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Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
2016 Legislative Bill Pre-Filing
Posted Friday, November 27, at 3:29 PM
With Thanksgiving behind us, I'm reminded once again of how this time of year always brings with it such promise. As families and dear friends gather for festive celebrations and to give thanks for the year's bounties, there is at the same time a collective taking of stock, a time to evaluate not only the year's successes, but also to examine the areas where we still have room to improve...

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Midwestern Higher Education Compact Chairmanship
Posted Friday, November 20, at 7:56 AM

Making higher education more accessible and affordable has been a priority for me throughout my time in the Legislature. It was with this goal in mind that I first became involved with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, one of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, which assists its 12 member Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing...

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History of Thanksgiving
Posted Monday, November 16, at 2:02 PM

In 1789 our founding government believed the nation should have a day to commemorate and celebrate a holiday to give thanks for all the blessings shared in this newly rising democracy. President George Washington decreed the last Thursday of that November to be that day...

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Making Missouri a military-friendly state
Posted Monday, November 2, at 1:02 PM

In times of war and peace, our military is our strength. We rely on them for protection and our peace of mind, as they are the backbone of our great nation. All of the men and women who serve selflessly for America's freedom should be honored and acknowledged not only on Veterans Day, but every day...

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Staying safe on Halloween
Posted Thursday, October 29, at 10:13 AM

Halloween is a holiday that allows children to use their imaginations and fill their candy jars all at the same time. In just a few shorts days, our neighborhoods and streets will fill with little ghosts, and goblins. Some of us are lucky enough to enjoy several hours sitting by front doors handing out candy and admiring children's costumes; while others will be having fun enjoying the task of taking small children out trick-or-treating. ...

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Missouri's Reverse Transfer
Posted Monday, October 19, at 3:05 PM

Education is vital in today's society. From ensuring children have access to resources before they begin kindergarten, to making it feasible for older students to return to the classroom, I am proud to say the General Assembly works hard to put students' needs first. ...

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Student artwork at the Capitol
Posted Thursday, October 8, at 10:36 AM

The arts play a vital role in education. All students benefit from the opportunity to experience the arts. Studies show that integrating the arts into a curriculum is vital to providing a well-rounded education. With this in mind, the 2016 Senate Art Exhibit is now accepting submissions for display in our beautiful Capitol building. ...

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Breast Cancer Support and Awareness
Posted Tuesday, October 6, at 7:35 AM

Each October countless families across Missouri and the nation unite in a cause that affects countless lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer -- the most common cancer in women -- during their lifetime. The good news is that many women will survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early...

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Another successful veto session
Posted Tuesday, September 22, at 9:26 AM

As most veto sessions are, this last week's veto session in Jefferson City was an active one. In all, the General Assembly overturned the governor's veto on 10 of the 15 pieces of legislation. Veto session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact legislation into law despite the governor's objections. ...

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Giving children the best start
Posted Friday, September 11, at 10:15 AM

As a member of the Missouri Senate I take great pride in the fact that the Missouri Legislature as a whole has a solid history of ensuring that the smallest citizens of this great state are protected from the very beginning of their lives. In 2014 we passed landmark legislation expanding early childhood education. ...

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One day, one book, millions of readers
Posted Friday, September 4, at 3:10 PM

This year marks the tenth anniversary of one of my favorite days, Jumpstart's Read for the Record day. On Oct. 22, children and adults worldwide will take action by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience. This year's book is titled "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story," written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. ...

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Legislation goes into effect
Posted Tuesday, September 1, at 7:34 AM

Months after the close of a legislative session lawmakers closely follow the governor's actions in regards to signing or vetoing legislation. Many constituents and lawmakers watch the calendar for the date in which all of the signed legislation goes into effect. This year I have several pieces of legislation that go into effect on Friday, Aug. 28...

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Recycling for a better future
Posted Monday, August 24, at 1:34 PM

While recycling allows for reduction in landfill trash, reduces certain harmful emissions and allows the reuse of certain plastics and other items it also helps stimulate the economy and makes Missouri a better place for everyone. In my Capitol office we have two large recycling containers. One for paper and the other for plastic. And at home my family recycles as much as possible...

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Military legislation passed in 2015
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 7:53 AM

During the 2015 legislative session many pieces of legislation were passed and signed into law that will help the brave members of our military and their families. We want to make Missouri as military-friendly as possible, this includes encouraging military retirees and their families right here in our communities and neighborhoods. ...

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An annual tradition: The Missouri State Fair
Posted Thursday, August 6, at 1:48 PM

The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed "Show Offs Welcome!" will be held Aug. 13-23 at the beautiful Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. This 11-day event is steeped in tradition and is sure to be a memory maker for participants, volunteers and attendees...

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Funding our future
Posted Monday, July 27, at 7:16 AM

I value education and believe in allowing our students, of all ages and needs, the best education we can provide to them. This means examining funding closely, spending time interacting and understanding what is best for all students. It also means giving opportunities to students and rewarding their dedication and hard work by helping them reach their long-term post-high school goals by offering state funded student financial aid...

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Explore your state parks
Posted Tuesday, July 21, at 4:33 PM

Missouri's vast landscape, from the mountainous Ozarks to the wide river basin in Mid-Missouri, to the gently rolling hills and farmland that makes up the 21st District, is the perfect setting for an adventure. Missouri is also fortunate enough to offer 52 state-run parks and 35 state historic sites operated and maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources...

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Bill signings near an end
Posted Friday, July 10, at 12:16 PM

This year, I had the pleasure of sponsoring some key pieces of legislation. The governor has 45 days upon receiving the bills to sign or veto the legislation. However, if he takes no action the legislation will automatically lapse into law. This year, that date is July 14...

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Honoring Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich
Posted Thursday, March 5, at 3:19 PM

Several days ago, the Senate received word that State Auditor Tom Schweich, 54, had died, leaving behind his wife, Katherine, and two children. The news was tragic and heart-wrenching. Legislators and Capitol staff gathered in the House Chamber that afternoon to send our thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family...

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Higher Education Compact visits Capitol

Posted Thursday, February 5, at 1:50 PM

Higher education has become not just critical, but almost necessary in today's job market. College graduates age 25 and above earn nearly twice as much as workers with a high school diploma. The median earnings gap between those who attended a four-year college versus a high school diploma is nearly double. Community colleges and technical schools also play a pivotal role, equipping students with applicable skills for high-quality jobs upon graduation...

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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
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