House Bill 698 is an economic development bill, which has elements of Data Storage, a fast growing industry bringing high paying jobs to local communities. Angel Investments, which give incentives to investors to get behind science and manufacturing proposals and let the private sector do what it does best -- create jobs, and Historic Tax credits, which for many years have helped revitalize downtown areas and create new housing opportunities. These things create great jobs in construction and real estate to name a few. We've continued this incentive with added budget controls which will aid in predicting revenues and thus we can continue keeping Missourian's employed and our historic districts from disappearing.
House Bill 436 establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act. This act declares that self-defense is an unalienable right, which cannot be corroded by any level of government. Our Founders made Life the foremost of our unalienable rights. The right to self-defense is paramount in guaranteeing the right to life. House Bill 170 nullifies any Federal laws that seek to cripple Missourian's right to self-defense. The bill specifies that no official shall enforce a federal firearm law when the firearm is manufactured, sold and owned solely in Missouri. It seems ridiculous to have to enact such legislation to protect our Constitutional Rights, but the Federal Government seems to be forgetting that the true chain of authority in our country starts with the individual citizen, who loans power to the state. The national government is the child -- not the big brother -- of the states. Our goal in the Missouri House is to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens of this state.
We were visited by a group of Seneca FFA students who received accolades at the State contest. Austin Badgwell, Katie Weldon, Cheyenne Bennett, Kyra England, Hannah Kuhn, and Maura Butler were accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Angel Roller, and the Jr. High teacher, Ashley Wishon. All the students had received honors at the competition and we awarded them all House resolutions and introduced them on the floor. There were over 100 FFA students from the Southwest area at the Capitol on Wednesday and we all really enjoyed visiting with them. Missouri agriculture is in good hands for the future with these great kids preparing to take over!
We are still unraveling the latest fiasco concerning the DOR. They most assuredly have been sending our information to federal agencies in spite of the assurances by the Governor that none of our documents had been provided elsewhere. Not only is that a load of bologna, but it has also been brought to light that our personal information has been SOLD to marketing firms for several years. One account shows that 4700 firms have bought the information and are using it to target us for sales efforts. Senator Schaeffer is spearheading the efforts to uncover and stop all the transfers, not just our Concealed Carry information, but all the rest as well. We have four more weeks of fun left this session; I’ll keep you posted. Until next time, I am and remain, in your service.