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08 March 2010

Schaefer: Bills Passed out of Committee

While the legislature is winding down in anticipation of spring recess, we have had a very busy week in my office.

Three of my bills were passed out of committee this week.  On Monday, Senate Bill 887, which would place spice cannabinoids on the Schedule I controlled substances list, was voted do pass by the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The bill is now in the Senate to be taken up for debate.

Senate Bill 880, which would create DWI dockets and a court surcharge of $100 on intoxication-related traffic offenses to support DWI courts, was also voted do pass by the Judiciary Committee.

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 855 was voted do pass by the Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee. This bill would allow the state registrar to create and sell heritage birth or marriage certificates for a $50 fee.

I also had the pleasure of presenting a resolution to the [at right] All-Star Little League Team from Boone County.  The Daniel Boone Little League Team represented Missouri all the way to the National Regional Championship game in Indianapolis, Indiana. I congratulate them on their hard work and effort!

Also on Tuesday, I filed Senate Bill 1040, which deals with environmental remediation statutes for dry-cleaning facilities.  Under current law, payments into the Dry-Cleaning Environmental Response Trust Fund expire on August 12, 2012.  My bill would extend the expiration date to August 28, 2022.

Additionally, students from West Boulevard Elementary School in Columbia visited on Wednesday.  I had the opportunity to introduce them in the Senate, and I hope they enjoyed learning about Missouri government!

This week I also sponsored one gubernatorial appointment. Craig Van Matre, who was appointed to serve as a member of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Thank you for your continued interest in the issues that affect the citizens of Boone and Randolph counties.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact my office.

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