Love note from Jeff City

Posted March 26, 2015 at 10:17 am

My Fellow Missourians,

My In-District activity began at the Cedar County Farm Bureau meeting Thursday evening. The program was on Missouri’s fencing law. Our state has two fencing laws. One is the general fence law and the other is the local option. Cedar County citizens will vote this April election to decide if they want to adopt a change from the current general fence law to the local option. Currently, there are 18 Missouri counties, most of which have high numbers of livestock with the local option. The local option fence law states that when one landowner requires a boundary fence, both landowners are legally responsible for their portion of the fence. Bates, Newton, and St. Clair are the counties in southwest Missouri that have adopted the local option.

Friday evening, Marla and

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    Bill vital to viability and success of farming

    Before the 2015 session even began, I and other lawmakers vowed to again take up the omnibus agricultural bill that was approved last year. The bill was ultimately struck down by the governor because of controversial language involving captive deer. The proposals within that bill were critical to safeguarding the future of Missouri’s agricultural industry, making it one of our highest priorities this year.

    By the final week of January, the Senate had approved Senate Bill 12, which contains numerous sections to

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    Excess sugar: Not so sweet for your health

    As a nation, craving something “sweet” seems to be a food pattern that has gotten out of control according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Most of us have a craving for something sweet now and then. However, a little bit of sugar from a morning Danish or latte can have you craving more a few hours later. It’s too easy to continue to reach for a sugary drink or snack to energize us,” said Duitsman.

    Americans consume an average of 22

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    Consumers see more meat on plates when farmers respond to good prices

    Consumers see more meat on their plates when farmers respond to higher livestock prices.

    But with lower prices, meat supplies fell 9 percent from 2007 to 2012. With recent higher prices, farmers bred more animals. The resulting expansion in meat is expecting to reach a peak by 2018, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri economist.

    Farmers are driven by the laws of economics and restrained by laws of livestock reproduction cycles.

    With favorable prices—even record prices—farmers bred more animals the last couple of years.

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    Essential legal documents all seniors should have

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What kinds of legal documents are suggested for end-of-life plans? I would like to get my affairs in order before it’s too late.

    Getting Old

    Dear Getting,

    Every adult – especially seniors – should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize

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    Are you 50? Time to get tested and prevent colorectal cancer

    When she was 55 years old, Valerie B. made a promise to a total stranger. It may have saved her life.

    “I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a mammogram,” the Atlanta woman says. “There was a lady there who said she recently learned she had colon cancer. I knew nothing about it; nobody had ever told me to go get a colon test done. That woman in the doctor’s office urged me to get tested. I promised her I would. And I did.”

    She made an

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    Treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job

    The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life.

    Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, the sooner you take action to address hearing loss, the sooner you’ll see that treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job.

    If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, you’re not alone. Of the

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    Lawmakers call for GOP chairman’s resignation

    by Steven Anthony

    Three senators and two members of the House called on Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock Thursday, March 12, to resign after allegations surfaced claiming Hancock orchestrated what some called a, “whispering campaign” against former State Auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich, who was running in the Republican primary for governor.

    The call for his resignation comes just two weeks after Schweich died from an apparent suicide at his home in Clayton. Schweich had complained to several people that Hancock had falsely identified him as

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    Love Note from Jefferson City

    by Rep. Warren Love

    Well the time has come to discuss “Daylight Savings Time.” It reminds me of an old Indian saying; “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

    Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, is sponsoring a constitutional amendment, HJR 38, that would ask voters whether Missouri should use daylight savings time all the time. Under the measure, Missouri residents would switch to daylight

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    House Approves Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    It was another busy week here in Jefferson City as lawmakers and staff returned to the State Capitol after a shortened weekend, due to Daylight Savings Time. This week, the Senate approved several bills and heard more bills in various committees. The Missouri House gave its approval to our state’s $26.1 billion Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The House’s budget bills will now travel to the Senate for the same consideration. Once the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate approve our version of the budget, lawmakers will meet to

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