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] 

The Latest News

CAPITOL REPORT - May 17, 2019.  On Saturday I attended the Route 54 Cruisers Car Show in El Dorado Springs. I had the pleasure of presenting a Resolution to VFW Post 257 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of their organizations founding. VFW Post 257 is the oldest continuously active post in the Show-Me State. Its members help the community by providing needed assistance, presenting scholarships and teaching patriotism and flag etiquette. They also advocate for legislation on veterans’ issues and encourage people to vote. The Stockton “Trent Sallee” American Legion Post 230 presented the Colors during the Ceremony honoring the El Dorado Springs VFW Ceremony. They did an excellent job

VFW Post 257

Stockton “Trent Sallee” American Legion Post 230

FLOOR ACTION: Tuesday the House passed Senate Bill 391 with a 103-44 vote. The legislation now moves to Governor Mike Parson for his signature. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association was a driving force in moving the legislation forward and its president, Bobby Simpson, wasted no time in calling the passage a "historic victory" for farm and ranch families.  

The legislation prevents county governments from passing rules and regulations on farm and ranch families that are more stringent than scientifically founded rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies. Proponents argue that a patchwork of county-by-county regulations creates regulatory uncertainty for farm and ranch families and prevents them from expanding and stops new operations from starting. 

Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act - HB 126 is a bill that supporters are calling one of the strongest pieces of pro-life legislation in the country. Referred to as the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, the bill would prohibit physicians from performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat or brain function is detected, which is typically around 8 weeks gestational age. Because similar provisions have been struck down in other states, the bill contains additional clauses to protect the lives of the unborn. Should the fetal heartbeat requirement not stand, the bill has a tiered approach that would then enact bans at 14 weeks, 18 weeks, or 20 weeks. 

The legislation also states it is the intent of the state of Missouri to prohibit all abortions in the state under any circumstances. The comprehensive ban on abortion would go into effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, or if changes are made at the federal level to empower states to further regulate abortion. The only exception to the abortion ban would be in the case of a medical emergency. 

Additionally, the bill contains provisions that would expand the existing tax credit for pro-life pregnancy resource centers and require referrals for out-of-state abortions to include the same informed consent materials that are required for an abortion performed in Missouri. 

HB 604 Education Omnibus, titled the School Turn Around Act, passed today. This allows each local school district to set its opening date each year, which date shall be no earlier than fourteen calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. It allows the department of elementary and secondary education, through its agricultural education section, be authorized to establish a pilot program, beginning in the 2020- 22 2021 school year, to provide for agricultural education in elementary schools in the state. The purpose of the pilot program shall be to determine whether and how to implement an elementary agricultural education program statewide. 

The school start date and the clarification of the Statute 192.300 that applies to County Health Ordinances have been two of my priorities since being elected to the House of Representatives. https://house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx?bill=HB604&year=2019&code=R 

CEMETERY MAINTENANCE: As we make plans to remember our loved ones on Memorial Day, I urge local cemetery boards, local communities, civic organizations, and descendants of buried ancestors to take action this year, and contribute monetarily through donations or fundraisers to provide cemetery maintenance funds until state statutes are revised or interest rates increase for endowment funds that are set in place to earn money for maintenance. Keep in mind, no funding comes from state taxpayers’ resources to fund local cemetery maintenance. Our beautifully maintained cemeteries are a labor of love, time and money; please consider volunteering to help in some way. It is greatly appreciated by so many.   

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 warren.love@house.mo.gov 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 - May 10, 2019.  On Saturday Marla and I attended an Eagle Scout Honor Ceremony for Trevor Henderson. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Trevor has earned an impressive forty-one merit badges during his six years in the scouting program. I had the privilege to present a Resolution to him during the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony in Warsaw, MO. I enjoyed meeting his family and honoring his achievements.

PHOTO ABOVE: Trevor Henderson and his parents Dr. Darron and Renee Henderson.

On Sunday afternoon, Marla and I attended the 50th Wedding Anniversary of former State Representative Larry Wilson and his wife Linda. Larry served the 119th District for eight years in the House of Representatives. Linda and my wife Marla worked together for several years as Registered Nurses for the St. Clair County Health Department. It was a wonderful party and nice to catch up with friends.

Floor Action

General Assembly Gives Final Approval to Balanced State Operating Budget (HBs 1-13)

A balanced state budget that contains record funding for elementary and secondary education is now on its way to the governor’s desk. This week the Missouri House and Senate gave final approval to the appropriations bills that make up the $29.7 billion state spending plan that provides funding to the state’s departments and programs.

For the third consecutive year, the budget approved by the General Assembly fully funds the school foundation formula with a total of $3.94 billion in funding. The total represents an increase of more than $61 million and brings the amount of funding for K-12 public schools to its highest level in state history. The education budget also includes a $5 million increase for a total of $108 million in funding for transportation expenses for local school districts. Additionally, the budget includes a $3 million increase for the Parents as Teachers program. In total, funding for pre-K-12 education is increased by $116 million in the spending plan approved by the legislature.

In the budget process, the General Assembly agreed to provide an additional $1 million in core funding for most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. During the discussion on higher education funding, House members also fought to preserve language that prevents colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition to students with unlawful immigration status. The language was placed in the budget in 2015 in an effort to ensure taxpayer dollars are used only for students who are legal residents. While the Senate initially moved to remove the language, the House fought to keep it, and the two legislative bodies ultimately agreed to the House position. As a result, these students will continue to pay international tuition rates. The language in the budget will also continue to prohibit institutions of higher learning from providing these students with state-sponsored scholarships.

The budget plan also makes it a priority to fund repairs for the state’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure. It includes critical funding that is part of a proposal to fix 250 bridges statewide. The budget contains $50 million in funding for the repairs, which would be used in conjunction with a $301 million bonding plan that still requires House approval and also requires the state to receive a sizeable federal infrastructure grant. In the budget, House and Senate members also agreed to allocate $50 million in funding for a cost-sharing program that will allow the state transportation department to provide a 50/50 match to counties and municipalities to improve local roads and bridges.

Visitors of the Week

The 8th grade class from Weaubleau came for a field trip on Tuesday. They toured the Capitol and Whispering Gallery and ended their visit to Jefferson City at the Highway Patrol Museum.

PHOTO ABOVE: Weaubleau 8th Graders and their teacher David Ochs

On Wednesday the Lakeland 8th graders came to the Capitol for a visit. They also enjoyed a Capitol Tour and a visit to the Whispering Gallery.

PHOTO ABOVE: Lakeland 8th Graders and their teacher Tabitha Jones and Superintendent Mitch Town

Dr. Wayne Morton stopped by my office on Thursday to visit. He was in the House of Representatives as Doctor of the Day. If any Representative needs medical care the Doctor of the Day will assist them.

PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Wayne Morton

Upcoming Events

This year the El Dorado Springs Annual Car Show will be held on May 11th.  I will be honoring VFW Post 257 for their 100th Anniversary. A vehicle from the Wounded Warrior Family Support Division will also be there. Come join us for a day of patriotism and cars! For more information, visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Route-54-Cruisers-729822893719997/


CAPITOL REPORT - May 2, 2019.  Last Friday, I had an in-district opportunity to present a Resolution to Sugarfoot BBQ during the monthly Osceola Chamber Luncheon. Sugarfoot BBQ, in Osceola, was chosen as a recipient of the Restaurateur of the Year award by the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association. They were awarded this accolade during the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association’s 3rd Annual Golden Fork Award ceremony held on January 20, 2019. Sugarfoot BBQ is owned by Craig and Nancy Bryant, Tyler Bryant and Jody and Meredith Phillips. The restaurant opened for business in 2010.

PHOTO ABOVE: Tyler Bryant, Nancy Bryant holding Grandson Ridge and Meredith Phillips

I also updated the Chamber on the Civil War Passport Program and presented them with the official Passport Book. Osceola has three sites included in the Passport Program: 1st and 2nd Missouri Brigade Monument (fork of the Sauk and Osage Rivers along Hwy 82), Burning of Osceola Monument (Osceola Cemetery at 755 Hwy WW) and Cox-Harris Plantation House (2.4 miles south of Hwy 82 at the junction of Hwys WW and V). To purchase a passport book or receive your passport stamp for these sites, visit the St. Clair County Library, 115 Chestnut Street, Osceola. Library Hours: Monday – Thursday 8- 9, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-2, Closed Sunday. An alternate stamp site is RV Park and Campground, 140 Parkview Drive, Osceola, open through November. Please call ahead (417)646-8675

For more information on the Passport Program or these sites visit www.mo-passport.org

PHOTO ABOVE: Ron Hogan, Osceola Chamber President, Lila Foster, Osceola City Administrator, Angie Jones, St. Clair County Library Director and Teresa Heckenlively, St. Clair County Economic Developer

On Saturday evening, Marla and I attended the 19th Annual Col. John T. Coffee SCV Camp Banquet and I was able to update camp members about the Civil War Passport Program also. 

Monday morning on my way to the Capitol, our “Discover More on Route 54” committee met at Smith’s Restaurant in Collins, MO. We welcomed new members Ken and Sue Molzahn. Ken and Sue have created three flagway projects on their property in Collins. The Molzahn’s have the world’s largest display of American Revolutionary War Flags. They have also added a Southwestern Missouri Flag Heritage 1703-1913 Flagway that is the largest display of Missouri Civil War Flags in the state and a Caribbean Pirates vs Europe's Royal Navies Flagway. This will be a great site to see along Route 54. Also we plan to once again plan and promote our Annual 100 Mile Yard Sale on Labor Day weekend. The two day event will be on Friday August 31stand Saturday September 1st. For more information please visit www.discover54.com

Floor Action 

House Approves Plan to Empower Local Voters to Decide Potential Merger of St. Louis City and County (HJR 54

Members of the House have advanced a proposal that would allow Missouri voters to decide whether to change the constitution to ensure local residents get the final say on a potential merger of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The legislation comes in response to the Better Together ballot proposal that would utilize a statewide vote to decide if the city and county should merge into a metropolitan city with a unified government. 

HJR 54 would also prohibit ballot measures to dissolve any city or county or merge any city or county with another city or county unless there is a majority vote in each affected city or county authorizing the dissolution or merger. The sponsor of the bill said the provision will protect all counties in the State of Missouri. 

“This is not just singling out St. Louis City or St. Louis County. In the event there is ever a statewide vote to force consolidation of two counties, you can rest assured that HJR 54 will come to your aid,” he said. 

The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration. If approved by both chambers, the proposal would go on the November 2020 ballot for voter approval. 

HB 1137 establishes the criteria of a worker to be considered as an independent contractor. It states that independent contractors shall have a written contract that states the person is an independent contractor, not an employee, and that the person is responsible for all costs, fees, and taxes as an independent contractor. Supporters say the bill will help define who is considered to be an employee. They also say the bill provides a definition of an independent contractor and an objective analysis. They say the bill will give statutory clarity that would be helpful for businesses, employers, and employees. 

Upcoming Events

This year the El Dorado Springs Annual Car Show will be held on May 11th.  I will be honoring VFW Post 257 for their 100th Anniversary. A vehicle from the Wounded Warrior Family Support Division will also be there. Come join us for a day of patriotism and cars! For more information, visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Route-54-Cruisers-729822893719997/


CAPITOL REPORT - April 25, 2019.  Easter weekend at our home is always very traditional. Our children and grandchildren come home for a big family gathering. Some of the weekend activities are fishing, planting the garden and burning a brush pile so the grandchildren can roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Then on Sunday morning we attend Hopewell Church and worship our risen Savior Jesus Christ.

One of the community activities was the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Osceola. This event is sponsored by the Osceola Optimist Club. This year was extra special because the Optimist Club had a ribbon cutting to dedicate the new playground equipment. Their club has worked hard to raise funds to purchase and install the new playground at the Osceola City Park.

After the ribbon cutting, I visited briefly with Bradly Wright and Dylan Roeder, Natural Resource specialist with the U.S. Corp of Engineers, Harry S. Truman Project Office along with Optimist President Eric Brockus. I suggested another project to enhance fishing along the steep banks of the river/lake. I would like to see constructed level cutouts along the water’s edge where people could fish without the risk of slipping and falling into the water. I offered to help write a letter of support for grants if the City of Osceola and the Optimist Club would coordinate with the Corp of Engineers in such project.

PHOTO ABOVE: Bradly Wright and Dylan Roeder

Last Thursday, it was my honor to present a resolution to Chase Ratcliff, a student at Weaubleau High School, for his first place performance in the MSHSAA Cross County Class 1 State Championship. His father Kenny, mother Renae and sister Addison accompanied him. Chase looks forward to attending the University of Central Missouri on a cross country scholarship.

PHOTO ABOVE: Chase, his sister Addison and parents Renae and Kenny Ratliff

Thursday morning I presented HCR 4 - National Day of the Cowboy in the Special Committee on Tourism. Ernie Brauch, the ranch manager at Lucas Cattle Company owned by Lucas Oil and Isaiah Dunn the owner of Amped Up Bull Riding Tour came to testify in support of this special day. The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy is to contribute to the preservation of America’s Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, literature, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos and community activities. The first National Day of the Cowboy was July 23, 2005. The National Day of the Cowboy Organization is hoping this can be passed in every state so future generations remain aware of the Cowboy’s contribution to America’s rich Western heritage. Ernie and Isaiah were a hit with the committee members and the hearing went well! Hopefully Missouri will join 14 other states in recognizing this day and we can honor Missouri’s Cowboys.

PHOTO ABOVE: Ernie Brauch and Isaiah Dunn

Missouri General Assembly Honors Missouri’s Vietnam Veterans 

The halls of the Missouri State Capitol were filled with hundreds of the state’s greatest heroes this week as the Missouri House of Representatives held a special ceremony in recognition of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

Governor Mike Parson and Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe participated in the event and offered words of support and appreciation for all of the veterans in attendance. The governor also presented an official proclamation in recognition of the “valiant men and women who served our country in the Armed Forces; protecting our rights, our freedoms, our ideals, and our hopes.” The governor and lawmakers also participated in a special ceremony where they presented each veteran with a lapel pin. The pins were meant to serve as a symbol of the nation’s thanks for the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The pinning ceremony provided a wonderful opportunity for members to personally welcome veterans from around the state and thank them for their selfless service to the United States.

Floor Action - House Bills Sent to the Senate 

HB 919 creates the "Save the Family Farm Act," creating new provisions regulating the partition of property among heirs. Supporters say the bill would help keep family farms and other property within the family by establishing a process to allow an heir to assert an interest in the property and proceed through a judicial process of equitably purchasing the property. 

HB 337 establishes the "Senior Services Growth and Development Program" within the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide additional funding for senior services through area agencies on aging. Supporters say this is a small step toward restoring badly needed funding for significant unmet needs of seniors. 

Visitors of the Week

Also last Thursday it was Missouri Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day. I was able to meet many students from my district. I am proud of these young men and women that are working so hard to develop their skills and knowledge in agriculture.

PHOTO ABOVE: Megan Richner, Cedar County Farm Bureau with students Alexis Barnett, Andrew Russell and Sawyer Williams from El Dorado Springs and Shanae Potts, Reagan Kennan and Lauren Ford from Stockton.

PHOTO ABOVE: Lakeland Teacher Clint Johnson brought students Drake Vermillion and Savannah Mount from Appleton City, Abigail Scott and Joe Guerin from Osceola, Alexandria Call and Noah Murray from Lakeland.

PHOTO ABOVE: Lerran Yoder from my District area of Warsaw came with a group from Representative Reedy’s District. 

Thursday, Bill Arnold attended the Vietnam Veterans Day at the Capitol and it was a privilege to visit with him and his wife on this special day. Bill is also a Representative for the Silver Haired Legislature and updated me on the current things they support for our senior citizens.


PHOTO ABOVE: Susan and Bill Arnold and their friend Linda Payne

David Brodersen, the Benton County Collector stopped by the office for a visit. He was in Jefferson City for the Annual Collector Conference.

Upcoming Events

This year the El Dorado Springs Annual Car Show will be held on May 11th.  I will be honoring VFW Post 257 for their 100th Anniversary. A vehicle from the Wounded Warrior Family Support Division will also be there. Come join us for a day of patriotism and cars! For more information, visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Route-54-Cruisers-729822893719997/


CAPITOL REPORT - April 18, 2019.  On Friday, Marla and I attended the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala as my in district activity for the week. The Chamber of Commerce celebrated 120 years of service to the community. They also are a Missouri Chamber of Commerce of the Year!  Over 100 community leaders and business were in attendance. Many outstanding citizens were recognized for their devotion to the community. It was a wonderful evening of food and music. 

It is always great to hear our Missouri Senator Roy Blunt speak. He updated us on legislation in Washington DC and the growing economy. It was encouraging to hear Blunt say “When you get unemployment under four (percent) and growth near four (percent), something big is happening”. Blunt went on to say that in March and the 12 previous months, there were more available jobs in the US than people looking for work.

Floor Action

The Big Bill of the week was HB 1062, it Protects Land Owners from Eminent Domain Abuse,  I cast a YES vote as did 114 of my fellow Legislators 

As hundreds of concerned land owners gathered in the State Capitol this week to rally in support of their property rights, the Missouri House of Representatives took action to prevent the misuse of the state’s eminent domain law. House members approved a bill that would specify that a private entity cannot use the power of eminent domain for the purposes of constructing above-ground power lines. 

The bill comes in response to the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line that would carry power generated by wind turbines in Kansas across Missouri to other states in the Midwest and neighboring states. The 750-mile line would run across eight northern Missouri counties - Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.

In March the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request made by Grain Belt Express to construct the high-voltage transmission line. As a result of the decision made by the PSC, developers would have the authority to utilize the power of eminent domain to obtain easement rights from landowners who are unwilling to sell. 

The legislation approved by the House would prevent the use of eminent domain for the purpose of constructing the Grain Belt Express transmission line. Supporters of the bill said it is important to prohibit private companies from using eminent domain to maximize their profits for a project that will provide little benefit for Missouri consumers. They say less than 12 percent of the electricity carried by the transmission line would be sold to Missouri consumers. 

As the sponsor of the bill told his colleagues, “The issue here is this; a private company wanting to use private property for private profit.” 

HB 301 was sent to the Senate, it requires certified nursing assistant training programs to be offered at skilled nursing or intermediate care facility units in Missouri veterans homes and hospitals. It also requires advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to be licensed by the Missouri Board of Nursing and sets out the requirements for that licensure. Supporters say the bill will allow the Board of Nursing to give APRNs a separate licensure, instead of just a document of recognition, which will allow the board to have better oversight and discipline for APRNs. They say the bill will streamline and simplify APRN licensure.

Visitors of the Week

Last Thursday I was able to visit with the 4th graders of Appleton City Elementary. They enjoyed a Capitol tour and visited the Governor’s Mansion.

PHOTO ABOVE: Appleton City 4th Graders and their teacher Rose Bock

This Tuesday the Wheatland 4th graders came for a visit. They visited the Whispering Gallery after their tour of the Capitol building.

PHOTO ABOVE: Wheatland 4th Graders  with their teacher Vanessa Sawyer

On Thursday the Missouri Association of Public Administrators stopped by the office to chat. They wanted to voice their support of SB 230.

PHOTO ABOVE: David Knight (St. Clair County), Venesa Dunkin (Hickory County) and Lori Dunkin (Benton county)

Upcoming Events

This year the El Dorado Springs Annual Car Show will be held on May 11th.  I will be honoring VFW Post 257 for their 100th Anniversary. A vehicle from the Wounded Warrior Family Support Division will also be there. Come join us for a day of patriotism and cars! For more information, visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Route-54-Cruisers-729822893719997/


CAPITOL REPORT - April 4, 2019.  Monday afternoon the Agriculture Committee took a bus tour of the POET Biorefining Plant in Laddonia, MO. We were able to see the ethanol process firsthand. 

The ethanol industry helped support nearly 366,000 direct and indirect jobs last year and contributed more than $10 billion in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments. One bushel of corn creates 3 gallons of ethanol or 18 pounds of livestock feed. America’s heartland provides short transportation distances from farmers to ethanol plants creating more economic independence and vitality in rural areas. There are six ethanol plants in Missouri and it is the only transportation fuel produced in our state. 

On Monday evening my wife Marla and I had a great evening with the senior class at the Governor’s Mansion!  Governor and First Lady Parson opened the top two floors of the mansion to the public for the FIRST time ever in the history of the mansion. Of course, you can only go to those floors with a tour guide. We even were able to see the Governor’s living quarters!  It was exciting to see all the bedrooms, baths and the huge ballroom. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the history of this magnificent estate. It was built in 1871and took seven months to construct, costing $74,960. Much of the work was done by prisoners of the nearby penitentiary. Each family that has lived in the mansion has left their impact on the building through renovations, design or history. Our beautiful Governor’s Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rep. Warren Love, Marla Love, Teresa Parson and Gov. Mike Parson

PHOTO ABOVE: Marla and myself with First Lady Teresa and Governor Parson

House Floor Action

On Wednesday, I presented HB 159 to the House of Representatives. 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.

For more information on the bill visit https://house.mo.gov/bill.aspx?bill=HB159&year=2019&code=R

Legislation Sent to the Senate this Week

HB 824 modifies the requirements relating to the production of industrial hemp. Supporters say the federal government has completely legalized the growth and sale of industrial hemp. The acreage limitations were part of the pilot program and are no longer needed. Expanding the program and allowing more farmers to take advantage of the new crop would allow for more economic opportunity throughout the state.

HB 715 removes the sunset provision for the Wartime Veteran's Survivor Grant Program. Supporters say the bill would remove sunset provisions to the Veteran's Survivors Grant Program, but would still leave the program subject to appropriations. Supporters also say that this program does not cost that much money and the program should be extended. 

Visitors of the Week

On April 3rd I was able to visit with 4th grade students from El Dorado Christian School and their teacher Darla Daniel. The students took a Capitol tour and were able to visit the Governor’s Mansion.

El Dorado Springs

PHOTO ABOVE: El Dorado Christian School 4th graders and their teacher Darla Daniel. 

Upcoming Events

APRIL 2019 DONATE LIFE MONTH IN MISSOURI: Tuesday, April 9th is Blue-Green Day at the Capitol.  This is the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Capitol Day and Fourth Annual Donor Family Recognition Program. The program is from 9:45 to 1:00 in the Capitol Rotunda (1st and 3rd Floors).  I am extending a special invitation to the constituents of District 125 who have either received from a donor or donated to a recipient. 

The Vietnam Veterans 50th Commemoration Ceremony will be on April 25th in the Missouri CapitolRotunda at 9:00 am. If you are a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, we would love to have you attend. To be recognized at the ceremony, please register and RSVP through Eventbrite.  https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=58329260388

If a Veteran or family member is not comfortable with computers, please call Jamie at (573) 522-4228.

If you are able to attend the ceremony, please reach out to my office so we can meet and visit. Amy will be happy to help you in any way (573) 751-4065.


CAPITOL REPORT - March 28, 2019.  Saturday was a Milestone for the Pasley Auction Company. I had the privilege of presenting owner Colonel Dale Pasley with a Resolution honoring him and his parents Colonel Clyde & Ada Pasley, whom founded the company. Pasley Auction Company was founded in 1919 and has achieved 100 years as a family business. Dale Pasely has always been an asset to the community. He is a Veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The final Pasley auction was held Saturday, March 23rd, Dale Pasley’s own machinery and equipment were sold. In the future, the business will be known as the Bruce Auction Company. Louis and Carolyn Bruce have been co-workers with the Company for several years and plan to continue the tradition set forth by the Pasley family.

Pictured Above: Louis and Carolyn Bruce with Colonel Dale Pasley seated in vehicle.

On March 27th I presented HB 908 in the Ways and Means Committee. As the sponsor of this bill, I want to create the "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Act".  This will require the Director of the Department of Revenue to enter into the "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement" with one or more states to simplify and modernize sales and use tax administration in order to substantially reduce the burden of tax compliance for all sellers and types of commerce. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can require internet retailers to collect sales taxes, even if the merchant doesn't have a physical presence there. This is a collection issue; I feel the best method of collecting this sales tax is to join the 23 other states that are currently streamlining online sales tax. 

I invited the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board Director, Craig Johnson from Wisconsin to come present information to the committee. I was surprised when he boarded a plane and came to the 8 am committee. Craig was very helpful in presenting facts and answering the committee member’s questions. There are about a half dozen bills concerning this online tax and my hope is to be able to get something to come together. I want to get a law passed so this money will come into the state of Missouri. To read the full bill, visit https://house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx?bill=HB908&year=2019&code=R

State Budget:

This week the members of the House of Representatives put their stamp of approval on a balanced, fiscally responsible state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts in July. The 13 appropriations bills that make up the state spending plan contain approximately $29.25 billion in funding allocated among the state’s departments and programs. One of the key points of emphasis in the budget is funding for the state’s K-12 public schools. As it heads to the Senate, the budget fully funds the school foundation formula with $3.94 billion in funding. The total represents an increase of more than $61 million in funding for the formula. The education budget also includes a $5 million increase for a total of $108 million in funding for transportation expenses for local school districts. Additionally, the budget includes a $3 million increase for the Parents as Teachers program. In total, funding for pre-K-12 education is increased by $116 million in the spending plan approved by the House. 

Visitors of the Week:

On March 26th the Missouri Community Action Agency came to the Capitol. I was pleased to meet Kim Thornburg and Laurie Kedigh of the West Central division. West Central is dedicated to empowering people to make positive changes in their lives. Laurie and Kim work with the Head Start program to prepare young children for school and beyond.

Pictured Above: Kim Thornburg and Laurie Kedigh 

On March 27th I was able to visit with juniors and seniors from Skyline High School and their teacher Brett Bybee. The students took a Capitol tour and were able to sit in and listen to debate in the House of Representatives. Some students live in Representative Jeff Knight’s district, so he joined our group for conversation and a photo.

Pictured Above: Representative Knight, Brett Bybee and Skyline High School students. 

Upcoming Events:

APRIL 2019 DONATE LIFE MONTH IN MISSOURI: Tuesday, April 9th is Blue-Green Day at the Capitol.  This is the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Capitol Day and Fourth Annual Donor Family Recognition Program. The program is from 9:45 to 1:00 in the Capitol Rotunda (1st and 3rd Floors).  I am extending a special invitation to the constituents of District 125 who have either received from a donor or donated to a recipient. 

The Vietnam Veterans 50th Commemoration Ceremony will be on April 25th in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda at 9:00 am. If you are a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, we would love to have you attend. To be recognized at the ceremony, please register and RSVP through Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=58329260388

If a Veteran or family member is not comfortable with computers, please call Jamie at (573) 522-4228.


CAPITOL REPORT - March 21, 2019.  We have reached the midway point of the 2019 Session and have adjourned for Spring Break. However, I drove home Thursday evening to check the cattle and do chores as I usually do. On Friday I drove right back to the Capitol to attend the Kick-off ceremony of the Civil War Passport Program.

The Passport Program came about because of the combined efforts of Mel Gilbert, Jerry Fry, Teresa Smith, Doreen Woodward, Blanca Madani and Jackie Worth. The program is sponsored by Fry’s Lyon Foundation. 

Mel Gilbert and Rep Love

PHOTO ABOVE: Tourism Program Coordinator Mel Gilbert 

The Passport Program is a project to increase Civil War tourism in Missouri and to keep history alive for future generations to enjoy. Most people do not realize that Missouri played a major role in the Civil War. Unfortunately our Missouri sites seem to be “on life support” with only a handful of volunteers. Some historical societies and museums have been forced to close their doors.

Hopefully, the interest demonstrated by passport participants will encourage site managers to apply for federal funds for the preservation and improvement of sites to benefit future generations. 

Rep. Love addressing the crowd at the Kick-off

I was honored to speak to a group of about 75 Missourians from around the State that gathered in the Capitol Rotunda together in one accord to kick off the program. My message was entitled The Four P’s. I stressed that we need to have a Passion for History, we need to help Promote our History and we must Preserve and Protect our History.

Among attendees were Osceola Mayor Rob Heckenlively and his wife St. Clair County Economic Developer Teresa Heckenlively. Also attending was esteemed members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy LaDonna Scott and Gina Dixon.

LaDonna Scott, Rep. Love & Gina Dixon

PHOTO ABOVE: LaDonna Scott, Rep. Love and Gina Dixon

Our group then moved to the historic Lohman Building at Jefferson’s Landing along the Missouri River in Jefferson City. We were able to glean more Civil War information from the speakers. John Moloski, a member of the Colonel John T. Coffee Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans spoke about the 1st and 2nd Missouri Brigade Monument. 

Sauk River Camp Monument

PHOTO ABOVE: Sauk River Camp Monument 

It was here in 1861, at the fork of the Sauk and Osage rivers, Major General Sterling Price maintained a recruitment camp of 12,000 men. Later 8,000 of those men went with Price into the Confederate States Army. They fought more than a dozen battles in 7 states. No men endured more hardships or served more valiantly than these fighting Missourians. It was said, “In discipline and combat effectiveness, they had few peers and no superiors. They were the souths finest.” President Jefferson Davis was quoted in 1863, saying that the men were “The finest body of soldiers ever gazed upon.” Out of this body of men, came fourteen Generals for the Confederate States of America. The Sauk River Monument is located 3 miles South West of Osceola along Highway 82. 

Sac-Osage Roadside Park

Besides the Sauk River Monument, there are two other featured Civil War sites in Osceola. One is the Burning of Osceola Monument located in the Osceola Cemetery at 755 Hwy WW. The other site is the old Cox-Harris Plantation House located 2.4 miles south of Hwy 82 at the junction of Hwys WW and V.

To receive your passport stamp for these sites, visit the St. Clair County Library, 115 Chestnut Street, Osceola. Library Hours: Monday – Thursday 8- 9, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-2, Closed Sunday.

Another point of interest is the Old Commercial Hotel located at 610 2nd Street in Osceola. It is owned by Osceola Mayor Rob Heckenlively and his wife Teresa.

For more information on the Passport Program or these sites visit www.mo-passport.org

Passports will be available to purchase for $10 at Missouri State Park retail sites, all 39 passport sites or online at mostateparks.com. Participants will receive a stamp for their passports at participating locations. The program will begin April 1 and end Dec. 31, 2020. Participants who visit and receive stamps for all the sites will receive a certificate of completion by Fry’s Lyon Foundation. Missouri State Parks has eight sites included in the passport program:

  • Battle of Athens State Historic Site
  • Battle of Carthage State Historic Site (stamp location is at Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum)
  • Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site
  • Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site (stamp location is at Bates County Historical Society and Museum)
  • Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
  • Missouri State Museum, located in the Jefferson City State Capitol
  • Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site
  • Battle of Belmont, in Mississippi County (the historical marker for this site is located near Towosahgy State Historic Site and the stamp location is Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site 

Bob Painter, John Moloski and Rep. Love

PICTURED WITH REP. LOVE: Bob Painter - Board of Directors of Missouri Parks Association and John Moloski - member of the Colonel John T. Coffee Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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