Report From the 61st District
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While state legislators were in Jefferson City for the annual veto session on Sept. 13, Missouri Speaker of the House Dean Plocher appointed me as Trustee to the Missouri Humanities Council Trust … more
With more than 60 bills finally signed into law and taking effect last month, the Missouri General Assembly returned to the Missouri State Capitol on Sept. 13 for the annual veto session. During … more
More than 60 bills passed through the Missouri General Assembly this year, and after receiving the signature from Missouri Governor Mike Parson, those bills have now become law, effective Aug. 28. … more
Despite recent widespread rains bringing some much-needed relief, Missouri is still suffering under serious drought conditions. According to the Missouri Drought Assessment Committee, nearly 92% of … more
Dozens of new laws are set to take effect at the end of August, with the work of the Missouri Legislature in the 2023 legislative session finally coming to fruition. Several new laws and … more
More than 60 new laws passed during the 2023 legislative session will take effect at the end of the month, having received Governor Mike Parson’s signature in July. Here is a look at some of … more
More than 60 new laws passed during the 2023 legislative session will take effect at the end of the month, having received Governor Mike Parson’s signature in July. Here is a look at some of … more
More than one month has passed by since the end of the legislative session, and more than 50 bills await the signature of Gov. Mike Parson. To date, the governor has acted on nine of the 62 … more
In every Legislative district, Regional Planning Commissions play a large part in establishing priorities for highway improvements.   MoDOT’s first obligation is maintenance of roads and … more
Nearly one month has passed since the end of the 2023 legislative session, and of the 62 bills truly agreed and passed by the General Assembly, seven more have officially been signed into law. … more
The interim, the period of time between sessions, for this Missouri legislator is my time for cleaning up from the past session and preparing to start over for the next. The May 12 paper toss … more
In this past legislative session, one of the issues discussed was the Presidential Primary election cycle. One of the freshman legislators is a former political science professor, Representative … more
The frustration grows. You can hear it in their voices and see it in their faces. From Speaker’s office to the assistant to the clerk, everyone feels it. We have worked so hard for the … more
In the perfect world, the House passes a bill and sends it to the Senate for their consideration. The Senate could reject the legislation and the legislation simply dies. The Senate could accept … more
In a recent weekly newspaper, John Grady wrote an emotional article about local businesses and their connection to the history of a community. I think Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe shares the same emotion … more
There’s just four weeks left in session.   The last day of session will be Friday, May 12.  Since the beginning of session there have been 1,475 bills filed in the House.  You … more
This week I want to thank our Speaker of the House Dean Plocher. He has been working with the floor leader to bring a larger number of bills to the floor for debate. These bills have been … more
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 … more
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