Features

Hartzler introduces police officers protecting children act

Legislation would assist law enforcement in rural communities; garners support of local sheriffs Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) introduced HR 2513, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, which would allow off-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm while in a school zone if a local school passes a policy allowing it. This

[ Read More ]

Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: After arriving home late Friday night from the last week of the 2017 Session, I started Saturday morning bright and early with a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast fundraiser event at the Wayside Inn Museum in El Dorado Springs. Sponsored by the “Preserve Our Past Society,” this museum, housed in an 1882 building,

[ Read More ]

Wonder what your timber is worth?

The Missouri Timber Price Trends January – March is now available on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website. Click on the link below to check it out or review past issues. https://mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/timber-sales/timber-price-trends Each quarter, the Missouri Department of Conservation produces Timber Price Trends, sharing recent pricing for timber harvested for sawlogs, veneer and staves. The

[ Read More ]

Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: This past Saturday I sat in with Austin Shelby at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket in Osceola.  The month of May is National Beef Month.  Both of us are members of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association; and representing St. Clair County, we were ‘riding for the brand’ and promoting beef. On Sunday, Marla and

[ Read More ]

Capitol Perspectives: A Bizarre Legislative Session

by Phill Brook This has been one of the more bizarre legislative sessions I’ve covered. The strange developments began in January when Gov. Eric Greitens sought to move the inauguration to Columbia. The legislature killed the idea. The inauguration, after all, is a joint session of the General Assembly. The next abnormality came a few

[ Read More ]

Republican split leads Senate to fully fund K-12 formula

The General Assembly had a historic moment Tuesday when a bipartisan coalition of senators agreed to fully fund a state formula that allocates money to school districts. Ten Republicans joined all nine Senate Democrats to amend the recommendation of the Senate Appropriations Committee and fund the formula, over the objections of Republican leadership. Senators forcefully

[ Read More ]

Senate approves “Real ID Fix”

The Senate gave approval this week to a measure that will allow Missourians the option of choosing a Real ID-complaint license. Without final passage of this bill, starting Jan. 22, 2018, Missouri state driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as identification to board a plane, whether domestic or international. Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin,

[ Read More ]

It’s Time for Regulatory Accountability

by Zippy Duvall Regulations protect Americans from unfair business practices, protect our health and safety and help protect our environment. Some regulation is needed to hold everyone accountable for doing things the right way. But the government agencies that do the regulating also must be held accountable. They should not regulate more than Congress gave

[ Read More ]

McCaskill’s statement on Trump administration executive order

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on cybersecurity: “I was pleased to see President Trump’s Executive Order on cybersecurity and believe that we need to continue aggressively addressing this emerging threat. I stand ready

[ Read More ]

Rare fish, found only in Perry County, sheds light on improved water quality

A rare cave-dwelling fish is shedding new light on how farmers are improving water quality through cover crops and nutrient management. University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) say new nests of grotto sculpin are growing in caves in southeastern Missouri. The small, endangered fish lives only in Perry County caves.

[ Read More ]