On Wednesday I was able to present my bill to create a Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. I had witnesses from the Child Advocates’ Office, Missouri Kids First, The Juvenile Officers’ Association, and a surprise witness from the Prosecutor’s Association! Jake Skouby, the Newton County Prosecutor, testified in favor of the bill for the Association. The next step is for the Select Committee to meet and pass the bill out for Floor debate. I don’t anticipate any real trouble getting the Advisory Committee into statute but “it ain’t over till it’s over” so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
On Thursday we voted to send some common sense bills over to the Senate. One of them deals with the increasing problem of depression leading to suicide in Medical Students. The bill provides for measures to be taken early on in diagnosing and treating depression in med students and promote research on the issue. We also voted out a bill dealing with the growth of human trafficking in our state. This is one of those things that most of us are completely unaware of yet it is prevalent right here in our area. Among other things, the bill would expand the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include the advertisement of a child participating in a commercial sexual act. This is similar to a relatively new Federal law and gives law enforcement another tool to stop these heinous acts. Another bill was passed to clarify Missouri law when it comes to protecting Mental Health professionals from limitless liability for malpractice claims. Tort reforms are a priority for the General Assembly and this is just one of the early measures. We gave nearly unanimous approval to a bill that would proactively update Missouri’s pharmaceutical laws to keep pace with rapidly advancing technological advancements in health care. The goal is to give Missourians better, more affordable access to interchangeable biological products. These products are promising remarkable strides in making cancer a thing of the past!
You have until March 20 to register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance from the recent flooding. You can register online at DisastorAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621 FREMA (3362) Have information available for them such as phone numbers, social security numbers, directions to your property, condition of the damaged home, etc.
The McDonald County Republican Club is planning a Lincoln day celebration at River Ranch on February 20 at noon. The speaker will be Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, Ron Richard. Tickets are $15 dollars each and may be purchased at the door.