Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the 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 - AUGUST 15, 2019.  In an effort to maximize available resources and to extend the life of roadways, the Missouri Department of Transportation uses a pavement repair process called chip sealing to maintain some of the state’s lower volume roads. Chip seal operations are in full swing and MoDOT has prepared a series of videos to help drivers better understand this maintenance technique. The videos can be found at

Chip seals are about one third the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay averaging $18,000 per mile, as compared to an estimated $56,000 per mile for an asphalt overlay. Benefits of using chip seals include keeping water from penetrating paved surfaces causing damage and extending the life of the pavement for an additional five to seven years. Chip sealing also provides crack sealing and improved traction.

After years of traffic and winter freeze-thaw cycles, small cracks develop in roadway pavement. If left untreated, moisture seeps into these cracks and forms potholes when the water freezes and expands. As the name implies, a chip-seal treatment seals cracks and helps prevent potholes from developing by applying a mix of materials to the road to extend the pavement life.

The work includes spraying a heated film of asphalt liquid on the road, followed by placing fine rocks or chips on top. The chips are then compacted to make them adhere to the roadway. Finally, the excess loose chips are swept from the surface, leaving an improved roadway that will hold up longer than it would have without the treatment.

A surface may be chip-sealed several times, as long as the road is structurally sound. The process gets its name from the “chips” or small crushed rock placed on the surface.  Chip seals differ from a pavement overlay as that type of road resurfacing involves laying down one layer of asphalt. The chip seal process is typically used on roads carrying lower traffic volumes which make up more than half of MoDOT’s roadway network.

Motorists should lower their speeds on oiled and graveled surfaces. Delays are possible due to traffic buildup. Consider alternate routes, if available. Road and highway information is available 24/7 on the Traveler Information Map at or through MoDOT’s smartphone app which you can download free for iPhone and Android phones.

School Start Date Change to Take Effect Next Year (HB 604) 

Many young people across the state are heading back to school this week, but beginning next year their school start date will be moved to later in August. With an emphasis on promoting tourism to generate additional revenue, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation this year to give families more time to vacation in August. 

The bill approved by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Parson will require that school districts set a starting date of no earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. Current law says schools can’t start earlier than 10 days before the first Monday in September, but also allows schools to start earlier if their school board votes to begin sooner. The new law takes that option away from school districts. 

Supporters of the change say many schools have pushed their start dates to earlier and earlier in August over the last several years. The original sponsor of the change said in 2003, many schools started on September 3 but now some are starting as early as August 10. He said that in areas of Missouri that rely on tourism, businesses have seen a loss of revenue because of the earlier start dates. The later start dates are also beneficial to students and teachers that rely on summer part-time jobs as part or all of their income. 

“Whenever it comes to tourism in our state, the revenue that is being lost is significant, and that revenue helps us fund these schools,” he said. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit or follow them on Facebook at

100 Mile Yard Sale

INTERIM HOURS: Now that Session is over for 2019, I will be back in the District full time. If you need any assistance my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton will continue to be in my Capitol office Tuesday-Thursday and will be happy to help you.

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 my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

Warren D. Love

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District 

CAPITOL REPORT - AUGUST 8, 2019.  Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Missourians who want to fly domestically will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card. The Missouri Department of Revenue began offering compliant licenses and identification cards in March in an effort to satisfy requirements of the federal REAL ID Act and its regulations. Missourians can continue to use their existing forms of identification, but if they want to board federally-regulated domestic flights or enter federal facilities such as a military base or federal courthouse, they will need to obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card. 

REAL ID is a federal law that focused on fraud protection, anti-terrorism, and driver license and non-driver license identification card (ID card) security. Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 after the FBI determined the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist hijackers had obtained valid identification cards from various states. 

During the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation to allow residents to obtain a photo ID that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. Because the current version of the Missouri driver license is not compliant, the Department of Homeland Security announced in January of 2016 that Missourians would not be able to enter federal facilities and would not be able to fly domestically beginning in 2018. With the legislation approved in 2017, the federal government granted extensions and a grace period to allow Missourians to continue to use their existing IDs for these purposes until Oct. 1, 2020. 

The law approved by the General Assembly simply gives Missourians the option to obtain a REAL ID-compliant ID. It does not require anyone to do so. Those who do want to obtain a new license should be aware that REAL ID does have document requirements that are different from what Missourians are used to. Applicants for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card must submit proof of identity, lawful status, Social Security number and two documents verifying Missouri residency. Additional documents may be required to verify a name change or use of an alternate mailing address. 

There will be an increase in the processing fees charged for a Missouri three-year driver's license from $3.50 to $6.00 and a six-year license will increase from $7.00 to $12.00. 

The Missouri Department of Revenue has developed a user-friendly, interactive guide to help ensure customers know which documents are required to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card. The guide walks customers through a series of questions and ultimately provides a custom list of documents they should bring to the license office when they are ready to apply. Missourians can visit for a complete listing of acceptable documents for REAL ID-compliant license and ID card processing and to access the REAL ID interactive guide, as well as other important information regarding REAL ID.  

UPCOMING EVENTS – There is an exciting addition to the attractions along “Discover More On 54” near Collins, MO. To kick off this new site, I am presenting a Resolution to the creator and owner of this amazing site. Come out and visit us!

Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit or follow them on Facebook at

Looking for something fun to do before heading back to the school year routine? Check out the Butterfield Stage Experience. A historic trail through this great state!

CAPITOL REPORT - AUGUST 1, 2019.   I hope you are all keeping cool this summer! I have heard some local conversations about the new licensing law and I thought I would help answer some questions. 

Vehicle Licensing - Missourians who renew the license plates on their vehicle after August 28 may not have to get it inspected, under a bill signed into law in July. The legislation will extend from five to ten years the age of a vehicle before it must be inspected every two years, as long as it has fewer than 150,000 miles on it. 

That sponsor of the provision had discussed vehicle inspections with a former representative who wanted to eliminate them altogether. The sponsor initially thought that would go too far, but after doing some research, he felt that there was little connection between requiring regular inspections and ensuring that vehicles on the roads are safe. 

As the sponsor said, “Come to find out that 35 states no longer make their citizens get their cars inspected at all, including all of the states that touch Missouri, and I was very surprised to learn that. So that gave us the data we needed to dig in to compare the states that do have inspection programs to the states that don’t to see if there really is any safety correlation or not and I was very surprised to learn there really doesn’t seem to be much of a correlation. Over time we were able to settle on the fact that maybe we don’t want to get rid of the program but we could pare it back some and make it less of a hassle for Missourians, especially for cars that aren’t that old or haven’t been driven that much that, by and large, don’t end up with any mechanical-related accidents anyway.” 

The change in law will apply to roughly half of the vehicles that currently would have to be inspected and a third of the total number of vehicles on the road today. The sponsor thinks time will prove that Missourians won’t be less safe under the changes to the inspection program. 

The sponsor said, “Cars have definitely improved in their safety features and their longevity since the days when the inspection program came about.  The program started with, actually, a federal mandate back in the ‘60s, but in the 1970s the federal government backed off of that and said they would leave it up to the states, and one-by-one from the ‘70s up until just a couple of years ago 35 states have gotten rid of their program altogether.” 

The bill also includes a provision that requires the revocation of the driver’s license of a person who hits a highway worker or emergency responder in a work or emergency zone; and a provision that requires that all homemade trailers be inspected. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – There is an exciting addition to the attractions along “Discover More On 54” near Collins, MO. To kick off this new site, I am presenting a Resolution to the creator and owner of this amazing site. Come out and visit us!

Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit or follow them on Facebook at

Looking for something fun to do before heading back to the school year routine? Check out the Butterfield Stage Experience. A historic trail through this great state!

CAPITOL REPORT - July 25, 2019.  The intersection at the junction of 13 and Highway A and C on the north side of Lowery City is nearly finished. All of the north and south bound lanes are open. Everything is completed with the exception of the road signs and painting the stripes. 

Currently there are eight intersection improvement projects from Clinton to Springfield. The work began in May and the contractor needs to have them completed by November 15th. All eight projects were awarded to the same contractor. This helps the state save money when multiple projects can be awarded to the same contractor. The total project is estimated to cost $9 million. 

Back in June, on one of the Visitor Day’s at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, there was a traffic accident at the intersection junction of 13 and Highway A and C. I felt this project needed to get completed as soon as possible. I began encouraging MoDOT to make this project a priority and fast track this site. They did and have done a great job! The intersection was closed on the first Visitor Day and was already open by the last one this past Sunday. I want to give MoDOT and the construction contractors “two thumbs up” for moving quickly to get the work completed as quickly as possible. 

Also, MoDOT has announced another extension of an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief and for levee and other public infrastructure flood repair. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver remains in effect through Aug. 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10%  above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.
    Check the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at for more information.

Missourians received good news this week as the state received a federal infrastructure grant that will trigger a bonding plan to repair more than 200 bridges across the state. The bonding plan was approved by the state legislature during the 2019 regular session and was one of Gov. Mike Parson’s top priorities. 

Parson made the announcement that the state had received an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build a new I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport. The grant will enable a project to replace the existing four-lane bridge with a new six-lane structure. The existing bridge has been rated in poor condition, and a repair plan could have caused traffic backups of 20 miles in each direction, and delays of up to 8 hours. 

In announcing the state had received the funding, Parson said, “The Rocheport bridge has long been in need of repair, and we're thrilled that we now have the funds to complete this critical project and trigger our bold transportation plan. Transportation drives our economy, and replacing the bridge is a major step toward maintaining our highway system and ensuring we have the framework for access and expansion in the future.” 

The INFRA grant also triggers the $301 million bonding plan that was approved by lawmakers on the final day of the legislative session. The legislation is designed to provide funding to allow the state transportation department to fix 215 bridges across Missouri. The bonding plan also works in conjunction with $50 million in funding allocated in the state budget to fix 35 bridges. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – There is an exciting addition to the attractions along “Discover More On 54” near Collins, MO. To kick off this new site, I am presenting a Resolution to the creator and owner of this amazing site. Come out and visit us!

Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit or follow them on Facebook at

For more information and to download the section maps or the entire route map visit

CAPITOL REPORT - July 18, 2019.  Tourism is big business in Missouri! Actually, it is rated as the number two industry, second only to Agriculture. Tourism has a major economic impact in Missouri and the Missouri State Parks is a major contributor with an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion every year! This impact also includes $307 million in income (wage and salary income, proprietor’s income and employee benefits), $123 million in federal, state and local taxes, and 14,535 jobs. The 91 state parks and historic sites attract more than 20 million visitors annually, including 1.2 million overnight guests in our campgrounds, cabins and other facilities. Approximately 25 percent of state park visitors come from out of state, which brings new money into Missouri.

To help promote our state parks, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe travels around Missouri visiting camp grounds on a summer bus tour. He holds a Wake Up Breakfast event once or twice a month for campers. I joined him bright and early on Thursday for pancakes at the Harry S Truman State Park. After breakfast the Missouri State Parks offered a guided kayak tour of Truman Lake. Also when visiting a Missouri State Park make sure to get a stamp in your Passport. The Civil War Passport Program and the Missouri State Parks Passport Program share seven sites. For more information on the Civil War Passport Program visit or

Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and the Missouri State Parks Director Ben Ellis

We are very fortunate to have three of Missouri’s amazing state parks in our area; Stockton, Pomme de Terre and Harry S Truman. All three offer opportunities to enjoy the water, hike, explore nature and spend the night in a campground or cabin. In 2018, these three state parks attracted more than 845,000 people to our area. While in our area, visitors may have shopped at your store or visited your establishment. And you can bet that when these visitors got back home, they told their friends and neighbors about their amazing experience in Missouri State Parks.

Missouri State Parks has a reputation of being one of the best state park systems in the nation. That great reputation has a positive impact on our community.   

The Lt. Governor’s Bus at the Pancake Breakfast

On Monday I arranged a meeting with MoDOT Engineer Danny Roeger and Transportation Project Manager Kristi Bachman to discuss the planned bridge re-construction of two bridges in northeast St. Clair County. The bridges on Hwy C and Hwy Z will be completely closed for about 90 days. This will affect all Lakeland School students on the east side of both bridges. MoDOT is planning to meet with the Lakeland School District to help determine the best timing for the bridge closures. Originally MoDOT’s intention was to close the bridges at the same time but after some discussion they have decided to space out the closures. One bridge will be closed next summer in 2020 and the other will close the following summer in 2021. I appreciate the hard work from MoDOT and their willingness to work with the community to help minimize impact of the closures. MoDOT will hold a public meeting later this summer to update the public on the project. They will also take bids at this time. I will update everyone with the date and place once that decision has been made. 

Also attending the meeting were Boy Scouts of America camp representatives, Program Director David Riker and Barry Slotnick. The bridge closures will greatly affect the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for the next two summers. By working with MoDOT, they hope to avoid as much interruption to traffic as possible. 

The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, formally known as Camp Osceola in Iconium, is home to over 6,000 Boy Scouts and 3,000 camp leaders in the summer. The 4,200 acre reservation has been a summer home to Scouts and their leaders since 1929. Each year the camp holds 5, 10 day Sessions with each Session housing 2,000 campers and leaders. Each Session has a Visitor Day and on those days, another 5,000 people pour into the small, rural town of Iconium. 

Iconium normally has around 20 residents, so 7,000 people coming in every 10 days has a huge economic impact. Shannon Tucker owns the Iconium General Store and is flooded with camp visitors each week stopping to enjoy the store’s legendary peach float.

Visitors waiting in line at the Iconium General Store on Sunday

CAPITOL REPORT - July 11, 2019.  Since I have been in the Missouri Legislature I have Sponsored and Co-sponsored Prevailing Wage Reform Repeal every year. I believe it’s our obligation as Representatives of tax paying Missourians to spend the people’s money as wisely as possible on public work projects. Finally during the 2018 Session a major compromise was made on HB 1729. Instead of complete repeal Statewide it ended up being a reform that reflects a more accurate wage rate in the counties were the Public Work project is located. As of July 1, 2019 the compromises reform on wage rates throughout Missouri has been determined and is in effect. 

Gov. Parson signing HB 1729

Governor Parsons signing HB 1729 into law in 2018. 

Prevailing wage laws are created by state governments or local municipalities to set a rate of pay that is thought to be standard for a labor group contracted to do public-sector projects in that area. Twenty-four states do not have prevailing wage laws. Those states have a policy to operate and choose the most qualified, competitive bid. I believe this a responsible way to be good stewards of tax payer money.

Twenty-nine states currently have prevailing wage laws. The Missouri Annual Wage Order contains prevailing wage rates for each occupational title in each county. The prevailing wage is the minimum rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects in Missouri, such as bridges, roads, schools, and government buildings. However, the wages paid may be higher which is up to the employer and employee to decide. The changes do not impact public works projects valued at $75,000 and under. Public work projects valued less than $10,000 are not subject to a competitive bidding process. 

Missouri’s Division of Labor Standards gathers wage information from public and private commercial construction projects. The average county wages are based on the Census of Employment and Wages Report. The wage information is used to determine wage rates for the 25 different occupational titles in each county in Missouri. This data report is published annually and the new prevailing wage law uses it as a data base and multiplies it by 120 percent.

Annual Wage Order No. 26 rates are as follows;

Building Construction Positions: Asbestos Worker, Boilermaker, Bricklayer, Carpenter, Cement Mason, Communications Technician, Electrician (Inside Wireman), Electrician Outside Lineman, Elevator Constructor, Glazier, Iron Worker, Laborer, Mason, Operating Engineer, Painter, Plumber, Roofer, Sheet Metal Worker, Sprinkler Fitter and Truck Driver

Building Construction Rates for the following counties: Benton $17.50, Cedar $16.40, Hickory $14.97 (with the exception of Electrician Inside Wireman $43.18) and St. Clair $15.91.

Heavy Construction Positions: Carpenter, Electrician (Outside Wireman), Laborer, Operating Engineer and Truck Driver

Heavy Construction Rates: Benton $17.50, Cedar $16.40, Hickory$14.97 and St. Clair $15.91 (with the exception of General Laborer $41.01 and Group 1 Operating Engineer $46.46). 

For the complete list, please visit and enter your county. If you are a public works contractor or public body and have questions please contact the Division of Labor Standards at or by phone at 573-751-3403. For the full bill visit HB 1729.

CAPITOL REPORT - July 2, 2019.  During my second year in legislation, the Hickory County license office had a dispute with the Department of Revenue (DOR) over the bidding process when they had a vacancy in their office. The DOR bidding process is to allow interested groups and individuals to bid to operate one or more Missouri license office as they become vacant. Bidders with an active Federal Employer Identification Number will be evaluated on items such as methods proposed for performing the service and the proposal that scores best in areas including customer service and business. At that time Senator Parson and I had a heart to heart discussion with DOR and were able to successfully work to keep that office open.

In 2016 the Osceola license office had a vacancy and once again I had to negotiate with DOR to keep it open. Unfortunately sometimes DOR cannot keep the local license offices open due to the lack of funds to pay staff, rent a building and provide utilities. The Osceola office was closed for 6 month before we were able to work out the funds and was it successfully re-opened. The Carney family stepped in and offered a very reasonable rental space for the Osceola office that was a tremendous help. This past summer the same issue came up at the Stockton office in Cedar County. Although I was not involved in that issue, Senator Sandy Crawford worked with DOR and a local bidder and were able to keep the office open.

This year Representative Jeff Knight sponsored a bill to allow increase in fees. Due to having experienced three license offices struggle to remain open in my district, I was for the fee increase. I became a supporter and co-sponsor of HB 584. We were successfully able to get it into law and it is currently waiting on the desk of Governor Parson’s for a signature. Feel free to call and encourage him to sign this legislation at (573) 751-3222.

The fees are increased as follows: (1) Licenses increase from $3.50 to $6.00 for annual and from $7 to $12 for biennial; (2) Transfer of title increases from $2.50 to $6; (3) Instruction permits, nondriver, chauffeur's, operator's, and driver's licenses increase from $2.50 to $6, and (4) Notice of lien processing increases from $2.50 to $6. You can read the full bill here HB 584.

The first day of school in 2020 could come little later than normal based on the recently passed HB 161. In an effort to give the tourism industry a few more days in August to make money, HB 161 modifies the school start date by removing the option that school districts may set an opening date more than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September.

Representative Jeff Knight sponsored the bill in hopes to help businesses that have suffered in recent years as school districts have moved their start dates earlier and earlier. Rep. Knight noted “The revenue that is being lost is significant”. With Tourism as Missouri’s second largest generator of revenue we need to allow our businesses to thrive in order to bring in the funds that support our state, including our schools. I also support this legislation with the knowledge that many teachers along with high school and college students have summer jobs and depend on many of our tourism sights for employment. For the full bill visit HB 161.

CAPITOL REPORT - June 27, 2019.  It’s fescue Seed Harvest time throughout Southwest Missouri and our family like many others are busy combining fescue seed.
Our cattle ranch’s objective is to turn forage to cash. We do that by grazing cattle on predominantly fescue grass inter seeded with legumes. One of the fringe benefits of growing Fescue for grass and hay is it also produces a seed crop that can be harvested for a cash crop. 

I wrote these comments last year and revised it again for this year;

“Grease under fingernails, skinned knuckles, and sweaty brows are what many fescue seed harvesters experienced this last week.  Due to above average rainfall in May and June, the fescue seed matured about a week later than usual.  Most fescue seed harvesters use older combines that corn, soybean and wheat farmers have nearly worn out and traded in for newer and larger machines.  As a result, the older, smaller combines used to harvest fescue seed require a lot of maintenance and repairs.  Nearly all my time was spent this week operating an old 1978 Model F2 Gleaner in 90 degree plus temperatures. Since the air conditioner in the cab no longer works, we just open the door and a window and hope for a breeze once in a while. The days start at 7 AM and end at about 9:30 PM. This has caused supper to be at 10 PM each night.   

I write this to inform about the economic contribution that comes from the fescue seed industry. Since Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue revolutionized the home grass seed industry a half-century ago, homeowners across the United States have turned to this dependable, economical grass seed for durable, low-maintenance lawns.  More than two-thirds of all KY-31 Missouri seed farmers balance raising cattle, growing traditional crops and producing KY-31 seed, all while facing the challenges of unpredictable Midwest weather.  In Missouri, hailstorms and last-minute windstorms can steal a seed crop in a single strike.  Fields that look fine one day can be lost to high winds the next. Even when weather and growing conditions align for optimal seed production, farmers only have a two to three week window, right before the Fourth of July. 

A normal Missouri harvest of KY-31 typically yields between 50 and 60 million pounds of quality KY-31 Tall Fescue grass seed. Due to the current short supply of fescue seed, higher prices result when low supply meets high demand.  Across the seed industry, at wholesale and retail levels, KY-31 seed prices are at all-time highs.  The buying stations are currently paying 63 cents for wet and 65 cents per pound for dry seed right off the truck.  With average yields of 100 to 300 pounds per acre, that pencils out to be somewhere between $60.00 and $180.00 per acre. This is good news for Missouri seed producers.

Fescue season

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