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Greetings from your state capitol. We dealt with a little bit of severe weather that produced some rather large hail here in Jefferson City. Had a visit from the College of the Ozarks Young Republican Club on Wednesday and the fourth grade class of Hollister elementary on Thursday. (My granddaughter was with this group.) I hope they all had a good time and learned about state government and about their state capitol.
Despite a short week we continued to make progress on common sense reforms for Missouri. Here is the result of this week:
HB 828 changes the laws regarding prevailing wages.
HB 661 changes the laws regarding debt adjusters.
HB 1008 allows the Highway and Transportation Commission to enter into infrastructure improvement agreements to reimburse funds advanced for the benefit of a county, political subdivision, or private entity.
HB 656 changes the laws regarding unsecured loans of $500 or less, commonly known as “payday loans”.
HCS HJR 5 proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens the right to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest wildlife using traditionally approved devices or methods.
HB 708 changes the laws regarding violations of the public policy of Missouri when decisions are based on foreign law or legal code.
HCS HB 473 changes the laws regarding charter schools and establishes the Missouri Charter Public School Commission.
HCS HB 562 changes the laws regarding the Missouri Children’s Service Commission and establishes the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality.
HCS HB 579 changes the laws regarding Alzheimer’s research, developmentally disabled, medical record fees, newborn screenings, hospital licensure regulations, hospital district sales taxes, MO Healthnet dental benefits and Missouri Rx plan and authorizes the establishment of a permanent sickle cell disease standing committee.
HCS HB 664 changes the laws regarding infectious diseases incurred in the line of duty and the Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis.
We are being held over for a session Friday morning that will take up the congressional redistricting map. The Senate and House are meeting in a conference committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the map. I will be reporting those outcomes next week.
It is a pleasure to represent you in State Government.