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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Missouri Legislative Session Comes to an End
Posted Tuesday, May 17, at 7:40 AM
Last week marked the end of my last Session as your state senator, and the culmination of a 14-year career as a member of the Missouri General Assembly. Moving into this next phase of my life is both emotional and exciting, and I would like to extend a very heartfelt "thank you" to my family, Senate colleagues, staff, friends, constituents, neighbors and fellow Missourians for making my time here in the Capitol so memorable...

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Thanking Our Interns
Posted Monday, April 25, at 10:53 AM

I always enjoy sharing the legislative and political process with students. This legislative Session my office has the honor of working with two interns who help serve the 21st Senatorial District. My staff and I are always thrilled to have new faces around to contribute to the work we do, and both of our interns this Session have performed admirably in their duties...

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Improving Safety On Highway 50
Posted Friday, April 8, at 10:53 AM

My work as a state senator requires me to travel all the time, driving from my home in Warrensburg, across the 21st District, back and forth to the Capitol and all across the state. I see the best and worst examples of our state's roadways during my long commutes, and one of the most dangerous sections of road I've encountered -- the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 131 -- is located right in my district...

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Prohibiting the sale of powdered alcohol
Posted Friday, April 1, at 10:56 AM

This week I introduced Senate Bill 797 to the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which aims to outlaw the selling, offering or serving of powdered alcohol in Missouri. Powdered alcohol, also called dehydrated alcohol, is a dangerous new ingestible substance. As of 2015, powdered alcohol has been banned in some form in 27 states, up from only two states in 2014. Now is the time for Missouri to take a proactive stance...

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Tackling Student Loan Debt
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 3:14 PM

This week in the Missouri Capitol, I presented a new piece of legislation to the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 1119 deals with state loan forgiveness requirements for public employees. The bill addressing student loan forgiveness for public employees received support and no opposition when it was presented to the Education Committee. ...

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Showing appreciation for Missouri military service members
Posted Friday, March 4, at 2:46 PM

This past week we held our annual Missouri Military Appreciation and Awareness Day at the Capitol. This is a yearly event where lawmakers and top military officials meet and discuss concerns and strategies on how to maximize state resources to the advantage of our service members. ...

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Addressing the College Sexual Violence Issue
Posted Friday, February 26, at 9:41 AM

This week I filed a new piece of priority legislation that deals with the issues of sexual assault and sexual violence occurring in our state's colleges and universities. Senate Bill 1085 would help create a standardized agreement between higher education institutions and law enforcement agencies on how best to prevent, resolve and respond to violent sexual issues. ...

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Limiting campaign contributions
Posted Friday, February 19, at 1:12 PM

Reforming Missouri ethics regulations has been a key issue for the General Assembly the past two sessions. In both the Senate and House, multiple pieces of legislation dealing with ethical standards for our state's lawmakers and lobbyists have been introduced and are working their way through the legislative process. ...

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Supporting Missouri Main Street
Posted Thursday, February 11, at 3:57 PM

My job as your state senator allows me to travel all across the 21st District, visiting with people, local businesses and culture. One thing I'm constantly reminded during my travels is that the downtown area of all the communities I visit act as the lifeblood for the area's culture, industry and economy. These downtown areas are usually the oldest sections of town too, and many are in need of some revitalization and restoration to become the heart and soul of the town they used to be...

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Higher Education Compact serves Missouri
Posted Friday, February 5, at 1:24 PM

This week I had the pleasure of introducing two special guests on the Senate Floor. Larry Isaak, president of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), and Pam Schutt, MHEC director of state relations, were visiting the Capitol and meeting with legislators and committees. ...

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Resolutions pass in Senate
Posted Monday, February 1, at 11:45 AM

This week I have two important issues that I would like to bring to your attention. One of these problems concerns the integrity of our state government, and the other impacts Missouri farm workers who make their livings supporting the state's largest and richest industry...

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Chairing the Senate Education Committee
Posted Friday, January 22, at 10:41 AM

As the third week of second regular session of the 98th General Assembly rolls to a close, I find myself impressed at how quickly things have moved at the Capitol. I don't think I've ever seen such a fast-paced start. Not only am I personally busy with the 10 pieces of legislation I've filed so far, I'm also busy studying my fellow lawmakers' bills and listening to public testimonies during committee hearings.
I am honored to resume my role as the chairman for the Senate Committee on Education for my last term as your state senator. ...

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2016 Legislative Session Underway
Posted Friday, January 15, at 10:47 AM

The Second Regular Session of the 98th Missouri General Assembly was officially called to order on Wednesday, Jan. 6. I made a special point of really taking in the occasion as this is the final year of my term and the last year I will be eligible to serve as your state senator, due to term limits...

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Easing the Path to Home Ownership
Posted Thursday, January 7, at 3:59 PM

Home ownership has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. Yet, for a lot of folks, the prospect of owning their own homes seems more like an actual dream. Fortunately, the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) has two programs available in every county throughout the state for eligible Missourians looking to buy a home. ...

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Restoring trust in Missouri politics
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 2:21 PM

With the 2016 legislative session right around the corner, several legislative ideas have been jockeying for the spotlight heading into the upcoming legislative session. While several of those pieces of legislation are important and vital to moving our state forward, I believe one of the most important actions we can take this year is to pass comprehensive ethics reform. ...

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Making Missouri roads safer
Posted Monday, December 28, at 1:31 PM

There is an interesting dichotomy at play, relative to the pros and cons of the technological age in which we live. While on one hand, having multiple forms of communication devices at our fingertips makes our lives a lot easier and safer, it can also make life a lot more challenging, and even more dangerous...

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Making Missouri Military Friendly
Posted Friday, December 18, at 8:02 AM

In an ongoing attempt to make our state as military friendly as possible, I have co-filed Senate Bill 814 with Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, to help military families keep more of their take-home pay while stationed in Missouri. Currently, there is quite a bit of disparity in same-grade military pay, depending upon the state service members legally recognize as their home, and those who call Missouri home are currently at a disadvantage. ...

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The State Budget Process
Posted Thursday, December 3, at 3:14 PM

The Missouri General Assembly has one constitutionally mandated job, and that is to pass a balanced state budget by 6 p.m. on the Friday before the last day of session, which this year is May 13. As we draw near to the beginning of the 2016 legislative session -- as is typical for this time of year -- much attention is being paid to the $26 billion budget and mapping out a successful course for meeting that critical deadline...

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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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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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