Also last week the investigation into Senator Lavota's sexual harassment of an intern was concluded. There was sufficient evidence to suggest that something did occur and as a result he has resigned his office. These allegations are deeply troubling and should not be tolerated on any level. We tried to pass a new ethics bill last session but failed to get enough support for it. I am hoping to help craft a new bill that addresses behavior as well as campaign finances. Any time men and women work together day in and day out there is going to be some social fraternizing but elected officials should hold themselves above any impropriety.
On a happier note, Dan Fuller of the Young Outdoorsmen United put together a Water and Canoe Safety event at Kozy Kamp in Pineville. The camp staff, along with the Pineville Fire Department, Mayor Gregg Sweeten and Trooper W.L.Burr of the Highway Patrol Marine Operation trained kids in the safe operation of canoes, kayaks, and rafts. With the number of drowning in Missouri at an all time high, I can't think of a more timely event. Thanks to everyone who participated! By January my bill from last session will require the Highway Patrol to distribute printouts of the rules and regulations regarding the use of our rivers and waterways to all campgrounds and outfitters. I'm going to try next session to add safety rules to the printout.
Saturday afternoon we were at a 90th birthday celebration for the remarkable Jim Tatum. His family travelled from all over the country to be with him and friends and neighbors poured into the Community Center to honor him. Jerry and Faye Bonebrake presented him with the woodstove that once stood in his father's office in the 0ld Courthouse. It has been refurbished and will be placed in the museum exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Historical Society Courthouse.