Here are last weeks efforts:
* 72 Hour waiting period for an abortion. Current law provides for a 24 hour wait but this bill provides an extra 48 hours for the decision to be made.
* Tort Reform. Current law has no cap for pain and suffering. This law would cap it at $350,000. All our surrounding states are at $250,000.
* Keystone Pipeline. Missouri would allow and encourage the line being built here. Estimates of up to 4,000 jobs would be created.
* Uniform Wireless Communication Act. This would encourage wireless companies to expand coverage, especially to rural communities.
* Angel Investment Act. This bill would allow tax credits for investors who wish to encourage small business growth.
* Voter I D. This bill would require a picture ID for voting.
* Abortion Notification. This bill requires that all custodial parents or grandparents be notified of a pending abortion for a minor. Current law allows only one parent or custodian to agree.
* Oral Chemo Parity. This bill provides that a Chemotherapy patient can access oral drugs for the same cost as infusions. We will become the 29th. State to provide this option to patients. This bill has passed the Senate and is on the Governor's desk!
I am aware that not everyone agrees in full with all these new bills, but every one of them passed by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities. All of these bills are now sent to the Senate where they will, in some cases, refine and amend the originals and send them back for our approval. Some of these bills have partner legislation in the Senate and will pass with no changes. It is hard to argue that we haven't been able to accomplish much so far. There are some real whoppers on the way soon. We are hearing proposals for Education Reform, Medicaid Reform, Work Force Issues including Right to Work, and Transportation Sales Tax, just to name a few. This is probably a good time to reaffirm that my votes on issues are prompted by the results of the surveys I send out asking for the opinions of the voters of the district. My job is to represent the people of the 159th District and that is what I will do. I welcome your advice and input on any of the issues coming before us this session.
We were at the Chamber Expo at McDonald County high School Saturday and it was really well attended. There were great things to see and do as well as some pretty good things to eat! I got to talk to a whole bunch of people and was invited to purchase tickets for all kinds of drawings and fund raisers. Imagine that! It is always a great chance for area merchants to show off their wares and businesses to explain what they do. I'd rate it as a great success. Well done Chamber!
We should have an exciting week coming up at the capitol, I'll report all the action next time. Until then, I am and remain in your service.