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 - January 16, 2020.  Nearly every year since 1975 I have attended the annual Missouri Cattleman’s Convention. This year the 52nd Annual Convention was held in Columbia. We always try to honor a member that has contributed to the founding of the association. This year Morris Westfall from Halfway, Missouri was recognized with the Pioneer Award. He has been a Mentor and Role Model to many members, including myself over the years as he was one of our Associations Founding Members. 2005 MCA President Howard Hardecke said, “Morris is no stranger to the agricultural industry, especially the beef industry, in Missouri. He has a long record of accomplishments and is a well-known, well respected and appreciated advocate for all things agriculture related."

PHOTO: Morris Westfall

Also at the convention the St. Clair County Cattlemen's Association was named Outstanding County Affiliate for expanding membership and increasing involvement at the county and state levels. St. Clair County also made strides to be more engaged with the community. The county affiliate received a Gallagher TW-3 Weigh Scale set valued at $3,600.  

PHOTO: St. Clair County Cattleman’s Association

MCA’s Resolutions Committee amended their resolution on feral hogs to state “Whereas, the Missouri Department of Conservation is relying solely on trapping and a shooting/trapping ban on public lands has created a safe haven for feral hogs but opposes any ban on shooting/trapping feral hogs on private or public lands.” This Session I filed HB 1967 that states “Currently, any person who knowingly or recklessly releases any swine to live in the wild or possesses or transports certain live wild boar without a permit from the Department of Agriculture is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. This bill changes the penalties to a class E felony. The bill also changes the term "feral hog" to "feral swine" and specifies that any person who kills a feral swine outside without the consent of the landowner or not in compliance with certain requirements is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.”

To read the full bill visit https://house.mo.gov/bill.aspx?bill=HB1798&year=2020&code=R

This week I was visited by a great man, Dr. James A. Noland Jr. a 94 year old WWII veteran. Dr. Noland was also a former State Representative and State Senator, a former Principal and Superintendent with his doctorate in Psychology. He is visiting the Capitol to lobby for a property tax cut for disabled veterans and was accompanied by his care-giver for disabled veterans Cindy Natal.

PHOTO: Cindy Natal and Dr. James Noland

On Wednesday, the House and Senate convened for a special joint session to receive the governor’s annual State of the State Address. Lawmakers gathered in the House Chamber to listen to Governor Parson share his priorities for the 2020 session.

Parson highlighted some of the accomplishments that he and the legislature were able to achieve in 2019. He pointed out that they were able to secure a $1.5 billion investment from General Motors that will keep good-paying jobs in the state and discussed the millions of dollars being invested to repair and rebuild many of Missouri’s aging bridges.

Turning to his priorities for the year ahead, Parson focused on strengthening Missouri’s communities, supporting education and preparing the state’s workforce for the jobs of the future, updating the state’s aging infrastructure, and making government more efficient. Parson said, “We have made record progress over the past year, but there is still more to do and much more we can achieve with hard work. That is why my call this legislative session is to propose initiatives aimed at building stronger communities, improving workforce development and education, revitalizing our aging infrastructure, and making government more accountable.”

On Thursday my HCR 61 was heard in the Special Committee on Tourism. Bethany Braley was my guest and spoke to the committee on the Resolution. She did an excellent job on updating the committee on the progress of National Day of the Cowboy and explained the cultural, educational and economic benefits to Missouri passing this bill. Bethany also brought with her the National Day of the Cowboy Flag. This flag has traveled 5,700,000 miles to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle Discovery and it was said by the Washington Post that the flag’s trip was “Bringing the Old Frontier into the New Frontier”. 

To read the HCR 61 visit: https://house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx?bill=HCR61&year=2020&code=R 

For more information on National Day of the cowboy check out their website and Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/National-Day-of-the-Cowboy-Preserve-the-Heritage-143980647838/?ref=ts 

https://nationaldayofthecowboy.com/

PHOTO: Bethany Braley 

UPCOMING EVENTS – The 2nd annual Farm to Fork Summit will be held in Osceola at First Assembly of God, 3845 Old Hwy 13 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The Summit will feature farmers, distributors, buyers, educators, and more. University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension, Marshall Stewart will share his perspective on food and farming as the keynote speaker. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/osceola-first-assembly-of-god-church/farm-to-fork-summit/255268405141922/

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 - January 9, 2020.  The first thing I did as I headed back to Jefferson City was restock my refrigerator for the upcoming Session. I need a good stock of Osceola cheese, summer sausage and pork-and-beans to get me through the upcoming days ahead. 

My first order of business when I arrived was to pre-file HB 1967. This bill would give our State Department of Revenue the approval to join in with Streamline Sales Tax Inc. along with the 24 other current states. This would allow us to use their current Certified Service Providers to collect the online sales tax and send to our Department of Revenue on a monthly basis which will then be distributed to all current taxing jurisdictions which include municipalities and counties. 

I then attended the Missouri Chamber Informational Seminar. The Governor’s Chief of Staff presented their priorities for this upcoming Session. They talked a lot about infrastructure and work force development. 

Tuesday, Marla and I attend the annual Concord Baptist Prayer Breakfast. This was my 8th time to attend the breakfast. I want to thank Pastor Monte Shinkle and all of the volunteers that work to provide such a wonderful experience for government officials. The guests in attendance were from the Executive Office, Senate, House of Representatives and members of the Missouri Supreme Court. The keynote speaker was Captain Jose Rondon, U.S. Army Chaplin of Fort Leonard Wood. He delivered a tremendous message. I was so pleased to hear that since March of 2018, 10,000+ soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. 

Wednesday was the first day of my last Session and there was very little fanfare. We opened the second session of the 100th General Assembly with the official formalities, posting of the colors by the Missouri Highway Patrol, a reading of the Bill of Rights, the swearing in of six new Members of the House and introduction of special guests. The new members were officially sworn in by House Speaker Elijah Haahr. With their addition, the House now has 114 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and one vacancy.

After Session adjourned, a short press conference was held. Speaker Elijah Haahr said the House would not be supportive of an increase in the gas tax, but would consider a Wayfair fix that would level the playing field for Missouri businesses. Missouri is currently one of only two states with a general sales tax that does not tax remote sales. A Wayfair fix would allow the state to collect taxes from out-of-state retailers. During the press conference, the Speaker also said the legislature is ready to craft a fiscally responsible state budget. Lawmakers will again make education funding a top priority as they prepare the state operating budget. Haahr noted that the House already has 866 pieces of legislation filed. His office will refer approximately 100 bills to committee this week so work on the bills can begin. The legislature has until May 15th to get bills across the legislative finish line and to the governor’s desk. 

On Thursday I attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker Dr. Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Secretary Carson spoke on why we have the freedoms in this country that we so enjoy and about the importance of unity. This man is a great example to our nation as he stated “We are gathered together this morning to seek God’s guidance.” 

UPCOMING EVENTS – The 2nd annual Farm to Fork Summit will be held in Osceola at First Assembly of God, 3845 Old Hwy 13 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The Summit will feature farmers, distributors, buyers, educators, and more. University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension, Marshall Stewart will share his perspective on food and farming as the keynote speaker. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/osceola-first-assembly-of-god-church/farm-to-fork-summit/255268405141922/ 


CAPITOL REPORT January 2, 2020.  As 2019 comes to a close and Missourians prepare to usher in the New Year, it’s important to remember that the past year has been a good one for the state in many ways. It was a year marked by strong economic growth and job creation, and consistently low unemployment. It was also a year that saw the General Assembly create tools that will prepare Missouri workers for the jobs of tomorrow, and invest in the state’s transportation system so that it will be able to meet the needs of future generations.

 As the year comes to an end, Missouri is fortunate to have only 3.1 percent unemployment across the state. This figure is one that has been consistently lower than the national average. Overall, the state has seen more than 37,000 new jobs created across key industries over the last year. Signs of Missouri’s healthy, growing economy can also be seen in the state’s revenue figures. To date the state has seen revenue growth of more than 7 percent, which equates to an additional $300 million in the state’s coffers when compared to the same time last year. Missouri’s revenue growth to this point is well ahead of what was predicted by the state’s consensus 

2019 was also a good year for education in Missouri. The legislature provided record funding for elementary and secondary education by once again fully funding the School Foundation Formula. Lawmakers also approved an increase in the core funding for most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. This commitment to education funding has helped the state move closer to its higher education goal of seeing 60 percent of working-age adults earn a certificate or degree by 2025. As of 2019, the percentage is at 53.7, and Missouri has seen the raw number of college graduates increase by 11.6 percent over of the past eight years. This includes a 26 percent increase in technical and community college graduates,

Now as the people of Missouri say goodbye to 2019, they look ahead to what 2020 will hold for them. The Missouri General Assembly will convene on January 8 for the 2020 legislative session. Lawmakers will strive to make Missouri an even better place to live, work, and raise a family by continuing to focus on priority issues such as job creation, economic development, education, public safety and infrastructure.


CAPITOL REPORT - December 16, 2019.  On Friday morning, I attended Coffee with the Superintendent of Osceola Schools. The morning started with an introduction and update of Osceola students that will be participating on the Special Olympics team. Special Olympics has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition to adults and children with special needs for years. Since the founding in 1968, Special Olympics has given nearly 5 million athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness and share their gifts with the community and 16,000 of those participants were from Missouri. For Winter they will participate in basketball and bowling and for Spring they will have track and field. One eligible student will get to go to Mizzou for courses in Life Skills and Leadership. The athletes have local support from the Osceola Foundation for Community Assistance and the Osceola Optimists. 

On Monday, I attended Farm Bureau’s 105th Annual Meeting in Osage Beach. Each year Farm Bureau chooses delegates to review and adopt resolution policies. The policy on feral hogs came up, and after a lengthy discussion, this is the resolution they adopted: “We believe feral hogs are an unacceptable risk to both humans and livestock and support federal and state eradication efforts. We support increasing the penalty in Missouri from a misdemeanor to a felony for the intentional release of any hogs on public land or private land without acceptable confinement. We also believe it should be a felony to hold alive or transport feral hogs without a special permit from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.” The legislation I am currently purposing will support Farm Bureau’s stance. My bill will work to increase the penalties for transporting, moving or letting loose feral hogs. It will define feral swine in a way that they retain their designation as feral and can not include any heritage swine and protect the ownership, possession and transportation of heritage swine. 

Pre-Session Caucus was held in Jefferson City on Thursday. We were updated on Interim Committee hearings and discussed subjects that will need to be worked on this upcoming Session: Wayfair/Online sales tax collection; the subject of crime reduction; sports wagering; how to have more transparency and slow down the rising cost of healthcare; and updates on the state budget, general revenue has increased $370 million for the same period as last year, which is a growth of 9.35%. 

Saturday was National Wreaths Across America Day. It was an honor to speak at the opening ceremony to about 60 Daughters & Sons of Confederate Veterans during the Christmas Memorial Service at the Confederate Veterans Cemetery State Site at Higginsville. After the service, inside the Chapel everyone followed the Honor Guard out to the Cemetery and placed Christmas Wreaths on over 800 Gravesites.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

This Christmas season, I plan to spend time with my family and attend my home school’s 70th Osceola Christmas Pageant. The Pageant is put on by the Ministerial Alliance and is a wonderful program proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ. 

This year as we gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ, we will share our love and exchange gifts as a way of reminding one another of how much we care and how deeply blessed we are. Christmas is a time to thank God for all that He has given us; it is much more than just a day to give and receive gifts. 

I hope this Christmas is filled with joy for you and your family. I wish you safe travels if you are visiting loved ones, and wish the same for those who may be coming to stay with you. At the same time as we celebrate the greatest of holidays, I also ask us to remember there are many Missourians who are not as fortunate. They won’t have the luxury of the companionship of family and friends, presents to open, or possibly even a warm meal. I ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season. Christmas is a time of giving and it’s important that we remember that means more than presents. It should also be a time to give of ourselves to help those who are less fortunate. 

My wish is for this time of year to be one filled with joy and celebration as you share your time with those who mean the most to you.  Merry Christmas! 

As the curtain closes on this year, we wish you a wonderful, healthy, prosperous 2020. This will be my last report for the year, but I will continue regular, weekly reports in January as Session begins. 


CAPITOL REPORT - December 5, 2019.  On Tuesday, I went to Jefferson City to attend the State Tax Commission Public Hearing. The discussion was on the Agricultural Land Productivity Values for 2021-2022 Assessment Cycle. Every two years the Missouri State Tax Commission reviews Ag land to make changes, up or down based on a 10-15 year overview, not based on value but on productivity. They look at profit margins to determine if the taxes should be raised, lowered or stay the same. 

Dr. Scott Brown from the Markets and Policy Division of Applied Social Sciences at Missouri University gave a presentation on the methodology used to calculate the Missouri agricultural use values. 

  • Use a 15-year historical moving average of crop and cow-calf returns
  • Crop returns for 6 crops weighted by state acreage totals
  • Prices used are USDA average prices received by Missouri farmers
  • Costs are reported USDA production costs excluding land for the Heartland region which included Missouri
  • 2019 agricultural use value estimates based in small part on the University of Missouri’s current outlook
  • The 2019 agricultural use value depends on data from the 2005 to 2019 period 

Many other Missouri Associations were in attendance including Missouri Farm Bureau, Cattleman’s Association, Pork Producers, Corn Growers and Soybean. They presented their point of view to encourage no increase. Matt Hardecke, Treasurer of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, laid out solid reasoning to the Missouri Tax Commission as to why a tax increase on agricultural land is ill-advised. “Feeder cattle have lost tremendous value over the course of a year. As you know, Missouri is the third largest cow/calf state in the nation and producing feeder cattle is our specialty. Many cattle producers are upside down because of the sudden and dramatic fall in cattle prices following the fire in a Tyson processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas, where fat cattle moved sharply lower and prices for feeder calves plummeted literally overnight. The financial woes do not reside within one segment of the industry. It impacts the entire chain and causes lending institutions a high level of uncertainty as equity dwindles across all balance sheets.” 

Even though my reason for traveling to Jefferson City was mainly to attend the Tax Commission on Ag Land, I did make time for some appointments. I met with MoDOT to discuss several issues. First, I wanted to address the disappointment several constituents have shared with me in the recent overlay of chip and seal on 7 Highway west of Warsaw. The complaints are basically that of loose gravel and chipped windshields. Secondly, we discussed the need to for all motorists to pull over to the opposite lane when someone is on the shoulder of the highway. I recently went to Springfield and had to pull off to the side of the highway to adjust ratchet straps, even in the blowing rain, cars zoomed passed me without pulling into the opposite lane. Currently the law states that drivers must pull to the other lane for law enforcement, first responders and MoDOT workers. Lastly we talked about getting a historical marker placed 12 miles southwest of Warsaw at the junction of Highway 83 and EE Highway. I would like to see a directional marker placed there to point travelers to the historic site of the Shiloh Skirmish Monument, a battle which occurred during the Civil War. 

While at the Capitol, I met with House Research to discuss the details of naming the Osage River arm of Truman Lake on 13 Highway at Osceola the Charles Bourland Memorial Bridge. 

Lastly, I spoke with Aaron Jefferies from Missouri Conservation to discuss some legislation I am purposing. I want to increase the penalties for transporting, moving or letting loose feral hogs, define feral swine in a way that they retain their designation as feral and can not include any heritage swine and protect the ownership, possession and transportation of heritage swine.

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