Wednesday, Bill Reiboldt and I met with the assistant director of the Missouri Conservation Department. The Department has made it a priority to meet with Representatives and share ideas and give us updates on what the department is doing. Our main topic last week was Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population. We haven't seen an outbreak in Southwest Missouri yet, but we sure want to stay ahead of the potential problem. Some areas of the state have been afflicted with this problem and their population of deer has been reduced drastically. Hunters and interested members of the public will get a chance to attend some informational seminars and will be able to participate in the effort to identify the disease early on.
By the time you read this, we will be in Veto Session. I can't remember such a fuss being made over a veto session, especially over issues that have been blown so far out of proportion. HB 253 was a joint effort between the Governor and the General Assembly. If you remember, the Governor campaigned on a tax overhaul. Up until the election was over and the Governor began to set his sights on the next political challenge, he was all for HB 253. His office supplied most of the language in the final bill. But, alas, when we need to be perceived as making a significant move to the left, we can't be allowing tax breaks, or second amendment bills to go unchallenged. In fact, the Governor saw fit to veto 29 bills. Not a record, but not far from it. The downside to that is, with the overrides the last two years plus whatever we do this week, he will have the record for the most vetoes overridden. Let's hope that doesn't hurt his attempt to be a Vice President or whatever. I don't blame anyone for having ambitions for higher office, but for Pete's sake, do the job you were elected to do first! I'm looking forward to the weeks' activities as a chance to get a rest from working on the cabin!
Next week I'll fill you in on all the gory details of the "Dreaded Veto Session" Until then, I am and remain in your service.