Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the newly formed 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map] 

The Latest News

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

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

Floor Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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 or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

Warren D. Love

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District

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

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

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

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

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

House Floor Action

On Wednesday, I presented HB 159 to the House of Representatives. This bill exempts the current $250 outdoor advertising fee and biennial inspection fee for certain highway signs under Section 226.550, RSMo when a sign is displayed by a landowner who also owns the business advertised on the sign and where the business has a physical location within 750 feet of the sign.

For more information on the bill visit

Legislation Sent to the Senate this Week

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

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

Visitors of the Week

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

El Dorado Springs

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

State Budget:

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

Visitors of the Week:

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

Pictured Above: Kim Thornburg and Laurie Kedigh 

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

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

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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

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

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

Mel Gilbert and Rep Love

PHOTO ABOVE: Tourism Program Coordinator Mel Gilbert 

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

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

Rep. Love addressing the crowd at the Kick-off

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

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

LaDonna Scott, Rep. Love & Gina Dixon

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

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

Sauk River Camp Monument

PHOTO ABOVE: Sauk River Camp Monument 

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

Sac-Osage Roadside Park

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

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

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

For more information on the Passport Program or these sites visit

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

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

Bob Painter, John Moloski and Rep. Love

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

CAPITOL REPORT- March 14, 2019.  Upon arriving to the Capitol Monday I welcomed my first visitors of the week.  They were Kolby Estes, his parents Lance and Tamena Estes, sister Shyla Estes and wrestling coach Jared Steenburgen.  I had the honor of introducing them to the full house body and of presenting Kolby with a resolution for taking first place at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 1A State Wrestling Championship. 

PHOTO ABOVE: Coach Jared Steenburgen, Kolby Estes, Tamena Estes, Lance Estes and Shyla Estes with Representative Warren Love. 

House Reaches Session Mid-Point with Numerous Legislative Successes 

House Speaker Elijah Haahr began the 2019 legislative session by asking his colleagues to be bold as they tackle a number of the critical issues facing the state. The Speaker called on his colleagues to work together to implement policies to strengthen Missouri’s workforce, provide full funding for K-12 schools, confront the opioid epidemic raging across the state, reform the state’s criminal justice system, and protect the lives of the most vulnerable Missourians. 

As the legislative session reached its mid-point, House members were able to celebrate a long list of accomplishments that include most of the Speaker’s legislative priorities. In total, the House has sent nearly 70 bills to the Senate and the two chambers have worked together to see one bill already passed and signed into law by the governor. 

House Budget Committee Finalizes FY 2020 Spending Plan

The members of the House Budget Committee have worked long hours during the course of the session to craft a fiscally responsible state spending plan. This week they concluded months of work by finalizing the appropriations bills that will make up the Fiscal Year 2020 state operating budget. When they return from their annual break on March 25, House members will work to approve the appropriations bills and send them to the Senate so that both chambers are on track to complete the budget by the May 10 deadline.

As the budget comes to the House floor, it is balanced, and leaves approximately $133 million on the bottom line for FY2020 supplemental expenses. Education funding highlights include:

  • $61 million increase to fully fund the school foundation formula at more than $3.94 billion
  • $3 million increase for Parents As Teachers program
  • $5 million increase for transportation expenses for local school districts
  • $700,000 increase to bring funding for school safety grants to $1 million
  • $1 million of spending approved to make improvements to the Missouri School for the Blind
  • Funding of Missouri scholarshipsThe newly proposed workforce development scholarship (Fast Track funded at $18 million)
    $500,000 increase for A+ Scholarships
    Nearly $1 million increase for Access Missouri Scholarships
  • $11 million to perform maintenance and repairs at Missouri colleges and universities
  • Funding of higher education workforce development initiatives (MoExcels projects = $17 million)
  • $8.5 million to support adult high schools


Silver Haired Legislature members Larry Pursley, and Bill Arnold visited the Capitol on March 12th. 

The Silver Haired Legislature coordinates with Area Agencies on Aging and Department of Health and Senior Services.  In the past the Silver Haired Legislature has supported legislation that is now law such as the Missouri Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Senior RX Program. 

The Missouri State Teachers Association visited legislators at the Capitol on March 12th.  The members of MSTA discussed their legislative priorities with legislators.

PICTURED ABOVE: I had the privilege of visiting with MSTA representatives Steve Gallivan, Jeff Stacy, Marvin Manring, Megan Richner and Jennifer Ray.

March 12th I had the honor of meeting Emily Christian who is the 2019 Breckenridge Scholar recipient from Hermitage.  The Joanne Breckenridge Scholarship Program encourages young ladies to become interested in their state government.  This year these Breckenridge Scholars visited their legislators at the Capitol, and following that visit, the young ladies attended a reception at the Governor’s Mansion with First Lady Teresa Parson.

PHOTO ABOVE: I had the honor of presenting Emily Christian with the Breckenridge Scholar Resolution. 

The Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization (MIDRO) was created in 1993 to assist Missouri’s faith communities in responding to disasters. I had the privilege of visiting with Chaplain Dan Porterfield from Warsaw who visited the Capitol on March 12th as an advocate for MIDRO.

PICTURED ABOVE: Pastor Dan Porterfield from Warsaw visited the Capitol on March 12th in support of MIDRO.

The Benton County Youth Coalition visited on March 14th.  This non-profit organization focuses on teaching youth the dangers of substance abuse while hosting events and sharing fellowship.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Benton County Youth Coalition visited  Senator Crawford and Representative Love at the Capitol. 


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

CAPITOL REPORT - March 7, 2019.  My Friday In-District day started with a hearty breakfast at the Kitchen Table Restaurant in Weaubleau right along the Discover More on Route 54 Highway. I then went to the Weaubleau School and presented two FFA American Farmer Degree Resolutions for Breanna Daggett and Jalainee Dampier. Weaubleau School FFA President Kaylee Lower received them on their behalf.

PHOTO ABOVE: Weaubleau School FFA President Kaylee Lower received American Degree Farmer Resolutions for fellow FFA Members Breanna Daggett and Jalainee Dampier. 

I then traveled to the Benton County Courthouse in Warsaw and attended a retirement reception for Donna Hart. Representative Roger Reedy and I presented Donna with a Resolution honoring her for more than 35 years as the Benton County Collector.  Donna has been recognized as an outstanding citizen delivering exceptional service and dedication over the years.

PHOTO ABOVE: Representative Roger Reedy and I had the privilege of presenting Donna Hart with a Resolution honoring her more than 35 years of dedicated service as Benton County Collector. 


HB 260  Poaching

Members of the House of Representatives have approved legislation that would create stiffer penalties for poaching certain animals.

Supporters say the bill will address an issue that currently exists where it’s cheaper for a non-Missourian to come into the state, poach an animal, and pay the fine than it is to buy an out-of-state hunting tag. The bill would increase the fines for poaching wild turkeys, deer, elk, black bears, or paddlefish in Missouri. Specifically, it would make the fines range from $500 to $1,000 for poaching a wild turkey or paddlefish; between $2,000 and $5,000 for poaching a white-tailed deer; and between $10,000 and $15,000 for poaching a black bear or elk. 

The poaching of paddlefish has been very lucrative because paddlefish roe is often sold on the black market as caviar. This means one fish can be worth thousands of dollars. Supporters say they are happy the bill includes increased fines for poaching those fish.

When a fine is collected under HB 260 that money would go to the school district in which the poaching incident occurred.

HBs 161 & 401 prohibits local school districts from setting an opening date for the school term that is more than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. Supporters say that as school start dates have become earlier, students who participate in fall sports and agricultural education have had to choose between the two activities. It has hurt more than just those students participating in agricultural education events such as the Missouri State Fair; it has hurt the tourism industry as well. It also cuts part-time jobs for students and teachers short, even most municipal swimming pools close before Labor Day weekend.

I spoke on the House Floor in support of this Bill and basically this is what I said “This is a very reasonable compromise on school start date. It will give all schools in Missouri an opportunity to get 2 full weeks of school in before Labor Day weekend. Plus it gives all the Business in the Tourism industry across our State both city and rural to have 3 full weekends for business before school starts. It will also allow all the Students and Teachers to have more of August to earn money in their Part-time jobs.”


PHOTO ABOVE: Jennifer Gundy and Amanda Fisher with On My Own, Inc. visited the Capitol on Tuesday.  On My Own, Inc. has a branch office in Collins serving District 125.

PHOTO ABOVE: March 7th was Hemophilia Disorders Advocacy Day at the Capitol. I had the privilege of visiting with John and Pam Carleton and their daughter Kristin Marema, and grandson Trenton Marema.  .Missouri has six Hemophilia Treatment Centers and two non-profit organizations.  Hemophilia affects as many as 800 Missouri citizens.

Keith Carmichael, Lowry City stopped by to update me on the progress of having a Convention of the States.

CAPITOL REPORT- February 29, 2019.  My in-district work for last week began by attending the University of Missouri Extension meeting at the El Dorado Springs School. The meeting was about Missouri’s complex fencing laws. Currently Missouri has two Fence Laws;

General fence law:

Chapter 272 of the Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMO 272.010 to 272.190), where the law is located, states that the livestock owner alone is legally responsible for building and maintaining a fence to enclose the livestock. When adjoining landowners or their renters own livestock, each is responsible for his or her half of the boundary fence for as long as they both run livestock against the field or enclosure.

Local option fence law:

RSMO sections 272.210 to 272.370 state that when one landowner requires a boundary fence, both landowners are legally responsible for their portion of the fence. It does not mention livestock ownership, although it is presumed.

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In-District Events:

            On Friday morning my son John and I got up early and tended to the livestock. We then attended The Osceola FFA luncheon put on by the Osceola FFA officers to promote National FFA Week.

            I then attended the Osceola chamber luncheon and presented an update on the Missouri Civil War Passport Program.

            Tourism is the second largest revenue source for the state of Missouri. The passport program plans to boost that by promoting 29 historical Civil War sites throughout the state. Osceola has been designated a tour stop along with 2 others in our Area; one being the Island Mounds site in Bates County and the other is at Cole Camp.

            There will be a kick-off ceremony for our Civil War Passport Program at 2pm, Friday, March 15th, 2019, in the Missouri state Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. After the ceremony we will adjourn to a meeting room at the Jefferson Landing State Park, a couple of blocks from the Capitol, along the river. Thanks to the Missouri state Parks for making these arrangements. 
Local Osceola FFA officers celebrating FFA Week in in Missouri 

This Week in the House:

House Members Approve the Strongest Piece of Pro-Life Legislation in the Nation (HB 126) 

On the first day of the 2019 legislative session, House Speaker Elijah Haahr made it clear the House of Representatives stands for the born and the unborn. This week House members made good on that promise by passing what supporters are calling the strongest piece of pro-life legislation in the nation. 

The bill would prohibit physicians from performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat or brain function is detected, which is typically around 6-8 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, Missouri law would prohibit all abortions past 14 weeks gestational age. If that provision doesn’t stand, the bill would implement a “Pain-Capable” standard that would prohibit abortions past 18 weeks gestational age. 

The sponsor said the bill is “the strongest, most comprehensive pro-life bill in the nation that we truly believe is going to withstand judicial scrutiny.”

House Gives Approval to Legislation Creating “Simon’s Law” (HB 138) 

Legislation approved this week by the Missouri House would prevent do-not-resuscitate orders from being issued for Missouri children without a parent being aware. 

Commonly referred to as “Simon’s Law”, the legislation would prohibit a health care facility, nursing home, physician, nurse, or medical staff from putting such an order in a child’s file without a parent’s permission. That permission may be written, or given orally in the presence of at least two witnesses. 

Fast-Track Legislation Heads to Senate (HB 225

Legislation is now headed to the Senate that is meant to put thousands of Missourians on a fast track to develop the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs. The bill would create a new state financial aid program known as Fast-Track that would address workforce needs by encouraging adults to pursue an industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. 

The goal of Fast-Track is to provide community colleges, tech schools, and universities with the means to equip students for the high-paying, high-demand jobs of the future. It is designed to open up higher education opportunities for hard-working, middle-class families looking for a boost to pursue their dreams. It is also meant to help Missouri businesses find workers with the training needed to fill their workforce demands.  

Before receiving final approval from the House, members approved an amendment to place a three-year sunset on the program. The program could be reauthorized by the legislature. 

The 3 bills will now move to the Senate for discussion. 

Visitors at the Capitol this week :

Cowboys at the Capitol, this week joined by the Junior Cattleman Board Members and Collegiate members.

Care connection representatives stopped by (Left to Right) Marilyn Gunter & Diana Hoemann

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