Greetings, My Fellow Missourians

I would like to encourage constituents to make their voices heard by completing the 2019 legislative survey that is now posted online. This is a great way for everyone in District 125 to provide their thoughts and feedback on the issues we will consider this session as well as the issues that continue to face our state. I urge everyone to take a few minutes to go online and weigh in on the issues that can and will have an impact on our day-to-day lives.  I greatly appreciate any and all input constituents can share.  (If anyone prefers a copy of the survey be mailed to them to complete, please call my office at 573-751-4065.)

The District 125 Online Survey can be found on the House of Representatives website at the following:  District 125 Online Survey 2019.  Those interested in completing the survey can also access it by visiting   The direct link to the survey is:

Bill pre-filing begins on Dec. 3:

The 100th General Assembly is gearing up for the 2019 legislative session that begins January 9.  In advance of the upcoming legislative session, members are able to pre-file bills starting in December.

The pre-filing period typically moves at a hectic pace as senators and representatives file hundreds of bills.  Leading up to the 2018 session, House members filed nearly 300 bills in the first five days of the pre-filing period.  When it was all said and done, there were 638 pieces of pre-filed legislation leading up to the 2018 regular session. The pre-filing period for the 2019 session is sure to see a similar level of activity as both returning and new members seek to address pressing issues in the state and in their districts by filing legislation.  I will be pre-filing legislation on outdoor advertising to exempt the current $250 outdoor advertising fee and biennial inspection fee for a sign displayed by the landowner who also owns the business that is advertised on the sign and the sign is within 750 feet of the physical location of the business.

To check on the bills as they are pre-filed, please visit the official website of the Missouri House of Representatives at and click on the “Bill List” link.

Governor proclaims Dec. 3-9 as Computer Science Education week:

During both the 2018 regular session and an extraordinary session called by the governor, lawmakers made it a priority to help prepare Missouri’s young people for the thousands of unfilled computer science jobs in the state. Now, the governor has proclaimed the week of December 3-9 to be Computer Science Education Week in Missouri. The week is part of a national event that will focus on the importance of computer science education and giving students the skills to meet growing workforce demands.

“In 2017, Missouri had approximately 10,000 computer science jobs left unfilled. Recognizing Computer Science Education Week is a further step Missouri is taking to encourage and promote these fields and secure more of these jobs as we continue to improve our economy and provide Missouri students with the skills needed to secure high-paying jobs,” said Governor Parson.

During the 2018 extraordinary session, lawmakers approved HB 3 to institute a STEM Career Awareness Program for 6th-8th graders designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The legislation also requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a high school graduation policy that allows a student to fulfill one unit of academic credit with a district-approved computer science course for any math, science, or practical arts unit required for high school graduation. The legislation is meant to better prepare tomorrow’s workforce for the many unfilled computer science positions in the technology industry.

“Missouri legislators recently took a bold step to support K-12 computer science education by becoming the first state to pass legislation during a special session expanding course opportunities,” said Governor Parson. “As we continue to focus our efforts on increasing awareness in computer science education, our students will be better prepared and equipped with the skills to succeed and meet tomorrow’s workforce demands.”