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Disaster declaration request
Posted Monday, July 27, at 7:20 AM
Tuesday, Governor Nixon requested the federal government declare a major disaster for many of Missouri's 114 counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15. The disaster declaration request is for 68 counties including all of the 51st District...

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Capitol Report, July 9
Posted Friday, July 10, at 12:21 PM

This week Governor Nixon signed numerous bills concerning small businesses. He also signed a variety of other bills. The window for his actions will close next week. Here is a quick look at this week's bill signings. Governor Signs HB 616 On Monday, Governor Nixon signed my HB 616. ...

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Governor Takes Further Action on Bills
Posted Friday, June 19, at 11:36 AM

Senior Savings Protection Act Signed into Law (SB 244) Legislation approved by the General Assembly this year was recently signed into law by the governor that will provide additional protections to prevent Missouri seniors from being defrauded. I have written about the Senior Savings Protection Act before, and described it as legislation designed to prevent the financial exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities. ...

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Highlights of the past week
Posted Friday, April 10, at 3:06 PM

The House members came back from the Easter weekend in full stride. We passed out 30 consent bills to the Senate, and we are ahead of schedule on the budget. Here are some highlights for the week. Budget Bills Move to House-Senate Conference (HBs 1-13)...

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Capitol Report: Oct. 30, 2014
Posted Friday, October 31, at 11:40 AM

This is the last capitol report before the election on November 4th, this Tuesday! Therefore, this week's Capitol Report examines Amendment 10. The General Assembly placed this amendment on the ballot to provide an additional check on gubernatorial power over the budget. As always, let's begin with a description of measure...

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Capitol Report: Sept.18, 2014
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 2:13 PM

Celebrating 227 Years of Our Constitution This is Constitution Week, a commemoration of the Constitution of the United States. In 1787 the newly formed U.S. faced a crisis of external threats existed, and the Articles of Confederation could not provide a steady income to support a common defense. ...

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Capitol Report: Oct. 2, 2014
Posted Friday, October 3, at 4:31 PM

Newly-Formed Committee Reviews Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Missouri Water Patrol Division The Water Patrol was merged into the State Highway Patrol in 2011 following legislation (HB 1868) that was passed and signed into law in 2010. Following the passage of the bill, the governor projected that the merger would save the state $3 million annually while also providing improved service. ...

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Capitol Report: Sept. 11, 2014
Posted Monday, September 15, at 4:14 PM

This morning I had the honor of attending the Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony on the University of Central Missouri Quadrangle. Special performing guests were the Air Force ROTC Rifle Drill Team from Lee's Summit High School. They put on quite a show! The message of the ceremony is to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. Hopefully, this type of incident, or any other terrorist attack on U.S. soil, will not happen again, but we must always be prepared...

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Capitol Report: Aug. 21, 2014
Posted Wednesday, August 27, at 5:57 AM

This past weekend members of Marshall and Saline County's Civil Air Patrol 117 Composite Squadron hosted a disaster relief exercise. This proved to be both instructive and useful. Congratulations to the squadron! To read more on this story, go to: www.marshallnews.com/story/2111226...

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Capitol Report: Aug. 14, 2014
Posted Friday, August 15, at 9:54 AM

Veto session is fast approaching. Once again, the legislature and the governor have differing views of how to fund the vital operations of our state as well as some other areas of state policy. I want to take a bit of time this week to look at some of the tax bills coming up for override consideration on September 10...

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Capitol Report: Aug. 7, 2014
Posted Friday, August 15, at 9:52 AM

I would like to say thank you to everyone who turned out to vote on August 5th. I was very pleased with the vote for the 51st district and passage of three amendments to the Missouri Constitution. Let's take a look at the amendments that passed statewide...

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Capitol Report: July 31, 2014
Posted Friday, August 15, at 9:50 AM

August 5th is the primary election. There are also several amendments for the Missouri Constitution, and this last report before we make a decision will be dedicated to exploring these measures. I hope these short summaries help to clarify the issues...

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Capitol Report: July 24, 2014
Posted Friday, August 15, at 9:46 AM

Governor Nixon vetoed a near record number of bills from this session, and several are being considered for veto override by the legislature (which requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate). This report will concentrate on priority bills vetoed that will likely be considered for an override during the September veto session. ...

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Capitol Report: July 17, 2014
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 5:58 PM

Although I tend to be critical when I believe it is warranted, I also try to give praise when appropriate. Governor Nixon vetoed a near record number of bills from this session, but he also signed several critical bills. Among the most decisive for our future is HB 1490, the Common Core bill. ...

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Capitol Report: July 10, 2014
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 8:43 AM

The hectic pace of this summer continues. The governor has until Monday to take action on all legislation passed to him by the General Assembly. I will recap many of these next week. However, this week I have a couple of other items to share with you...

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Capitol Report: July 3, 2014
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 10:33 PM

I think it is good to reflect on July the 4th as more than just fireworks, hot dogs, and ice cream. All of these are great, and they are better when enjoyed with family and friends, but we should not forget the real reason for our celebration. With this in mind, I'd like to take a look at our founding document...

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Capitol Report: June 26, 2014
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 2:04 PM

There certainly has been a lot of activity since the end of session. I cannot review all the activity from the past week in this report, but I can treat an important item per week for the next several weeks. This week I decided to consider the important issue of transportation...

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Capitol Report: June 19, 2014
Posted Friday, June 20, at 2:24 PM

This week we've had several events unfold. First, I know many of you are concerned about the delay of tax refunds from the state. Also, I have some more information concerning the governor's vetoes. Tax Refunds About 260,000 Missourians are awaiting a tax refund from their April income tax filing. ...

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Capitol Report: June 12, 2014
Posted Friday, June 13, at 8:42 AM

This week I participated in a transparency meeting of the Budget Committee. This is an idea of Representatives Tom Flanagan and Sue Allen and brings together members of the Budget Committee and various Appropriations Committees in an effort to hold bureaucratic agencies accountable...

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Capitol Report: June 5, 2014
Posted Thursday, June 5, at 10:31 AM

Tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of continental Europe that started the last push to defeat Nazi Germany. Also, ten years ago today, Ronald Reagan passed away at his home in California. Retired Missouri Senator Jack Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest, helped preside at his funeral...

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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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