Report From the 61st District
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This week we considered over 40 pieces of legislation, most of it going over to the Senate for their consideration. House Republicans will claim their biggest victory this week by approving … more
Last Wednesday we were debating the Open Enrollment education bill. My first vote was in opposition to HB253. It appeared members were lining up to speak for and against the bill. I left my desk for … more
Being trusted with a key to the Capitol is one of the fringe benefits of the office of State Representative. The key and a state pass allows me special access to various points of interest in the … more
On a daily basis, legislators enjoy the privilege of introducing special guests on the floor of the House of Representatives. These special guest and other visitors to the Capitol help reinforce … more
The business of government is all about relationships. I’m lucky to have the opportunity build my relationships with Governor Parson, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Congressman Jason … more
With an almost unanimous vote, 147 to 1, Democrats and Republicans, agreed to allow patients to have direct access to Physical Therapist.   Under this legislation, a qualified physical … more
Some folks are emotionally drawn to the headlines of the day. The headlines sell newspapers. But, much of the work that’s done in Jefferson City will never make the banner at the top of … more
I’ve been looking forward to the Governor’s State of the State address. After listening to his priorities for the 2023 legislative session, I’m concerned the spending the Governor … more
 The start of session begins with some housekeeping procedures, followed by the creation of committees. It is a great honor for me, as a sophomore, to be selected as a committee chair of the … more
Sometimes the House and Senate don’t agree. This is very apparent when following Missouri’s congressional redistricting process. Every 10 years, the Constitution requires states to … more
We’re making progress in the House and putting pressure on the Senate. This past week, we sent 10 new bills to the Senate for their discussion and debate. Three more perfected bills are … more
This past week, I listened in the House Committee on Conservation and Natural Resources as Representative Hardwick presented House Bill 2447. HB 2447 promotes the development of new recycling … more
As a State Representative, I have the privilege of sitting on four legislative committees, including the Special Committee on Tourism. Committees are an important step in our legislative process. … more
Last Tuesday, for the very first time, I missed the House of Representatives morning prayer and pledge of allegiance.  I always make a point of attending the opening pledge and prayer, but I … more
I wish I could brag about all we accomplished this week. Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned early, on Tuesday afternoon, due to the incoming snow and ice. Monday begins with a Republican … more
As we finish the last full week of January, House committees are busy with hearings and executive sessions, preparing bills for debate on the floor.   As of Jan. 24, legislators have drafted … more
This week, I had the privilege of listening to Governor Parson as he delivered his State of the State address. I’m encouraged by his positive outlook, and I’m pleased to hear about his … more
I was excited to hear testimony on Wednesday evening in the Special Committee on Tourism on Representative Tim Taylor’s House Bill 1672. This recently filed piece of legislation is intended … more
We returned to the State Capitol Build- ing this past week for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which is officially the Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly. Leading up … more
On Jan. 5, 2022, the Missouri Legislature will begin a new session. Out with the old and in with the new! No legislation is carried over from one year to the next. Every year we start over. In … more
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