The Governor was traveling the state last week signing bills. At the state fairgrounds he signed SB 665, which re-authorized the Qualified Beef Tax Credit. The main reason for this was to encourage meat processors to build a plant in Missouri. He also signed SB 657, which promotes the installation of more blended fuel pumps at gas stations. I have mixed feelings about this bill. While it is good for corn farmers, I’m not sure we need to continue to promote ethanol. The bill also had a provision to limit the liability of station owners if customers choose the wrong fuel mixture and damage their vehicle. SB 664 waives the requirement of farm families filing annual Corporate Registrations, SB 665 requires fertilizer dealers to test their mixtures to guarantee proper concentrations of chemicals. He also traveled to Springfield to sign HB 1562 which expands the crime of sex trafficking to include advertisement of minors and non- consenting adults and HB 1568 which expands access to Naloxone, a drug designed to block the effects of opioid use and overdose. While he was at it, he vetoed a few bills also including one I added to an omnibus bill. I imagine we’ll attempt to override him in September.
I had a great time on Friday at Golden Living Center in Anderson. Mrs. Zota Baker was celebrating her birthday and I was able to present her with a Resolution recognizing her as Golden Living’s Beauty Pageant Queen for this year. I also had a Resolution for Virginia Frisbie recognizing her as the Employee of the Year. We certainly have good reason to be proud to have that facility in our area.