Legislation Sent to Governor

Posted May 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm

This year’s session ends Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. The last four months have been busy in Jefferson City. Lawmakers tackled a number of high-profile issues, along with approving the annual state budget, which was signed by the governor last week. I was proud to see a number of my sponsored measures cross the legislative finish line this year.

One of the most important bills adds more fairness into our civil judicial system. Senate Bill 591 aligns Missouri’s expert witness rules with the federal model, implementing a principle known as the Daubert Standard, which guarantees that only people who are truly expert witnesses are able to provide expert testimony to juries and judges.

Missouri is only one of 10 states that has not adopted

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians:

    Friday the 13th has ended our last day of the 2016 legislative session. The closing bell rang at 6 p.m., and now we can look back and review what we have accomplished.

    Voter ID:

    The House and Senate reached final agreement on two measures designed to require a valid form of photo identification in order to vote. One is a proposed constitutional amendment that will go on the November ballot for voter approval. The other is

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    Sen. Parson’s legislation to protect responsible livestock owners

    The Missouri Legislature has approved Senate Bill 844 a measure sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, to shield responsible livestock owners from civil liability if their animals escape through no fault of the owner.

    “A livestock owner can do everything right, but through no fault of their own, their animals can escape,” said Sen. Parson. “In the cases where an animal owner had no control over their livestock getting loose, they should not be held liable for the damages. It adds fairness into the law and protects responsible livestock owners.”

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    DED releases April 2016 Jobs Report

    Missouri gained 15,000 jobs in April, bringing nonfarm payroll employment to a record high of 2,816,200. The previous record for nonfarm payroll employment was 2,810,700, reached in February 2008. Missouri’s unemployment rate for April edged up a tenth of a point over the month to 4.3 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

    For 23 months, the state’s unemployment rate has been below the national rate, which held at 5.0 percent for April.

    Several industries grew in April with the

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    Check-off vote disappointing

    We are disappointed the proposed Missouri $1 beef check-off was not approved, because it would have provided additional resources for Missouri cattle producers to voluntarily work together to improve their industry. Concerns with declining beef prices and the misinformation about beef disseminated by radical animal rights groups will not go away, and we will continue to look for ways to promote Missouri beef and help educate consumers.

    We appreciate the Missouri Department of Agriculture continuing to conduct referendums in a transparent and professional manner.

    Missouri Cattlemen’s Association

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    Booster shots recommended for seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered.

    Health Conscious

    Dear Conscious,

    Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors who tend to have weaker immune systems, need their shots too. Here’s a rundown of what vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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    Prevent mosquitoe bites this season with these tips

    From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika – a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the diseases mosquitoes spread make them the deadliest animal on the planet.

    The arrival of warm weather means it’s time to step up your mosquito prevention and protection efforts in order to help protect your family. The National Pest

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    Veterans seek alternative treatments to post-traumatic stress

    Most people can’t imagine being terrified by the sound of a fork falling and hitting the ground. They don’t understand how someone cannot sleep because the fear of recurring nightmares keeps them awake. They’ve never experienced anxiety that turns everyday tasks into impossible chores.

    But for thousands of American veterans, these are just a few symptoms that can make their lives unbearable. And while millions are aware of the condition they suffer from – post-traumatic stress or PTS – few are able to grasp the severity of the condition, and medical science

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    Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

    The issue of opioid addiction took center stage this week as Congress returned to Washington after an in-district work week. The simple truth is opioid addiction is spreading at an alarming rate as it negatively affects families and communities across Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District and the entire country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates roughly 6.5 million Americans are abusing these drugs which are not illegal narcotics – but are prescription drugs found in home medicine cabinets across America. While they are beneficial

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    View from the Capitol

    Good Day,

    An in-district work week, I traveled to a number of communities across our Fourth Congressional District to visit with law enforcement officers and to thank them for their selfless dedication to service. My Law Enforcement Appreciation Week began with a reception in Columbia for officers who serve the citizens of Boone County. I gave each of the officers a commemorative coin and gave representatives of each department a plaque and a copy of

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