Representative Caleb Jones of Columbia presented a bill to allow Hemp extract to be used for treatment of individuals with intractable epilepsy. The bill provides that they must have tried at least three other forms of treatment to control their seizures before they would be eligible for this method. The Hemp would be provided by the Department of Agriculture and the extract CBD would be processed to make the medication. There is no mind-altering effect from CBD extract and it's use and the patient's response would be closely monitored by their neurologist. The treatment has had much success in reducing or totally stopping Grand Mal seizures in children and the bill sponsors wish to provide Missourian's as many treatment options as possible.
Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our system of government, but they are also expensive to administer and difficult to effectively organize. In an effort to improve our election procedures, a bill was proposed to move the Primary Election date from August to June. Election officials testified in favor of the bill because it would give them more time to prepare for the general election after the primary. This move would also give the voters more time to evaluate the candidates before a general election.
Now I'm going to vent a little bit. Last year's tax cut had some fatal flaws and rightfully, it was soundly defeated. Having said that, we set out this year to propose a bill that would address all the problems of last year and still provide a much-needed tax cut for Missouri's families and businesses. The Governor was invited to participate and his office was asked to provide their input at every step of the way. The Governor remained SILENT throughout the entire process. No input, no suggestions, no leadership! Now he has decided that it is politically expedient for him to once again travel all over the state in his $6 million dollar airplane at huge expense to the taxpayers spreading blatant lies about the bill and its' supposed harm to education. He has picked one line of the bill and tried to say that it would eliminate all taxes on income over 9 thousand dollars. To quote Norman Schwarzkopf "That's Bovine Scatology!" Former Supreme Court Judge Ray Price, the Missouri State CPA organization and lawyers all over the state agree that there is no way that is a valid argument. What it has done is caused another round of emails and phone calls from school boards and administrators all over the state. I can't see how it benefits the Governor to constantly try to pit small businesses and hardworking taxpayers against schools, but he seems to be set on doing just that. There, I said it! Now I feel better!
The State FFA Creed speaker, Chance Wallace and Maura Butler with a State FFA degree and Daniel Kelley all from Seneca, were at the Capitol to visit last week. Advisor, Mrs. Angel Roller, student teacher Amanda Clark, and Jr. High teacher, Ethan Griffith, were introduced on the House Floor. Also visiting me last week were David and Paula Brodie from Goodman. It's sure fun to introduce people from home! That's probably enough for now, more next week. Until then, I am and remain in your service.