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Senate President Pro Tem said two things are his main goals in the upcoming session

Date: January 7, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's Senate President Pro Tem says lawmakers this year should address an issue that alluded them last year
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Wrap: Last year, both the House and Senate passed a school transfer bill that would allow students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to accredited ones at the expense of the unaccredited districts.

However, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed that bill, citing his objections to a private school voucher program.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says lawmakers will revisit the issue this year because it needs to be addressed.

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Description: "We will not resort to easy, short-term fixes that simply redefine what it means to fail. We will foster and expect achievement for all of our children."

Lawmakers have just over four months to accomplish this goal as the session ends on May 15.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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Missouri's Senate President Pro Tem says one issue is driving a wedge between law enforcement and those they are assigned to protect
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Wrap: In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, municipal court reform is an issue that has been raised by several lawmakers as an issue they should tackle in the 2015 legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey is one of those lawmakers.

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Description: "Many of these municipalities are building into their annual budgets a line item for projected revenue growth from increased traffic violations. Many more are turning a profit, while the citizens they serve are struggling to make ends meet."

Dempsey has tasked Sen. Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County to help lead the municipal court reform effort.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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