Greetings, My Fellow Missourians

My in-district Friday started at 9 a.m. meeting with the El Dorado Springs High School Government classes. I had the privilege of sharing about the legislative process with approximately 50 Juniors and Seniors. I then presented two American FFA Degree resolutions to Caeleigh Gardner and Landon Leonard who have participated in the El Dorado Springs High School FFA Chapter.

While in El Dorado Springs, I met with Harold Fugate, who is instrumental in community betterment, to discuss options for funding the El Dorado Springs Youth Center. The Youth Center offers an afterschool program for K-12 students with adult supervision, a computer lab with 20 units for student study and research, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts meetings, recreational activities and a multipurpose room available for large gatherings.

Upon arrival at the Capitol, I had the opportunity to present the MO Veterans Heritage Protection Act to the MO Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO). Its mission and purpose is for its members to assemble and exchange ideas for the collective welfare of all veterans residing in the state of Missouri, assist the Missouri Veterans Commission, and advise the Governor and General Assembly on matters of interest.

A bill that I took particular interest in this week was HB1880 on broadband services. Before it was perfected during House session on Wednesday, I spoke on the Floor to House members about the critical need for broadband in District 125. In fact, this is one of the top three District 125 concerns this year, along with funding for transportation infrastructure and the opioid crises. This legislation declares that “the expansion of broadband services is within the best interests of the citizens of Missouri, and in furtherance of expanding broadband throughout MO, the bill states the intent of the General Assembly to encourage agreements between various parties and rural electric cooperatives to expand rural broadband services. Such agreements may provide for the nonexclusive use of rural electric cooperative infrastructure and easements.” Identical language has been sponsored in the Senate as well (SB980).

More Missourians are taking the pledge:

Statewide, over 2,100 individuals and nearly 300 businesses have taken the “Buckle Up – Phone Down” pledge. They’re two simple acts that can save your life, and the lives of others. Buckle up and make sure every passenger in your vehicle is buckled up. If you’re driving, put the phone down. “Buckle Up – Phone Down.” With no primary seat belt law or all-driver texting ban, MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are urging drivers to take their safety seriously, and take the pledge at Once there, you can pledge as an individual or business. You can also upload a photo and logo, or view other partners and their wall of fame. Missouri is one of only 16 states with no primary seat belt law, and one of only three states without an all-driver texting ban. For more information on highway safety or Buckle Up – Phone Down, please visit

District 125 survey online will be closing soon:

The 2018 District 125 Online Survey can be found on my webpage on the Mo House of Representatives website at the following URL: It may also be accessed by visiting The direct link to the survey is: I encourage everyone to complete the survey; I greatly value your input. If you do not have online access, please call my office 573-751-4065 and a printed copy of the survey will be mailed to you.

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