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 and 2016. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map]

Committees:  • Agriculture PolicyAppropriation - General Administration • Emerging Educational Issues •  Telecommunications

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Dear Friends, 

     I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out this survey. As I can talk with only a small portion of you personally, it is one of the most effective ways for me to learn your stance on potential legislation.

     Since I am your voice in state government, I want to be more aware of your views on the many issues facing our state so I can serve our district to the best of my ability. Please feel free to contact me by calling, emailing, or stopping by my office. As always, you are the reason I am here. 

Your state representative, 


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CAPITOL REPORT - December 7, 2016.  We received notification today that the Department of Economic Development has awarded Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits to the Friends of the St. Clair County Senior Center in Osceola and The Friends of the Hickory County Health Department in Hermitage.  This is wonderful news for all the constituents of District 125 knowing these funds will be used to enhance the lives of many and help meet the growing and constant needs of our citizens. 

As bill pre-filing began Thursday for the 2017 legislative session, I introduced several pieces of legislation ranging in topic from a repeal of Missouri’s prevailing wage law to a reduction in fees for rural business owners who want to advertise by posting advertising signs on their own land.  One of my top goals this year is to help invigorate Missouri’s economy. 

HB104 is identical to HB 1931, which I sponsored during the 2016 legislative session to repeal Missouri’s current prevailing wage law. The current law requires contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects to pay employees the prevailing wage for that area.  In many rural counties the prevailing wage can be significantly higher than the wages typically paid to workers on private sector construction projects.  Eliminating the prevailing wage could reduce the cost of public construction projects and lead to wiser spending of Missouri taxpayers’ dollars and result in increased investment in our state’s infrastructure. 

Prevailing wage forces an artificially high wage that escalates the cost to taxpayers for projects that are desperately needed in many areas of the state.  By removing prevailing wage we can allow contractors to still pay their employees competitive wages, but also give them the ability to make qualified contractors’ competitive bids that will give taxpayers a better return on investment of their tax dollars spent on public works projects that need to be done. Only qualified contractors who are licensed, bonded and insured will be allowed to make competitive bids. 

I have also filed HB56, which is identical to HB 1564 from 2016. The bill would waive the permit fee and biennial inspection fee for a sign as long as the landowners own the business displayed on the sign, and as long as the business being displayed on the sign is within 750 feet of the sign location regardless of intervening land use.  It must also be at least 750 feet away from the next nearest sign.  This bill’s intent is simply meant to waive the fees for rural business owners, because no one should have to pay a fee to advertise on their own business on their own land on either side of a highway. 

Another bill that I am sponsoring (HB105) would remove the sunset date for the Organ Donor Program Fund Checkoff on the Missouri Individual Income Tax Return. Identical to HB 1673 that was filed during the 2016 session, this bill would help continue funding for the donor program that has saved lives throughout Missouri.  Mrs. Debra Simaitis chairs the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee and is also a constituent of District 125.  The Organ Donor Program is supported by voluntary contributions at the Missouri driver’s license offices, the Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign, and through direct contributions.  Funds are used to expand education, maintain an in-depth donor registry system, increase awareness programs, and provide online training to emergency personnel. 

Finally, I am again filing legislation (HB53) to establish the Missouri Heritage Protection Act. The bill would prohibit any agency, political subdivision, or entity with the power of eminent domain from relocating, renaming, rededicating, erecting, modifying, or removing any state historic military monument, memorial, or marker, any designated veterans' grave marker, or any statutorily designated monument or memorial located on any site under its control or located on state land listed on the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's registry without first holding a public hearing and receiving the Historic Preservation council's approval. 

The goal of the bill is to preserve all of the history of the state and to ensure a reasoned discussion occurs before historical monuments or memorials are removed, renamed or relocated.

As someone who is an avid history buff, I am concerned by recent attempts to erase parts of our history simply because they are controversial. We all know we have painful chapters in the history of our state and our nation, but they are still part of our history and what has made us the nation and the people we are today. I think it’s extremely important that we preserve all of our history so that we can learn from it and appreciate where we’ve come from and what we’ve been through as Missourians and Americans. 

Bill pre-filing began in the Missouri House Thursday, Dec. 1. The General Assembly will convene for the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, Jan. 4, with all representatives taking oath at 12:00 noon.


To help me better represent our district, I am seeking input from the 125th District Constituents by providing an electronic survey that addresses a variety of issues.  It takes only a few minutes and may be found at which is the Missouri House of Representatives website, District 125/Love webpage. 

The survey is also readily available by going directly to this link now:

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 235B, and YOU are always welcome!

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you can 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”

State Representative

—Representing the good people

of the 125th District—

CAPITOL REPORT - December 1, 2016.  Now that 2016 elections are finally over, the voters have spoken by casting their ballots in our Republic with the critics readily evaluating the results.  It’s becoming apparent that about half the people are happy and the other half are heartbroken.  The opportunity to change the direction of the State of Missouri and our great Nation has never been greater.  However, with that opportunity comes an even greater responsibility for the Republican super majority to make wise decisions in governing our state and nation.  Out of 163 state representatives, 117 are Republican.  There are 39 newly elected freshmen with 20 Republicans and 19 Democrats. 

Our Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, has outlined our caucus priorities focusing on building a Missouri that respects and protects individual freedom while cultivating a stronger, more vibrant, dynamic economy than exists today.  We will work for a Missouri that has a strong education system for every Missourian no matter where they were born or where they live. 

Speaker Richardson said his chamber’s top priorities will be issues that his party believes will improve Missouri’s economy. “That means a universe of labor reform, tort reform, and education reform,” said Richardson, “I think if we’ll focus on those issues as well as removing some of the government barriers to innovation and economic development, we’ll have the workings of a pretty good agenda to start with.” 

Richardson said his legislative agenda will include passage of legislation that supporters call “right to work,” which aims to prevent employees from being required to join a union as a condition of employment. The Speaker noted that ethics reform will also be a priority early in the 2016 session, as legislators again attempt to pass a ban on gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers.  

CAPITOL REPORT - September 15, 2016.  Veto Session began at “High Noon” yesterday on September 14th.  We spent nine hours combing through legislation that Governor Nixon had vetoed this summer.  In the end, out of 20 vetoed bills, we voted to override 13 pieces of legislation. This total includes seven House Bills and six Senate Bills. 


I am happy to report that all three pieces of legislation deemed priority by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association were successfully overridden.  These bills will benefit farmers throughout Missouri.  SB641 addresses a tax deduction for farmers who receive federal disaster or emergency aid payments.  Under this bill, the deduction will be available for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.  Up to this point, no other disaster program is taxed as income by the federal and state government.  Farmers shouldn’t be taxed either!  This law will correct that wrong. 

SB844 was approved to clarify that an animal owner is liable for damages done by the animal to another’s property only if the owner has been negligent. Currently, if horses, cattle, or other livestock break through a fence and cause damages to another’s property, the owner is strictly liable. Even in cases when the fence is torn down or broken by someone else, the owner of the animals is still liable under current law. The change will relieve the animal owner from liability for damages when the animals were released because of the actions or fault of another. 

The third bill, HB1414, protects the privacy of Missouri farmers who voluntarily disclose information for certain government programs from facing sunshine inquiries for this information unless it is needed to protect consumer and animal health.  It encourages partnership between private citizens and government programs in order to help gather more research and further improve our understanding of animal disease traceability. Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) President Keith Stevens stated, "Missouri cattle farmers and ranchers certainly want to be transparent, but should not fear their private information being public knowledge because of participation in a government program.  The threat of agro-terrorism is real and this legislation helps reduce this threat for Missouri farm and ranch families."  This legislation proactively addresses a problem that will only intensify with time in the generation of “Big Data.”

The General Assembly also overrode the veto of HB1631 that would require Missourians to show a photo ID in order to vote.  The bill would implement a system of voter identification in the state if Missouri voters approve a constitutional change that is on the November ballot.  This change is vital to protect the integrity of the election process and prevent voter fraud. 

If the constitutional change is approved by voters, Missouri will then implement a system of voter identification and require voters to present a specified form of ID in order to vote in a public election. Valid forms of identification would include photo IDs issued by the state, the federal government or the military.  The bill also would require the state to pay for individuals to obtain a valid ID if they do not have one, or to obtain documents necessary for an ID. 

Finally, SB656, which I received many, many emails and phone calls in support of the override, did indeed pass, strengthening the gun rights of law-abiding citizens.  It is important to remember that Missouri’s law already allows anyone of age to carry a weapon openly with no permit or training.  SB656’s Constitutional Carry portion allows a law-abiding citizen the freedom to carry a firearm in their purse or concealed under their clothing.  It DOES NOT allow criminals or mentally ill to carry, nor does it change the current concealed carry permit laws. 

SB656 also expands the castle doctrine by allowing persons who have been authorized by a property owner to be on or in the property to use deadly force as necessary in order to protect themselves and others.  As well, the requirement that a person must attempt to retreat before using force is repealed in SB656 which allows a person to better protect themselves.

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


Discover More on Rt. 54 is hosting the 2nd annual 100-mile yard sale that will be coming up on Labor Day weekend, September 3rd-5th.  This will cover communities along U.S. Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. The host locations are for sellers living away from Hwy 54 that wish to participate over Labor Day weekend.   Due to great interest in the event, there is a newly created website,, and will contain any new updates. 


First come first set up basis each day, dumpsters located on the property are not for public use, remove everything you didn’t sell, and be respectful of their property.  The sellers will be responsible for their own sale signs to draw in motorists.  

APPROVED HOST LOCATIONS:  Free use unless indicated by [$] [$ =daily use fee charged]

EL DORADO SPRINGS, at Chamber of Commerce (old Wood’s) parking lot, located at the SE corner of Hwys 54 & 32. (417)876-4154.

NEAR COLLINS, at Brenda’s Quilt Stop & More, located west of Collins along Hwy 54 (417)876-9997.

WHEATLAND, front office lot at Darby Motors/A+ Glass office, located next to Hwy 54 & Main St. (417)799-9399.

HERMITAGE, [$] at Beyond Bargains Flea Market, located next to Hwy 54 & Pitts Ln. (417)399-1474.

NEAR PRESTON, [$] at Yates Rustic Range Trading, located 6 miles East of Preston on south side of Hwy 54 (417)733-7193.

NEAR MACKS CREEK, at public road side park at the junction of Hwys 54 & 73.

MACKS CREEK, at Bank of Urbana by permission only call Sherry Nations prior to setting up (573)363-1000.

CAMDENTON, at Farmers Insurance (west of the square) parking lot, courtesy of Shane Hulett. 

All updates will be posted on the Facebook page, and the new website,


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