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Capitol Report: April 17, 2014
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 3:12 PM
"One sure way to make certain crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it." -- Ronald Reagan Tax Reform with Education Funding Safeguards The day after many American paid their taxes the Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation that would rewrite the tax code for Missouri families and businesses. ...

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Capitol Report: April 10, 2014
Posted Sunday, April 13, at 11:55 AM

We had some significant activity in the House this week. Common Core came to the floor, and we reached some surprising results. Common Core In 2009, Governor Nixon jumped quickly onboard and signed a compact among other governors to implement Common Core in Missouri schools. ...

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Capitol Report: April 3, 2014
Posted Thursday, April 3, at 12:20 PM

This week brought several bills to the floor for perfection and passage. Several consent bills, non-controversial subject matter bills, were passed on Monday. I sponsored two of these, HBs 1547 and 1553. Among the other bills were: Higher Education The environment of higher education is moving very quickly into a new era. ...

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Capitol Report: March 27, 2014
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 4:33 PM

The General Assembly spent the majority of the week on budget bills. The $26.6 billion budget outlines the priorities of the legislature for spending in Fiscal Year 2015 (beginning July 1, 2014). Here are some highlights of the budget: K-12 Education...

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Capitol Report: March 20, 2014
Posted Thursday, March 20, at 1:56 PM

There has been a lot of activity in the Missouri House of Representatives during the first half of the session. With Spring Break week, I thought I would take the opportunity to recap some of these bills and inform you of others that have not yet been mentioned in my reports...

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Capitol Report: March 13, 2014
Posted Friday, March 14, at 12:40 PM

We begin Spring Break today, but before adjournment this week we have had a lot of activity on the floor. Bills from My Committees This week the House passed HB 1710 which creates the National Guard Foundation Fund and establishes a mechanism of support through a check off on the Missouri state tax refund. The Foundation Fund will support those returning from deployment to re-acclimate civilian life upon return...

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Capitol Report: March 6, 2014
Posted Monday, March 10, at 9:49 AM

Despite the cold and snowy start to the week, the House was able to get some work accomplished this week. HCR 13 Passes House The state of Missouri is committed to the military mission of the common defense of this nation. Elected officials are united in preserving a strong military and a strong military presence in our state. ...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 27, 2014
Posted Friday, February 28, at 2:29 PM

We are continuing to have very busy weeks in Jefferson City. Bills from Your Representative By an overwhelming majority, the House passed HB 1468 to exempt veteran's organizations from worker's compensation. I earlier introduced this bill in the Veterans Committee which supported it as Do Pass and Consent...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 20, 2014
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:53 AM

Again, we have had very busy week at the Capitol. Bills from Your Representative This week I had quite a bit of bill activity. I previously presented HB 1553 in support of the Marshall City Library. It is now moving to the Rules Committee. HCR 13, the resolution in favor of retaining the A-10 mission at Whiteman Air Force Base, passed through the Rules Committee and is headed to the House floor for a vote. ...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 13, 2014
Posted Thursday, February 13, at 5:00 PM

We have been very busy at the Capitol this week. During his State of the State Address the governor outlined a spending plan that is in no way sustainable based on our current rate of revenue growth. Rather than try to begin our own budgeting process on his unrealistic proposal, our House Budget Chairman this week filed appropriations bills based on last year's budget (which was the largest in state history). ...

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Capitol Report: Feb. 6, 2014
Posted Friday, February 7, at 12:39 PM

Propane Update Propane prices are still an issue all over our state, and Missouri government is responding. Representative Jay Houghton has offered a resolution calling on the United States Department of Justice to investigate allegations of price gouging...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 30, 2014
Posted Thursday, January 30, at 3:38 PM

I hope you have not been hit by the recent spike in propane gas prices, If so, I wanted to share some information so that you may protect yourself as much as possible. The leading cause of the price spike is lack of supply; however, it seems to be easing a bit...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 23, 2014
Posted Thursday, January 23, at 2:26 PM

This week I must report that we've had a bag of mixed results in our attempts to make Missouri government work. First the bad news, then the good. The disappointment came with the Governor Nixon's State of the State Address. This is typically when the executive office hands out a budget proposal for the year, but this year the governor handed out promises as if reality does not exist...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 16, 2014
Posted Thursday, January 16, at 12:51 PM

The United States has the best military in the world, and the residents of the 51st District would like to keep it that way. However, not everyone across our country agrees with this sentiment. Unfortunately, those who are short of foresight are looking to trim away vital military assets; among those on the hit list is the A-10 mission...

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Capitol Report: Jan. 9, 2014
Posted Monday, January 13, at 10:27 AM

The Missouri General Assembly began the 2014 session at noon on Wednesday. After prayer, the presentation of the colors, and the Pledge of Allegiance, Speaker Tim Jones recapped his priorities for the new year, the 4Gs. The Gs stand for: 1. Growth and Opportunity...

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Capitol Report: Dec. 19, 2013
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 12:32 PM

Christmas is almost here! All the shopping is in high gear and preparations for the festive meal are being made. I thought we might have some fun this week with some short histories of a few standard Christmas carols. "The First Noel" is one of the best known Christmas carols dating back to 17th century England. The version we sing today had its roots in the 1820s...

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Capitol Report: Dec. 12, 2013
Posted Thursday, December 12, at 6:44 PM

Last week the General Assembly met in special session to consider incentives for the construction of the new Boeing 777-x in Missouri. To quickly recap, this plane has some innovative features moving aeronautics into the next generation, and Boeing came to Missouri seeking a proposal to locate the manufacturing in our state...

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Capitol Report: Dec. 5, 2013
Posted Friday, December 6, at 4:27 PM

This week the General Assembly is in special session. The session is concerned with the construction of the new Boeing 777x commercial airliner. This plane has some innovative features moving aeronautics into the next generation. Boeing came to Missouri seeking a proposal to locate the manufacturing in our state...

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Capitol Report: Nov. 27, 2013
Posted Friday, November 29, at 1:06 PM

Thanksgiving is a longstanding tradition in our lives as well as American history. The holiday goes back to the beginning of colonial times, but took almost two and a half centuries to become a national holiday. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in September, 1620. ...

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Capitol Report: Nov. 21, 2013
Posted Friday, November 22, at 4:37 PM

In light of the controversy concerning the concealed carry weapons permit holder list and the State of Missouri sharing it with federal agencies, I believe it is important to take a careful look at the Second Amendment and why is it so important. The Second Amendment reads:...

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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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