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Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
Passenger Rail Conference Coming Down the Tracks
Posted Wednesday, September 21, at 10:44 AM
Although the passenger rail industry may not be as well-known or as well-utilized as other modes of transportation, Americans continue to enjoy the comfort, ease and enjoyable ride that trains provide. Here in the 21st District, we are fortunate to have convenient access to the Warrensburg train station -- one of 10 stations situated along Amtrak's Missouri River Runner route, which travels twice daily between Kansas City and St. ...

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Missouri Lawmakers to Host Annual Veto Session
Posted Thursday, September 8, at 7:13 AM

The Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to meet annually in September for the sole purpose of considering bills that received the governor's veto. This year's veto session will commence at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The governor vetoed 23 of the roughly 150 measures passed by lawmakers during the 2016 session, which adjourned on May 13...

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Rock Island Trail Opening Soon
Posted Wednesday, August 31, at 2:55 PM

As residents of the 21st Senatorial District, we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful areas of Missouri. Our region offers numerous options for outdoor recreation, such as biking the historic Katy Trail, hiking through one of our many state parks and reserves, and fishing in the Missouri River and surrounding lakes. ...

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2016 Legislation to Take Effect
Posted Thursday, August 25, at 3:06 PM

According to the Missouri Constitution, no law passed by the General Assembly can take effect until 90 days after the adjournment of the session at which it was enacted, unless the act contains an emergency clause. For measures passed during the 2016 legislative session, that date is this coming Sunday, Aug. 28...

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Protecting Missouri's Newborn
Posted Thursday, August 18, at 2:32 PM

The Missouri General Assembly first passed newborn screening legislation more than 50 years ago in 1965. Ever since then, we have been steadily adding to the list of conditions for which we test, giving countless Missouri babies the opportunity to receive treatment and grow up to lead healthy, happy lives. This year, state lawmakers successfully passed House Bill 1682 to expand screening requirements to include severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), also known as "bubble boy disease."...

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Recycling: good for our environment, good for our economy
Posted Wednesday, August 10, at 3:53 PM

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans' collective recycling and composting efforts kept over 87 million tons of material out of landfills in 2013, preventing the release of roughly 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air. That had the same effect as taking more than 39 million vehicles off the road for an entire year. As you can see, our individual and community recycling efforts really add up to make a huge difference...

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Building a brighter future for Missouri's military
Posted Friday, August 5, at 10:11 AM

Year after year, improving Missouri's support system for active-duty, reserve and veteran members of our armed forces is one of the General Assembly's primary goals. We must ensure our bravest citizens and their families are taken care of by making our state as military-friendly as possible. We should also encourage more military members to call Missouri their home. Doing so is a win for all residents, industries and communities...

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The 114th Missouri State Fair
Posted Thursday, July 28, at 9:44 AM

It's that time of the year again where thousands of residents from all across the state will start heading to Sedalia for the Missouri State Fair. Since 1901, the state fair has allowed farmers, craftsmen, artists, ranchers and regular Missourians looking for entertainment to come together for fun and friendly competition. The 114th Missouri State Fair will take place Aug. 11-21 at the beautiful state fairgrounds in Sedalia...

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2016 Session Bill Update
Posted Thursday, July 7, at 3:20 PM

At the end of the Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly on May 13, the Senate and the House had agreed and finally passed 149 pieces of legislation. Sixty-three were from the Senate, and 86 came from the House -- including 16 bills that set the state budget for Fiscal Year 2017...

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Honoring American Liberty
Posted Thursday, June 23, at 3:53 PM

It's that time of year again where we join our families, friends and fellow Americans to honor the anniversary of our country's independence. Many of us will gather for backyard barbeques, watch parades roll down main streets in our hometowns and marvel at the nighttime fireworks displays. ...

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Improving higher education in the 21st District
Posted Tuesday, June 7, at 12:58 PM

Improving Missouri's support and commitment toward higher education has been a top priority for me throughout my career as a legislator -- especially when the universities and colleges of the 21st District are concerned. I am pleased to say that through the passage of a favorable state budget and other legislation relating to Missouri higher education, I will leave the Capitol this Session knowing that students, faculty members and communities in my district have a brighter future ahead of them...

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The President Abuses Federal Power
Posted Thursday, May 26, at 3:39 PM

A recent directive handed down from the Obama administration exhibits an overreach of federal authority and threatens to disrupt the sovereignty of individual state and local governments. The president's mandate on transgender facilities access in public schools has already been rejected in 11 states. Missouri needs to join those others in speaking out against this recent abuse of executive power...

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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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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