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 - June 20, 2019.  On Friday I went to Osceola High School and had the opportunity to speak at an officer training meeting for the 2019-20 Osceola FFA students and their Advisor Charles Simpson. I discussed an issue that is very controversial with some of my Cedar County constituents, Senate Bill 391. Senate Bill 391 was truly agreed to and finally passed the House the last week of Session. Vote count was Yes 108, No 41 along party line vote. Governor Parson signed the Bill formally into law May 31st and again signed it Ceremonial at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Annual Steak Fry & PAC Auction at the Sedalia State Fair Grounds on June 8th with about 700 MCA members in attendance. All agricultural organizations in the State supported the bill, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Cattlemen, Pork Producers, Corn and Soybean Associations just to name a few. The three major associations in opposition were HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), Missouri Rural Crisis Center, and the Sierra Club. 

In my opinion Cedar County and the other 20 counties, “hijacked” Statute 192.300, a law that was meant to allow County Commissioners and County Health Boards to control human waste water systems and regulate food handling facilities such as restaurants. This statute was never intended to be used by counties to adopt ordinances for livestock operations. Livestock ordinances are to be regulated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Agriculture. Statute 192.300 was meant to be under jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services.

I have been trying to talk with as many people and attend as many meetings as possible to help people better understand SB 391.

Thirty-six agricultural businesses and organizations have come together to create the organizationMissouri Farmers Care. They want to protect agricultural opportunities in Missouri. They have an Agri-Ready County designation program that promotes counties that support Missouri farmers and Missouri’s economic interests in agriculture. The Agri-Ready designation protects the 284,000 Missouri jobs created by agriculture and also supports the 97 percent of family farmers who provide fresh, quality food and feedstuffs in our community. Sixty-one Missouri counties are Agri-Ready. For more information, visit their website http://mofarmerscare.com/agri-ready/.

Osceola FFA Students 

Another point of interest to our district is the Butterfield Overland Trail. The trail was once a stage coach mail line that ran from Tipton, Missouri to San Francisco, California starting in 1858. It took the mail line only 23 days to make its first 2,812 mile run. The section of trail between Jefferson City and Springfield, Missouri is becoming active again! This 250 mile historic route is being traveled by bicycles instead of stage coaches. The Butterfield Stage Experience bicycle route is a mostly gravel route across some of the most beautiful scenery and historic places in Missouri. It has been broken up into 6 segments so you can do small parts on different trips. You can download the map to your smart phone. There are even plans to push the route all the way to Ft. Smith, Arkansas. I hope you take some time this summer to grab your bike and get away for a day or a weekend and see this state’s beauty the way our ancestors did! For more information and to download the maps visithttps://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit https://100mileyardsale.wordpress.com/or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverRoute54/.

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 - June 13, 2019.  On Saturday evening, Marla and I attended the Annual Missouri Cattleman’s Steak Fry at the Sedalia State Fair Grounds. Governor Mike Parson was the keynote speaker. As a Cattleman himself, our Governor is a longtime member of MCA and a supporter of agriculture, our state’s #1 industry. During the event he signed Senate Bill 391. This 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. Nearly 30 affiliate Ag organizations are included in the list of proponents.

Governor Parson signing SB 391 into law with Ag industry supporters. 

Construction improvements are underway at the intersection of 13 Highway and C Highway on the north side of Lowry City. This creates a more dangerous intersection. On Sunday, the first visitor day to the Boy Scout Camp, there was a fatal car wreck. During the summer months, the Boy Scout Camp houses nearly 2,000 campers and staff. There are 5, 10 day camp sessions with each session having a visitor day. On these visitor days, thousands of people drive into Iconium. Please be especially cautious on weekends because of the numerous visitors to the camp and lake. I have spoken with MODOT’s Southwest District engineers in hopes to encourage them to speed up the project. Until improvements are completed it would be wise to use alternative routes to Iconium from Kansas City. The best choice would be about 12 miles south of Clinton by taking Highway Z East to Highway ZZ. Please be cautious and safe while driving. Also, spread the word to fellow travelers for a safe camp season. 

Tuesday evening I attended the 85th Annual Sac-Osage Electric Coop Annual Meeting In El Dorado Springs. 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.

General Manager Jim Davis spoke to about 300 co-op members with the news that the co-op is starting a feasibility study to possibly install fiber optics to provide better Broad Band service to co-op members.

Jim Davis, General Manager and Neale Johnson, President of the Board

Legislation Signed into Law to Address Feral Hog Problem in Missouri (HB 655) 

Gov. Parson also recently signed legislation into law that will help landowners deal with the feral hog problem that plagues many areas of the state. The legislation will clarify that land owners can bring in agents to eradicate hogs on their property. 

Feral hogs are an invasive, non-native, destructive species in Missouri. Their rooting and wallowing cause soil erosion, reduce water quality, and damage agricultural crops and hay fields, as well as destroy sensitive natural areas such as glades, fens and springs. According to the Department of Conservation, a single group of 10 hogs can destroy 10 to 20 acres in one night. 

Last year, the Department of Conservation and the USDA killed over 9,000 hogs through trapping. However, hogs are “prolific breeders” capable of maintaining a 166 percent yearly population growth rate. Despite the fact many hogs are trapped, snared or hunted, many more are born each year. 

To help landowners combat the numerous problems associated with feral hogs, the legislature passed the bill to define the term "landowner's agent" for the purposes of who may take, attempt to take, or kill a feral hog with the use of an artificial light. Because the hogs are active at night, that is when they are most effectively hunted. However, farmers and landowners often do not have the time to hunt the creatures during the evening hours. Many times landowners bring others in to combat the damage the hogs cause. The legislation that is now set to become law will allow landowners to have more options to stop the nuisance created by feral hogs. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visit https://100mileyardsale.wordpress.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverRoute54/.

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.


CAPITOL REPORT - June 6, 2019.  DISTRICT NEWS - The Lighthouse Children’s Theatre in El Dorado Springs has received state arts funding from the Missouri Arts Council. The Theater is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to children ages 3-17 to learn the fine arts in acting, singing and dancing. The Missouri Arts Council reaches out to communities across the state to offer assistance to cover artistic and/or technical fees for programs, performances, school residencies and other programs. Congratulations Lighthouse Children’s Theater!

CONSERVATION - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing price increases for some nonresident hunting and fishing permits. Permit prices have not been raised in over a decade and adjustments are needed to help keep up with increasing costs of providing conservation work and services around the state. MDC is also proposing offering discounted deer and turkey permits for nonresident landowners with 75 acres or more to show appreciation for wildlife habitat work completed on their Missouri properties.
NONRESIDENT PERMIT    CURRENT $  PROPOSED $   $ NEIGHBOR STATES

Daily Fishing (1 Day)                   $7                    $8                    $15

Daily Fishing (3 Days)                 $21                 $24                  $27

NR Annual Fishing                      $42                 $49                  $49

NR Furbearer Hunting/Trapping  $130                $192                 $257

NR Annual Small Game Hunting  $80                 $94                   $111

Daily Small Game (1 Day)            $11                  $14                  $59

Daily Small Game (3 Days)          $33                 $42                  $74

NR Spring Turkey Hunting            $190               $224                 $206

NR Fall Turkey Hunting                $110                $130                  $177

NR Firearm Deer Hunting            $225                $265                  $361

NR Archery Hunting                     $225                $265                  $398

NR Managed Deer Hunting          $225                $265                  Not Applicable

Nonresidents account for nearly 100% of daily fishing permit purchases and daily small-game hunting permit purchases. As part of the changes, MDC will also limit daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits to 1 and 3 days and eliminate daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits for other numbers of days (2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 days).

MDC is proposing increasing prices for the following nonresident (NR) permits and proposing permit discounts for nonresident (NR) landowners with a minimum of 75 acres:

NR PERMIT  CURRENT PRICE  PROPOSED PRICE  PROPOSED NR LANDOWNER PRICE

Spring Turkey    $190                           $224                               $165

Fall Turkey         $110                            $130                              $96

Archery              $225                           $265                               $195

Firearm Deer     $225                           $265                               $195

The proposed changes were given initial approval by the Missouri Conservation Commission at its May 23 meeting. As part of the rulemaking process, MDC is asking for public comment on the changes during July and early August at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49. The Commission will consider input received and make a final decision to move forward, modify, or withdraw the changes during its Aug. 23 meeting. If approved, the anticipated effective date of the changes would be Feb. 29, 2020.

UPCOMING EVENTS – Discover More on Route 54 is hosting the annual 100-mile yard sale on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31st. This will cover communities along US Hwy 54 from Nevada to Camdenton. They need sellers and bargain hunters to make this event a success! For more information on rules and locations visithttps://100mileyardsale.wordpress.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverRoute54/.

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.


CAPITOL REPORT - May 30, 2019.  In the past two weeks damage has come into the district. Windstorms, rain and more rain have been the news. Highway 54 has taken the brunt of high winds that have caused lots of damage. Trees were uprooted and buildings blown apart. The small town of Wheatland was hit hard and has experienced a lot of damage. Lucas Oil Speedway also had severe damage. I am so proud of the community that has come together in this time of need. Volunteers and first responders have surpassed expectations in their non-stop efforts to aid people and properties that need help.

On Wednesday, May 23 a tornado went down Highway 54 and hit in Jefferson City. Speaker Elijah Haahr closed the House of Representatives for two days due to the destruction in the Capitol City. Multiple power lines were hit and I was not able to send out my Capitol Report last week. Some residents went without electricity for two days and many streets are still closed. 

On Memorial Day, I attended the Cross Timbers Memorial Day Service and had the privilege of speaking. This annual community ceremony honors Veterans who gave their All in the line of duty serving our Nation’s Military. I read a poem called “The Dash” because I believe it’s our Civic Duty and Obligation to Preserve and Protect our Rights to Life, Liberty & the Right to own Property.

The Dash Poem – by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From the beginning...to the end

He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears, 
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
Know what that little line is worth

For it matters not, how much we own, 
The cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash
Might only last a little while

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent YOUR dash?

On Tuesday I joined Teresa Smith and Mel Gilbert in a TV interview for KY3 out of Springfield. They were promoting the Civil War Passport Program that was recently written about in The Carthage Press Newspaper. https://thecarthagepress.com/featured/carthage-gets-a-passport-for-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2m_893Pb8u4nkn0CE9R8RUbtcGBjzsuNpMlRMaFQWGRNJ0vDmrkwln0OE

Interview:  https://www.ky3.com/video/?vid=510567272

Last night I attended a public meeting held at the Truman Dam Visitor Center. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressed the concerns of flooding at the Truman Dam. There were about 225 people in attendance. The crowd was so large that the meeting had to be divided into two groups. The emotions of many were frustration, unhappiness, and some were even angry. The Corp did a good job of explaining how the Dams are regulated. Truman Lake is approaching historic levels at 31 feet over its normal level. Many campgrounds and marinas have shut down because they're underwater. The flooding has devastated tourism for the summer. Unfortunately this is a state wide issue. Missouri tourism will be greatly affected this year, not to mention many farmers will not be able to plant a crop. 

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.


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.


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/

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