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Hartzler visits with numerous schools

Posted February 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

Good Day,

It has been a very busy in-district work period with travels throughout our district and visits to numerous schools. I wanted to see firsthand all the exciting things happening in our schools advancing education, meet with students to hear their ideas on how to prevent drug use, tell teachers about the new education law, eat lunch with students and let school officials know about the bills I am working on to bring more local control to the school lunch program.

I started by attending a series of teacher appreciation breakfasts at Ray-Pec High School in Peculiar and at Ray-Pec Middle, Creekmore Elementary, Eagle Glen Elementary and Bridle Ridge Elementary Schools in

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    The bill, now in the House, would lower the maximum amount a municipal court could assess in the fine and court costs for an offense from $300 to $200.

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    After the hearing, the Republican chair of the committee voiced his opposition to executions. With two Democratic members also opposed to the death penalty, the addition of those two Republicans would constitute a majority on the seven-member committee.

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    For decades, Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) members have made conscious efforts to reach out to consumers to

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    The bill now is before the full Senate that has not had debate on a death-penalty repeal bill in decades.

    The bill’s GOP sponsor – Sen. Paul Wieland, R- Jefferson County – described the future of his measure in terms of

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    With an abundance of grandparents overseeing their grandchildren on an ongoing basis, it is particularly important they are aware of the dangers that

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