The Federal EPA blessed us with new regulations regarding wood stoves and heaters. In short, most stove manufacturers would not be able to continue in business. It was their intent that the same regulations they are trying to apply to coal in power plants would apply to our stoves and fireplaces. We could, as a legislative body, prohibit our state DNR from implementing those regulations but only with House and Senate approval and the Governor's signature. This sounds like it ought to be a no-brainer, but the large number of legislators in our major metropolitan areas could care less about wood heat. Once again, Senate and House leaders stepped in and brokered deals to get the necessary votes for passage.
I'm still waiting for the Governor to sign our bill on child abuse. Because we added language to investigate the roles of Judges, Juvenile Officers, and Foster Homes to our original bill, he may be inclined to just let it quietly become law. There are a lot more bills on his desk and some of them will surely be vetoed, but the really hot issues like the Education reform for St. Louis won't be easy to put off much longer.
There was an editorial in the Joplin Globe concerning Ethics Reform. It neglected to inform it's readers that the reason Missouri has no Ethics law is the current Governor and Attorney General asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the laws that had been in effect for 10 years. Their reason for this was probably to get a new law that would politically favor one group or another. I am told that it took 6 or 8 years to get that law passed originally and there's no reason to hope that a new one will be crafted any sooner. As far as using lobbyist money, all of us in Southwest accepted $5,000 or less last year. I spend any money that lobbyists send me on functions in the District. School carnivals, benefits, fundraisers, etc. which I ALWAYS get invited to. We also make a practice of having lobbyists provide lunches for the 8th graders when they visit the capitol.