We took up many bills last week including several that the Governor had vetoed. The "Paycheck Protection” measure that we sent him early in the session drew a favorable override in the House and now awaits the Senate vote. SCR46, which prevents the Department of Health and Senior Services from dictating wage levels to outside contractors, was also overridden and becomes law. SB586-651 which restores a cap in the Foundation Formula for schools and helps keep parity for rural schools without allowing the current levels of funding to drop passed an override after a couple hours of lively debate. HJR98 also attracted quite a bit of debate. This is an issue that will be sent to the voters to determine if we wish to label unborn children as “Humans”. This bill passed with a huge majority and will bypass the Governor as it is a ballot issue. HB1631 dealing with photo ID’s will be traveling to the Governor who, I’m sure will cave in to special interest groups and veto it. We will deal with an override in September at the special “veto session”.
We handled many Senate bills that we added Amendments to and sent to conference committees. It is there that a lot of good bills get included in like legislation. We have the opportunity to remove parts of a Senate bill that are problematic and add things that we want passed. The Senate does the same thing to our bills and the conference committees work it all out. SB656 dealing with gun control issues is a good example. It originally contained a provision that allowed college students to carry firearms. We removed that portion and added one that allows Security Guards on campus to carry with the proper certifications. There are still many bills that we need to finish work on. There are some late nights in store next week for sure!
The Lieutenant Governor had his yearly banquet and award presentation for Outstanding Senior Volunteers last week. Lynn Tatum was honored for her tireless work with the McDonald County Historical Society and it’s project restoring the Old Courthouse and converting it into a world-class museum. Kinder said that Lynn helps to bring McDonald County’s history alive by bringing all our fourth grader’s to the museum for a lesson in McDonald county history.
The Noel Elementary School carnival was Friday evening and they had a great crowd. We also had great weather for Southwest City’s Old Timer’s Day on Saturday. There are a lot of activities planned all over Southwest Missouri in the next few weeks. Keep watching the newspapers for event schedules.