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Tracking Your Missouri Senate

Posted Friday, April 13, 2012, at 2:56 PM

We are in the time of year when legislation moves quickly in the Missouri General Assembly. There will be some ideas that Missourians have a strong opinion about. Fortunately, it is easy to keep tabs on those bills that are most important to you.

The first step in tracking legislation progressing through the state's legislature is to go to the Missouri Senate's website (www.senate.mo.gov). From there, Missourians have several options. If a bill number is known, it can be typed into the box marked "Search for a Bill." It is important to note, the space in the number of the bill should be omitted. For instance, SB 576 should be entered as SB576. The same holds true for House bills.

On the same page, Missourians can track legislation through a bill sponsor or Senate handler, by clicking "Senators," in the top left corner. Then, users will see a drop-down menu and can click "List of Senators." From there, users can select a senator's name; then, choose "Legislation" to see a list of bills he or she is sponsoring this session.

Another choice is choosing "Legislation" on the Missouri Senate's main page. There, visitors will see a myriad of options, including a list of this year's bills, daily actions taken by the Missouri Senate and its committees, a topical index of bills, bills that have been passed in both the Missouri Senate and Missouri House, bill status reports and actions taken on those bills by the governor.

In addition, if users click the word "Newsroom," found in the upper, right-hand corner of the Missouri Senate homepage, additional information about the legislation moving through the upper chamber will be found. The Missouri Senate Newsroom provides regular press releases and columns relating to legislation, audio and video presentations, Capitol photos and the Missouri Senate blog.

Finally, Missourians can listen to live floor debate. Under the "Live Debate" tab, in the upper, right-hand corner of the page, users can click on either Senate or House and follow the prompts.

We live in an instant information age, and the Missouri Senate is on the cutting edge to bring these services to you. There are a lot of bills that are making their way through committees as well as the Missouri Senate and House. We have a lot to do between now and May 18, 2012. By following these instructions, Missourians can track the progress of bills, find bill sponsors and contact information for all Missouri legislators.

I will also continue to keep you up-to-date through this column. If constituents have questions about any legislation, they can contact my office at (573) 751-1507 as well. Thank you, and God bless you and your family.

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay. If you have questions or comments about this or any other issue, please call toll free (866) 768-3987 or by e-mail at bstouffer@senate.mo.gov.

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Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, represented the 21st district in the Missouri Senate until January 2013, when he left after reaching established term limits. He is a life-long resident of Saline County, a farmer and small business owner. He and his wife, Sue Ellen, live on their family farm in Napton. He was the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. He served on a number of other committees, including Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & the Environment; Financial & Governmental Organizations & Elections; Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation; Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission; Missouri Civil Air Patrol; Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission; Missouri Senior RX Commission; Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force; Coordinating Council on Special Transportation; and Midwestern Interstate passage Rail Compact Commission.