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Volume XLIII, Issue 2 January 18, 2013
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The 97th General Assembly convened on January 14, 2013 with Governor Nixon taking the oath of office after the oath was administered to Chris Koster, Attorney General; Clint Zweifel, State Treasurer; Jason Kander, Secretary of State; and Peter Kinder, Lt. Governor.
Shortly after the ceremony Nixon met with education leaders about expanding early childhood education and indicated that his budget would include more resources for preschool programs.
On January 28, Governor Nixon will deliver the State of the State Address.
Bills of Interest – Sydell Shayer, Director
The League supports the abolition of the death penalty.
SB 61 sponsor Joseph Keaveny Requires the state auditor to compare the cost of administering the death penalty by comparing death penalty cases in which the death penalty is sought and is imposed to costs for cases in which the death penalty is not sought and the defendant is sentenced to life without parole and cases in which the death penalty is sought, but not imposed.
Effective date August 28, 2013. First reading on 1/9/2013 Sixth on calendar
The huge cost of death penalty cases has become a big issue in many states and is a significant factor in increasing support for ending the death penalty. There are no official statistics for Missouri.
HB 78 sponsor Penny Hubbard Introduced 1/15/2013 Proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the death penalty in Missouri. Effective date August 28, 2013
We are waiting for more tax bills to be filed.
The League opposes term limits for members of the legislature.
HJR 4 Myron Neth Allows legislators the option to serve in the house or senate more than the present eight years with a maximum as now of serving no more than sixteen years.
Read second time 1/10/2013 Of interest
Public Education – Marty Ott, Director and Education Chair
Committee action this week has primarily consisted of organizational meetings. Bills are likely to be heard beginning next week.
The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee will include:
Cookson, Steve Chair
Barnes, Jay Vice-Chair
The House Higher Education Committee will include:
Thomson, Mike Chair
Frederick, Keith Vice-Chair
The House Appropriations-Education Committee will include:
Lair, Mike Chair
Rowland, Lyle Vice-Chair
Senate Education Committee will include:
Pearce, David Chair
Romine, Gary Vice-Chair
Curls, Shalon “Kiki”
The Senate Appropriations Committee will include:
Schaefer, Kurt, Chair
Rupp, Scott, Vice-Chair
Brown, Dan, 16th
Curls, Shalon “Kiki”
Pearce, David, 31st
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