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Capitol Report: Continuing to Learn (June 30, 2014)
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 11:50 AM
One of the good things about the interim is that lawmakers get a chance to focus on long-range projects, attend meetings and explore long-term issues. Recently, I was able to attend the 2014 Education Commission of the States (ECS), a nationwide organization dedicated to improving education for students and school personnel...

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Capitol Report: Let Freedom Ring (June 23, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:27 PM

I always look forward to the Fourth of July, a day when Missourians get together to watch parades, enjoy picnics or barbeques, view fireworks displays, attend patriotic events and spend time with their families. During my time as a legislator, I've had the opportunity to participate in a number of community parades and events, and to me, there's nothing that showcases the American patriotic spirit more than Fourth of July...

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Capitol Report: Transportation Tax to Solicit Public Input (June 16, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:27 PM

Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution (HJR) 68, a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state sales and use tax by an increase of .75 percent for 10 years in order to fund various transportation projects. The measure would be put to a vote of the people and the governor selected the August primary to vote on the issue, which would pass by a simple majority...

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Capitol Report: Passenger Rail Vital to Missouri (June 9, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:25 PM

Historically, Missouri has held a significant role in the evolution of rail transportation across our nation. In our position as the Gateway to the West, and as more railroad track extended through the plains, this state was vital to westward expansion. As we've seen other modes of transportation improve, in both comfort and speed, rail travel lost some of the grandeur it once commanded. But, things are changing...

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Capitol Repot: An Active Interim (June 2, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:24 PM

Missouri, like many other states, has a legislative session that only lasts part of the year. In our case, the session runs for 19 weeks before adjourning and entering the interim, or the time between legislative sessions. So far, this has been a busy interim and has set the pace for the weeks and months to follow. ...

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Capitol Report: Education Legislation Moves Forward
Posted Friday, May 30, at 1:18 PM

With Memorial Day weekend marking the first unofficial week of summer, there is a whirlwind of activity. Schools are letting out. Local pools are filled with kids enjoying their time away from school. Parents are busy preparing for family vacations. And some teachers are enjoying much needed and well-deserved time off. But, August is merely three months away, and it won't be long before parents set out to buy school supplies and get ready to send their kids off to school once again...

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Capitol Report: Gavel Falls on 2014 Legislative Session
Posted Friday, May 30, at 7:55 AM

In the last few hours of session, lawmakers debated many bills, trying to pass beneficial legislation for all Missourians. Each chamber brought up and addressed measures that were considered high priorities, or bills that might not have received much discussion since they were voted out of committee months ago. However, no matter the level of importance, many bills were brought up before the body and deliberated...

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Capitol Report: Tax Relief Passes
Posted Friday, May 9, at 9:31 AM

This week, the General Assembly won a hard-fought battle to keep Missouri on the front lines of competition in the business market and to allow Missourians to keep more of their hard-earned money. This week, my colleagues and I in the Senate voted with the necessary two-thirds majority vote to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 509, legislation that offers tax cuts for many Show-Me State small businesses and families. ...

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Capitol Report: In Remembrance (April 28, 2014)
Posted Friday, May 9, at 9:30 AM

This week in the Missouri Capitol, I was honored to take part in an annual ceremony held to commemorate injuries, illnesses and deaths that have occurred during the last year in direct connection to the workplace. April 28 is observed across this nation as Workers' Memorial Day. ...

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Capitol Report: Making Forward Strides
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 4:07 PM

We've had another busy week in the Missouri State Capitol. Of course, every week has its activities, but this week set the stage for many different discussions and debates in the three weeks left in the session. The Senate Appropriations Committee has finished its task of reviewing the House budget bills line by line, and those 13 bills have been voted out of committee. ...

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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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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