missouri senators consider a couple of different measures, both of which have been tabled for later discussion. Senate Bill 220 seeks to provide that a person who is injured by a product has 10 years after the sale or lease of the product to bring a suit for damages. Senate Bill 373 would establish the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 5: Missouri senators talk about two measures that relate to women’s health. Senate Bill 41 would provide protection for alternatives-to-abortion agencies. Senate Bill 67 seeks to modify provisions of law relating to abortion, including donation of fetal tissue, tissue reports, abortion reports, employee disclosure policies and abortion facility inspections. We’ve included actualities from 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.
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April 4: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 434, a measure that would allow school districts to allocate less than 1 percent, but no less than .5 percent, of money received under the school foundation formula to the professional development committee of the district when certain requirements are met. Another positive vote would send the proposal to the Missouri House of Representatives for similar consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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April 3: Senate Bill 375 gets a hearing in the Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee. The measure would change the law regarding consent for a minor to obtain an abortion. The committee has yet to take action on the proposal. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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March

March 30: 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.
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March 29: 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.
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March 28: 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.
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March 27: 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.
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March 23: 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.
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March 22: 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.
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March 21: 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.
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March 20: 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.
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March 16: 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.
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March 15: 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.
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March 14: 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.
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March 13: 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.
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March 9: 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.
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March 8: 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.
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March 7: 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.
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March 6: 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.
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March 2: 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.
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March 1: Senate 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.
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February

Feb. 28: Discussion begins on Senate Bill 43, a measure that would make changes to the law relating to unlawful discrimination. The proposal has been set aside for future debate. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 27: Missouri senators continue to hear legislation in committee. Senate Joint Resolution 12 would cap annual appropriations and reduce income tax rates, upon a vote of the people. Senate Bill 344 seeks to expunge certain criminal records relating to prostitution. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 23: Missouri senators spend time discussing Senate Bill 37 and 244, which would allow the Missouri Department of Revenue to issue Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, and Senate Bill 74, legislation that seeks to establish a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 22: Missouri senators talk about Senate Bill 457 as soon as they first hear about it. The measure seeks to remove certain roads from the responsibility of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and direct certain sales and use tax funds into the state road fund. The bill was introduced today (2/22) and has not yet been assigned to a Missouri Senate committee. 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.
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Feb. 21: Missouri senators spend time talking about Senate Bill 113, legislation that would modify the law relating to discharge of employees under workers’ compensation statutes. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 20: Senate Bill 360, legislation that would make changes to laws governing virtual public schools, has been heard by the Missouri Senate Education Committee. The measure is one of several that relate to virtual education in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 16: A preliminary vote is given to Senate Bill 45 by the Missouri Senate. The proposal would make changes to laws regarding arbitration agreements between employers and at-will employees. Another vote is still needed before the measure could be sent to the Missouri House of Representatives for its 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.
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Feb. 15: Missouri senators begin discussion of Senate Bill 45, legislation that would modify laws regarding arbitration agreements between employers and at-will employees. The measure has been laid over for further consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 14: Missouri senators give first-round approval to Senate Bill 237, a measure that would change the definitions of “employee” and “physician employee” in actions against health care providers for personal injury or death. The proposal still needs another vote from the Missouri Senate before it could move on to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 13: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee hears legislation. The panel hears Senate Bill 245, legislation that would require health carriers and health care providers to establish shared-savings incentive programs, and Senate Bill 363, which would require long-term care facilities to institute policies facilitating familial involvement. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsors, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 9: Missouri senators give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 182, which seeks to make changes to provisions of law relating to project labor agreements. The measure awaits a final vote before it could be sent to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 8: Missouri senators continue to discuss Senate Bill 182, which relates to project-labor agreements. The measure has been the main point for lawmakers for two consecutive days on the Missouri Senate floor. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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.
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Feb. 7: Missouri senators begin floor discussion of Senate Bill 182, a measure that would make changes to laws relating to project labor agreements. The legislation has been set aside for future dialogue. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 6: Missouri senators get their first look at the proposed budget for Missouri’s upcoming fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2018 will start on July 1, 2017. Lawmakers are required to have the budget delivered to the governor by 6 p.m. on May 5. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Feb. 2: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee hears Senate Bill 104, which would make changes to procedures in guardianship and conservator proceedings for incapacitated or disabled people. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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.
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Feb. 1: Senate Bill 31, which would affect the “collateral source” rule, is taken up by Missouri senators. The measure would undo a judge’s decision on tort reform legislation from 2010. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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January 2017

Jan. 31: Missouri senators vote to turn down a proposed pay raise for them and statewide elected officials. House Concurrent Resolution 4 opposes recommendations made by the Missouri Citizens Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. Missouri senators vote 25-two to reject the recommended pay hikes. We’ve included actualities from resolution handler, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 30: Missouri senators prepare to finish the first month of the 2017 legislative session. As they do, hundreds of measures are making their way through the varying committees in the Missouri Senate. These include Senate Bill 190, which would make changes to some of the ratemaking rules for public utilities, and Senate Bill 28, which would have the Missouri Department of Social Services apply for a waiver for MO HealthNet. 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.
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Jan. 26: Missouri senators send Senate Bill 19 to the Missouri House of Representatives for its consideration. The measure, called Right to Work by supporters, passed today on a 21-12 vote. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 25: Committee hearings continue in the Missouri Senate. The Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hears Senate Bill 46, which would increase penalties against those convicted of assault and manslaughter on law enforcement and emergency responders. The panel has yet to act on the measure. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 24: Missouri senators spend time discussing Senate Bill 19, the measure that would implement Right to Work in the Show-Me State. More time could be spent on this proposal today. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 23: The first measures to be discussed on the Missouri Senate floor could be brought up this week. Right to Work is represented by Senate Bills 19 and 21, plus House Bill 91, all of which await action by the full Missouri Senate. 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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Jan. 19: Missouri senators continue to react to the this week’s address from the governor. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 18: Missouri senators are talking about the first address to them from the new governor. What’s known as the “State of the State” was delivered yesterday evening (1/17), even though the executive branch does not plan to release budget recommendations until early next month. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, and Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 17: Committee hearings continue in the Missouri Senate, as lawmakers enter into the third week of session. Senate Bill 31, known as the “collateral Source” rule, was heard last week. The panel has not yet taken action on the measure. Senate Bill 117, which would require employees and volunteers of specified public and private institutions to receive an influenza vaccination every year, is scheduled for committee tomorrow (1/18). 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.
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Jan. 16: The Missouri Senate will not be in session today, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Missouri senators will return to the Capitol tomorrow (1/17). When they do, there is a chance they might begin full Missouri Senate debate of Senate Bill 19, which is more commonly referred to as Right to Work. The measure received a Missouri Senate committee hearing last week. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 12: The first committee hearings are held in the Missouri Senate. Yesterday (1/11), the Missouri Senate General Laws Committee heard Senate Bills 19 and 21, which supporters call Right to Work and “paycheck protection,” respectively. Also, the Missouri Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee met to hear Senate Bill 22, which seeks to make changes to provisions relating to hazardous waste. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 11: The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee meets for the first time this year. The panel heard Senate Bill 28, which would require the Missouri Department of Social Services to apply for a global waiver for MO HealthNet. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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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Jan. 10: Right to Work will take center stage this week in one Missouri Senate committee. The Missouri Senate General Laws Committee will hear Senate Bills 19 and 21 tomorrow (1/11). We’ve included actualities from committee chair, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 9: The next order of business for Missouri senators will be committee hearings. Those are set to begin this week. The regular legislative session started last week. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 5: Missouri senators complete the first week of the 2017 legislative session. They go into week No. 2 knowing their committee assignments. This includes the five, new Missouri senators for the 99th General Assembly. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 4: The First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly is officially underway. The session started at noon today. Among the known priorities for some Missouri senators is passage of Right to Work legislation, which critics argue is unnecessary. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 3: At noon tomorrow (1/4), Missouri senators will begin the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. Among the issues that could be debated this year is some sort of education reform. What form this would take remains to be seen. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Jan. 2: In just two days, lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the start of the 2017 legislative session. Most of the priority measures have been established. What remains is how soon those bills could be debated and what else could come before May. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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December

Dec. 27: Missouri senators prepare to return to Jefferson City for the start of the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly, which is set to commence at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 20: Among the issues that could be discussed during next year’s legislative session could be health care. The potential of changing federal law exists, which means Missouri lawmakers would like to have a say in what may be implemented as a replacement. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 13: Already, nearly 200 measures have been prefiled in the Missouri Senate, as lawmakers prepare for the next legislative session. The 2017 session will start on Jan. 4. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Dec. 6: The start of the next regular legislative session is only five weeks away. Prefiled legislation will receive bill numbers for 2017 on Dec. 1. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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November

Nov. 29: The start of the next regular legislative session is only five weeks away. Prefiled legislation will receive bill numbers for 2017 on Dec. 1. We’ve included actualities from Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 22: Legislation addressing transportation funding and adding a religious freedom clause to the Missouri Constitution were both considered by Missouri senators this year. Both could be among several issues that may be brought back during next year’s regular legislative session. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 15: Missouri senators pick leadership for the upcoming two years. The First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly will start in January. We’ve included actualities from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 8: Education is the focus of some of Missouri’s new laws in 2016. Senate Bill 711 requires CPR instruction and training during high school. House Bill 1559 designates July 1 as “Lucile Bluford Day” in Missouri. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Nov. 1: A new law addresses crime victims. Senate Bill 921 took effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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October

Oct. 25: So far this interim, five committees have held hearings, including the Senate Interim Committee on MO HealthNet Pharmacy Benefits and the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia. Some of these panels plan to have recommendations ready before the end of this year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 18: A couple of measures that have become law this year are aimed at suicide prevention. Senate Concurrent Resolution 50 designates the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Missouri. Additionally, House Bill 2379 also addresses dyslexia screening in public schools. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Oct. 11: Senate Bill 641 creates an income tax deduction for payments received as part of a program that compensates agricultural producers for losses from disaster or emergency. The measure was vetoed earlier this year, but that was overridden by lawmakers last month. The new law will take effect on Friday. 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.
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Oct. 4: House Bill 1414 will prohibit certain agricultural data from being subject to public disclosure laws. The measure was vetoed by the executive branch earlier this year, but the veto was overridden by lawmakers last month. We’ve included actualities from Missouri Senate bill handler, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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September

Sept. 27: Senate Bill 844 modifies provisions relating to livestock trespass liability. It is one of the measures that will become law next month, thanks to its veto being overridden by the Missouri General Assembly earlier this month. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 20: Senate Bill 608 modifies provisions relating to health care. The measure was vetoed earlier this year, but that veto was overridden by the Missouri General Assembly last week. The new law will take effect next month. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 13: Missouri senators are set to start veto session. Among the measures that could be considered for an override is Senate Bill 656, which would make changes to laws relating to self-defense, unlawful weapons use and concealed-carry permits. Veto session will start at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 14). We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Sept. 6: Most of the legislation introduced this year didn’t go as far as supporters would have hoped. Senate Bill 816 would have repealed the death penalty in Missouri. Senate Bill 653 would have banned gender discrimination in the Show-Me State. These measures may be introduced again next year. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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August

Aug. 30: There are three new laws now in effect in Missouri that address ethics reform. House Bills 1979, 1983 and 2203 all makes changes to different aspects of campaigning and running elections in Missouri, and all three took effect on Aug. 28. 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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Aug. 23: Among the measures set to take effect on Aug. 28 is Senate Bill 579, which relates to infection reporting of health care facilities and telehealth services. Most of the measures that were either signed into law or allowed to become law without the governor’s signature will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 16: A comprehensive higher education measure is set to become law. Senate Bill 997 has several components to it, all of which will take effect within the next year. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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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Aug. 9: House Bill 1646 creates the Missouri Civics Education Initiative. Even though the measure will become law on Aug. 28, its provisions will not take effect until July 1, 2017. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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Aug. 2: Missouri is about to have a new election law. Senate Bill 786 modifies the law relating to the prosecution of election offenses and will become law on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July

July 26: Certain parts of a person’s criminal record can soon be taken away. Senate Bill 588 makes changes relating to petitions for the expungement of criminal records. The new law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 19: Among the measures not signed into law — but allowed to take effect without the governor’s signature — is Senate Bill 607, which will modify provisions relating to public assistance programs. The new law will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 12: House Bill 1631 would require a person to show photo identification in order to vote. The measure was vetoed by the executive branch on July 7. House Bill 1631 could be taken up at the annual veto session, which is set to start on Sept. 14. We’ve included actualities from bill handler, Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, and Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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July 5: The executive branch vetoes Senate Bill 656, which seeks to modify provisions relating to county sheriffs, self-defense, unlawful use of weapons and concealed-carry permits. When lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the annual veto session in September, this measure could be considered for a veto override. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, 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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June

June 28: Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget will start on Friday (July 1). The budget for the upcoming fiscal year totals $27 billion. We have included actualities from Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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June 21: An addition to last year’s municipal court reform is now set to become law. Senate Bill 572 will take effect on Aug. 28. The new law will make changes to nuisance abatement ordinances, disincorporation procedures for various cities and municipal courts. We’ve included actualities from bill sponsor, Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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June 14: A new law will oversee the online world of fantasy sports in Missouri. House Bill 1941 will provide licensing and taxation for daily fantasy sports games. The measure will take effect on Aug. 28. We’ve included actualities from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, and Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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June 7: A new law that relates to bullying in schools and suicide prevention is set to take effect. House Bill 1583 was signed into law on June 3, and will become law on Aug. 28. The measure modifies several provisions relating to student safety. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 2016

May 31: Some changes could be in store for some parts of Missouri law that deal with crime. None of these measures has yet been considered by the executive branch, which has until July 14 to sign, veto or let legislation become law without a signature. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.
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May 24: A majority of Missouri senators consider Senate Bill 656 to have been an important issue for this year’s regular legislative session. The measure seeks to modify provisions relating to county sheriffs, self-defense, unlawful use of weapons and concealed carry permits. 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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May 17: The Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly ended on May 13. For some Missouri senators, the goal was to get legislation sent to the executive branch. For others, it was a question of keeping certain things from making it to the finish line. 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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