We learned of Tom's passing while in Session on Thursday and, like everyone else in the building, I was stunned. I feel like this is a devastating loss for our state. Tom was a man of the highest integrity, character, and dedication. I ask that all Missourian's pray for the Schweich family as they try to cope with this tragic loss.
Floor work last week was primarily centered around the House passing the Education bill out by a large bi-partisan margin. This bill is directed to the St. Louis failing districts and designed to provide them with much needed assistance. We all agreed that this was by no means a perfect answer, but unlike last years attempt, we did not include a private option. Our primary focus was to address the dismal graduation rate and give those children the opportunity to get a quality education. We'll see how it fares in the Senate.
I held a Joint Committee hearing on Child Abuse and shared with the Committee members the suggestions for improvements to the Children's Division. I've filed several bills that we hope will make some much-needed adjustments to current statutes. Most of the bills were generated from ideas I was given during Town Hall meetings. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to help with the process. My job is to represent you and your ideas and I welcome and appreciate your participation.