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Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014
Capitol Report: Capitol Days
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 4:25 PM
While most people only hear about activity in the Capitol through local news outlets, like newspapers, radio and television, a normal day in the Missouri Senate is so much more than what goes on in the chamber. During the legislative week, numerous Senate committees hold hearings on bills, and listen to testimony either for or against bills. ...

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Capitol Report: State Budget Moves Along
Posted Sunday, April 13, at 9:42 AM

Under the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly is to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year and send it to the governor's desk for approval prior to 6:00 p.m. on the Friday of the first full week in May. This year, that date is May 9. Crafting the state budget is a challenging process. ...

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Capitol Report: Higher Education Active in the Capitol
Posted Friday, April 4, at 2:32 PM

This week in the halls of the Capitol, higher education institutions and their students made their presence known. Senate Bill 492 received a hearing this week in the House Higher Education Committee. This beneficial legislation has the ability to make higher education institutions more efficient and meet state expectations. With 30 other states utilizing performance funding, our state could use a funding model that puts the responsibility of success in the hands of the schools...

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Capitol Report: Paying Our Respects
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 4:41 PM

On April 14, the Missouri Senate will host a Memorial Service for the distinguished former senators who have passed away since May 1987. It will be the first time in nearly 30 years an event like this has been held. Together, with the families of the former senators, we will celebrate the lawmakers' lives and legacies and remember their dedicated service...

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Capitol Report: 21st District's Interns
Posted Thursday, March 20, at 1:37 PM

I always enjoy sharing the political process with students. This legislative session, my office is privileged to have two college interns serving the 21st District. My staff and I are always thrilled to have some new faces helping around the Capitol, and our current interns, both serving in part-time capacities, are capably handling those responsibilities...

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Capitol Report: Legislative Break
Posted Friday, March 14, at 3:47 PM

At the midpoint of each legislative session, the lawmakers in the General Assembly take a week to head to their respective districts, visit with constituents and reflect on the session and what is yet to come. This break is beneficial for recharging the batteries and plugging back into their districts since the majority of time legislators are in session, they are in Jefferson City during the weekdays. There are 18 weeks of session and 10 weeks have already passed...

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Capitol Report: Improving Our State Buildings
Posted Monday, March 10, at 9:43 AM

Last summer, I had the honor to chair the Senate Interim Committee on Capital Improvement Assessment and Planning. I found it informative and eye-opening in terms of the amount of necessary improvements in state-owned properties. Of the thousands of buildings Missouri maintains, the interim committee identified the state's greatest need is the Fulton State Hospital...

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Capitol Report: Solving the Transfer Problem
Posted Sunday, March 2, at 6:45 PM

Providing the best possible education for Missouri's students is one of the highest priorities for the Senate. Knowing that today's students are the leaders of tomorrow means providing every student with the means to a great education. Luckily, the Senate has passed a bill to work toward that end...

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Capitol Report: Improving Higher Education
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:55 AM

Throughout the years, the General Assembly has provided ways for our state's students to achieve the goal of post-secondary education. One goal that our state has set is to have 60 percent of our state's population obtain a higher education degree or certificate by the year 2024. ...

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Capitol Report: Welcome Home Heroes
Posted Thursday, February 13, at 4:54 PM

Last week, thousands of citizens gathered at the Multipurpose Building on the UCM campus in Warrensburg. The excitement and joy could be felt everywhere. Many of the men, women and children present were there to welcome home loved ones gone almost 11 months...

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Capitol Report: Saving Our School Districts
Posted Friday, February 7, at 12:40 PM

As I've mentioned in previous columns, one of the highest priorities this legislative session concerns the education of our state's students, especially when you factor in transfer students who reside in unaccredited school districts. Several measures have been filed this session that were prompted by lawsuits regarding this transfer issue. ...

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Capitol Report: Propane Problems
Posted Friday, January 31, at 10:49 AM

While in the middle of winter, some Missourians are facing an unforeseen, yet disastrous, issue. It is no secret that, within one week, the price of propane has nearly tripled. We need answers to our questions: Why did this happen and how do we correct it?...

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Capitol Report: Supporting the A-10
Posted Monday, January 27, at 9:21 AM

Knowing the importance of one of the most effective and reliable aircraft that continues to support current operations in conflicts, this session I have filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 21. This week in the Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee, testimony was heard on SCR 21, regarding the continuation of the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fleet at the Whiteman Air Force Base and several other bases around the country...

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Capitol Report: Promoting Student Ridership on Missouri's Passenger Trains
Posted Thursday, January 16, at 5:15 PM

Along with my Senatorial committee duties in the Capitol, I also serve on regional and statewide organizations. One of those groups is the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC), which is comprised of individuals from Missouri and nine other states who promote rail travel in our region...

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Capitol Report: New Year, New Legislative Session
Posted Friday, January 10, at 9:11 AM

The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly convened on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Senate leadership discussed some of the important topics for the legislature in the upcoming weeks, including one of my priorities, addressing our state's school transfer law, which is an issue currently affecting unaccredited school districts. I look forward to an important debate among my colleagues on this subject as we work toward creating positive legislation for Missouri's students...

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Capitol Report: The days leading up to session
Posted Thursday, January 2, at 3:56 PM

As this interim winds quickly down, my staff and I, along with my 32 Senate colleagues, are preparing for the busy first days of the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. As this is the second session, the process will be more streamlined when elected officials return to the Capitol in January...

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Capitol Report: Starting 2014 off on the right foot
Posted Tuesday, December 24, at 11:07 AM

As the first day of the new year, January 1 is an appropriate date for beginning a new routine. For some, it might a cessation program, or a diet, or for others, a fitness regimen. This year, 2014 will kick off here in Missouri with a program called First Day Hikes...

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Capitol Report: And To All A Good Night
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 12:06 PM

Those final words of the classic poem, "T'was the Night Before Christmas," also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas," never fail to evoke a feeling of wonder that goes with the holiday season. I have felt the satisfaction of spending time with family and friends while surrounded by homemade treats combined with the sounds of classic holiday specials on television. ...

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Capitol Report: Progress toward Fulton State Hospital improvements
Posted Thursday, December 12, at 6:45 PM

As I shared with you in a previous Capitol Report, I had the honor of chairing the Senate Interim Committee on Capital Improvement Assessment and Planning. My colleagues and I finished up months of research prior to filing our report on Dec. 1. We sent our findings of what we found to be valid plans to address various capital improvements necessary to state buildings and holdings around the Missouri. ...

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Capitol Report: Interim work wraps up
Posted Thursday, December 5, at 2:41 PM

The interim, or the time between legislative sessions, is busy for lawmakers. Even though my colleagues and I might not spend as much time in the Capitol from mid-May through December, that doesn't mean we have fewer obligations. This year, I had the honor of chairing the Senate Interim Committee on Capital Improvement Assessments and Planning, working with my fellow lawmakers to evaluate our state buildings and improvements...

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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