Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the newly formed 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014 and 2016. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map]

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CAPITOL REPORT - May 18, 2018.  My in-district day on Saturday began by celebrating the dedication of the new Weaubleau Community Building.  The City of Weaubleau and Friends of the Weaubleau Park hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and pancake breakfast in the new facility.  I congratulate them for completion of this new facility that will promote activities and social time in the community. 

I then travelled westbound on the “Discover More on Route 54” highway to El Dorado Springs to join Senator Crawford in making a presentation to the members of the Route 54 Cruisers who were hosting their 25th Annual Route 54 Cruisers Car Show.  The members, who have been meeting monthly for over 25 years, were recognized for their contributions to the community by providing scholarships, donating to local charities, and promoting the El Dorado Springs area.

Senator Crawford and I presented resolutions to Route 54 Cruisers President Mark Boch recognizing the members for 25 years of service to the El Dorado Springs area. 

LEGISLATION THIS WEEK:

As I write this, the House and Senate are still in session.  We adjourn at 6:00 p.m. today.  Any legislation that has been ‘Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed’ must be signed by the Governor before becoming law.  HB1456 was approved by the Senate late last night, and I am hoping it will be brought to the House for its final vote in our last hours of session this afternoon.  This bill would make quality emergency 911 services more readily available to all Missourians. It would provide a method to increase efficiency, improve levels of technology, and provide enhanced 911 mapping and service to areas of the state that do not currently have it. It would also give counties additional options for funding their local 911 services, and would give local voters more freedom to approve the funding method that works best for their county.

SB564 The Missouri General Assembly has passed bipartisan rate cap legislation, which would cut and cap electric rates in Missouri.  By a vote of 125-20, House members gave final passage to SB 564. The legislation mandates that any benefits Missouri’s electric utilities received from the federal tax cuts be refunded to customers in the form of rate cuts within 90 days of being signed into law.  For Ameren Missouri customers alone, that means approximately $133 million, which will result in a 4.8% cut in electric rates. 

For the first time in Missouri history, rate increases on Missouri customers will also be capped as part of the legislation at an average annual 2.85% or 3% depending on the service provider. These rate caps provide Missouri business and residential customers the rate stability and predictability that has been missing over the past decade, when, according to the Associated Press, rates have gone up 5.2% each year on average.  The legislation will also help modernize Missouri’s electric grid, by making it smarter and more secure.

SB627 Final approval has also been given to legislation that would ensure products marketed as meat actually come from harvested livestock. SB 627 will make Missouri the first state to approve legislation to deal with the misrepresentation of lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat. The issue is national in scope and other states may now look to Missouri as an example of how to deal with this growing problem. The legislation that now needs the governor’s signature to become law will update Missouri statutes to prohibit “misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.”

VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL:

 

Instructor Tabitha Jones and Superintendent Mitch Towne accompanied Lakeland R-III Social Studies students to the Capitol last week to observe the General Assembly in session and tour the historic building. 

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.   

SUSPECTED METH LABS: 

To report a suspected illegal drug lab activity, please contact your local law enforcement office or email the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control at ddccmail@mshp.dps.mo.gov.  You may also call the Anonymous Meth Hotline (1-888-609-6384).

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 Kelley Rogers, my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District


CAPITOL REPORT - May 10, 2018.  Warmer weather and much needed rain has finally arrived.  It’s evident by the grass and wheat starting to green up and grow.  It’s also evident by looking down freshly planted corn rows and seeing the new crop sprout and emerge.  

My normal in-district day last Friday was actually spent at the Capitol.  My wife, Marla, drove to Jefferson City so we could welcome our granddaughter, Gretchen Crusha, who is a 3rd grade student in Paris, MO.  We enjoyed joining her class as they toured the Capitol.  It was a joy to watch their young, vibrant enthusiasm with a vision of them being our Missouri citizens of the future.  Watching them is nearly the same feeling that a farmer has when planting a new crop of corn and expecting a bumper crop! 

Lieutenant Governor Parson hosted the Senior Service Award Ceremony on Monday.  Started in 2005, this award is presented to promote and highlight the positive accomplishments Missouri’s senior citizens have made in their local communities.  We are greatly honored to have four recipients from District 125 that were chosen to receive this much-deserved recognition:  Charles Bourland of St. Clair County, Lynne Hedrick of Cedar County, Dr. Carter Kinkead of Benton County, and Billy Pearson of Hickory County.  

Senior Service Award Recipient, Charles Bourland, St. Clair County 

Senior Service Award Recipient, Lynne Hedrick, Cedar County 

Senior Service Award Recipient, Joseph “Carter” Kinkead, DVM, Benton County 

Senior Service Award Recipient, Billy Pearson, Hickory County

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.   

LEGISLATION THIS WEEK: 

House members voted Wednesday to give final approval to a $28 billion state operating budget that includes record funding for the K-12 education foundation formula, which amounts to $124 million more this year on education than in 2017.

The Senate has approved all but one budget bill.  The Missouri Constitution requires the legislature to approve a balanced budget by Friday evening.  As I write this Capitol Report, we are anticipated to work late into the evening tonight and will be convening for session tomorrow on Friday as well. 

VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL:

The Weaubleau 8th Grade Class visited the Capitol on Thursday, May 3rd, with their sponsor, Mr. David Ochs.

Peggy Crabtree, Benton County constituent, visited with me in the Side Gallery of the Chamber on Tuesday advocating for public safety and prevention of drug abuse. 

UPCOMING DISTRICT ACTIVITIES: 

May 10-12, today through Saturday, is the 39th Annual Lowry City Spring Fair. Shop local vendors with various crafts and merchandise. Support local vendors, groups and organizations with various crafts, merchandise, food booths, plant sales, raffles, car show, music concerts, and carnival rides. 

The 25th Annual Route 54 Cruisers Car Show will take place on Saturday, May 12th, in downtown El Dorado Springs.  Registration is from 8-10 a.m. with awards at 2 p.m.  There will be special guests, auctions, raffles, giveaways and more in celebration of the 25th year including a special appearance by the Wounded Warrior Project Truck.  Make plans to attend rain or shine! 

The ribbon cutting and celebration for the new Weaubleau Community Building is onSaturday, May 12th, at 8 a.m.  Following the ribbon cutting, please join Friends of the Weaubleau Park as they host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

SUSPECTED METH LABS: 

To report a suspected illegal drug lab activity, please contact your local law enforcement office or email the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control at ddccmail@mshp.dps.mo.gov.  You may also call the Anonymous Meth Hotline (1-888-609-6384).


CAPITOL REPORT - May 3, 2018. My in-district day last Friday, April 27th, started by presenting four American FFA Degree Resolutions at the Appleton City High School.  Recipients of this prestigious award from Appleton City are Brady Munsterman, Nathan John Parsons, Levi E. Siegismund, and Bethany A. Strope.  Congratulations to these young adults for their endeavors in earning this degree! 

I then drove to El Dorado Springs and joined Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, who has initiated and is promoting “Buy Missouri” products.  We toured three area businesses.  The first local business was DairiConcepts located along the “Discover More on Route 54” highway.  This company produces innovative cheese and dairy pastes and powder products that are sold across the United States and exported to foreign countries.  Currently, 135 area residents are employed by DairiConcepts.

PHOTO: DairiConcepts was the first stop for the “Buy Missouri” tour in El Dorado Springs.  L-R:  Bill Pruyne, Plant Manager; Brent Rottinghaus, Director of Processing/Technology & Operations; Lt. Gov. Parson, Teresa Parson, and Rep. Love.

We then headed to the El Dorado Springs City Hall where Lt. Gov. Parson presented a PowerPoint presentation on “Buy MO!” to members of the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.   Lt. Gov. Parson launched this statewide initiative to recognize and promote Missouri companies and manufacturers to the public, thus strengthening MO’s economy. 

Our second area business destination was Cedar Creek Beef Jerky.  We enjoyed a tour of this USDA-inspected manufacturing facility by co-owners Justin Amick and Kendall Burns.    The jerky is made by hand, one piece at a time, the old fashioned way, and cooked in a homemade oven.  It is delicious!  Several flavors are sold in store and online at their website: www.cedarcreekbeefjerky.com.

PHOTO: Cedar Creek Beef Jerky co-owners Justin Amick and Kendall Burns provided a tour of their facility for us during Lt. Gov. Parson’s “Buy Missouri” promotional tour in El Dorado Springs. 

The final stop of the tour was Harleman Manufacturing, LLC.  Harleman builds some of the biggest and best drilling equipment in the country: dirt and rock augers, pressure diggers, and heavy duty tree sawing and tree puller attachments for skid loaders.  With an online site and extensive catalogue, Harleman Manufacturing sells equipment worldwide www.harlemanglobal.com.

PHOTO: Lt. Gov. Parson and I really enjoyed our tour with Layne Smith and owner, Ron Harleman.  They have an impressive operation and employ several local citizens.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:

As we approach Teacher Appreciation Week next week, I want to “Tip My Hat” to all who have chosen a career of educating our children.  Our teachers play a critical role in educating and influencing our future leaders of this country.  These instructors, committed to kindness, patience, and dedication, mold our children’s lives.  To quote Thomas Jefferson:  “It is highly interesting to our country, and it is the duty of its functionaries, to provide that every citizen in it should receive an education proportioned to the condition and pursuits of his life.”  For the vast opportunities provided to our children, I say THANK YOU to all the teachers in District 125 for making this possible!

LEGISLATION THIS WEEK:

I am very happy to report that HB1880 was ‘Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed’ by the General Assembly this afternoon.  This bill states the intent of the General Assembly to facilitate and encourage development of fiber optic infrastructure by rural electric cooperatives to expand rural broadband services. This bill does not grant the Public Service Commission jurisdiction over any contract or agreement that it would not otherwise have, nor does it diminish the rights of property owners under the laws of this state.

VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL:

PHOTO: It was an honor to visit with representatives of Health Systems, Inc., and Hermitage Nursing and Rehab Facility on Wednesday:  Casandra Gould, Cindy Gates, Karin Patterson, Timothy Corbin, and Alice Zidlicky. 

UPCOMING DISTRICT ACTIVITIES

The 25th Annual Route 54 Cruisers Car Show will take place on Saturday, May 12th, in downtown El Dorado Springs.  Registration is from 8-10 a.m. with awards at 2 p.m.  There will be special guests, auctions, raffles, giveaways and more in celebration of the 25th year including a special appearance by the Wounded Warrior Project Truck.  Make plans to attend rain or shine!


CAPITOL REPORT - April 26, 2018.  My in-district day on Friday, April 20th, began by attending an early breakfast in Sedalia.  It was hosted by State Fair Community College.  Each year, area legislators are invited to present updates and answer questions about issues of interest to SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson, board members, and area educators. 

From Sedalia, I headed to Osceola for an announcement made by the USDA Rural Development that the City of Osceola has been awarded Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant funding.  It will be used to update the city’s water distribution system which will improve water pressure and quality for everyone living in Osceola.  Citizens are asked to be patient through the construction phase and progress, which according to Mayor Heckenlively should be completed in November, 2018.  

Sunday was Earth Day, and after church, my wife, Marla, and I attended a very special tree planting that is part of the Liberty Tree Project.  The original Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree that stood near Boston Common during the Revolutionary Era.  The first act of defiance against British rule took place under this tree in 1765.   Along the way, several other towns in the 13 colonies designated their own Liberty Trees.  A symbol of American Independence, St. Clair County 4-H received two of 20 bud-grafted trees donated to Missouri 4-H clubs; these trees are from original Liberty Tree seedlings.  One was planted at Daffodil Park, and the other was planted near the museum in Roscoe.  Congratulations to the St. Clair County 4-H for being one of very few selected to participate in the Liberty Tree Project. 

PHOTO: For the announcement of the Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant funding, it was an honor to join Randy Norden, Executive Director of MO Rural Water Association; Osceola Mayor Rob Heckenlively; Lois East, USDA; Rachel Gilroy, Field Representative for Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler; and Robert Salmon, Presiding Commissioner of St. Clair County.

PHOTO: St. Clair County 4-H commemorates the Liberty Tree Project in Daffodil Park by planting a bud-grafted tree from an original seedling of a Liberty Tree. 

LEGISLATION THIS WEEK

The House and Senate took major steps this week toward the completion of the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget.  Both chambers must reach an agreement on the spending plan by May 11. The House sent its version of the budget to the Senate at the end of March.  The Senate then approved its version of the budget and sent it to the House this week.  On Thursday, the House approved motions to send the majority of the appropriations bills to conference committees where lead negotiators from both sides will meet to iron out differences between the two chambers. 

As the bills head to conference, one of the primary differences each side will work through concerns funding for K-12 education.  The version of the budget approved by the House provided full funding for the school foundation formula.  The House plan boosted funding for the formula by $98.9 million. The Senate’s version of the spending plan reduces that funding by $50 million and redirects some of the savings to other areas of the budgets.  The Senate plan would instead increase K-12 transportation funding by $25 million, as well as provide additional funding for nursing home services. 

Once the Senate agrees to meet in conference with the House, members will work through their differences to reach a compromise version of the budget that can receive final approval from both chambers. 

Last week the House approved an important piece of legislation (SB 573) that would provide additional support to members of the National Guard and the state’s veterans.  While the bill started as an expansion of the military income tax deduction, House members added several amendments during floor debate that greatly expanded the scope of the bill.  One of the amendments would allow veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. It would also require eligible lending institutions to give priority to veteran-owned small businesses when considering which eligible small businesses should receive reduced-rate loans. The change is meant to provide veterans with an opportunity to start their own business and contribute to the state's economy.  Another amendment extends the period of assistance in the Show-Me Heroes Program from one year to five years following discharge; establish the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; and establish the Missouri Military Community Reinvestment Program Act to assist military communities in supporting and sustaining their installations. 

HCR 96 would designate May as "Move Over and Slow Down Awareness Month." The awareness month would encourage the citizens of this state to remember the "Move Over or Slow Down" law when approaching a Missouri State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, and Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety emergency response or motorist assist vehicles when displaying emergency lights or flashing amber and white lights and parked or stopped on the side of the road. 

VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL:

PHOTO: Wheatland R-II 4th and 5th Graders toured the historic Capitol and visited the Whispering Gallery and Dome on Monday.

PHOTO: I enjoyed visiting with MO Cattlemen’s Association member advocates on Wednesday from Lawrence County, Hickory County-Sandra Arthur of Twin Star Ranch in Flemington (2nd from left), and Pettis County.


CAPITOL REPORT - April 19, 2018.  As I write this report, a great big dark cloud of uncertainty is hovering over the Capitol about charges pending against Governor Eric Greitens.  After the release of a report made by the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, and with new information that Attorney General Josh Hawley has evidence to support another felony charge on an unrelated matter, the members of the House leadership team this week called for the governor’s resignation: 

“At the outset of this process, we said the governor needed to be forthright and accountable for his actions. After thoughtful consideration of the findings in the House committee’s report and today’s news that the attorney general has evidence to support another felony charge, we believe the governor needs to take responsibility for his actions.  

Leaders at all levels of government are entrusted with an incredible responsibility to the Missourians we represent. When leaders lose the ability to effectively lead our state, the right thing to do is step aside.  In our view, the time has come for the governor to resign.”   

House Leadership was joined by Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, who also called for the governor to resign. The governor responded by saying he will not resign his position. Legislative leaders will wait for the investigative committee to complete its work. The House Speaker has said the legislature should call itself back for a special session to consider any recommendations the committee has for action against the governor. The Speaker has said his goal is for the legislature to remain focused specifically on the tasks Missourians count on its lawmakers to complete.

LEGISLATION THIS WEEK: 

One of the pieces of legislation that was passed by House members this week and now moves to the Senate for consideration includes HB 1542, which would prohibit a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM), third party administrator such as Express Scripts, from charging a copayment for a prescription or pharmacy service that exceeds the amount retained by the pharmacy from all payment sources for filling that prescription or providing that service. It would also prohibit a PBM from prohibiting a pharmacy from informing a person of the difference between his or her co-payment and the amount he or she would pay if a health benefit plan was not used to cover the cost. Currently, pharmacies are not allowed to discuss price options unless the customer asks questions.  This bill would allow pharmacies to help customers get the best product for the best price.  

VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL:

PHOTO ABOVE: El Dorado Springs Christian School 4th grade students, along with their instructor, Mrs. Jill Ash, and parent chaperones, spent last Thursday touring the Capitol and exploring in the Missouri State Museum.

PHOTO ABOVE: Mrs. Rose Bock escorted the Appleton City 4th grade students to the Capitol last Thursday for a fact-filled, fun day of activities.

PHOTO ABOVE: The General Assembly Annual Charity Softball Tournament took place on Wednesday evening at Binder Park just outside of Jefferson City.   We raised nearly $4,000 for the Samaritan Center.  I am very fortunate to host a team sponsored by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.  Several of our Rowdy Roosters team members are pictured above. 

BUY MISSOURI INITIATIVE – APRIL 27TH: 

Lieutenant Governor Parson will be presenting BUY MISSOURI! at the El Dorado Springs Civic Center on Friday, April 27th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The public is invited to attend and support Missouri businesses!  This national advertising campaign developed by Lt. Gov. Parson promotes Missouri-made products, services and businesses.

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