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Bonding legislation and agriculture

Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

I filed two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting some of our state’s greatest assets – our public buildings. Last year, the General Assembly authorized the issuance of approximately $600 million in revenue bonds to pay for maintenance and repairs to state buildings that were quickly deteriorating to the point of danger. Fulton State Hospital is an example of this problem.

On Tuesday, I filed Senate Concurrent Resolutions 8 & 9, legislation dealing with projects to be repaired with money from revenue bonds. With interest rates being low and Missouri having an excellent bond rating, investors are quickly to purchase our state’s bonds when they are offered. We have an obligation to preserve public buildings of historic significance and provide a safe workplace for essential functions of government. I presented these concurrent

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    41st somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Good Day,

    President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, offering his vision for our country. In his speech, he laid out a number of proposals and said that he is willing to work with Congress, especially in areas where we have bipartisan agreement. While he hasn’t shown that he is willing to do this so far and threatened several vetoes in his remarks, my colleagues in the House and I are certainly willing to work

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    Love not from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On my way to the Capitol this week I drove the back roads to Jefferson City. I started north of Warsaw on “The Old Butterfield Overland Stage Route.” Traveling through Cole Camp into the very south east corner of Pettis County. I then turned east and north through Morgan County and the small community of Florence; then north to Syracuse on U.S. Hwy. 50, then east to Tipton. Tipton was the western terminus of the Pacific Railroad in 1858. Tipton is where the mail

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    Getting around when you no longer drive

    Dear Savvy Senior

    Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.

    Searching Daughter

    Dear Searching,

    Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.

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    Not ready for a hearing aid? Alternatives break tradition

    Your spouse’s voice, the traffic signals, your favorite TV show – you probably don’t think about your sense of hearing often, but without the ears’ ability to collect and translate invisible sound waves, many important things would go unheard. Unfortunately, missing out is a reality for 98 million Americans who experience some degree of hearing difficulty.

    The ability to hear is directly related to one’s quality of life. Nearly half of online U.S. adults have some hearing problems, reports the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and many choose not to seek medical advice

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    Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you

    Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), years of proper nutrition may protect vision in the long term.

    More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older suffer from AMD, and it is especially prevalent

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    Hartzler and House vote to secure our homeland while protecting America’s sovereignty

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have approved legislation to fully fund border security and protection of our homeland while preventing the use of federal dollars to fund President Obama’s November executive action halting the deportation of people who are in this country illegally.

    “I have been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration and am glad we addressed this overreach early in the new session of Congress,”

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    Committee appointments and Henry S. Geyer Award

    I was honored to receive the Henry S. Geyer Award from the Mizzou Legislative Network. The award honors one legislator and one public citizen who have had a significant impact on higher education in the state of Missouri. The award is named after Rep. Henry S. Geyer, who, in 1839, sponsored the “Geyer Act,” which established the University of Missouri and public education in the state of Missouri.

    Ten years ago, when I first came to the State Capitol, I really wasn’t

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    The 98th General Legislative Assembly gathered in Jefferson City, Wednesday, Jan. 7. My day began at the Concord Baptist Church. The church hosted an annual breakfast and prayer service for Missouri government leaders.

    The charge to the General Assembly was delivered by Dr. Anthony Allen, President of Hannibal-LaGrange University. His message was “Our Hope” for government leaders to seek wisdom from Almighty God.

    At high noon, the House convened and

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    McCaskill won’t run for governor in 2016

    by MDN Staff

    U.S. Sen. Clair McCaskill announced Monday, Jan. 12, she will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016.

    The Democratic senator acknowledged her party had lost a majority of the U.S. Senate.

    But the two-term Missouri Senator said her role as a moderate in the Senate was a factor in her decision.

    “I am now in a part of a much smaller group holding down the middle, the moderates, that are able to talk to the

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