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 - July 18, 2019.  Tourism is big business in Missouri! Actually, it is rated as the number two industry, second only to Agriculture. Tourism has a major economic impact in Missouri and the Missouri State Parks is a major contributor with an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion every year! This impact also includes $307 million in income (wage and salary income, proprietor’s income and employee benefits), $123 million in federal, state and local taxes, and 14,535 jobs. The 91 state parks and historic sites attract more than 20 million visitors annually, including 1.2 million overnight guests in our campgrounds, cabins and other facilities. Approximately 25 percent of state park visitors come from out of state, which brings new money into Missouri.

To help promote our state parks, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe travels around Missouri visiting camp grounds on a summer bus tour. He holds a Wake Up Breakfast event once or twice a month for campers. I joined him bright and early on Thursday for pancakes at the Harry S Truman State Park. After breakfast the Missouri State Parks offered a guided kayak tour of Truman Lake. Also when visiting a Missouri State Park make sure to get a stamp in your Passport. The Civil War Passport Program and the Missouri State Parks Passport Program share seven sites. For more information on the Civil War Passport Program visit https://mo-passport.org/ or

https://mostateparks.com/page/80901/missouri-civil-war-passport-program.

Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and the Missouri State Parks Director Ben Ellis

We are very fortunate to have three of Missouri’s amazing state parks in our area; Stockton, Pomme de Terre and Harry S Truman. All three offer opportunities to enjoy the water, hike, explore nature and spend the night in a campground or cabin. In 2018, these three state parks attracted more than 845,000 people to our area. While in our area, visitors may have shopped at your store or visited your establishment. And you can bet that when these visitors got back home, they told their friends and neighbors about their amazing experience in Missouri State Parks.

Missouri State Parks has a reputation of being one of the best state park systems in the nation. That great reputation has a positive impact on our community.   

The Lt. Governor’s Bus at the Pancake Breakfast

On Monday I arranged a meeting with MoDOT Engineer Danny Roeger and Transportation Project Manager Kristi Bachman to discuss the planned bridge re-construction of two bridges in northeast St. Clair County. The bridges on Hwy C and Hwy Z will be completely closed for about 90 days. This will affect all Lakeland School students on the east side of both bridges. MoDOT is planning to meet with the Lakeland School District to help determine the best timing for the bridge closures. Originally MoDOT’s intention was to close the bridges at the same time but after some discussion they have decided to space out the closures. One bridge will be closed next summer in 2020 and the other will close the following summer in 2021. I appreciate the hard work from MoDOT and their willingness to work with the community to help minimize impact of the closures. MoDOT will hold a public meeting later this summer to update the public on the project. They will also take bids at this time. I will update everyone with the date and place once that decision has been made. 

Also attending the meeting were Boy Scouts of America camp representatives, Program Director David Riker and Barry Slotnick. The bridge closures will greatly affect the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for the next two summers. By working with MoDOT, they hope to avoid as much interruption to traffic as possible. 

The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, formally known as Camp Osceola in Iconium, is home to over 6,000 Boy Scouts and 3,000 camp leaders in the summer. The 4,200 acre reservation has been a summer home to Scouts and their leaders since 1929. Each year the camp holds 5, 10 day Sessions with each Session housing 2,000 campers and leaders. Each Session has a Visitor Day and on those days, another 5,000 people pour into the small, rural town of Iconium. 

Iconium normally has around 20 residents, so 7,000 people coming in every 10 days has a huge economic impact. Shannon Tucker owns the Iconium General Store and is flooded with camp visitors each week stopping to enjoy the store’s legendary peach float.

Visitors waiting in line at the Iconium General Store on Sunday

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 - July 11, 2019.  Since I have been in the Missouri Legislature I have Sponsored and Co-sponsored Prevailing Wage Reform Repeal every year. I believe it’s our obligation as Representatives of tax paying Missourians to spend the people’s money as wisely as possible on public work projects. Finally during the 2018 Session a major compromise was made on HB 1729. Instead of complete repeal Statewide it ended up being a reform that reflects a more accurate wage rate in the counties were the Public Work project is located. As of July 1, 2019 the compromises reform on wage rates throughout Missouri has been determined and is in effect. 

Gov. Parson signing HB 1729

Governor Parsons signing HB 1729 into law in 2018. 

Prevailing wage laws are created by state governments or local municipalities to set a rate of pay that is thought to be standard for a labor group contracted to do public-sector projects in that area. Twenty-four states do not have prevailing wage laws. Those states have a policy to operate and choose the most qualified, competitive bid. I believe this a responsible way to be good stewards of tax payer money.

Twenty-nine states currently have prevailing wage laws. The Missouri Annual Wage Order contains prevailing wage rates for each occupational title in each county. The prevailing wage is the minimum rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects in Missouri, such as bridges, roads, schools, and government buildings. However, the wages paid may be higher which is up to the employer and employee to decide. The changes do not impact public works projects valued at $75,000 and under. Public work projects valued less than $10,000 are not subject to a competitive bidding process. 

Missouri’s Division of Labor Standards gathers wage information from public and private commercial construction projects. The average county wages are based on the Census of Employment and Wages Report. The wage information is used to determine wage rates for the 25 different occupational titles in each county in Missouri. This data report is published annually and the new prevailing wage law uses it as a data base and multiplies it by 120 percent.

Annual Wage Order No. 26 rates are as follows;

Building Construction Positions: Asbestos Worker, Boilermaker, Bricklayer, Carpenter, Cement Mason, Communications Technician, Electrician (Inside Wireman), Electrician Outside Lineman, Elevator Constructor, Glazier, Iron Worker, Laborer, Mason, Operating Engineer, Painter, Plumber, Roofer, Sheet Metal Worker, Sprinkler Fitter and Truck Driver

Building Construction Rates for the following counties: Benton $17.50, Cedar $16.40, Hickory $14.97 (with the exception of Electrician Inside Wireman $43.18) and St. Clair $15.91.

Heavy Construction Positions: Carpenter, Electrician (Outside Wireman), Laborer, Operating Engineer and Truck Driver

Heavy Construction Rates: Benton $17.50, Cedar $16.40, Hickory$14.97 and St. Clair $15.91 (with the exception of General Laborer $41.01 and Group 1 Operating Engineer $46.46). 

For the complete list, please visit labor.mo.gov/prevailing-wage and enter your county. If you are a public works contractor or public body and have questions please contact the Division of Labor Standards at prevailingwage@labor.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-3403. For the full bill visit HB 1729.

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/.


CAPITOL REPORT - July 2, 2019.  During my second year in legislation, the Hickory County license office had a dispute with the Department of Revenue (DOR) over the bidding process when they had a vacancy in their office. The DOR bidding process is to allow interested groups and individuals to bid to operate one or more Missouri license office as they become vacant. Bidders with an active Federal Employer Identification Number will be evaluated on items such as methods proposed for performing the service and the proposal that scores best in areas including customer service and business. At that time Senator Parson and I had a heart to heart discussion with DOR and were able to successfully work to keep that office open.

In 2016 the Osceola license office had a vacancy and once again I had to negotiate with DOR to keep it open. Unfortunately sometimes DOR cannot keep the local license offices open due to the lack of funds to pay staff, rent a building and provide utilities. The Osceola office was closed for 6 month before we were able to work out the funds and was it successfully re-opened. The Carney family stepped in and offered a very reasonable rental space for the Osceola office that was a tremendous help. This past summer the same issue came up at the Stockton office in Cedar County. Although I was not involved in that issue, Senator Sandy Crawford worked with DOR and a local bidder and were able to keep the office open.

This year Representative Jeff Knight sponsored a bill to allow increase in fees. Due to having experienced three license offices struggle to remain open in my district, I was for the fee increase. I became a supporter and co-sponsor of HB 584. We were successfully able to get it into law and it is currently waiting on the desk of Governor Parson’s for a signature. Feel free to call and encourage him to sign this legislation at (573) 751-3222.

The fees are increased as follows: (1) Licenses increase from $3.50 to $6.00 for annual and from $7 to $12 for biennial; (2) Transfer of title increases from $2.50 to $6; (3) Instruction permits, nondriver, chauffeur's, operator's, and driver's licenses increase from $2.50 to $6, and (4) Notice of lien processing increases from $2.50 to $6. You can read the full bill here HB 584.

The first day of school in 2020 could come little later than normal based on the recently passed HB 161. In an effort to give the tourism industry a few more days in August to make money, HB 161 modifies the school start date by removing the option that school districts may set an opening date more than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September.

Representative Jeff Knight sponsored the bill in hopes to help businesses that have suffered in recent years as school districts have moved their start dates earlier and earlier. Rep. Knight noted “The revenue that is being lost is significant”. With Tourism as Missouri’s second largest generator of revenue we need to allow our businesses to thrive in order to bring in the funds that support our state, including our schools. I also support this legislation with the knowledge that many teachers along with high school and college students have summer jobs and depend on many of our tourism sights for employment. For the full bill visit HB 161.

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/.


CAPITOL REPORT - June 27, 2019.  It’s fescue Seed Harvest time throughout Southwest Missouri and our family like many others are busy combining fescue seed.
Our cattle ranch’s objective is to turn forage to cash. We do that by grazing cattle on predominantly fescue grass inter seeded with legumes. One of the fringe benefits of growing Fescue for grass and hay is it also produces a seed crop that can be harvested for a cash crop. 

I wrote these comments last year and revised it again for this year;

“Grease under fingernails, skinned knuckles, and sweaty brows are what many fescue seed harvesters experienced this last week.  Due to above average rainfall in May and June, the fescue seed matured about a week later than usual.  Most fescue seed harvesters use older combines that corn, soybean and wheat farmers have nearly worn out and traded in for newer and larger machines.  As a result, the older, smaller combines used to harvest fescue seed require a lot of maintenance and repairs.  Nearly all my time was spent this week operating an old 1978 Model F2 Gleaner in 90 degree plus temperatures. Since the air conditioner in the cab no longer works, we just open the door and a window and hope for a breeze once in a while. The days start at 7 AM and end at about 9:30 PM. This has caused supper to be at 10 PM each night.   

I write this to inform about the economic contribution that comes from the fescue seed industry. Since Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue revolutionized the home grass seed industry a half-century ago, homeowners across the United States have turned to this dependable, economical grass seed for durable, low-maintenance lawns.  More than two-thirds of all KY-31 Missouri seed farmers balance raising cattle, growing traditional crops and producing KY-31 seed, all while facing the challenges of unpredictable Midwest weather.  In Missouri, hailstorms and last-minute windstorms can steal a seed crop in a single strike.  Fields that look fine one day can be lost to high winds the next. Even when weather and growing conditions align for optimal seed production, farmers only have a two to three week window, right before the Fourth of July. 

A normal Missouri harvest of KY-31 typically yields between 50 and 60 million pounds of quality KY-31 Tall Fescue grass seed. Due to the current short supply of fescue seed, higher prices result when low supply meets high demand.  Across the seed industry, at wholesale and retail levels, KY-31 seed prices are at all-time highs.  The buying stations are currently paying 63 cents for wet and 65 cents per pound for dry seed right off the truck.  With average yields of 100 to 300 pounds per acre, that pencils out to be somewhere between $60.00 and $180.00 per acre. This is good news for Missouri seed producers.

Fescue seasonUPCOMING 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/.


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/.


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.

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