Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the newly formed 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map] 

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CAPITOL REPORT - January 17, 2019.  Missouri's 100th General Assembly convened last week with mostly ceremonial and introductory activities including formally electing leadership, adopting rules, and establishing committees. Legislators in the Missouri General Assembly have filed over 900 bills so far. 

One of the bills I have filed is HB159.  This bill exempts the current $250 outdoor advertising fee and

biennial inspection fee for certain highway signs under Section 226.550, RSMo, when a sign is displayed by a landowner who also owns the business advertised on the sign and where the business has a physical location within 750 feet of the sign.   I am also in the process of drafting legislation on allowing Missouri to join 23 other states in what is referred to as the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA).  The SSUTA is a compact of states joining together to give common definitions and rules for sales and use taxes across these participating states.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow sovereign states to collect sales tax for online and mail order sales, it is estimated this could generate more than $100 million to Missouri’s General Revenue.   Other legislation that I am working on would clarify animals versus livestock when trespassing occurs, urging Congress to make the historic Butterfield Overland Trail part of the National Trails System, and designating the fourth Saturday in July each year as the “National Day of the Cowboy” to promote tourism in Missouri.   

For the 2019-2020 sessions, I will be serving on the House Standing Committees of Agriculture Policy; Consent and House Procedure; and Conservation and Natural Resources and listening to proposed policy and statute revisions in each of these specific areas as each bill begins its legislative process.  There are 43 standing, special and subcommittees in the House that specialize in specific areas of legislation. 


Members of the House and Senate gathered in the House Chamber on Wednesday afternoon to hear Governor Parson share his vision for the state. Parson delivered his annual State of the State address where he unveiled the budget items and policy initiatives he wants to put in place with the help of the legislature.  He outlined priorities that include key investments in workforce development, new investments to support and improve the state’s infrastructure, improving access to health and mental health care, and downsizing government by consolidating two correctional centers. He told lawmakers, “I stand before you today to share a vision - a vision that will chart Missouri’s future into the next decade. Missouri is dear to my heart, and by working together, we can protect and build a Missouri that is successful for the next generation.” 

Some of Parson’s proposals include:

  • A new scholarship program called Fast Track that will help adults over 25 get the certification or training they need to fill a skill gap.
  • An investment in Missouri One Start, which is a consolidated, streamlined version of the Missouri Works Program, that will help new and expanding businesses by providing and covering the costs of training for employees.
  • Investment in the Missouri Excels Workforce Initiative to develop and expand employer-driven education, training programs, and initiatives to substantially increase educational attainment.
  • A bonding initiative to address the 250 bridges statewide that are in need of critical repair or replacement.
  • A cost-share program that will allow the state to partner with local communities to help address the most serious infrastructure needs in their areas.
  • Increasing access to broadband Internet in rural areas.
  • Funding for improvement projects for Missouri’s ports so that they can continue to move billions of dollars in cargo each year.
  • Improving opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery across the state for high-risk and vulnerable populations.
  • Curbing costs in the state’s Medicaid program while also improving the quality of care for Medicaid recipients. 

In response to the governor’s address and proposals, Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann, and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo issued the following joint statement: 

“The Governor did a great job of presenting his vision of building a better Missouri. Whether it’s increasing broadband access, making government more efficient, criminal justice reform, or educating Missouri employees to meet 21st century workplace demands, we share many of the ideas he has for Missouri. 

We know our members have a strong desire to move the state forward with bold solutions to the challenges that face us.  As a co-equal branch of government, we look forward to reviewing the details of his proposals and budget recommendations in the weeks to come.  We appreciate the great working relationship we have with Governor Parson and are optimistic that together we can further our shared priorities for our state.”

It is my honor to serve the constituents of District 125. If you ever have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me any time at (573) 751-4065. YOUR District 125 Capitol office is 413B, and YOU are always welcome!

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you may e-mail me at or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with Kelley Rogers, my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

Warren D. Love

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District

CAPITOL REPORT - January 10, 2019.  My first day back in Jefferson City on Wednesday, January 9th, began with the welcome tradition of attending the Concord Baptist Church Annual Legislative Breakfast and Prayer Service for all Missouri government leaders.  This was my 7th year to attend this event sponsored by the Christian Life Commission of the Missouri Baptist Convention and Concord Baptist Church.  The physical food is good, but the spiritual food is always great.  The keynote speaker challenged all of us to step out of our comfort zone, reach out and help others. 

Beginning at High Noon on Wednesday, the members of the historic 100th General Assembly gathered in the State Capitol for the opening of the 2019 legislative session. The Missouri House of Representatives welcomed 56 first-time members, who took the oath of office alongside 106 returning members. The House now has 115 Republicans and 47 Democrats with one seat currently vacant.  In comparison, the Missouri Senate now has a split of 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats. 

After House members were officially sworn into office, we elected Rep. Elijah Haahr to serve as the Speaker of the House for the 100th General Assembly. We also elected Rep. John Wiemann to serve as House Speaker Pro Tem.  Both Haahr and Wiemann then addressed all House members to share their goals for the 2019 session.  Speaker Haahr delivered an opening day address that outlined his policy priorities for the 2019 session, and talked about how the first General Assembly two centuries ago represented a state of 66,000 citizens, and the 100th General Assembly now represents a state of more than 6 million. He noted in his address that the state is at record low unemployment, the tourism industry is booming, and the state’s geographic location in the middle of the country gives it a natural advantage as it competes for commerce. 

2019 marks two milestone events in Missouri’s history. The First General Assembly of the future State of Missouri convened at the Missouri Hotel in St. Louis on September 19, 1820—nearly a year before the state was officially admitted into the Union.  The General Assembly organized, held the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor, and elected Missouri’s two United States senators. The first legislature also designated St. Charles as the temporary capital and appointed a commission to report on the site for the permanent capital. Just over 100 years later, on January 8, 1919, the 50th General Assembly convened in the current Capitol for the first full session of the legislature in the new building. 

Early Thursday morning, my wife, Marla, and I attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.  The featured speaker for the service was Sheriff for the City of St. Louis, Vernon Betts.  This afternoon I look forward to attending the 48th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.  The conference will include a lot of panel discussion and strategic vision as well as Governor Parson’s workforce development and rural infrastructure plan and how it relates to agriculture including technology, transportation and broadband for the agriculture industry.  


I enjoyed attending the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association 51st Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Columbia, Missouri, last weekend.    The new schedule for the “Cowboys at the Capitol” program that keeps agriculture issues in front of representatives and senators is now available (see below), and members of Region 6, which includes all of District 125, will be at the Capitol on February 20, April 3, and April 24.  Just like last year, I will be hosting coffee and donuts for cattlemen and cattlewomen as they gather at the Capitol each Wednesday during session. 

23- MCA Executive Committee & CattleWomen’s Officers

6- Regions 1 & 2
13 Regions 3, 4, & 5
20- Region 6 & 7
27- Collegiate Cattlemen and MJCA

6- Region 2 & 3
12- County Leadership Conference & MCLC
27- Regions 1, 4, & 5

3- Regions 6 & 7
10- CattleWomen
17- Regions 1, 2, & 3
24- Regions 4, 5, 6, & 7

CAPITOL REPORT - December 13, 2018.  Doing as much ranch work as possible, I am preparing for the start of session on January 9th.  Fortunately, the temperature has warmed up this week, and I have been able to get a lot accomplished.  This year’s session will mark the beginning of the 100th General Assembly for the State of Missouri.  Legislators will be sworn in at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  This will be followed by a reception in the Third Floor Rotunda to celebrate the 100thAnniversary.  At 6:30 p.m., the Legislative Ball will commence with the state’s executive leaders, senators and representatives all gathering to fellowship.  The public is invited to attend the day’s events all taking place at the Capitol in Jefferson City. 

Other upcoming events include the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association 51st Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show to be held in Columbia, Missouri, on January 4th-6th, 2019.   Registration is required and the agenda is available at or you may call the MCA office at 573-499-9162. 

The following week, January 10th-11th, the 48th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture will take place at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach.  The conference will include a lot of panel discussion and strategic vision as well as Governor Parson’s workforce development and rural infrastructure plan and how it relates to agriculture including technology, transportation and broadband for the agriculture industry.  Event proceeds will go to the Missouri 4-H, Missouri FFA and Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow programs.   This conference is open to everyone; to register, please visit:


This past week, a constituent inquired about requirements regarding civics education in the State of Missouri.  There have been some recent updates to the existing laws, and I would like to share those with everyone:  Missouri public schools and institutions of higher education have been required to offer a minimum semester long course in US History, US Constitution, and Missouri Constitution education since at least 1990-1991.  MO Statute 170.011 states that courses include instruction in the institutions, branches and functions of the government of the state of Missouri, including local governments, the government of the United States, and the electoral process. 

In 2016, the passage of SB638 created the “MO Civics Education Initiative” that enacted MO Statute 170.345 which requires the subject of American Civics to be included in the exam required for graduation from any public or private school, other than proprietary schools (private postsecondary educational institutions operated for profit).  Any student entering 9th grade after July 1, 2017, who is attending a public, charter, or private school, except for private trade schools, shall pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American Civics.  The test shall consist of 100 questions similar to the 100 questions used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

In 2018, passage of SB577 and SB807 created MO Statute 170.013 that requires students in public institutions of higher education, starting in July, 2019, are required to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American Civics with a score of 70% or greater.  The test must be at least 50 questions and may be up to 100, similar to those used by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. 


Whether you are hosting the family Christmas, or traveling across the country to be with loved ones, I hope you enjoy the company of those closest to you.  While we never want to overlook the true meaning and significance of Christmas, it’s also the time of the year when we reconnect with our loved ones; enjoy watching the excitement in our children’s eyes as they open presents; and simply relax for a few moments as we put our worries aside and appreciate the many blessings we have been given.  Christmas is a time to thank God for all that he has given us.  

At the same time as we prepare for this greatest of holidays, I also ask us to remember there are many who are not as fortunate.  They may not have the luxury of the companionship of family and friends or even a simple meal.  I ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during the Christmas season. 

Thank you for allowing me to the honor to serve District 125, and may you all have a Merry Christmas.  After Christmas, my Capitol Reports will shift their focus to the upcoming session and some of the key issues we will address.  I plan to send out the next Capitol Report after session starts on January 9th.   As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

CAPITOL REPORT - December 6, 2018.  The Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) held its annual meeting during the first part of this week.  Between 200 and 300 voting delegates attended from across the state.  I enjoyed attending the general session, legislative luncheon, business meeting, and resolution committee meetings.   As an effective voice for farmers, ranchers and rural citizens, the MFB delegates annually vote on policy stances on dozens of issues that originate at the county level, where they are then discussed along with proposed solutions or suggestions that are offered in the form of written resolutions.  Once approved by the membership, these resolutions/policies provide MFB a unified voice necessary to effectively represent the interests of farmers on a local, state, and federal level to encourage better economic, social and educational opportunities. 

One of the resolutions discussed related to a proposal by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to increase the amount of owned land required by a landowner to obtain no-cost hunting permits.  Currently, landowners must own at least five continuous acres to qualify.  The Missouri Department of Conservation would like to increase that requirement to 20 acres.  After much discussion, the delegates voted to retain their policy in favor of maintaining the current five continuous acres.  To view a complete list of the current MDC landowner permit requirements, please go to: 

During resolution presentations, one delegate offered a motion to change previous MFB policy due to the fact that Right to Work (RTW) failed on the ballot this past August.  The delegate offering the motion wanted to recommend that MFB quit supporting this policy (MFB has been in favor of RTW annually for many years).    However, after discussion, the majority of the delegation voted to maintain its support of RTW for the 2019 year. 


“A date which will live in infamy” - these were the famous words of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a joint session of Congress the day after a devastating attack by Japan on American forces at Pearl Harbor.  His speech was only a few minutes long, but that was all he needed to convince Congress to declare war. 

On December 7, Americans once again remember and pay tribute to those heroes who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, and to those who were fortunate enough to survive that tragic event.  It was at dawn on this date in 1941 that the United States Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, found itself under surprise attack by Japanese naval aviation forces.  The attacking planes came in two waves; the first at 7:53 a.m., and the second at 8:55 a.m. By 9:55 a.m. the attack was finished, and by 1 p.m. the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan.           

The American forces in Pearl Harbor were left amidst destruction and chaos.  The numbers totaled 2,403 dead along with 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships.           

President Roosevelt received word of the attack the afternoon of December 7.  Later, he received word from Winston Churchill that the Japanese also had attacked British colonies in Southeast Asia, and that Great Britain would declare war the next day.  Roosevelt told Churchill he also would make a move to declare war on Japan by going before Congress the next day to ask for a declaration of war.

About this moment, Winston Churchill wrote, “To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy.  Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death.  So we had won after all!  Hitler’s fate was sealed.  Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground into powder.”           

On Monday, December 8, Roosevelt signed the declaration of war granted by Congress.  It only took Congress thirty-three minutes to declare war, and all voted yes except for one.  One day later both Germany and Italy, as partners of Japan in the Tripartite Pact, declared war on the United States. With this, the sleeping giant that was the United States was awake and went on to become the deciding factor in World War II.           

The sacrifices made by those at Pearl Harbor, and by all those Americans who played key roles in World War II, must never be forgotten. For their efforts the American people must be eternally thankful. 


I would like to encourage constituents to make their voices heard by completing the 2019 legislative survey that is now posted online. This is a great way for everyone in District 125 to provide their thoughts and feedback on the issues we will consider this session as well as the issues that continue to face our state. I urge everyone to take a few minutes to go online and weigh in on the issues that can and will have an impact on our day-to-day lives.  I greatly appreciate any and all input constituents can share.  (If anyone prefers a copy of the survey be mailed to them to complete, please call my office at 573-751-4065.) 

The District 125 Online Survey can be found on the House of Representatives website at the following:  District 125 Online Survey 2019.  Those interested in completing the survey can also access it by visiting   The direct link to the survey is:

CAPITOL REPORT - November 29, 2018.  I would like to encourage constituents to make their voices heard by completing the 2019 legislative survey that is now posted online. This is a great way for everyone in District 125 to provide their thoughts and feedback on the issues we will consider this session as well as the issues that continue to face our state. I urge everyone to take a few minutes to go online and weigh in on the issues that can and will have an impact on our day-to-day lives.  I greatly appreciate any and all input constituents can share.  (If anyone prefers a copy of the survey be mailed to them to complete, please call my office at 573-751-4065.) 

The District 125 Online Survey can be found on the House of Representatives website at the following:  District 125 Online Survey 2019.  Those interested in completing the survey can also access it by visiting   The direct link to the survey is:


The 100th General Assembly is gearing up for the 2019 legislative session that begins January 9.  In advance of the upcoming legislative session, members are able to pre-file bills starting in December. 

The pre-filing period typically moves at a hectic pace as senators and representatives file hundreds of bills.  Leading up to the 2018 session, House members filed nearly 300 bills in the first five days of the pre-filing period.  When it was all said and done, there were 638 pieces of pre-filed legislation leading up to the 2018 regular session. The pre-filing period for the 2019 session is sure to see a similar level of activity as both returning and new members seek to address pressing issues in the state and in their districts by filing legislation.  I will be pre-filing legislation on outdoor advertising to exempt the current $250 outdoor advertising fee and biennial inspection fee for a sign displayed by the landowner who also owns the business that is advertised on the sign and the sign is within 750 feet of the physical location of the business.  

To check on the bills as they are pre-filed, please visit the official website of the Missouri House of Representatives at and click on the “Bill List” link. 


During both the 2018 regular session and an extraordinary session called by the governor, lawmakers made it a priority to help prepare Missouri’s young people for the thousands of unfilled computer science jobs in the state. Now, the governor has proclaimed the week of December 3-9 to be Computer Science Education Week in Missouri. The week is part of a national event that will focus on the importance of computer science education and giving students the skills to meet growing workforce demands. 

“In 2017, Missouri had approximately 10,000 computer science jobs left unfilled. Recognizing Computer Science Education Week is a further step Missouri is taking to encourage and promote these fields and secure more of these jobs as we continue to improve our economy and provide Missouri students with the skills needed to secure high-paying jobs,” said Governor Parson. 

During the 2018 extraordinary session, lawmakers approved HB 3 to institute a STEM Career Awareness Program for 6th-8th graders designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The legislation also requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a high school graduation policy that allows a student to fulfill one unit of academic credit with a district-approved computer science course for any math, science, or practical arts unit required for high school graduation. The legislation is meant to better prepare tomorrow’s workforce for the many unfilled computer science positions in the technology industry. 

“Missouri legislators recently took a bold step to support K-12 computer science education by becoming the first state to pass legislation during a special session expanding course opportunities,” said Governor Parson. “As we continue to focus our efforts on increasing awareness in computer science education, our students will be better prepared and equipped with the skills to succeed and meet tomorrow’s workforce demands.”

On November 15th, at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual meeting in Kansas City, 23 legislators were recognized as 100% Club winners for our consistent efforts to promote job creation in the state.  I am very honored to have received this award three years in a row.

CAPITOL REPORT - November 8, 2018.  This past Saturday was the bi-annual Osceola Heritage Tour and Fish Fry.   Richard "Rick" Reed and his wife, Deona, are very generous hosts to this living history tour.  Rick is the tour guide and accepts pre-registration for 44 people who board a school bus early in the morning for stops that include the Civil War cannon placements on the Sac River Bluff,  the Missouri Brigade Monument at the Roadside Park overlooking the forks of the Sac-Osage River, the Burning of Osceola Monument in the Osceola Cemetery, the burial site of John Younger at the Yeater Cemetery northwest of Osceola, the Monagaw Springs Bluff where the James and Younger Gangs used to hide out, the site of the Roscoe Gun Battle where the Pinkertons and Youngers had a shootout and John Younger was killed, and the trenches on the west side of the Sac River.  The final stop is back at the Reeds’ hand hewn log cabin and barn where everyone enjoys a fish fry and buffet of food.  After a wonderful meal, fully costumed gentlemen portray Frank James and Cole Younger sharing the tales of their infamous lives intertwined with the history of Osceola to a crowd of about 70 people amidst the beautiful fall leaves. 

Osceola is a destination for tourists seeking Civil War history and will be listed with 29 other locations throughout the State of Missouri in a newly proposed program by Mel Gilbert to highlight Civil War locations in a passport program with the Missouri State Parks system.  This program will be similar to the passports used by the National Park Service.  Each site will boasts a unique stamp that participants can collect in the pages of their passport books.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler met with chamber members and community leaders of El Dorado Springs for coffee and discussion at Scooter’s Restaurant on Monday morning. 


An Election Day that saw the highest voter turnout for a midterm in more than 20 years resulted in House and Senate Republicans keeping their supermajorities in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly. When the 100th General Assembly begins in January 2019, House Republicans will control 116 of the body’s 163 seats. In the Missouri Senate, Republicans will control 24 of the 34 seats.  

Republicans also flipped the U.S. Senate seat that had been held by Claire McCaskill. Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley picked up more than 51 percent of the vote to defeat the Democratic incumbent. With McCaskill’s loss, State Auditor Nicole Galloway is now the only Democratic statewide officeholder. Republicans also control 6 of the state’s 8 Congressional seats. 

Tuesday’s midterm election saw approximately 58 percent of Missouri’s registered voters participate by casting a ballot. The figure is the highest the state has seen for a midterm since 1994 when 59 percent of voters participated in the process. 


In addition to selecting candidates for various offices, Missouri voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide on ballot initiatives dealing with topics ranging from a gas tax increase to the legalization of medical marijuana. When the day was done, voters had approved three changes to the Missouri Constitution and one change to state law. 

The ballot initiatives approved by Missouri voters include: 

Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri) – This amendment to the Missouri Constitution will change the legislative redistricting process so that it is overseen by a state demographer appointed by the State Auditor, and then reviewed by a citizen commission. The current process calls for a bipartisan panel selected by the governor to oversee the process. The amendment also sets campaign donation limits at $2,500 for the state Senate and $2,000 for the House. The current state law sets the mark at $2,600.  Amendment 1 also creates a two-year revolving door ban against legislators becoming lobbyists; eliminates the majority of lobbyist gifts worth more than $5; limits the ability of individuals and organizations to circumvent the contribution cap limits by counting the money from single-source committees toward the totals for the actual original donors; puts an end to legislative fundraising on state property; and requires legislative records and proceedings to be open to the public.

Amendment 2 (Medical Marijuana) – Another constitutional amendment will allow patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and some other conditions to have access to medical marijuana. It will change the state constitution to tax marijuana at 4 percent and allocate the $18 million in annual taxes and fees to veterans programs. The measure will cost the state $7 million in annual operating costs. It will also generate $6 million annually for local governments. It will give regulatory authority for licensing the cultivation, testing and sale of marijuana to the Department of Health and Senior Services. The state will be responsible for a "seed-to-sale tracking system" to ensure marijuana only goes to qualified patients.

Amendment 4 (Bingo) – Voters approved a constitutional amendment put on the ballot by lawmakers to change provisions in the Missouri Constitution dealing with the regulation of bingo. The constitutional amendment will allow individuals who have, for at least six months, been a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct bingo to participate in the operation of a bingo game. The Constitution currently requires at least two years of membership prior to participation. It will also remove the statutory restrictions on the advertisement of bingo.

Proposition B (Minimum Wage Increase) – A change to state law approved by voters will increase Missouri’s minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.85. Proposition B will increase the minimum wage starting in 2019 to $8.60 and will then increase it each year by 85 cents until it reaches $12 per hour in 2023. 


…but since November 11th falls on a Sunday, Veteran’s Day will be observed as a federal holiday on Monday, November 12th.   As we observe this special holiday, I ask you to keep these amazing men and women in your hearts and prayers, and also to give thanks to all of the brave Americans who have served in defense of our nation throughout its history.  We would not be the greatest nation on this planet today without their service and sacrifices, and our future would not be nearly as bright without the leadership they will continue to provide in the years to come.  They deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our commitment to preserving the memory of their deeds.  We are blessed to have these true heroes who have done, and continue to do, so much for our great nation. 


Thursday, November 8, 9 a.m., Osceola High School Veteran’s Day Assembly (Breakfast served to Veterans at 8:30 a.m.) 

Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m., Benton County American Legion Post 217 “Wreathing of the Waters” Ceremony at Drake Harbor. 

Monday, November 12, 9:30 a.m., Hermitage High School Veteran’s Day Assembly. 

Monday, November 12, 1:30 p.m., El Dorado Springs DECA Chapter 23rd Annual Veteran’s Day Assembly in the High School Gym.

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