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Capitol Report - November 23, 2016
Posted Wednesday, November 23, at 3:32 PM
Once again there is negative news from Mizzou. A former tutor at the University of Missouri reported that she was encouraged to help student athletes with testing and even to complete entire courses. She stated that the athletes were involved in "revenue generating" sports which translates to football and men's basketball. This revelation comes on the heels of sanctions against the University of Notre Dame for assisting their athletes. Mizzou officials had no comment on the allegations...

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Capitol Report -- Nov. 10
Posted Thursday, November 10, at 3:53 PM

Election Day is finally behind us! Thank you to everyone in the 51st District for your support and votes. It is an honor to be your representative! As you know, Missourians had a number of important ballot initiatives to consider on Tuesday. As the final ballots were tallied, voters had decided to reject both proposed cigarette tax increases, but supported the other measures on the ballot. Below is a brief summary of the election results...

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Capitol Report -- Oct. 27
Posted Thursday, October 27, at 3:38 PM

Hang in there! Only a few more days of political advertisements on the calendar, and then we will vote. Be certain to vote this year as we are making many important decisions. Hab Center Changes As you know, the Habilitation Center in Marshall has undergone extensive changes during the last year. ...

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Capitol Report, Oct. 20
Posted Friday, October 21, at 2:47 PM

Last week, our new Missouri Military Advocate held one of three meetings to inform and gather information from various stakeholders of military spending in our state. Joe Driskill, the newly appointed Missouri Military Advocate, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC), and the Hawthorn Foundation sponsored the meeting in Kansas City. We learned several interesting facts from the preliminary study the office is currently conducting...

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Capitol Report, Oct. 6
Posted Thursday, October 6, at 3:18 PM

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that Governor Nixon was back up to his old tricks by withholding funding from education in Missouri. As of yesterday, however, the governor has decided to reverse some of his budget cuts. Citing an uptick in state revenue, the governor released $12.1 million, including $6 million for public schools and $3 million for school transportation, which had been cut by $16.5 million. ...

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Capitol Report, September 29
Posted Friday, September 30, at 2:48 PM

Friday, I joined Representatives Denny Hoskins and Nathan Beard in hosting an informational meeting for interested groups of the Whiteman Air Force Base community. Newly appointed Statewide Military Advocate Joe Driskill provided a short update of his new office and the immediate goals he would like to achieve. He also informed us that he will hold a series of meetings around the state to publicize the importance of the military in Missouri...

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Capitol Report, Sept. 8
Posted Friday, September 9, at 2:23 PM

This Sunday the nation will pause to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost 15 years ago on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. In Missouri, the efforts of emergency responders are recognized with Emergency Services Day and Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day, both of which take place each year on 9/11. ...

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Capitol Report, Aug. 18
Posted Thursday, August 18, at 2:30 PM

The Missouri State Fair is in full swing with all types of activities showcasing the state's number 1 industry, agriculture. Today is the Governor's Ham Breakfast, always a busy meal and a great fundraising time for Future Farmers of America and 4-H club members in Missouri. Also, many politicians descend upon the Fairgrounds as do the news media. There will be many meetings around the grounds and in Sedalia, so keep your eyes and ears open for all the latest political news as the week closes!...

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Capitol Report, Aug. 11
Posted Thursday, August 11, at 1:29 PM

This week I attended the National Conference of State Legislatures -Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force meeting in Chicago. As part of our meeting, we toured the Northrup/Grumman laboratory and production plant just outside the Windy City. We learned about various countermeasures for aircraft safety and several other factors in aeronautic production. This proved to be a very informative tour!...

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Capitol Report, Aug. 4
Posted Thursday, August 4, at 1:15 PM

First, I would like to thank all of those who took the time to exercise their right to vote in the primary election Tuesday. I appreciate your support, and I am honored to serve the 51st District. Also, congratulations to all of the primary winners!...

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Capitol Report for July 21
Posted Friday, July 22, at 10:50 AM

The deadline for gubernatorial action on legislation passed by the General Assembly has now passed. The governor signed 115 bills (including 16 budget bills), vetoed 23 bills and portions of two budget bills, and allowed three bills to become law without his signature. ...

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Capitol Report for July 7
Posted Thursday, July 7, at 3:16 PM

Recently Governor Nixon has taken action on several bills, as the deadline (July 14) approaches for gubernatorial action on legislation passed by the General Assembly. One recent piece of legislation the governor signed is designed to promote American history and civics education in Missouri classrooms. ...

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Capitol Report for June 23
Posted Thursday, June 23, at 2:55 PM

As has been reported here for several weeks, the governor continues to sign numerous bills into law that were passed by the General Assembly during this past session. The soon-to-be laws cover a wide array of subject matter ranging from protections against child abuse and neglect to improvements to the state's system of education. ...

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Capitol Report for June 16
Posted Thursday, June 16, at 3:36 PM

This morning on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, Governor Nixon signed SB 997 sponsored by Senator Pearce. The law has many higher education provisions, and among these is an amendment for my Statewide Student Portal legislation to help Missouri students find the correct program for their needs, the financial help they are seeking, and finally, to complete their program application and enrollment...

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Capitol Report for June 2
Posted Tuesday, June 7, at 1:04 PM

As I have done for several weeks, I will to continue to list the bills that have been Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed, and now sit on the governor's desk awaiting executive action. This week's list continues with senate bills. Truly Agree and Finally Passed Bills (SBs)...

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Capitol Report for May 26th
Posted Thursday, May 26, at 3:34 PM

This Monday is Memorial Day. As you hopefully enjoy some time off and fun with family and friends, please take time to reflect on what is really important to us. Memorial Day serves to remind us that we enjoy freedom because of all those who have fought and died to give us this freedom...

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Capitol Report May 19th, 2016
Posted Thursday, May 19, at 3:27 PM

The Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly closed Friday at 6 PM. During this year, the General Assembly passed 139 bills. Two are of particular interest to me: SB 700, sponsored by Senator Schatz, contained an amendment from me to exempt volunteers for veteran service organizations (VSOs) from workers compensation requirements. ...

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Capitol Report, May 12
Posted Friday, May 13, at 1:47 PM

This week I will recap the bills signed into law by Governor Nixon. Among these have been the appropriation bills for Missouri's FY 17 budget. While governor has often disagreed with the legislature in regard to budget priorities, this year he signed almost all of the Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget into law. ...

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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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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.
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