The Second Amendment Preservation Act guarantees that Missouri reserves the power to make laws regarding the everyday life, liberty, and property of its citizens. In other words, the Federal Government cannot infringe on the peoples right to self-defense and any attempt to usurp this power will be invalid in this state. We passed two bills that will safeguard our confidential information from being transferred to the federal Government or sold to marketing firms and move responsibility for issuing concealed carry permits to county sheriffs. We passed legislation to require that when the abortion chemical RU-486 is administered, the prescribing physician must be present. We passed Ag legislation that guarantees the Right to Farm. There are outside groups whose mission it is to place restrictions and regulations on the treatment of animals that would amount to a death sentence to Missouri farmers. Enough is enough. This issue will be on the ballot in November. Benevolent tax credits benefitting Pregnancy Resource Centers, Food Pantries, and Children in Crisis, among others, were extended. Several pieces of legislation benefitting our veterans were passed, giving honor where honor is due. Workforce issues were addressed with a paycheck protection bill that allows public employees to decide whether to allow dues to be withdrawn from their weekly checks and whether to allow their dues to be used for political purposes. A prevailing wage compromise was drafted which allows changes in reporting requirements that should provide more accurate reflections of the wage levels in rural areas especially.
After many changes and amendments, we passed an education bill. Senate Bill 125 is designed to provide immediate help to the dismally failing school districts in St Louis and Kansas City. This act requires the State Board of Education to make new rules for classifying schools as accredited and unaccredited and immediately determining the governing structures and conditions for the school board to govern. We have waited long enough to take these steps.
These bills are now on the Governor's desk as well as many others for his consideration. He has until August 28 to make his decisions. I'm sure we will be addressing some of these topics again.
There is a lot of activity in the District coming up. The McDonald County Historical Society has a great grand opening of the new museum in the old courthouse lined up for the 25th, 26th, and 27th. Check out their web site for details.
Food For Thought...If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, Subsidized Housing and free cell phones...you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. Until next time, I am and remain in your service.