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Capitol Report, April 21
Posted Monday, April 25, at 10:51 AM
We had another busy week at the Capitol! I had two of my bills pass out of their respective Senate committees: HB 2429, which exempts volunteers of veterans' service organizations from workers' compensation requirements, and HB 2234, which establishes the statewide student portal for Internet access to college information in the state of Missouri...

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Capitol Report, April 7
Posted Thursday, April 7, at 2:46 PM

We had a very busy week at the Capitol. Here are some of the bills we passed out of the House to the Senate. Promoting Ethanol Production in Missouri (HB 1413) I and 103 other representatives advanced HB 1413 this week. The bill would extend the state's ethanol producer incentive fund, which is meant to promote increased ethanol production and use in Missouri which expired on Dec. 31 of last year. The bill approved by the House would renew the incentive and extend it until Dec. 31 of 2020...

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Observing Vietnam Veterans Day | Capitol Report for March 31
Posted Friday, April 1, at 11:03 AM

Some of the state's greatest heroes made their way to the State Capitol this week to be honored for their service to this country. Vietnam veterans traveled to Jefferson City to be honored by lawmakers during the annual observance of Vietnam Veterans Day. ...

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Capitol Report March 24th, 2016
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 3:09 PM

The General Assembly continues on Spring Break until Tuesday. When we return, we will be ready for the end of session sprint to pass legislation that is beneficial for Missouri. I have a few bills that might make it across the finish line. Of these, two are moving swiftly...

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From 'paycheck protection' to adoptee rights and entertainment tax, Mo. House looks at several bills
Posted Friday, March 4, at 2:54 PM

Today, many of Missouri's top military officials made their way to the State Capitol this week to be honored during Military Appreciation and Awareness Day. The event takes place each year to highlight the significant contributions and sacrifices of military service members and the importance of the economic impact that military installations have on the state of Missouri...

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A look at spending plan, bill to help elderly and disabled residents
Posted Friday, February 26, at 3:16 PM

This week the House Select Committee on Education passed out HB 2234, my legislation to establish a statewide student portal to ease accessibility to higher education in Missouri. The bill highlights information of programs, financial aid, transfer of courses, as well as other areas of information. The bill now moves to the House floor for a vote...

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Capitol Report, Feb. 18
Posted Thursday, February 18, at 3:57 PM

This week I had my initial hearing on HB 1956, a bill to protect your information in the county court house. Although all records in the court house are public record, some companies try to download the information, at cost to you the taxpayers, and sell the information to mass marketers. ...

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Several bills move through Mo. House
Posted Thursday, February 11, at 4:14 PM

Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education passed its recommendations to the full Budget Committee today. The recommendations include an additional $77 million for the Foundation Formula from increased revenue projections. We also had movement with several bills this week...

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Whiteman AFB award winners, Ethics Reform bills head to Mo. Senate
Posted Monday, February 1, at 12:00 PM

Whiteman Awards Banquet Friday, Whiteman AFB held its annual awards banquet recognizing excellence in duty and service. Speaker Dan Clark, of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, made for a very interesting program. I wish to extend my congratulations to all of the award winners as listed below:...

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Real ID update
Posted Friday, January 22, at 10:52 AM

This week we discussed and passed three bills. We also attended the last State of the State address from Governor Jay Nixon. Discussions continue concerning Real ID and the protection of privacy. We also attended the last State of the State address from Governor Jay Nixon who outlined his priorities. Economic growth and education were prominent in his list of priorities: these are certainly areas of great interest shared by the General Assembly...

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Capitol Report, Jan. 14
Posted Thursday, January 14, at 3:50 PM

This week I filed HB 2234, which will require the Department of Higher Education to provide a statewide portal to provide information for potential and current students. The website would be designed as a type of clearinghouse where students may search all of the state's colleges and universities programs, transfer information, financial aid information, as well as other types of information...

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Capitol Report, Jan. 7
Posted Thursday, January 7, at 3:42 PM

The 2016 regular session began Wednesday at noon. The House came to order and Speaker Todd Richardson who provided a list of priorities. These included ethics reforms, economic growth, and transportation. Speaker Richardson also emphasized some of the positive achievements of the last session. ...

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Capitol Report, Dec. 31
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 2:06 PM

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that 2015 flew by. The year started with a legislative session with an ambitious agenda that the General Assembly worked hard to complete. Major successes included medical malpractice reforms to keep the costs of health care in check; reforms to the state's system of welfare to give Missourians in need an incentive to get back to work; and a fix to the state's unemployment system meant to ensure benefits are available to the jobless while also protecting business owners from excessive taxes and fees (in other words, keep the system intact for the future). ...

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Capitol Report, Dec. 23
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 12:46 PM

(December 23, 2015) -- Like me, I'm sure you are extremely busy getting in the last bit of shopping and going to parties and lunches with friends, co-workers, and others. However, as we approach Christmas, let's not lose sight of all the calming goodness of the season. Please be safe and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!...

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First Amendment Speech, Refugee Updates
Posted Tuesday, December 8, at 8:21 AM

Cattle producers of the 51st District will have the opportunity to participate in a public discussion regarding a referendum to establish a $1 per head beef checkoff assessment. The public hearing on the issue will take place Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Electric Cooperatives building at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia...

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First Amendment Speech
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 3:05 PM

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving this week. If any of you or your family are traveling, I hope you remain safe. This is an excellent holiday to enjoy the company of family and friends while we give thanks for our abundance. First Amendment Speech...

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The Dangerous Politics Surrounding Terror Attacks
Posted Friday, November 20, at 7:41 AM

This past week I had the privilege of visiting Marshall High School to celebrate their FFA championship with a presentation of a House Resolution signed by myself and the Speaker. Unfortunately, we will spend the bulk of this report on a more somber subject...

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Upheaval at Mizzou
Posted Monday, November 16, at 1:59 PM

I hope you had a chance to attend Veterans Day ceremonies yesterday. If not, there are still some opportunities available this week. This week and every week, show veterans you appreciate their service. This week I have only one topic because it has evolved into an explosive national story...

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Capitol Report Nov. 5
Posted Thursday, November 5, at 3:15 PM

On Monday, as Kansas City prepared to celebrate the championship win of the Royals, I visited Marshall High School to celebrate their FFA championship. The local chapter won the Top Model of Excellence Award, the FFA national championship, recently and a full school rally celebrated their achievement. I was honored to be a part of the celebration and challenged them to keep up their good work in promoting agriculture. They have proven they are up to the task...

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Capitol Report for Oct. 29
Posted Monday, November 2, at 12:57 PM

HB 1490 Groups Report In 2014, during the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly, the legislature passed HB 1490. This became a part of the effort to replace Common Core. Common Core was also defunded in the budget, returning Missouri learning standards and curriculum to Missouri...

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Rep. Dean Dohrman, a Republican, represents Johnson, Pettis, and Saline counties (District 51). He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Dohrman is an online professor. Rep. Dohrman is a member of Warrensburg and Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sedalia Lions Club. He attends Wesley United Methodist Church. A graduate of LaMonte High, Rep. Dohrman earned his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. Born in Warrensburg, Rep. Dohrman currently lives in LaMonte.