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Friday, May 24, 2013
Capitol Report: Balanced Budget Delivered On Time
Posted Friday, May 10, at 3:28 PM
The one constitutional requirement for the state legislature is to present a balanced budget by a certain deadline. The budget is mandated to be sent to the governor's desk by 6:00 p.m. on the second-to-last Friday of the session, or May 10 this year. This week has also been full of legislative work as the General Assembly prepares to adjourn the session Friday, May 17...
Performance Should Equal Progress
It has taken lots of work to create a funding model for higher education in Missouri that takes into account such factors as student retention and course completion. However, the 14-member Joint Committee on Education took on that charge to fulfill the requirements of last year's House Bill 1731. One of the most important recommendations was performance-based funding for our state's higher education institutions...
Interns working for you
I am always honored to have interns serving the 21st District in the State Capitol. This legislative session, we have three new faces among our office staff. Taiylor Llewellyn of Odessa is the daughter of Ronda and Terry Carter. She is a sophomore at the University of Central Missouri, seeking a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. ...
In the last few weeks, there has been much discussion regarding the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) sharing private information collected from Missouri's citizens with the federal government. What seems to be worse is that they are using our personal document requirements when renewing or replacing a driver's license or concealed carry endorsement (CCW). It has also come to my attention this information has been shared with two federal agencies without owner's permission...
The business of the budget
The one constitutionally mandated job of the Missouri General Assembly is to pass a balanced state budget by the deadline of 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the last day of session. This session, our deadline is May 10. This week, the House sent its versions of the budget bills to the Senate for consideration. Those bills have now been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for hearings...
Higher Education Discussion Continues
JEFFERSON CITY -- This week in the Senate, legislation dealing with performance funding for higher education institutions was heard before the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 437 is the culmination of work that the Joint Committee on Education has been focused on since the passage of House Bill 1731 in 2012, to create a funding formula for Missouri’s institutions of higher education...
Missouri legislature hits halfway mark
JEFFERSON CITY -- We are approaching the halfway point for this legislative session. Lawmakers have spent the past 10 weeks introducing bills, conducting hearings, and discussing legislation. Now the truly intense work begins. The Senate will break for the next week, giving lawmakers some time to travel back to their districts. It’s always good to get back home for a few days, to meet with constituents and recharge the batteries...
Supporting UM Extension
University of Missouri Extension services are available in every county in Missouri. I strongly believe in the work of the extension and the county councils that drive local programming. Because of this, I believe that each community should have the option of establishing single- or multi-county extension districts in order to offer better service to local citizens, as well as the choice to fund extension programs with a voter-approved property tax levy...
The State of Our State
This week, the governor addressed the legislature and the citizens of Missouri and offered his annual State of the State presentation. This speech typically outlines the governor's priorities for the legislative session, as well as his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. We are mandated to have a financially sound budget by this year's constitutional deadline of May 10...
Supporting Our Family Farms
I had the pleasure of growing up in an agricultural family. My dad taught vocational agriculture at the local high school. I was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). I even served as state president and a national vice president of FFA. I was raised with responsibilities that helped shape my character and taught me many skills I have used throughout my life...
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Senator David Pearce, a Republican, represents District 21 in the Missouri Senate, which covers Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties. Due to redistricting, he was elected to serve the 21st District in 2012, after serving a previous term in the Missouri Senate representing District 31 in November 2008 after completing three, two-year terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. Pearce serves as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, and was chairman of the Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee. Pearce was appointed to serve on the Missouri Veterans Commission in August 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity. He was also reappointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in September 2010, and was honored to serve again as an Executive Committee member. In addition, Pearce serves as a member of several Senate Committees: Appropriations; Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections; and Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources. Capitol Office: 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 227 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 (573) 751-2272 FAX: (573) 526-7381