Lawmakers urged to raise speed on rural highways

Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:16 am

By Cyril Victor Joseph

Speed limits on highways across Missouri would increase under legislation heard by a legislative committee. The House Transportation Committee heard testimony Tuesday, Feb. 17, about a bill that would raise the speed limit from 70 miles-per-hour to 75 miles-per-hour on rural interstates and freeways.

Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, quoted a Transportation Department study that said many drivers simply ignore the speed limit. “Many drivers are frustrated by speed limits that are set lower than the perceived safe and reasonable speed,” he said. “The drivers perceive the road conditions, weather and traffic to determine safe and reasonable speed. Otherwise, it creates conflict and frustration between the slow and fast drivers. Constant speed is the key. Without it accidents increase.”

Kelley said other states have speed limits higher than Missouri’s. He mentioned

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    Winter Weather Delays Session on Monday

    The Senate started a day later than normal after winter weather cancelled our Monday session. This time of year, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when the weather turns bad. I would also like to remind everyone to be thankful for the road crews, law enforcement officials and emergency responders who are keeping us safe. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 28-4 to send one of my sponsored bills, Senate Bill 149, over to the House. The measure, if approved by lawmakers and signed into law by the

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    Missouri’s Senate votes to expand virtual school alternatives for public school students

    After two days of intense debate, the Missouri Senate approved Thursday, Feb. 19, a proposal that would allow some children in under-performing school districts to enroll in computer-based virtual schools at government expense.

    The Senate approved an amendment to a bill originally designed to address the transfer rights of students in unaccredited districts. But supporters of virtual schools said other students in accredited districts should have the option to get out of their public schools.

    In an emotional argument, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, argued that under-performing

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    My In-District Day on Friday began at the Hermitage Coffee Shop caucus. The discussion of the area was the Hickory County license office, private property easements for utility companies, and the possibility of getting enhanced 911 services. Currently, there are 17 counties in Missouri that do not have enhanced 911 services. Three of those counties are: Cedar, Hickory, and St. Clair in our House District 125.

    I met with Teresa

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    Missouri House passes two voter ID measures

    by Steven Anthony

    The Missouri House passed two measures Thursday, Feb. 19, that would make Missouri the 32nd state to require a government issued ID to vote.

    The first measure passed by the House is a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to require a photo ID to vote. If it clears the legislature, the constitutional amendment would require statewide voter approval to take effect.

    The second measure approved by the House would implement the constitutional amendment. It would require a voter present

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    Secretary of State Jason Kander to challenge Blunt

    By Matt Kalish

    Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday, Feb. 19 he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, in next year’s general election.

    The 35-year-old Kansas City native is the first Democrat to enter the race to unseat Blunt, who’s seeking reelection to his second term in the Senate.

    Blunt previously served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Missouri Secretary of State before joining the Senate in 2010 to succeed fellow Republican

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    Ashcroft creates Republican primary for Secretary of State

    The son former U.S. Attorney General and Sen. John Ashcroft said Thursday, Feb. 20 he wants to be the Republican Party’s candidate for Secretary of State in 2016.

    Jay Ashcroft’s announcement sets up a Republican primary between the St. Louis area lawyer and Sen. Will Kraus, R-Jackson County. Last fall, Ashcroft lost a competitive Senate race to then-Rep. Jill Schupp.

    No candidates have emerged from the Democratic side.

    Right to Work gains first round approval in the Missouri House

    The Missouri House of Representatives has voted in favor of bringing Right to Work to Missouri’s construction industry, a positive step toward bringing comprehensive Right to Work status to our state.

    The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has long advocated for the passage of Right to Work legislation to help spur economic development. Comprehensive Right to Work protections would also shield workers in many industries from having their wages rerouted to financially support unions. Nearly half of all states have already passed Right to Work laws.


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    Culture and experience the big travel opportunities of 2015

    Feeling tired of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan meccas when on vacation? You’re not alone. Next year, travelers will choose smaller destinations and opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture. As daily life is increasingly hectic, people will want to unplug and relax without the stressors of a big city.

    In 2015, travelers will explore hidden gems across the country. Bing predicts that Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, both in Tennessee, and Savannah, GA, will be a few of the top travel destinations in 2015. The slower lifestyle people associate with

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    HSUS rating revoked by Charity Navigator

    Senator Mike Parson provided the following information about the Humane Society of the United States:

    Here is a link to an article explaining what we already knew about the Humane Society of the United States. Type this into your browser:

    Here is an excerpt from the article: “The HSUS has historically bragged about their 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators in the game. Recently, they were downgraded to a 3-star rating and now their rating has

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