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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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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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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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