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]
CAPITOL REPORT - October 10, 2019. Last Thursday, my brother-in-law Richard “Rick” Reed and I attended a public informational meeting at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville. About twenty, mostly members of the Daughters and Sons of the Confederate Veterans, attended the meeting. Jim Dehart with the Missouri State Parks gave an update on the site’s budget and annual visitors. In 2017 the site had 181,005 visitors. The site keeps about 100 acres mowed and trimmed for the visitors. Jim updated us on the maintenance of the three ponds and the cleaning of the gravestones. The site hopes to construct new walking trails to benefit the visitors and many locals.
The Confederate Memorial State Historic Site was once the home to the Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri. For nearly 60 years the Home provided refuge to 1,600 Civil War veterans and their families. It now serves as the final resting place of 800 Confederate veterans. The 135 acre site includes the century-old restored chapel and cottage, the Confederate cemetery, a 1920s-era hospital building, farmhouse, numerous lakes, walking trails and picnic spots. For more information, visit:https://mostateparks.com/park/confederate-memorial-state-historic-site
After the meeting, several of us went to the Red Shanty Café and had BBQ for a late supper. I was totally entertained by the discussion around the table. Most of those present were Civil War re-enactors and had helped film movies such as; North and South, Gettysburg, Glory and Geronimo with actors Robert Duvall and Robert Redford. They told stories about the National Park Battlefields such as; Shiloh, Pea Ridge and Vicksburg. It was obvious they have a passion for history and want to promote, preserve and protect our history.
On Friday morning, I attended Show-Me Power Electric Cooperative’s Legislative Appreciation Day at Bennett Spring State Park. This traditional get-together, at one of Missouri’s beautiful parks, included a lunch served by the Sho-Me Fish Frying Team. I was joined by many legislators and lots of members of Missouri’s Rural Electric Cooperative. I attend as many of these as possible in District 125 because I want to stay informed on the issues of our Rural Electric Cooperatives, of which there are 5 Co-ops in our District. It is of the utmost importance that we have Electricity in our Rural areas that is reliable and affordable.
On Saturday, I attended the Gold Star Families Memorial Marker Dedication in Warsaw. The term “Gold Star” describes a family member that has lost a loved one in military service. The purpose of these Memorial Monuments is to honor Gold Star Families and to preserve the memory of the fallen. It is such an honor to have this Memorial in District 125. My “Hats Off” to a job well done by the Stepping Stones Garden Club, American Legion Post 217, The Warsaw Leatherneck MCL Det.1254 and The City of Warsaw.
On Tuesday evening, Marla and I attended a St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association meeting. The speaker was Raysha Tate from the University of Missouri Extension. Raysha gave a very informative presentation on preparing a Succession Plan to pass the family farm from one generation to the next. She plans on holding a training seminar sometime next spring and I will update everyone when a date is set.
UPCOMING EVENTS: On Saturday, October 26th the Butterfield Gravel Road Event Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held. This is the first special event on the Butterfield Stage Experience. The event is a 60 mile bike ride to highlight the area in Benton County. The ceremony begins at 8 am and the ride will start at 8:30 am. The ceremony will be held at the Courthouse in Warsaw.
For more information visit: https://welcometowarsaw.com/chamber/events/
To sign up visit: https://www.bikereg.com/butterfield60
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!
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“Ride’n for the Brand”
Warren D. Love
Representing the good people
of the 125th District
CAPITOL REPORT - October 3, 2019. Last Thursday, Marla and I attended the annual Capitol Commission Banquet in Springfield. Several other legislators and their spouses joined us. The Capitol Commission is a cross-denominational, non-partisan ministry that teaches weekly in-depth Bible studies during session January through May at the Capitol lead by Dr. Battaglia.
The Bible studies are designed specifically for legislators, staff, lobbyists and other key leaders within the political arena regardless of party affiliation. The primary commitment is to make disciples. Dr. Battaglia personally meets with our government leaders to develop authentic relationships.
“As the Word of God is shared, biblical coaching is offered, and friendship is presented. The underpinning of this ministry is built upon prayer. Although this ministry takes place in a political context, we pastor people not politics, to love and lead state leaders, and to bear truth and grace to the capitol community. Lawmakers largely set the course for our state government by their political persuasion. When legislators come to faith in Jesus they make decisions based on biblical values. Consider how one state, led by Christian spiritual leaders, can shift our nation toward a biblical worldview. We have the potential to impact our state and our nation with the Gospel of Christ.” – Dr. John Battaglia
MO State Legislators with Dr. John Battaglia (3rd from left)
REMINDERS FROM MO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:
It’s harvest time and that means large numbers of both corn and soybeans will be traveling on Missouri roads. In August 2015, Missouri’s legal weight limits for transport of livestock, grain and grain co-products increased. Livestock haulers are allowed to load to a maximum gross weight of 85,500 lbs. within the state. Those transporting grain and grain co-products during harvest season in Missouri can load to a maximum of 10 percent heavier than the weights normally allowed.
When making use of the increased weight law, livestock, grain and grain co-product haulers must not use any portion of the interstate highway system or cross a bridge that is weight-limited to a level that is less than the gross weight of the vehicle and load. The agricultural weight allowances apply only within Missouri’s borders. For more detailed information, please go to the MO Department of Agriculture website.
UPCOMING EVENTS: On Saturday, October 26th the Butterfield 60 Gravel Road Event Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held. This is the first special event on the Butterfield Stage Experience. The event is a 60 mile bike ride to highlight the area in Benton County. The ceremony begins at 8am and the ride will start at 8:30am. The ceremony will be held at the Courthouse in Warsaw.
For more information visit: https://welcometowarsaw.com/chamber/events/
To sign up visit: https://www.bikereg.com/butterfield60
CAPITOL REPORT - September 26, 2019. Saturday I attended the Memorial Service of Dr. Charles Bourland. I was honored to be asked by his family to present the eulogy. Charles was a graduate of Osceola High School and an active member of the F.F.A. He attended the University of Missouri and there he earned his Doctorate. He served his country in the Army and was promoted to Captain. Charles worked for NASA as the Director of Space Food Program where he developed new foods and food systems for the Apollo and the International Space Station. As a retiree, Charles was a faithful volunteer in the community and was nominated by Gary Noakes and myself for the State of Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award in 2018. The award is given to Missouri Seniors who serve the state and its citizen with distinction and are worthy of special recognition and honor. The Osceola community will miss Charles very much.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by several St. Clair County constituents that wanted to know what the State Statute said about requirements for County Health Board members. They informed me that a current health board member no longer lives in St. Clair County but is still serving out the term as well as serving as an Alderman for the City of Osceola. They wanted to know why the City of Osceola and the St. Clair County Health Board was still allowing a member to serve as an elected official since they were no longer a city or county resident. I contacted the Secretary of State’s office for a better understanding of the office requirements. The requirements for Alderman at the time of filing are as follows:
1. Must be at least 21 years old
2. Must be a United States citizen for 5 years
3. Must be a city/county resident for 1 year prior to filing
4. Must be a city/county resident at the time of filing
5. Must be a registered voter at that address in the city/county
The requirement for a county health board member is that they must live in the county at the time of filing.
I contacted the county commissioners and asked them if they were going to appoint a new health board member for the position. They informed me that they had not received a request to do so from the county health board or a letter of resignation from the member and until they do, they will not take any action.
The way it appears now, the citizens of Osceola and the St. Clair County will need to request a letter of resignation from the member that has moved away from the city and the county. Then the city government would have the option to appoint and fill a vacant position.
REMINDER - The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists to be on the lookout for slow-moving farm vehicles. Please remember that farmers are just doing their jobs when moving equipment from field to field. It’s important that we be patient and drive carefully around farm vehicles. Non-farm motorists may not immediately recognize farm equipment on roadways or be aware of the special hazards they present. Lighting and reflector locations on tractors, combines and other farm equipment are different from other motor vehicles. Loads on farm vehicles may be wider than other vehicles, which present special hazards for other motorists when left, right, rear and front projections are not easily recognizable.
The most common collisions occur when the approaching motorist hits a farm vehicle from behind (rear-end collision), or when a passing motorist hits a farm vehicle that is attempting to make a wide left turn. Buckle up and put your phone down. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com. #BUPD
UPCOMING EVENTS - Basics of Agritourism Conference on October 11th MU Extension wants to educate rural agricultural producers, landowners, and residents about agritourism and the opportunities it may provide for them, so Amie Breshears and a variety of local, regional, and national partners have put together the Basics of Agritourism Conference to do just that. The conference will be held at Henderson Ranch, 23480 Hwy 7, Warsaw, MO, on October 11th, from 11am-4pm. Lunch will begin at 11am and is included in the registration fee of $25 (individual) or $40 (couple). Stockdog demonstrations and ranch tours are also available. Seating is limited, so register early at : https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/basics-of-agritourism-conference
CAPITOL REPORT - September 19, 2019. Senate Bill 391 is now in effect. The court order that was blocking the new law has been lifted. The bill that was passed in the legislature, and signed into law by Governor Parson, prohibits county commissions and county health departments from passing regulations stricter than any state regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s). SB 391 requires that county health ordinances controlling the siting of livestock farms be no stricter than state laws governing the same.
State Statute 192.300 allows county commissions and county health boards to make rules, regulations and ordinances in and above what the state does. It also allows them to charge reasonable fees above what the state does. That statue was always meant for the health of people in regulations for septic tanks or lagoons. It was also meant to regulate food handling facilities such as restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and to handle human health. State Statute 192.300 was never meant for a county commission or health board to regulate animal livestock operations. SB 391 simply says that the statute cannot be used to regulate animal operations. It doesn’t take away any local control and now State Statute 192.300 will do what it was intended to do and that is protect the health of people. The legislature corrected an unfairness in the way farming was regulated across the state by passing SB 391 and the governor agreed by signing the bill.
The bill was supposed to go into effect on August 28th, but Cole County Judge Dan Green set a temporary restraining order in place in light of a September hearing scheduled over a lawsuit filed by the Cedar County Commission, Cooper County Public Health Center, an environmental group, and two private citizens. The plaintiffs are suing Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, the Missouri Pork Association, the Governor, the non-paid heads of two citizen’s commissions, and the state of Missouri. The hearing on the lawsuit is now scheduled for December.
I think there is a modern misconception of how meat, milk and eggs is produced. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) are very heavy regulated by the state through the Department of Natural Resources. Now days most pork and poultry are raised in totally environmentally controlled buildings and the manure is completely contained and used for fertilizer which is a very valuable resource.
Since the 1970’s people have become more health conscience of their diets, they desire leaner types of meat. It is not possible to raise the modern type of meat hog in outdoor conditions because they do not have enough external back-fat to maintain their condition or be productive especially in colder climates. That is why modern-type meat hogs are raised in environmentally controlled buildings. I think producers need to do better job of educating the people on modern day livestock production methods. Some consumers believe that it was better in the old days when everything was raised outdoors and there weren’t lagoons or manure control. The reality is there’s not enough demand for flaky pie crust to use up all the lard that the old lard-type hogs produce.
|Old Lard Hog vs
||Modern Meat Hog
If DNR’s rules and regulations need changing, then we need to change them at the state level. County commissions and county health boards don’t have the trained personnel to inspect and regulate these type of operations. Agriculture is an $88 billion industry and we have the potential in Missouri for adding value. We have a lot of wide open spaces which would allow us to retain ownership of our stocker/feeder cattle to be fed to slaughter without having to send them to western feed yards. If people don’t want to smell any manure then they better move back to the city because we’re going to raise meat, milk and eggs in the state of Missouri.
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CAPITOL REPORT - September 12, 2019. On Saturday, Marla and I attended the City of Wheatland’s Annual Harvest Festival. The Festival also commemorated the One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of its founding with a Sesquicentennial Celebration. I was honored to join with Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Senator Sandy Crawford to present Resolutions to Wileta Kellison, the Mayor of Wheatland.
The Wheatland area has always been strong in agriculture and family farms. The town was platted in December 1869 by M.H. Cooper, shortly after the Overland Butterfield Trail formed. The trail was a stage coach mail line that ran from Tipton, Missouri to San Francisco, California starting in 1858. The City of Wheatland was surveyed by Fredrick Kern and Joseph Naffziger, who laid out the town with streets, alleys, and the public square. The town was soon dotted with various businesses founded by many upstanding citizens. The Wheatland area was also noted during the Civil War in Harper’s Weekly News with a front page print of General Fremont camped on the prairie with a large Union force.
I was asked to come back on Sunday with my horse, Big Sky Boy and preach the Sunday service as a circuit riding preaching.
Monday night Marla and I attended the Hickory County Farm Bureau meeting. I was able to update the attendees on various 2019 legislation. Such as the increased license office fees that will help to keep the local office in Hickory County open. BJ Tankersley from Farm Bureau spoke about agriculture. Agriculture is an $88 billion industry in the state of Missouri, Farm Bureau supports adding more value to the products that Missouri farmers and ranchers produce. Farm Bureau also supports the expansion of Broadband in under served areas. He also spoke of their support of SB 391 which specifies that all livestock ordinances are regulated by the Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture instead of the local county commissions and health boards.
This week I headed to the Capitol for Special/Veto Session. I sat in on an informal Conservation Committee hearing. The main topic of discussion was feral hogs. Missouri Department of Conservation has asked the U.S. Forrest Service to move forward with the closing of Mark Twain National Forrest to feral hog hunting to help with eradication of the hogs. Unfortunately, the combination of trapping and hunting with dogs is not successful and has not been effective across the United States. The best proven way to eradicate these destructive hogs has been a concentrated trapping effort. Hunting targets individual animals, not family groups, and can cause the animals to disperse to a wider community. The “no hog hunting” regulation on MDC and other public lands have been very successful in eliminating the feral hog population in the Truman and Stockton reservoir areas.
We also discussed MDC’s decision to change the minimum acreage requirement from five to 20 acres for resident landowners and members of their immediate households to receive free permits for deer and turkey hunting.
House Approves Special Session Bill to Address Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Issue (HB 1)
Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City to work on a pro-consumer bill that would allow Missourians to reduce their tax burden when they trade in multiple vehicles. House members gave approval to a legislative fix this week during a special session called by Gov. Mike Parson.
The governor called the special session to give lawmakers an opportunity to fix a state statute to allow the sales proceeds of more than one vehicle, trailer, boat, or outboard motor to be used as a credit against the sales tax owed on the purchase of another. The fix is necessary because a ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court clarified that the sales proceeds of only one vehicle may be used as a credit against the sales tax owed on the purchase of a new vehicle.
HB 1 maintains identical language in the livestock provision as the previous version. “Any purchaser of a motor vehicle or trailer used for agricultural use by the purchaser shall be allowed to use as an allowance to offset the sales and use tax liability towards the purchase of the motor vehicle or trailer any grain or livestock produced or raised by the purchaser. The director of revenue may prescribe forms for compliance with this subsection.” The passage of HB 1 does not affect this section of the Statute pertaining to agricultural products.
CAPITOL REPORT - September 5, 2019. The 59th Annual Osceola Labor Day Rodeo is now a memory. My “Hats Off” to all the volunteers of the St. Clair County Saddle Club and the Osceola Chamber for another great weekend. I especially want to thank the Saddle Club for allowing me to carry and post the Missouri State Flag at the parade and rodeo.
The Labor Day Rodeo in Osceola attracts hundreds of contestants, many of which bring their own horses to compete in equine events. In addition to many rodeos throughout Missouri many horse owners enjoy camping and trail riding. The Missouri horse industry produces goods and services valued at $718 million and 125,100 Missourians are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers. The Missouri horse industry directly provides 42,200 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. There are 281,000 horses in Missouri, over 70 percent of which are involved in showing and recreation.
For the past couple of months I have been getting calls from concerned citizens with questions and inquiries about Berry Bend Park on Truman Lake. The park is managed by the Corps of Engineers at Warsaw. Due to anticipated budget cuts the Corps is considering cutbacks at some of the public use sites on the Truman Lake.
Berry Bend Park is one of the only Missouri Corps of Engineer owned sites that have equine trails. Unfortunately Berry Bend is the least profitable park. Now that they are facing budget cuts, the overnight camping area of the equestrian park will shut down. The horse riding trails will remain open for daytime riders to go in and out but there will no longer be any overnight camping.
The Corps of Engineers contacted Governor Parson’s in hopes that the Missouri State Parks would be able to take on the management of Berry Bend Park. I personally spoke with Governor Parson’s about the matter and unfortunately the Missouri State Parks doesn’t feel that they have the funding to take over the park. When situations like this occur, the protocol is to see if the State of Missouri is able to take the facility over first. Next, the county or municipalities are contacted and lastly the park of facility will go up for a public or private entity to lease it. That entity maybe a nonprofit organization or a profitable business.
This week I spoke with Tammy Gilmore, the Natural Resource Manager at the Harry S. Truman Reservoir and this is the information she was able to pass on to everyone.
“The Truman project is currently drafting implementation for 2020 operational and maintenance plans that consist of a $560,000 budget reduction from the previous FY 19 allocation. This direct cut is in the recreation business line and we must make operational changes to become more efficient. A recreational adjustment plan is necessary to incorporate the projects vision for current and future operations. Our goal is to provide high quality recreational areas while becoming more efficient in our operation and maintenance. This plan consists of "right sizing" the recreation program at the Harry S, Truman Project to include potentially closing the Berry Bend Equestrian Area as well as other under- utilized and poor performing parks. The current trail system will stay open, however, the campground and amenities associated with the park will close in 2020. Staff will be working with user groups to find alternate solutions such possibly finding a group to lease the area in the future.”
Berry Bend Equestrian - 29 Campsites (24-30 amp electric/ 5 non-electric) Yearly Contract Costs - $22580 Average Revenue - $11086 Annual cost to operate per site is at a loss of $396 Average Occupancy Rate - 9%.
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