House committee hearing on campus concealed carry legislation sparks heated debate

Posted March 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

By Madeline Odle

The House Emerging Issues heard two bills that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

A mother testifying on behalf of the Missouri Chapter of Moms said allowing guns to mix with drugs and alcohol on college campuses is a huge safety concern.

“Allowing our students as young as 19 to carry a gun on campus only increases the risk that someone will make a poor decision involving alcohol and a firearm,” she said. “The heavy use of alcohol and drugs on college campuses does not mix with guns.”

But Rep. Gary Cross, R-Jackson County, told a personal story of his own daughter.

“I got a daughter that’s 31 today that’s a victim of a drive by shooting, and I’ll tell you where

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    Minors considering abortion would have to notify both parents

    By Jack Morrisroe

    Minors considering an abortion in Missouri would be required to have both parents or guardians notified of their decision under a measure passed by Missouri’s House Thursday, March 17.

    Missouri law currently requires one parent’s approval of the procedure in writing. The bill passed by a 121-34 vote.

    The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, was put into a situation the bill is expected to prevent when his ex-wife called him about his daughter’s upcoming abortion. Miller said she decided

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    Reining In America’s Out of Control Spending

    by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

    Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

    NOTE: This is part two of a two-part column. To see part one, go online at https://hartzler.house.gov/taxonomy/story-type/blog/reining-america-s-out-control-spending.

    In my last column, I wrote of America’s out of

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    Senate Appropriations Committee Considers Budget

    The House approved its version of the $27.1 billion budget. Now that it has passed the other chamber, the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which I sit, is examining the proposals and will make its own recommendations.

    During these meetings, we have heard the need for more funding from multiple agencies. Unfortunately, our ability to fund state priorities is being hampered by the astronomical cost of Medicaid. Just this year, MO HealthNet is asking for more than $400 million, the total of all

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On my drive to the Capitol Monday, I dropped by the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks where the 68th Annual DECA Conference was being held. This conference had 1,800 high school students from across the State of Missouri participating in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) activities, workshops and competitive events. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. I was extremely impressed to see so many young men and women ‘dressed for success,’ looking

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    How to avoid Medicare mistakes when you're still working

    Dear Savvy Senior

    Should I enroll in Medicare at age 65 if I’m still working and have coverage through my employer?

    Almost 65

    Dear Almost,

    The rules for enrolling in Medicare can be very confusing with all the different choices available today. But when you postpone retirement past age 65, as many people are doing, it becomes even more complicated.

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    Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age

    Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.

    Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe and comfortable as possible – regardless of your age. But for children and older adults, that conversation is especially important.

    Dr. Daniel J. Cole, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, has tips for patients of

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On my drive to the Capitol Monday morning, the temperature was an unseasonable, pleasant 70 degrees. I noticed yellow jonquils and forsythia bushes blooming early. The farmers are doing fieldwork, and I counted 17 grain hauling trucks plus several Tyson Poultry hauling trucks in my 2-hour drive between Warsaw and Jefferson City. The wheat fields and cattle pastures are greening up along with newborn calves everywhere. My reason for mentioning all this…it’s obvious that agriculture is alive and well and is Missouri’s #1 industry!

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    Senator Parson defends Religious Freedom

    After nearly 39-hours of debate, the Missouri Senate advanced a bill asking Missouri voters to approve a Constitutional Amendment to protect religious freedom. Senator Parson called the approval a win for faith-based groups and religious liberty in the Show-Me State.

    “Freedom of religion is one of America’s most valued birthrights. Our country was founded by those fleeing religious persecution,” said Sen. Parson. “The Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) has opened the door for the trampling of certain organizations’ and individuals’ First

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