|May 22, 2015 11th Edition|
Town Hall Meetings
Thank you all so much for coming to our Town Hall meeting April 30th. We had some good conversations and all got to know each other a little bit better.
We are planning another meeting sometime in late July, as it has been requested that we meet again to discuss the conditions of our roads and bridges and finding solutions for better maintenance. I will invite our area's MoDOT representative to answer specific concerns. She know the overall conditions as well as the status of current and future projects. We will also discuss various ideas as to how to finance these projects.
Watch your email for the notice.
End of Session Report.
Keep an eye on your mailbox as I will be sending you an End of Session report on some of the more major bills that passed or did not pass, as well as how I voted. This mailing will be going to about 10,000 households as I feel this is important information for everyone; and I only have about 600 email addresses.
The Bizzare End of the Legislative Session
Admittedly, we all have some curiosity about gossip; sometimes it is true – sometimes not.
For the last 3 weeks of session, rumors were floating around the Capitol regarding Missouri Southern State University's decision to abruptly call their student interns back to campus. As we all know now, House Speaker Representative Diehl was involved with an intern. As a caucus the Democrats were asking him to step down as speaker, with no comment in regard to whether he should be removed from his seat as well. Ultimately he resigned both his speakership and his House seat and is no longer a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.
The day before the last day of session, Thursday (May 14) a procedural dispute in the Senate disrupted work progress. In reaction to a premature cutoff of debate regarding the so-called Right to Work bill, a substantial group of Senators decided they would block any and all legislation coming through the Senate. However, that bill did pass, but not with enough votes to override a threatened gubernatorial veto.
All of this chaos put the House in a state of now what; with the Senate not sending bills to the House for final approval. Normally the second to last day of session is a particularly busy one, running late into the night. On this specific Thursday, the House was in session for 15 minutes in the morning and 20-30 minutes in the afternoon, then adjourned for the day.
This brought us to Friday (May 15), by law the last day of session.
Thank you for your support, and for giving me the opportunity to represent you in Jefferson City.
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